It’s hard not to click through when a video of a trick wakeboarder spinning through the air pops up on your feed.
If you’re ready to see the action in person, you’ll have your chance this weekend, when the S.C. Rough Riders host their annual wakeboarding Weekend with the Pros, a two-day wakeboard extravaganza with ride-alongs, wakeboard lessons and an in-water boat show.
But the big news is that Saturday’s wakeboard show, which will feature two of the sport’s best-known athletes: four-time world champion Shaun Murray and former national champion Steel Lafferty.
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Both are famous for tricks they’ve created – think multiple twists and spins, often while (intentionally) upside-down – and the landings they’ve stuck, all while moving at about 20 mph.
Although people have been pulling kids on inner tubes around the lake forever, wakeboarding didn’t get its start until the mid-1980s. Since then, the sport hasn’t just found new ways to defy both gravity and the limits of the human skeletal system – it has spawned a language all its own. Here are a few of the more unique terms:
Bel Air: A complicated backflip invented by Shaun Murray.
Bonk: Hitting or touching an obstacle with your board.
Digger: A bad wreck.
Egg roll: Another Murray original, this one involving a front roll.
Eye-opener: A fall that occurs so quickly you don’t have time to close your eyes before hitting the water.
Rampy wake: A wake that’s better for tricks because of its gradual slope, like a ramp.
Wake to wake 1080: Launching from one side of the wake and landing on the other, while completing three full turns in the air. First landed by Steel Lafferty.
Wreck: Any time a boarder falls and releases the rope.
If you go
Weekend with the Pros
WHEN: In-water boat show, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, June 16-Saturday, June 17; pro wakeboard demo, 2 p.m. Saturday, June 17
WHERE: The Frayed Knot, 1701 Dreher Island Road, Chapin
ADMISSION: Free for both