If you are new to water sports, you could hear the words wakesurfing and wakeboarding and ask yourself if they are the same thing. Although wakesurfung is similar to wakeboarding in some ways, there are several major differences in terms of equipment, method and technique. Even seasoned wakeboarders need to keep these differences in mind when they decide to try wakesurfing, but do not worry, we at Wake UP! Wakesurfing Koh Phangan is here to help you get up and ride a bike in no time.

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<p> The most obvious difference between wakeboarding and wakesurfing is the method. In wakeboarding, the rider is pulled by the boat with the help of a tow rope while a wakesurfer uses only a tow rope to get them started on the wave. Once a wakesurfer is up and on the wake, they drop the rope and roll freely on the wave, just like the surf of the ocean. Look! No hands! </p>
<p> Wakesurfing is popular with surfers because the wave just does not end and you wash on the shore after these exhilarating moments. An ocean wave usually lasts between 5 and 30 seconds, then the surfer has to row to catch the next one. A wakesurfer can ride as long as the boat continues to provide the wave, or as long as they can stay upright. Despite all this, it took a long time for wakesurfing to become a sport in its own right. Until the '80s and' 90s, wakesurfing was a very fun experience for ocean surfers. Over time, it has evolved into an extremely popular sport outside of traditional surfing. The other advantage is that you do not really need to be near the sea to do it. Many wakesurf spots are inside the lakes. We are just lucky enough to be surrounded by beautiful warm azure waters here, so wakesurfing at Koh Phangan is enjoyed right next to the beautiful sandy beaches. </p>
<p> We have two boats at Wake Up! Both are suitable for wakeboarding, but we favor the MasterCraft for wakesurfing, not just because it has a cool name either. MasterCraft is the most recognized (and popular) brand for wakesurfing, water skiing and wakeboarding. In addition to a good quality and a high performance, an important thing to watch for is a boat that can be heavily weighed back. The weight helps create the wake and we do it with water ballast in the onboard ballast system and additional containers filled with sand to create a nice oily wave. </p>
<p> Another small difference is that compared to wakeboarding, wakesurfing occurs much closer to the boat. This makes it more sociable since your friends can sit at the back of the boat and chat with you as you ride, with words of encouragement, but it depends on the friends. </p>
<p> Wakesurfing continues to gain popularity as more and more people realize how fun and easy it is to get up and ride if you have some professional training. If you want to try wakesurfing in Koh Phangan, <a href= contact us to make a reservation or to find out more. We are happy to answer your questions and look forward to hearing from you.

PS- Look at this space for the next article in which we explain some of the basics about wakesurfing techniques!

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