Thursday, November 21, 2013
Have You Heard of Wakeskating?
I must be living in another planet, since this is the first time I heard of wakeskating, although I have heard of wakeboarding. The following video is so amazing, I have to share it with you. The fact that the venue was in the Ifugao Rice terraces made it more unique and worth sharing. The wakeskaters had permission to do this at the Banaue Rice Terraces in Ifugao, Northern Philippines.
Wakeskating is a water sport and an adaptation of wakeboarding that employs a similar design of board manufactured from maple or from fibre glass. Unlike wakeboarding, the rider is not bound to the board in any way, which gives the sport its own unique challenges. Instead, the top surface of the board is covered with grip tape, (in a similar fashion to a skateboard) or a soft, high-traction, foam, usually referred to as EVA foam, covering that is kinder to riders in the inevitable crashes and also allows a rider to ride barefoot. Riders usually wear shoes while riding to afford themselves extra purchases on the board, similar to skateboarding. The speed at which riders wakeskate behind a PWC (Personal Water Craft: Jet ski), boat, cable system, or winch is generally 16 – 22 miles per hour. However, this depends on water conditions, the weight of the rider, their proficiency in the sport as well as a preference matter of the rider.