Is spring a good time to wakeboard, waterski, or wakesurf? Absolutely. Tons of people love to get out on the water in the spring. The shoulder seasons (spring and fall) provide calm water, low boat traffic, and crisp weather which make for amazing sets. Lets go over a few things to keep in mind before jumping back on the water for those first few spring rides.
1. How to stay warm when you’re in the water
A nice wetsuit will make a world of difference when the water is cold, plus they add a bit of protection when you take those inevitable falls as you regain your sea legs. Depending on where you are, you might be able to get away with just a wetsuit top or a spring suit, but if you’re in a colder region a full wetsuit is your best bet.
2. How to stay warm when you’re out of the water
One of the best pieces of gear you can for spring and fall riding is a changing towel. Simply put, these towels allow you to change out of your wetsuit/swimsuit, dry off, and stay warm. Changing towels are great for all seasons, but are especially useful in the spring and fall.
3. How to prevent injuries/hard falls
You might have ended the last season with a new P.B. in the course, or maybe a handful of new tricks, fantastic. However, you can’t expect to pick up right where you left off last season, ease your way into skiing or riding. Focusing on the fundamentals early in the season will pay off immensely later in the season. The last thing you want is to risk an injury before summer even starts.
4. How to maximize your water time
This doesn’t necessarily have to do directly with skiing or riding, but the best time to teach your friends and family to back down the launch ramp, drive, and park the boat is pretty much anytime that isn’t peak boating season. Boat ramps, docks, and lakes get busy during the summer, so it’s best to teach the fundamentals of boating during the off season. A stress-free learning environment makes getting out on the water more enjoyable for everyone involved. Plus, the more friends and family you teach to drive the boat, the more time you’ll be able to get on the water.
Spring is one of the best times get out on the water on the lake or at the cable park, teach your friends and family about boating, and take some awesome calm water sets. With the right gear, a sunny spring day can rival even the best summer days on the water.
Preparation and Equipment Check:
As spring arrives, it’s crucial to inspect all your skiing gear after the winter hiatus. Take time to thoroughly examine your skis, ropes, bindings, and safety equipment for any signs of wear or damage. Ensure everything is in top condition before hitting the water.
Awareness of Water Conditions:
Spring waters can be chilly due to the lingering cold from winter. Dress appropriately by wearing a wetsuit or thicker neoprene to stay warm. Additionally, keep an eye out for debris or obstacles in the water, as spring runoff might introduce new elements into your skiing environment.
Gradual Return to Skiing:
Ease back into waterskiing after the break. Start with easier runs to reacquaint yourself with the sport, allowing your body to adjust and regain its form and confidence on the water.
Safety should always be a priority. Wear a properly fitting life jacket and ensure all safety equipment on the boat is up to date. Given the potential unpredictability of spring weather, keep a lookout for changing conditions and head back to shore if needed.
Before skiing, engage in thorough stretching to prevent injuries. Winter inactivity can cause muscle stiffness, so warm-ups are essential to avoid strains or discomfort.
Be mindful of the changing weather patterns typical of spring. Keep track of weather forecasts and remember that early mornings often offer calmer waters due to reduced wind.
Sun Protection and Hydration:
Even with cooler temperatures, dehydration and sunburn remain potential risks. Apply sunscreen and stay hydrated, as water reflects UV rays and exposure can be high.
Practice Falls and Technique:
Refresh your memory on falling techniques and practice getting up from a fall efficiently. The colder spring waters might make it harder to recover quickly, so practicing this skill is crucial.
Embrace the Season:
Finally, cherish the beauty of spring while skiing on the water. Take in the stunning scenery as nature wakes up from its winter slumber, making the experience not just about the sport but also about the rejuvenating spirit of the season.
Remember, these preparations and considerations can contribute significantly to a safer and more enjoyable spring waterskiing experience.