Common wakeboarding problems with Parker Siegele and Bec Gange

Parker Siegele and Bec Gange discuss some of the common wakeboarding problems on the water including power turns, running out of fuel, wrapping the tow rope around the propellor, friends that don't help out, leaving riders behind, and sticking to the right.
Bec Gange: Hey, I'm Bec Gange, and I'm from Mildura in Victoria, I'm a pro wake boarder and I was the 2014 World Champion.

Parker Siegele: Parker Siegele here, current national champion, from the Barossa Valley, South Australia.

Bec Gange: So here's a couple of things that can go wrong when you're out in the water and here's a few pointers to make your day more enjoyable.

Yeah, power turns are just really big, fast turns, around the river. When someone falls, when you do a power turn you're actually leaving your rider open in the water. So that's more dangerous for the rider because other boats will be coming through, and you're not on the line that you were going.

So power turns really upsets the water, other riders. It's actually quite dangerous, especially when it's busy out in the river.

Parker Siegele: Yeah, one common problem with going out in the boat is not having enough fuel. So, at the start of the day just make sure you're all filled up. Because you can get out there and lose track of time, and before you know it, it's empty. As long as you have enough fuel, you'll always be safe out there.

Bec Gange: So ropes and props don't go well together. So I've done it a fair few times when I'm not concentrating. Once the prop gets a hold of the rope, that's it, your ropes buggered and you've got to buy a new one. And yeah, it's no fun. So yeah, just make sure you know where your rope is, even when the riders finish, get the observer to roll it in so the rope's in the boat.

Being out in the boat for a whole day can be fun for everybody, your crew and everything, but there's always that one person that actually owns the boat that had to pay for everything. They clean everything. So if you're heading out on someone's boat, just make sure you bring supplies, some food, some fuel, some drinks, so some water and stuff, just make it a fun day.

Parker Siegele: Another common mistake when out on the water is actually leaving your rider behind. Because sometimes you might have your observer, they might be on their phone, not really paying attention. Yeah and before you know it the rider's fallen and they're halfway down the river.

So, yeah always keep a lookout to see if they've fallen and you can get back to them safely, before other boats come out near them.

Also, another common problem is people not knowing their routes on the river or waterway. What you want to do is stick to the right side, or just off centre to the right side, unless it's unsafe.

A lot of this stuff that we're talking about is common sense, so if you stick by all these then you're going to be safe on the water no matter what.