If you like water skiing, you should definitely try wakeboarding. Wakeboarding seems to be easier on the body than slalom skiing to “walk normally back and forth behind the boat”. In addition, making jump jumps on a wakeboard requires less effort than moving a slalom from one side to the other. Remember that it took days for the inventor of water skiing to discover it for himself and, if he were alive, he would expect the same from you.
In addition, a deepwater launch with a wakeboard gives the cyclist more time to get out of the water than a slalom ski (quicker start). Water skiers try to apply as much friction as possible to the rope in turns to form a wall of water. If you have a tower attachment of the same height for making knee pads as you would use for water skiing, you might get a little more air than you expected when making knee pads. On the other hand, when you wake up with two skis, you'll have to deal with the skis wobbling and moving away from each other.
The hardest part is getting your knees into position once the knee brace is on an airplane, but most people are able to master even this most challenging step without much trouble. Water skiers rarely want to fly, so they can attach the rope to the boat's central tow point. However, when you're skating on your knees, your center of gravity is low on the board and you're naturally centered on the board. Generally speaking, cyclists with experience in sports, such as skateboarding, snowboarding and surfing, tend to learn wakeboarding much faster.
When trying to compare the ease of learning to wakeboard with water skiing, opinions differ depending on the cyclist's experience with water skiing. When you water ski, you should work actively to keep your legs together, as they will tend to stretch with water resistance. Like wakeboarding, you'll need to focus on your muscle strength if you want to stand for more than a few seconds. Later, when wakeboarding became popular, boats had to change to adapt to the different needs of the sport.
According to an article published in the Journal of Sports Science Medicine, wakeboarding-related injuries are most likely to affect the head and neck, in addition to other dislocations, while water skiing injuries mainly affect the hips and lower limbs, most often sprains or strains. Driving speed and boat driver experience have a major influence on how simple or challenging your wakeboarding or water skiing session is. Both wakeboarding and water skiing require hydroplaning behind a board towed by a rope that is held with your hands.