Are you ready to learn how to kneeboard? If you are then you’re definitely going to need to start with how to get up on a kneeboard, right? So, what do you need to know if you’re a beginner kneeboard enthusiast? Let’s take a closer look.
Step 1: Get on the Board
The first thing that you need to do is get on the board. Start by making sure that the strap at the front of the board is completely loose and open. You’re going to need to use this later, but you don’t want to be trying to loosen it while you’re in the water. Other than that, this is the easiest part because all you’re doing is lying flat on the board while you’re getting out to the right spot. You’ll be lying down to make sure you’re not impacted by airflow at this point in the process.
Step 2: Hook the Handle
There is actually a little hook at the front of the kneeboard that you can use to attach the handle. Remember, the handle is what is actually keeping you attached to the boat, so you don’t want to drop it or they’ll have to come back around for you. By hooking the handle onto this hook you can use both of your hands to get up without having to worry about dropping the handle in the process (and having to start all over).
Step 3: Get to Kneeling
This next part is about getting to a kneeling position. You’ll need to use your elbows to pull yourself up to that proper position but be careful about keeping yourself balanced while you do. Unbalancing yourself could cause the handle to come off the hook or it could cause you to topple over the side. You want to move your knees together as much as possible and fit them into the divots on the kneeboard.
Step 4: Put on the Straps
This is the part where the strap across the board needs to go over your knees. Now that you’re in a kneeling position the strap is what’s going to keep you more secure and in that proper kneeling position. Slide it down over your knees and then tighten and secure the strap firmly.
Step 5: Grab the Handle and Go
Finally, once you’ve got your knees under you and you’re feeling secure it’s time to grab hold of the handle. Hold it in both hands to get used to the feeling of being pulled this way first and then you can take the time to practice any tricks you might want to do. You’ll also be ready for your boat driver to really start having some fun once you’re fully in position.
There are a number of different ways that a beginner kneeboard experience can go and it all depends on whether you’re fully prepared or not. With these tips, you should be able to get up on your board in no time.
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