Sea-Doo and the Nike 6.0 wakeskate team have teamed up to produce a third season of instructional videos that will be posted beginning this week in the WAKE area of the Sea-Doo website and on the Sea-Doo youtube channel. The videos feature wakeskate pros Nick Taylor, Ben Horan, and Andrew Pastura. Each offers a short tutorial, from basic techniques to pro-level tricks. A new video segment will be posted each week, according to Sea-Doo. (See the first one below.)
A wakeskate is an off-shoot of a wakeboard. If a wakeboard is analogous to a snowboard, in that your feet are attached to the board with bindings, the wakeskate is more like a skate board, because there are no bindings. The top of the board is covered with a textured material that provides some traction, and it helps to ride while wearing shoes, which is why Nike is involved with its skate-oriented 6.0 brand.
Wakeskate riders can’t achieve the high altitudes possible on a wakeboard, and the tricks they perform are much like those done on a skateboard, including rail slides. In the beginning, these were done on docks, which was not very safe. Now riders erect wakeskate “parks” with rails set up on posts in shallow water. This is where Sea-Doo comes in. Early on, wakeskaters found a watercraft was the perfect tow vehicle for their sport precisely because it can be operated in very shallow water. A watercraft is also much more maneuverable than a powerboat, important because these parks are often set up in a tight back-bays and canals where they won’t bother other boaters. And because you fall down a lot while learning to wakeskate, so the tow vehicle spends a lot of on pick-up runs.
“Pro rider Nick Taylor was one of the first to use a watercraft for towing in the extreme shallows on Florida’s West Coast,” says Sea-Doo spokesman Tim McKercher. “Taylor helped prompt the introduction of the original Sea-Doo WAKE 155, which was designed for towing.”
Sea-Doo has been involved with wake sports since 1992, when it first sponsored the original Bud Wakeboard Tour, pulling athletes behind the Sea-Doo GTX watercraft. Sea-Doo is also the only PWC manufacturer to offer wake-sports-specific PWC with its Sea-Doo WAKE models, which feature a tow pylon, board rack, and in some cases ballast tanks to help increase wake size and shape.
According to Sea-Doo, the Nike 6.0 athletes have also helped further the development of the WAKE models, and their feedback was instrumental in refining the shape of the new GTI hull to enhance wake shape.
“These athletes are putting 200 to 300 hours a year on their Sea-Doo WAKE watercraft, compared to the average owner’s 33.5 hours a year,” says McKercher. “And these are pulling hours; hours on the ski pylon, in Ski Mode, stopping and starting over and over. Their feedback on product durability has led to better components and specific input on the Ski Mode functionality to offer the consumer the best possible tow-specific PWC.”
Practice does make perfect, and the riders on the Nike 6.0 crew are pretty good, as you’ll see. Riding the wakeskate is not quite as easy as they make it look, but it’s a lot of fun and a great way to use your watercraft.