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Equipment

Powered watercraft Shoes Wake Skating Board

Rules

Depending on the competition, rules can vary, but generally revolve around properly executing tricks and the tricks' degree of difficulty.

Description

Wake Skating is an individual water sport similar to wakeboarding. The difference lies in the board not having any foot straps. Instead, the board has grip tape like a skateboard. Wake skating is a relatively new sport that resembles wake boarding with the key difference being that riders are not attached to the board itself. Instead, the top of the board is covered with a high-friction foam, or griptape, similar to that found on skateboards, which helps riders stay on. While being inherently more challenging than wake boarding, wake skating is also popular because it does not require a power watercraft to create large wake.

History

The origins of wake skating can be traced back to the late 70s and early 80s when riders used long surfboards to be towed behind boats. These "freesurfers" eventually decided on a shorter board that allowed them to launch off of the wake; however, the water sports industry demanded bindings to secure riders to the boards. Wake skating did not begin to take off until the mid 90s and has steadily gained popularity among youth culture across the world, but has remained mostly popular in the United States.