Learning to wakeboard does need a little patience, but when you break it down, it’s really all about balance. Once you’ve got the hang of how to stand up and stay up on the board, gliding in and out of the wake feels almost natural—and it can be addictive, especially for adrenaline junkies. Don’t expect to immediately start doing flips though; that takes skill, practice, and time, so build up your confidence first and see where it takes you. And, since your hands will be busy, make sure to keep anything you need to take with you in a clip-on a secure pouch like the water-resistant Pack-It Gear Pouch—it’s perfect for ensuring everything inside stays dry, while you live your best wakeboarding life.
Windsurfing is one of those water sports that looks way harder than it is. Of course, you do need to get your balancing game on, but you’ve also got the luxury of holding onto a sail which can help you stabilize. Much like wakeboarding, the challenging part is getting and staying up on the board—both of which are actually much easier if you catch a gust of wind, which of course, is the name of the game. You’ll definitely get wet, so be sure to have a lightweight 20L Wayfinder Backpack or versatile 60L Cargo Duffel Hauler loaded up with a towel, extra set of dry clothes, and ocean-safe sunscreen waiting for you when you come to shore.