Wakesurfing is a water sport in which a surfer trails behind a wakeboard boat, surfing the boat’s wake without being directly attached to the boat. The wake from the boat mimics the look and feel of an actual ocean wave. After getting up on the wave by use of a tow rope, wakesurfers drop the rope and ride the steep face below the wave’s peak in a fashion reminiscent of ocean surfing. Wakesurfers generally use special boards, usually five feet or shorter.
Wakeboarding is a surface water sport which involves riding a wakeboard over the surface of a body of water. It was developed from a combination of water skiing, snowboarding and surfing techniques. The rider is usually towed behind a motorboat, typically at speeds of 18-25 mph, depending on the board size, rider’s weight, type of tricks, and rider’s comfort speed.
Tubing is a recreational activity where an individual rides on top of an inner tube, either on water, snow, or through the air. The tubes themselves are also known as “donuts” or “biscuits” due to their shape. Tubing on water generally consists of two forms: towed and free-floating, also known as river tubing.
Kneeboarding is an aquatic sport where the participant is towed on a surf style board with fin(s) is also done on the waves at the beach. In the usual configuration riders kneel on their heels on the board, and secure themselves to the deck with an adjustable Velcro strap over their thighs. Most water ski kneeboards do not have fins to allow for easier surface spins. The advantages of kneeboarding versus other towed-sports seems to be an easier learning curve and a sense of being closer to the water when falls occur.
Water Skiing is a sport in which an individual is typically pulled behind a boat over a body of water, skimming the surface. Water skiing typically begins with a deep water start, with the skier crouching down in the water. When the skier is ready, the driver accelerates the boat to pull the skier out of the water.