How to Kneeboard

Alicia Stott asked:

Summer time is one of the best times to play sports. Many people like to go to the lake or the beach and go out in the water to play around. One of the best things to do in the water is to kneeboard. For those of you who don't know kneeboarding is almost like wake boarding, but on your knees. You kneel on a board, across the water, while holding a rope that's connected to the boat. The object is to stay up and try and do any types of tricks you can. I have been doing knee boarding since I was probably 12 or 13 and I have become pretty good at it as well. On my dad's boat I'm known as the kneeboarding "teacher." Every time someone new comes on the boat they say, "We brought you a new student today." That's what I'm going to do today is give you some tips on how to kneeboard.

• The first thing you need to do is put on a life jacket. When it comes to going out in the water, safety always comes first. Make sure the life jacket fits you well and is tight enough that you can't slip out of it. Also, be aware of the signals. The signals are: a little faster, a little slower, it's wavy (meaning there are big waves coming, be prepared) and stop (cut it).

• Second, is to grab the rope you are using to pull you along and find somewhere on the boat to tie it to. Normally you will tie it to one of the hooks on the back of the boat or one in the middle if there is one. Stick the rope through the middle of the hook then latch it on so it goes over the top and bottom of the hook.

• Third, jump in the water and once you get in, dunk your board under water so it gets wet. You want your board to be wet from the water so it's easier to get up on. Once your board is wet you are going to lie on it. Don't put your whole body on the board; make it so that half your body is on the board and the have your legs dangling. Hold the rope so your elbows are on the board, like you're going to lift a weight and do a curl.

• Fourth, when the boat starts to move you're going to feel a big pull. When it starts to pull you, take the rope and pull it back towards you and use your elbows to slide your knees up into the knee pockets. Your elbows are what are going to get you up. Use your forearms and elbows and slide your knees in. If you are a little bit stronger you can hold the rope with one hand and use your other hand to hold the board.

• Fifth, once you're kneeling on the board the next thing to do is to strap yourself in. On the board there is a strap so your knees won't come out when you're up, but you slide out when you fall. Strap yourself in as tightly as you need to.

• Sixth, make sure you keep holding onto that rope. The rope at points will pull away from you and you will feel like it's going to fall. When that happens, take both hands and pull it back towards you. When you do this it will give you some slack.

• Seventh, remember at all times to lean back. You don't want to lean to far back because you will be off balance and fall. But you also don't want to lean to far forward or you will do a nose dive. You want to lean just a little back. When the waves come, make sure you really lean back.

Kneeboarding can be a lot of fun once you learn to get up. It sometimes takes a few tries, but you will get it. Never give up. I always say, once you get up for the first time, you will get up every time. Go out and have fun with it. Once you master getting up try doing spins or some tricks. It's a lot of fun when you have another person going with you because then you can try and push each other off, splash each other and just have laughs about it. Go out and try knee boarding!

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Kneeboarding?

rands asked:

so i kind of taught myself to knee board. My mom was trying to explain to me how to do it, but she's never done it before. and the way she was explaining it to my aunt and uncle, they couldn't immagine anyone actually pulling themselves up on the board while it was moving. I did manage to pul myself up, and get the strap on and everything, but i got pretty beat up. bruises completely covering my knees and elbows, and some on my shins, and thumb. I was just wondering if this is really how the knee board was meant to be used, or if i just did it the hard way the last few times i've gotten up? I'll gladly take any pointers you have to give.

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Knee Boarding Tips For Beginners – Deep Water Starts

Nicola Kennedy asked:

Being new to the sport of kneeboarding it's really hard to start off especially if you are a beginner. As an introduction to 'boat-towed' sport, a kneeboard is a great piece of equipment to practice with. The low center of gravity often makes it easier to get up on than a water ski or wakeboard, which both require standing up.

Here are two ways to do a deepwater kneeboard start, the belly start and the low buoyancy start.

The Belly Start

o The most common kneeboard start is the belly start or abdomen start. In performing this, you should put down your belly on the board with the strap laying forward and pointing towards the nose of the board.

o The nose of the board should be sticking out of the water. Place your one hand on the side of the board and the other hand grasping the rope and on holding the other side of the board.

o As the boat starts moving pull your knees ahead into the padded knee wells on the board. And as you do this, try not to bend forward, and keep your weight back.

o When you feel balanced, let go of the rope with your one hand, and with the other hand pull the strap up over your knees and tighten the strap to where it feels secure. Keep your arms extended and slightly bent.

The Low Buoyancy Start

o A low buoyancy kneeboard is one that is very thin, and while you are waiting in the water it will sink slightly into the water when you put your body weight to it. This allows you to go ahead to fasten yourself into the board before the boat pulls you up.

o It is easier if you adjust the strap to your preferred fit before you get into the water. This can be done on the swim platform or on a flat spot in the boat. You just simply get on the board and adjust the length to where it slides comfortably over you knees.

o After the strap is adjusted, jump in the water with the board. Apply weight to the board by pressing down with your elbows, and with your hands on the board in the same position as described in the belly start, pull your knees up on the board and below the strap.

o This start requires less effort when the boat is pulling you out of the water and also it requires a lot of balance before the boat starts moving. You need to balance yourself to keep the board from flipping over while you are strapped in it as you wait to be pulled out of the water. Balancing in the knee board can be best achieved by moving your arms back and forth in the water as if you were treading water.

o You should remain in that position; keep your balance with the nose of the board pointing slightly out of the water. As the boat starts moving bend back and you should pop out of the water with ease. This is the time to tighten the strap if needed. Keep your arms extended and slightly bent.

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How to Kneeboard Instructional

When it comes to any sport, including kneeboarding, to start is the most difficult part. After you figure out all the basics, everything will be much easier. The advanced stuff will be more accessible for you to understand once you have understood the basic principles on which everything else, no matter how advanced, is based on. The following text will try to teach you to better understand the basics of kneeboarding.

There are two starting points for someone who is just starting kneeboarding. The popular ones are the deepwater start, the beach start and the dock start. The easiest is the deepwater start. It shouldn’t be too difficult for anyone to start kneeboarding by using the deepwater start. If you happen to have issues with any of the methods to start kneeboarding, then get a kneeboard that has a hydro hook on its nose, because it will definitely get you kneeboarding in no time. It doesn’t even require any prior experience.

To start the deepwater start, you first have to lie down flat on your kneeboard while having your legs straight at the back. Now hold the rope with both of your hands and while doing that pull yourself up on both of your elbows. From that position get yourself up nice and slowly by pulling yourself onto your knees. When you manage to achieve this position, you can put the strap around your thighs. Also make sure that that the boat is going quite slowly, around 15-20mph, while you’re getting into your position.

Now, if you have managed to do that, everything else will be much easier. Not right away, but eventually, like when you manage to do the deepwater start faster and easier, it will mean that you have finally passed the beginner level. It will be easier to understand what is needed to achieve and move to the advanced level. You will eventually need a better kneeboard for advanced tricks and stunts. The best thing to do after getting good at one start is to start figuring out the next type of start, and the next, and as you will see, every one of the starts has its own reputation as to why it’s hard. After you have managed to be very proficient in all the starts, and once that you managed to acquire confidence, you can start learning all the tricks that kneeboarding has to offer. Experiment with various tricks, but do practice safety while doing so, and especially if it your own trick that you are trying to learn to impress your friends.

The thing to take in consideration here is to remember that you are beginner.  You can read and watch many instruction videos for advanced kneeboarding and all that is great, but you probably won’t be able to understand all the points explained.  If you proceed with wrong or incomplete instructions, or misunderstood, then you could end up in a lot of trouble. So, just take baby steps, it will save you from a lot of trouble later.