Wakeboarding came onto the scene in the 1980s when surfers started hitching rides on boats with a rope, similar to waterskiing. The wakeboarding craze caught on, and surfers began to design actual wakeboards. These new types of boards maintained balance and steadiness, increased speed and power, and produced larger waves while being pulled by a motorboat. By the 1990s, wakeboarding became a recognized extreme sport and it developed a culture which now includes specialized gear, television coverage, competitions and professional organizations.
Having the right preparation and knowledge can help you to return to dock safely as shown in this infographic about wakeboarding essentials: