During my three-day stay in Seagrove Beach last weekend, I saw lots of kids and teenagers trying out a somewhat newfangled sport called kite boarding. Or wake boarding? No, skin boarding. I don’t know! They had this little board, and they would throw it down and then rid the wave “spittle” on the beach as the wave completely petered out. Sometimes they would go ten feet, sometimes twenty, and sometimes they would face plant. That’s when I would cover my mouth to stifle my giggle. But, it’s really hard to make fun of someone when 1)You have no idea what the name for what they’re doing is and 2)You would also probably without any doubt in the world faceplant, too. And probably into a shallow herd of jelly fish, because that’s just your luck.
After realizing my ignorance between all the different type of board sports out there, I decided to post a little glossary for you. That way, the next time you’re at the beach and you see a wake boarder, you can say “Dude! That wake boarder is really cutting it up!” instead of “Wow! That um, guy, out there on that board thingy is really, doing whatever that is, really well!”
1. Wake Boarding
From what I understand, wake boarding is kind of like snowboarding on water. You’re pulled by boat, but instead of having two skis like you would in water skiing, your feet are both attached to what looks like a small boogie board. Those guys doing the crazy flips and tricks while being pulled behind a boat? Yep, those are most likely wake boarders. Those tricks are a lot harder to do when water skiing because your legs could potentially fly in different directions, which makes landing the trick less than ideal. Oh, and you don’t usually have a ramp in the middle of the water like this guy. That’s cheating.