Accessories are a fundamental part of all sporting disciplines.
Whether as a complement to the activity itself or as a facilitator of certain actions, these accessories generally enhance the experience, and wakeboarding is no different.
Whether you wakeboard on a boat or on the cable you will find a range of accessories that will be very useful in training and practice, their main purpose is to help you enjoy the sport to the fullest.
Wakeboarding is fun, without forgetting technique and safety measures, riders take to the water to experience new sensations and to make the most of their time on the board.
When accessories are added to the sport, the aim is to improve performance on the water as well as to protect safety.
The right wakeboarding accessory allows for a safe experience.
Although it is true that with the wake and the cable system that pulls it along, athletes can already consider themselves complete to start with, the accessories are of particular importance for the whole sporting experience or as an entertainment activity.
If you’ve already put all your attention on getting your best board, it’s time to pay attention to these additional add-ons.
In the following we will describe the accessories that we consider essential for safe and comfortable wakeboarding.
Taking care of your skin is essential in everyday life and even more so when doing water sports, solar radiation, even in winter or under cloudy skies can do a lot of damage to the skin, some of this damage will be noticeable immediately and some may show up years later.
There is a wide variety of options, some in small presentations that are ideal to carry with you and apply from time to time.
The laces of your boots tend to wear out frequently.
For this reason, it will be necessary to have an extra pair with you when practising, so you can save yourself some hassle, if they break during practice, just stop for a moment to change them and that’s it, let the fun continue.
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Not having your laces handy could cost you the day until you replace them.
Towels are an item that may seem obvious, but many athletes forget their usefulness beyond keeping you dry when you’re out of the water.
It also allows for other uses such as shelter from the sun or breeze while you’re out of the water waiting for your buddies to do their laps.
Always take care of your towels to keep them dry and well washed, take them out of the bag and put them in the sun to avoid bad smell, you can find them in light and easy to dry fabrics, very suitable for water sports.
Make sure it is also quite absorbent, only you know how soaked you can get when you get out of the water.
With the constant movement and environmental conditions to which your equipment is subjected, there is always the likelihood that some screws will loosen and fall out, resulting in a loss of firmness and security.
A general recommendation is to tighten all the screws on your equipment before each training session or board outing. If you recognise which screws loosen most frequently, you can have them replaced.
At least one of each type in your bag, well protected and close at hand, can save you from more than one inconvenience, or even an unpleasant incident.
Spare bolts will be of no use if you don’t have a way to tighten or replace them.
Carrying one or more screwdrivers with you on every wakeboarding session will save you some hassle in case a screw comes loose on any of your essential equipment.
A screwdriver that fits the heads of different screws is one of those things that you don’t appreciate until you don’t need it, but as always it’s better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it.
In addition to those described here it is important to recognise that there are other accessories, which form part of the rider’s wakeboarding equipment such as knee pads, waistcoats, bags and clothing specially designed for the sport.
The essential and the important
Personal equipment and the equipment that allows you to tow your boards is undoubtedly the most important thing for wakeboarding and other water sports, but that does not take away from the importance of accessories.
If everything in your equipment works but you don’t have one of these accessories available when you need them, everything can be ruined.
Imagine the pain and discomfort of sunstroke and how it can damage your plans for the day and beyond, the same if you catch a cold from being exposed to the breeze while wet, let alone losing a screw in the middle of a performance on the water.
Taking precautions and complementing your equipment with the accessories we have recommended will only give you greater peace of mind that you will be protected.
Organise these accessories so that they always have a place in your bag and you will realise the great advantages of being preventive.
Part of the fun is that nothing can spoil it, so with every precautionary measure you take you’ll be giving more space to the in-water moments on your board, and in many occasions these wakeboard accessories are also a great help to your fellow riders.
If you are looking for extreme wakeboarding experiences, preparation is important as well as having the essential safety accessories at hand. If you still have any doubts, visit our online shop and check out our offers, with specialised technical advice on wakeboarding.