Wakesurfing behind a skiboat has become very popular for people who thought about learning to surf in the ocean, but live too far from a beach. Wake surfboards have taken names like “Hyperlite Landlock” for people who surf inland lakes. It has become a favorite sport for oversized men, and more popular than wakeboarding, because wakesurfing is so easy to learn. Before we talk more about this sport, we post this warning: Never wakesurf behind an outboard, stern drive, or inboard/outboard boat. If you can see the boat’s propeller, you do not want to surf behind that boat. If you break this rule, you may lose arms, a hand, a leg, or die.
Wake Surfing or Wake Surfboarding is a boating activity that doesn’t require advanced skills, and is a blast for all skill levels. You will need to start with a larger board, and use a boat with the propeller not exposed behind the boat, and a ballast fatsac system to create a good size wake. If you are in the market for a boat, think in advance if you want to wake surfing or not. The most dangerous type of boat is an outboard, and a fatal accident happen if rider falls into the prop of an outboard.
Given that you have a good board boat, you can look at ballast systems for it. Fly High is he most popular brand and the only company that makes a plug and play fatsac system for popular boats like Mastercraft. Read our guide about fatsacs here: Fatsac Setup Guide.
Have a good boat, now get a wakesurfer. This video will give you an idea of the types of wake surfboards available: Wake Surfer Types and Sizes.
Once you get started, you can try more ballast to create bigger wakes. Remember, the bigger the wake, the more fun. As you gain experience, you can buy a shorter and lighter board to start learning tricks and turns.