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Wakeboarding on Lake Tarpon
By TERRY TOMALIN, Times Outdoors Writer
© St. Petersburg Times, published May 5, 2000
The sport -- a combination of surfing, skateboarding, snowboarding and trick water skiing -- isn't as hard as it looks. The boards, made of thin, compression-molded epoxy-Fiberglas, are performance-oriented machines, but with foot straps/boots and variable fin assemblies, they can adapt to any riding style.
The most popular boards are double-ended and resemble a snowboard in design. They allow a wake rider to switch directions and perform spinning turns. But beginners shouldn't concern themselves with aerials and flips.
A wakeboard with a longer, straighter outline, or template, will perform longer, straighter turns and is better suited for the beginner. Fin assembly also is important: a shallow fin is designed for tricks and high-performance maneuvers; a deep fin provides more stability.
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