History of Wakeboarding
With the continued success of the National
Wakeboard League (NWL), USA
Wakeboard has charged ahead as the nation's leader in grassroots
wakeboarding. Whether you are a beginner or giving the pro tour a
thought, USA Wakeboard provides you with opportunities to ride
in a competitive, but fun atmosphere. Through its groundbreaking NWL, USA
Wakeboard has sanctioned more than 200 wakeboard tournaments over the past two years.
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has been one of the biggest sports-related phenomenons of the past
decade. Once considered an obscure addition to the family of water
sports, it now is recognized as the fastest growing water sport in the
world. Last year, nearly 4 million people across the globe participated
in this fast moving and awe-inspiring sport. Although it is easy to see
why people are attracted to the spectacular moves of wakeboarding, it is
not easy to identify the sport's birth. Perhaps the origins of
wakeboarding will never be known, but surfers deserve most of the credit
because the beginnings of the new sport most likely began when surfers
started being towed with a ski rope behind a boat.
San Diego surfer named Tony Finn began the wakeboard revolution in 1985
when he developed the Skurfer — a cross between a water ski and a
surfboard. Finn diligently promoted his Skurfer, and was quite
successful in raising people's level of awareness to the new sport.
However, it took the design skills of Herb O'Brien to truly send the
sport off into new heights. O'Brien, owner of H.O. Sports, a leading
water ski manufacturer, took an interest in advancing the sport in the
late 80s. Before long he changed the wakeboard industry by
introducing the first compression-molded neutral-buoyancy wakeboard, the
Hyperlite. This innovation led to a massive growth of the wakeboarding
marketplace that continues to this day. The Hyperlite's natural buoyancy
allowed easy deepwater starts, which in turn made wakeboarding
to virtually everyone.