Cross the wake
Once you’re comfortable and in control of your board, and have sussed surfing the wake, you can practice crossing the wake. Leaning into your toe and heel edges and pulling the rope away from the boat, you’ll feel your board turn. Fluidity is key when executing a good turn so that you carve through the water.
Once you are riding along, look in the direction you want to go and turn your shoulders and chest towards the boat. Moving the handle from the outside of your front hip to the inside, you need to also transfer your weight onto your heels.
Keep movements slow and controlled. You need to make sure that the board glides over the water’s surface often, and ensure that your knees stay bent. Avoid steering with the rope as this will mean you will fall. Only moving your lower body, you will soon begin to cross the wake.
If you are keen to cross the wake in the other direction, push your knees towards the water and press onto your toes, then turn your shoulder and hips to face the way you want to go. If you are directly behind the boat, change direction by following the other wake. Keep repeating these actions to continue crossing the wake.