Darin Shapiro

5 Helpful ways to choose a great wakeboard coach by world wakeboard champion Darin Shapiro

Finding a great wake coach could be a little harder to find than you might think. Here are a few things I would recommend when choosing the right wakeboarding coach to safely get the most bang for your buck.

1. Experience. Look for a coach who has been established for a long period of time. Nine times out of ten you are better off learning from someone who has taught 500 people back rolls as opposed to 5 people.

2. It is super important that you find a coach with a “progressive” teaching style. A coach that has a system of helping you progress through a range of “drills” to safely help you up the ladder of tricks.

3. Safety. Find a coach who stresses safety and injury avoidance. A large part of coaching is helping the student stay injury free while still pushing them to learn new things, finding a coach who doesn’t throw the student into new stuff until their ready or until it is age appropriate is the way it should be done.

4. If you are looking for a coach for a child, look for a person who is good with kids and has the patience to make it a fun experience regardless of their performance. Adults sometimes need the same encouragement!

5. Recommendations and word of mouth from others is the best way to get information about local coaches. Your local board shop, events and asking lots of questions should steer you in the right direction.

Darin Shapiro

Kien and Darin Shapiro wakeboarding at OWC.

Go big then go home.


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