Mastering the bar
Ellie says: “Learning to wakeboard can be a bit scary at first, but once you’ve got the basics the rest follows quite easily. For my first lesson, I put my red impact/buoyancy jacket on and walked down to the pontoon. Here, the instructors gave me a land-based lesson, explaining what to do once in the water. Then I put on the wakeboard, slipped into the water and swam towards the boat and the ‘bar’. The bar is a pole that sticks out from the side of the boat, you hold onto the bar for stability and hopefully to keep you upright for longer.
Once I was settled and ready, the boat started up and off we went, but pretty much straightway I fell flat on my face! The instructors are very patient (especially with a wakeboarding beginner!) and after a few pointers I gave it another go, which also ended up with me face first in the water. A few more pointers and third time I was up and riding, whooping with happiness and a massive smile on my face. The adrenaline rush from mastering the bar was amazing”.