It was on my Bucket List. I dreamed of doing it long back. I saw myself standing on the board grinning while being pulled around the murky water. I was having a great time.
Then reality sets in.
OMG!!! Wakeboarding is no walk in the park. Those people you see flying like a feather on top of the board with a wide smile on their faces, IGNORE them because they’re making you believe that it’s that easy hahahaha. Seriously, I believe they also gone through the process and in some ways they might have also drank a few gallons of water like I did before they became that good, or perhaps, they’ve been doing this long before the sport was invented hahahah (the green-eyed monster is here LOL).
Which makes me wonder. Who in his right mind made this water sport?!? WHO??
According to Mr. Wikipedia, Wakeboarding is a surface water sport which involves riding a wakeboard over the surface of a body of water. It was developed from a combination of water skiing, snowboarding and surface techniques. It was said to be created in Australia and New Zealand and since the list of originators is quite long so let’s just move on LOL. But let me say this first: Whoever made this sport, I don’t know whether to thank you for allowing me to have one of the best memories worth bragging or to hate you for giving me the opportunity to make an ass of myself .
Let’s revert to the tale of my first ever wakeboarding, which (by the way) only lasted for two hours LOL. You think two hours is quite short for a first-timer? Well, you have to try it for yourself so you’ll understand when I say that two hours of pulling, falling off the board and drinking water is already enough to have a full body aches for a couple of days.
Don’t get me wrong, they taught us the basics before they allowed us to ride the board. However, no matter how hard I try to do what they told me, I always end up pulling the rope rather than being pulled by it. The guy reminded me over and over again to just relax and allow the rope to pull me. I did but only for a few seconds and then I panic hahahahah. Thankfully after a thousand and one tries, I finally got it. I was able to stay on the board and completed the entire course before I fell off again. Well, this is my first time so you got to give me a break .
After an hour, I graduated from Seiza (a Japanese word meaning “correct sitting”) and moved on to “sitting defecation posture” on the board. But before this monumental moment, I was trying to negotiate with the guide to let me kneel until my time is up but he told me that kneeling will give me more body pain than the new position. So, I trusted his insight and abide by his new instruction. And LO! I did it on my first go although only for a few meter (around 1 meter to be exact hahahah). I made a couple more attempts before I was able to stay longer on the board – I covered half of the course before drinking the murky water again . That was definitely a great achievement for someone like me! LOL.
In spite of all the hardships, gallons of murky water and body aches, I would still love to do this again. This will remain untouched in my bucket list because I need to be able to stand on the board before I cross-out this one. After all this is called wakeboarding