So, me and a buddy have been thinking back about our history with wakeboarding. I started in 1996. I began snowboarding2 years earlier (the 94/95 season) and I'd grown up as a kid water skiing most my life.
My first wakeboard was a 1996 Neptune Impala.
And my buddy had a Neptune GTO. He was a slalom skiier and there were three of us that were living together in a house. My friend had just gotten his first tournament boat, a 1996 MB Sports Boss 200. One of the reasons I was down to rent a room from him was most certainly because he just bought a tournament boat!
I remember the first time I strapped my wakeboard on, I yelled "hit it" and stood right up. It was just like riding a snowboard on the water. I was crossing the wake that first pull and I was totally hooked. Later that season (or maybe the next season) I contributed to the cause buying my buddy a Skylon extended pole. Towers weren't even on the scene. (from my understanding, towers hit with the 1998 Sport Nautique).
Through the late 90's I was getting out what I consider a lot, 2 or 3 times a week throughout our Pacific NW summers...
So, that's where I started with wakeboarding. How about you all?
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12-12-2013, 07:35 PM #1
When did you start? Share your first wakeboarding memories... Mine start about '96
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12-12-2013, 10:03 PM #2
1988 skurfer, then 2007 ronix vaultA Day at the Lake...Priceless
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2007 Outback V ~ sold
12-13-2013, 01:42 AM #3Senior Member
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I started wakeboarding in the late 90's. My real passion is snow skiing; to me, summer was always that annoying time between seasons. A friend of mine had a boat and all of the toys. I knew nothing about water sports but strapping boards to my feet seemed like such a natural thing to do that I knew I needed to get in on it. I begged my way on to the boat with lessons and the rest is history. Now that I have summer and winter covered, I only have a few precious weeks between season to get anything done.2007 Mobius LSV
1989 Sanger Skier DX - sold
12-13-2013, 07:25 AM #4
had a brief stint as a kid at a cabin on the lake our family owned around water but never did recreate behind the trihull with the 65 'rude on the back. it never really ran that good and my old man didn't like working on it. it was a family-shared cabin and he took the stance that why should I work on it all weekend for others to enjoy. can't say I blame him as I reflect on the times up there.
didn't get into real watersports until july '07. went with my cousin on his boat to the lake one Tuesday night. tried surfing and got up on my second try. loved it. he then strapped a wakeboard on me and that was disaster. after several attempts and swallowing lots of water from floating on my stomach and not knowing the secret to flipping a wakeboard over, I gave up. but... bought the supra a week after that and have never looked back. my next try at wakeboarding yielded great results, but it's only a sideline for me. surfing is what we enjoy and what we spend 90% of our time doing. if I would have gotten into boating at 25 instead of 40, might be a different story on wakeboarding but today, I just don't enjoy falling that much anymore. I do still strap it on a couple of times a year and hope to continue to do that for many years to come.'06 Supra Launch 20SSV-gone but never forgotten
12-13-2013, 07:39 AM #5
12-13-2013, 09:26 AM #6
I started around age 12 or 13 ('98 or '99), about the same time as snowboarding (but I grew up skiing since before I was 2). My buddy's parents had a new 3 seater SeaDoo GTX and they bought him a cheap wakeboard with like those sandal bindings. It took us all day one day to even get up, but both of us snow ski and snowboard so once we finally got up it was great. I talked my parents into also buying a 3 seater jetski (we had a 2 seater) so that I could wakeboard, and my dad bought me a cheap wakeboard too with better bindings though. We wakeboarded all the time behind the jetskis for years, every now and then I got to do it behind somebody's boat but I had no idea what I was doing.
When I was 19 I bought a 2000 Glastron 17' I/O for $5k cash because I wanted to wakeboard more, but couldn't afford a wake boat. I had that for one season; we loaded that thing down with a big fat sac and people, and I even learned how to do a backroll behind it lol. No tower, just eye hook...had to rotate really fast!
That fall, I bought a condo on a lake. Would've been '06. I also decided in early spring to start looking at wake boats because I really wanted to get into wakeboarding more now that I was going to be on a lake. I sold the Glastron and financed a 2000 Supra Launch. From that point forward my life basically revolved around wakeboarding/surfing in the summer and skiing/snowboarding in the winter; that season I saw wakesurfing online and bought a CWB ride at the local shop. Nobody on my lake was doing it yet, so it was really interesting and a lot of fun to kind of bring it to my lake and get my lake buddies all into it.2006 Mobius LSV
Previous ride - 2000 Supra Launch
12-13-2013, 01:07 PM #7
Skied my whole life till around 2005. My brother got an O'Brien Buzz off ebay or something so we could all try it. I used to drive almost 90 min. to the water. I'd get to ski 3 times and be exhausted. I decided to try the wakeboard. Loved it right away. The first time I felt myself moving downhill on a wake was the coolest feeling (didn't jump anything at that point -- it had "sandal" bindings). So, I started riding every time out. Eventually decided we needed a Moomba for the kids. Still enjoy it but with an arm injury I only went about 3X last summer. Trying to get healthier for this season.My Mom said I'm not allowed to get wet!
2000 Outback LS (sold)
12-13-2013, 01:55 PM #8
Grew up skiing and kneeboarding behind anything that would pull us. Around 93 or so during college borrowed a buddy's skurfer for the summer. Behind a 1968 tri-hull doing 20mph that thing was like death on a stick. My brother's neck still bothers him from a nasty wipeout that year.
Around 2004 (pre Moomba) went out with some friends on their little cuddy and wound up riding in a pimped out red MC X-something with the biggest stereo known to mankind at the time - 4 subs, I think 6 amps, big row of tower speakers. Dude's name was Chopper. Watched my buddy take a set. Then it was my turn. That whole experience right there hooked me - however I rode the board like a slalom ski at first and never lifted off the wake.
Cold brews, hot weather, insane stereo blasting Aerosmith 'Sweet Emotion'. (Still one of my favorite songs and makes me think of this outing every time I hear it.) No idea what board I rode - I was too awe struck by the whole deal to pay that close of attention.
Last edited by bergermaister; 12-13-2013 at 04:21 PM.Old enough to know better, young enough to do it anyway.
12-16-2013, 06:37 PM #9
When did you start? Share your first wakeboarding memories... Mine start ab...
I first started wake boarding the summer I bought my boat. That must have been 2010 or so, a coworker of mine lived on a lake in Mississippi and had a MC Maristar and we would talk boats all the time. Well one day he called me up and asked me if I wanted to come hang out for a few days so I drove down the MS that after noon and got on a wakeboard for the first time behind his boat. Only took two pulls to get up and going. Then I bought the LSV that fall and didn't wakeboard again until April 2011 and now I am hooked.
I grew up with friends that had boats and stuff and I knew how to slalom and stuff already so I was familiar with water sports and had always wanted my own boat. Glad I got to fulfill that dream 24 years old!
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