- -Makes it easier for people to learn to ride, pulling the rider up rather than straight.
- -Allows for more air in jumps and flips, again with the rope pulling from up higher, pulling the rider up more rather than straight.
- -Clears up leg room in the boat with board racks to hold wakeboards, water-skis, kneeboards, and surfboards.
- -Allows hanging speakers and lighting from the tower for a louder ride on the water, and jam to your tunes while wakeboarding!
- -Makes every boat look 10x cooler!
So whether you are wanting to install it yourself as a family winter project or want us to install it, look no further, we have many different options of very sturdy, reliable towers from Roswell Wake Air. Prices vary with boat to boat, install fees, and customization. Contact us today!
Be the Champion of the Lake
By Raimi Merritt
No matter whether you ride only weekends in the summer or throughout the year in warm climates, you can be the champion of your lake by just focusing on three key elements.
It doesn’t matter if you just started riding for fun on weekends or you want to make it as a pro rider -- understanding and implementing the three keys will set your learning on a continuous upward path.
Wake jumps, spins, and inverts are at the core to getting good and becoming a great rider. It’s just not about doing a spin or an invert; it’s about how well you do these basics.
For example, you will go a lot further by doing a perfect 180 turn than a sloppy 360. The same is true with inverts. If you are just barely landing a back roll, and you end up in squatted position with eyes closed, your progress will be inconsistent and limited.
Key 1. Wake Jumps
And at the top of the pyramid, the most important basic key for any rider is the wake jump. Wakeboarding is about getting air. The more time you can spend in the air, the more time you will have to do a spin or invert. You’ll also have plenty of time to spot your landing and to land upright, standing over the board.
Because of the sideways stance of wakeboarding, the heel-side jump is easier than the toe-side jump, so most riders spend -- too much time -- on the heel side and neglect the toe side. That’s the not the way to go if your want to be the champion of your lake.
If you favor the heel side too much or if you’re just learning to ride, make it a point to ride your toe-side jumps as much as your heel side. Rope length matters when you’re learning. I use a low-stretch line with handle that in total is 75’. But to make clearing both wakes easier, you might attach the line on a take-off loop to make it 5 feet shorter.
You can do plenty of drills to get stronger, especially on your toe side. For example, make carving turns inside the wake and then go way outside the wake and cut in, both on toe side and heel side toward the wake. Then stop before you hit the wake.
Another example: start inside the wake and cut either heel side or toe side. Then pop the wake from in-to-out and then do out-to-in.
Remember, the goal is to be able to clear both wakes easily from either heel side or toe side. Start your turn-in slowly and keep your edge consistent through the top of the wake.
These drills will get your more comfortable with your heel side as well as your toe side. But it’s just not just your regular stance that you should practice. Be versatile and expand your fun by turning the board around and riding switch stance. Try your heel-side and toe-side jumps in this direction, too.
Honing your wake-jumping skills should be an integral part of your sets. Challenge yourself on heel side and toe side as well as regular stance and switch stance -- equally.
It will take time to get comfortable in both regular stance and switch stance. But when you challenge yourself to go out and make gradual improvements, you can get to the point where you won’t even think about what direction you are riding. Once you achieve that, you can then start any trick from any direction or land any trick in any direction: it’s a great place to be.
Key 2. Spins
Next on the building blocks of learning is the spin. One of the first tricks you will do is to pop the wake and do a 180, landing in switch stance.
When you do a spin from the wake, even if it’s a 180 turn, learning the right time to begin the spin is really important. Most riders go too soon, beginning the turn at the base of the wake. Instead, you should wait until nearing the peak of the wake, even waiting until the board leaves the top of the wake.
I call that the “Now” moment, the right time to begin the rotation. It takes a little patience and discipline to wait the extra fraction to use the entire wake; however, you get a lot more air time by using the entire wake to get added height before you start rotation. When you have plenty of air time, the spin tricks are so much easier and cleaner.
The keys to a perfect spin is to rotate with your hips while keeping the upper body quiet and eyes level (ready to spot the landing). Staying close to the handle during any rotation is important if you want to keep the rotation quick, precise, and consistent.
Start with basic 180 but remember to work both heel and toe to the wake and both directions of the board. It’s a lot more fun being able to do tricks from either side of the wake.
Key 3. Inverts
Doing an invert on a board is a blast. This is really where your groundwork in becoming a strong wake jumper will pay off. That’s because the wake jump -- knowing how to easily jump the wakes -- is the core of the invert.
Let’s take the back roll as an example. Here again, the “Now” moment is really important. For example, most riders begin a back roll too early -- at the base of the wake. This causes the board not to flip up and over completely. Sometimes, the board just barely makes it, but the rider doesn’t. He ends up in a squatting position with no time to spot the landing.
Be extra patient and keep the board under you as you ride up the wake on the approach to the top for an invert. Once you’re off the wake, you are at the “Now” moment: that’s your signal to finish the invert by having the board come up and over fully with plenty of time to spot the landing. You will land upright over the board.
Above all, start working on your toe-side and switch-stance inverts instead of waiting to make one side really strong before trying the other side.
Always remember: your goal is not to try a lot or to be inconsistent at a lot of tricks but rather to master the three key elements of wakeboarding. Always continue to hone them, no matter how good you get. Do this, and for sure you will be the champion of your lake.
Bio for Raimi Merritt:
Raimi Merritt wins her 10th World Cup with her recent win in Linyi City, China. Raimi is also IWWF Open Women Wakeboard World Champion and two-time Masters Champion.
Raimi is sponsored by MonaVie, Nautique, Hyperlite, Rollei Actioncam America, Breathe Boardwear. OrigAudio, Wakami, Peripheral LS and Fly High. Visit for the latest news.
Raimi also offers personalized coaching in Orlando, Florida.
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Byerly Wakeboards Monarch Wakeboard 2014
The Monarch series has become a staple in the Byerly wakeboard line. Its mellow, Blended 3-stage rocker and shorter molded-in fins allow the board to release quicker off the wake than previous shapes. The Monarch also features two removable Blunt fins which provide stability for beginner to intermediate riders and can be removed for a looser more advanced ride. The Monarch is a proven shape at a new price.
Blended 3 stage
Shaped by Butch
Biolite 3 core
Shorter molded-in fins
Two removable Blunt fins
Reinforced footbed area
Molded-in landing feature
Double lap construction layered glass
M6 insert pack
- Ability Level: Intermediate-Advanced
- Rocker Type: Three-Stage
- Base Type: Standard Base
- Warranty: 1 Year
October 10. 2014... the wake film we have been waiting for for a couple years now is now being released and premiered! With high flying feats, double flips, osmosis spins and more this video will be displaying some of the strongest aspects of the sport and of course its nice to see a mix of cable and rail riding but lots of boat riding!
Stay tuned for this film and be looking for it soon... you won't want to miss seeing it.. makes me want to ride!
Arriving Soon at Wake Anna Surf & Ski! A new paddle board line from a trusted and known brand world wide: Body Glove. We cannot me more thrilled to be offering a new Stand Up Paddle Board line here at Lake Anna! These boards come with amazing features and are AMAZINGLY LIGHT and look GREAT! You will have come see them once they are in!