Darin Shapiro

Headed to a wakeboard camp? These 10 tips might help! by wakeboard legend Darin Shapiro

If you are planning on booking a trip to a wakeboard camp this season you might want to consider a few things before heading out on your trip.

1. Set realistic goals. Practically everyone wants to get their first invert going but, if you are ┬ájust barely making heel side wake jumps, then back rolls may not yet be on the menu. Usually a coach will have a rider doing toeside and heel side wake jumps and 180’s before inverts are even considered.

2. If you feel like your coach is pushing you to do tricks way above your comfort level, then they probably are. A great question to ask yourself and the coach is, “have I learned all of the basics leading up to this trick?”

3. The number one job I have when I am working with someone is to keep them from hurting themselves. If someone helping you doesn’t seem to have this philosophy, run.

4. Bring your own gear. If they say they have gear at the camp then at least try to bring your own boots unless you’re ready to try new ones.

5. It’s a good idea to be in decent shape for your trip. I suggest ramping up your fitness for 2-3 weeks before hand. On the other hand there is no need to beat yourself up riding a ton before you get to your wakeboard destination.

6. Make a plan to pace yourself so you don’t blow out by the second or third day. Every week I see riders pound three sets out the first and second day to only be totally worthless by day three. If you’re riding for more than two days I recommend no more than two sets per day for day one and two. On day three take one riding set and then see how you feel after that.

7. Have at least an afternoon or two to get out and do something else that you enjoy. Take a breather from the routine. If you are working with someone who is having you ride three or four sets everyday you may want to take a step back and reconsider your approach. I disagree with that kind of training.

8. Wakeboard training can be approached many different ways besides all water training. Land work, trampoline work and video analysis are some of my favorites. Does your destination have these tools for you to work with?

9. Does your coach ride with you and show you techniques? If you are a visual learner with a “monkey see monkey do” disposition, then this is a great tool.

10. People tend to fall into audible and/or visual leaning categories. Which one are you? Hopefully you will be working with a coach who recognizes the differences with their students.

Wishing you all a safe and happy learning experience.

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Darin Shapiro

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