OK, so you’ve watched our “Creating your trick passes” video and crafted the perfect trick run for your next competition. Now you are ready to take it to the water. While nobody can dispute that repetition is very beneficial to nailing your trick passes, there are some other things that you should consider instead of just doing your passes aimlessly over and over again.
I would say wakeboarding is about 75% mental and 25% physical. When it comes to competitions though, it shifts to about 95% mental. Here are some tips to exercise the mental side of things.
First off, you need to try to mimic the competition format as much as possible. If there will be a starting dock, and you intend to use it, start your session from the dock. If you don’t have access to a dock, or you are like us and the dock is too high, don’t worry, just do your normal water start which can also be performed at the competition.
As soon as you get up and the boat is up to speed, don’t waste time. Start your first trick pass. Don’t take warm-up jumps. All stretching and warming up should have been done on the dock before you got into the water. Treat everything like a competition. Your boat driver should understand the circumstances and know to do a turnaround at the end of your first pass and so on.
The second thing is to prepare for the unexpected. You can easily work this into your training. You never know what you will get come competition day. Try doing your passes at speeds up to 2 MPH faster and slower than you are use to. This will not only give you confidence in case of a bad driver, but it will also let you experience your tricks under adverse conditions, and let you know how your tricks will react at those varied speeds. Another way to vary your riding experience is to practice your passes with different weight combinations, and even shortening and lengthening your rope by about 3 feet. The width and shape of a wake is varied by so many things, and if you change around the weight on your boat and vary your rope distance slightly, you’ll be better prepared.
Before I move on, I want to mention that you do not have to do all of these things to prepare for a competition. I’m just giving you some tips and you can add what you want to your training regimen.
The final thing is to practice in all water conditions. Don’t just always seek out the glassy water. Every once in a while ride in that rough patch and get use to hitting the wake in rough water. If your competition lake has a sea wall, you can almost guarantee that you are going to have rollers come competition day.
So now that you know how to prepare for the unexpected, I’ll give you one last tip. You should use a watch and time your trick passes. I’ll get into why this is important in our next competition instructional video. See ya next time.