Fun in the Sun-Alternative Water Sports

When the summer sun is relentless, sometimes the only escape is to retreat to the water.

By now we’re probably all familiar with the more traditional water sports that enable you to beat the heat such as sailing, kayaking, surfing, and waterskiing, but did you know that there is a wave of alternative more extreme water sports available for the public to try?

Try out some of the following water sports that seem to defy the laws of physics, and embark on an exciting summertime adventure.

Windsurfing-This sport combines elements of surfing and sailing, so a good sense of balance is a MUST! A sail is attached to 3-meter long board to form a contraption that looks like a minimalistic version of a sailboat. Windsurfers enjoy a range of motion and experiences beyond the scope of sailing, such as, jumping in the air, loops, and other spinning maneuvers.

Wake Boarding- This sport combines waterskiing, snowboarding, and surfing techniques into one experience where the rider is towed across the surface of the water by a motorboat. This sport is very popular because it is great for riders of all skill levels, and is a fairly easy to learn. Wake boarders can enjoy a variety of tricks ranging from rolls and flips that can take place as high as 20 feet in the air.

Kite Surfing- Have you ever wished you could fly? Then give kite surfing a try. Most kite surfing boards are similar to wake boards in that your feet are strapped securely onto the board. The size of the board will vary depending on your skill and difficulty level. As a kite surfer you have control over the kite with a series of pulleys. One advantage to kite surfing is that it requires less wind than sailing or windsurfing.

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Sit-Down Hydrofoil- Never heard of this? That’s probably because it seems like the stuff of science fiction. Sit-down hydrofoil is a form of waterskiing where you don’t actually ride the water. The rider instead sits down and is strapped onto a board with a seat that hovers above the water and is kept propped up by a long fin partially submerged under the surface of the water. Hydrofoil riders experience the sensation of floating through the air as they hold on to a rope handle and are dragged by a speed boat.

Barefoot Waterskiing- Yes, it’s possible, and it’s exactly what it sounds like! The only equipment necessary is a boat, handles and rope, and a good set of abdominal muscles. This sport might be a little tricky at first, but once you get the hang of it, you’ll swear you’re walking on water. Next time you’re out on the lake, consider giving it a try.

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Hopefully these options have broadened your horizons on what is possible on the water. If you try any of these this summer, be sure to take a pic and edit it with Photofy! We would love to become a part of your adventures!