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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Kneeboard Surfing vs Kneeboard Towing

There are two ways that one can choose when it comes to kneeboarding water sport. There is kneeboard surfing and kneeboard towing. Each has its pros and cons. One is easier to do, the other costs a lot, but after reading this comparison, hopefully you’ll be able to decide the proper way for you to go kneeboarding.

The simplest, in that it requires the least amount of equipment and is cheapest, is kneeboard surfing. It’s cheap and fast to set it up to go kneeboard surfing. Surfing means that it requires help from Mother Nature regarding the waves. Aside from that, it requires skill to deal with the waves that nature throws at you. Regardless of the fact that you do not need too much equipment, you still have to make sure that the equipment that you do get is the proper equipment, great quality and suited for you and your skill level. Another cool feature with kneeboard surfing is that it’s a one man or woman job. There is no need for an extra hand to help you with getting everything set for kneeboard surfing. Although if you are beginner, you may consider having at least a spotter, but a qualified instructor is preferred.

When it comes to kneeboard towing, it costs more than kneeboard surfing and it requires an extra hand to do the towing. Aside from extra equipment and extra cost, you don’t have to worry about nature helping you out with proper wind and waves, because you will have artificial help from the motor boat or whatever is towing you. Another extra that you will need is skill for that type of kneeboarding. All the person that will be doing the towing has to be, unless if you are willing to risk your life by being driven by someone who has very little or no experience at kneeboard towing, is a expert. You may also want to consider getting a proper kneeboard that can handle being towed. I would have to be good quality and resistant to various external factors that can arise when it comes to kneeboard towing.

Basically, it’s up to you to make a decision based on your experience and level of skill. Also, you have to take into consideration the total cost of kneeboard surfing compared to total cost of kneeboard towing. There is also the issue with kneeboard towing that you have to consider the driver of the motor boat or whatever water vehicle that will do the towing.  This driver has to be someone who has enough experience in kneeboard surfing, does not drink while on duty and other small yet important factors need to be considered prior to getting yourself and your kneeboard towed. Regarding weather issues, you’ll be able to go kneeboard towing regardless of the weather up to a reasonable point.