Waterskiing and wakeboarding

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Waterskiing and wakeboarding

Everyone can go and have fun on the water, regardless of whether you are interested in water skiing, wakeboarding, or barefoot skiing.

About the training
You can go water skiing or wakeboarding as a fun leisure activity, but you can also train and compete in a club. On your feet you have either special water skis or a wakeboard that is like a snowboard-like board. You are holding a rope that is fastened to a boat or a cable system that pulls you across the water. You can ride standing or sitting, depending on the type of disability you have. There are three disciplines – slalom, trick and jump. Many clubs also offer other activities such as tube riding and Stand Up Paddle (SUP).

Target group for the activity
… has a mobility impairment, visual impairment or intellectual disability. If you are a seated skier, you are sitting in a chair which in turn is attached to a stand on a wider ski. It’s called sitski. If you can stand on your own skis, but have reduced balance, muscle strength or need support in other ways, you can get assistance from two other skiers. You then use a so-called triple-bar or three-part boom and go together. If you have a visual impairment, you can go audio slalom. Then a sensitive sound device is placed on the drawbar in the boat which gives you a signal when you have reached the right angle on the side of the boat. The sound device is a combined speaker and protractor.

Rules
In slalom, the boat runs in a straight line between six buoys (three on each side) and the boat always maintains a constant speed that is increased in 3 km / h intervals until it reaches a maximum of 58 km / h for men and 55 km / h for women. When you have passed both the entrance and exit gate and rounded all six buoys at the maximum speed, the line is shortened at predetermined intervals. It is important to round as many buoys as possible with the shortest line.

In tricks, you have 2 x 20 seconds to do as many and difficult tricks as possible. All tricks have a predetermined point value and the tricks are judged by five judges.

In jumping, it is important to jump as far as possible. The jump ramp is 125, 150 or 165 cm high depending on class. If you are a seated skier, you usually use a relatively wide ski so as not to sink too much at the moment of landing. If you have a visual impairment, you have a companion with you who gives you a signal when it is time for you to jump.

Equipment
Water skis or wakeboards are usually available to borrow.

Boat, also provided by the club.