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Whatever your event, you need to start doing these 4 things for better performance on the water. You will see the results instantly and will not be able to ride again without doing these essential 4 things.

  1. DISCIPLINE

Perhaps the most important step of them all, discipline comes in many forms. The first step to bringing discipline into your routine is to focus on time. Know your schedule and stick to it. Be strict with yourself and make sure that you turn up to the lake/river every time you said you would. In order to be disciplined on with your training on the water, you must start in your daily routine and life.

2. MAKE GOALS

Without a goal, there is no way to measure progress, or any reason to be motivated. Whether your goal is to simply have fun or win a competition, at the start of every season you should sit down and think about what you want to achieve. Don’t be afraid to set hard goals as this means that even if you don’t make them, you’ll still end up in a much better position than you were previously. This is one of the most important steps to having better performance.

3. REFLECT

Once you finish, it is important to reflect on your performance. Get a member of the boat crew to take a video of you doing tricks whilst you ride. It is also recommended that you reflect on other parts of your riding, what the conditions were like, how you felt, and if you spent the right amount of time in the water or not. Once you recognise your weak points, it will enable you to adapt. Therefore, you will have better performance on the water next time your ride.

4. STRETCH

It is obvious that if you want to have better performance on the water, you need as much from your body as you can get. Stretching daily is a great way to boost your performance easily. You can do as little as 5 minutes. There are so many resources online on how to stretch for certain sports, however, we will be releasing one specific to kneeboarding on YouTube in the not too distant future.

If you are looking for similar content on improving your riding but don’t have a coach, or anyone to give advice, check out our post on HOW TO BE YOUR OWN COACH now!

Start practicing these 4 tips today and observe the effect it has on your riding. We hope that you gain success from doing these things to boost your performance, and if you have any other ideas, comment them below!

Competitive kneeboarding is continually present around the world through a variety of national and international competitions. Kneeboarders compete in up to 4 disciplines: Trick, Slalom, Flipout, and Freestyle where the aim is to beat the other competitors by scoring a higher number of points by doing tricks and completing slalom courses. Take a look at our post on HOW TO MAKE A TRICK RUN now!

Average boat speed for towing a kneeboarder will vary from rider to rider, however, a good general speed for competent adults is anywhere from 18-22mph, for beginner children a slow speed such as 10mph is advised.

Kneeboarders usually wear a wetsuit, life jacket or impact vest, and a helmet (if riding on a cable). This is exactly the same as wake boarding and whilst it is not enforced, it is strongly advised that every rider wears a life jacket even if they can swim to help prevent injury or death given a worse case scenario.

Kneeboarding is relatively safe, however, head and neck injuries are the most common as when a rider falls in, off a jump, the head takes the most impact.

Some of the main companies involved in the sport are O’Brien, HO Sports and Jobe Watersports respectively.