Darin Shapiro

Wakeboarding and training by Wakeboard legend Darin Shapiro

How much time should a rider spend on their wakeboard riding and training each week?

I recently had a couple of students tell me that their wakeboard coach had them riding around three or four 25 minute sets each day, five or six days per week. My first question was if they were paying by the set. I guessed the coach was pounding them to ride that much so that he could maximize his profits with disregard for this students safety.

The only way someone should ever ride three sets in a day is if the sets are 10-15 minutes long. One or two 20-25 sets each day are really plenty for practicing moves on the water.

Here is an example of what a weekly riding schedule should look like that I would recommend.

Monday. Light work out or bike ride. Wakeboard set 20-25 minutes. Light trampoline training. Afternoon wakeboard session. Tuesday, the same schedule but possibly walking some tricks on land if needed.

Wednesday. One set on wednesday. Make one of the weekdays a light day. Ride one set or two really short sets.

Thursday and Friday would be the same program as Monday unless your feeling worn out, pace yourself. Use the weekends to do other fun stuff to break up your weekly routine and keep you feeling mentally fresh.

Be sure to warm up before each set. It is better to stretch after.

Wakeboarding is an impact sport. Your joints and connective muscles need rest or you will get hurt.

Be really careful if you have a wakeboard coach pushing you to ride more than what I’ve recommended here.

 

Be safe!

Darin Shapiro

Darin Shapiro
Mexico

 

Darin Shapiro

Darin Shapiro
Dawn Patrol Slaysh
Pic: Tanya Pavlis

 

Riding on the Pro Wakeboard Tour by Pro Tour Champion Darin Shapiro

I just got back home from my first Pro Tour stop in 9 years. After being gone from competitive wake boarding for nearly a decade I am happy to say we had an awesome experience.  I entered the event with no expectations whatsoever and found myself enjoying the event more than I had ever remembered.

I was there to stand up my passes behind the Mastercraft X-Star and see where that would put me. My only goal was to make it into the top ten at the end of the event.

Having my son with me on the dock and seeing him excited was such a priceless gift that I can’t even put into words how amazing it was. All of the people there were showing me and my son all of the right reasons to come and share the stoke of the Pro Wakeboard tour.

Danno the mano was excellent on the mic, Brannon Thomas spinning records, Travis Moye driving, the judges, and all of the people involved in the production of the event were top notch and my hat goes off to you. Let’s not forget Buckman Ferguson!

Thank you Pro Tour!

And yes, I did make it into the top ten as a 40 year old wakeboarder!!!

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Darin & Kien Shapiro

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Wakeboarding really is a family sport by World Champion Darin Shapiro

I just entered my first wakeboard contest after being away from the scene for roughly eight years. I had an incredibly good time riding and enjoyed the excitement of the event. I couldn’t help but be impressed with some of the riders passes, things have come a long way in regards to style and better looking runs. I would have liked to have ridden better but that didn’t sway my emotions as much as I thought it would as the buzz around the event was more about family for me, meaning that these close friends  and wake boarders treated me like “family”.

People had walked up to me and told that my riding and career had inspired them to ride or to compete. I was really feeling that I had accomplished something really important at that moment. These strangers were just people “sharing the love” and I felt such gratitude to be a part of this sport and these connections to everyone were way more important than whatever could have happened during my passes.

I would like to thank everyone who has inspired me whether at the event or not,  you have made a huge impact on me  and I feel blessed to be a part of this family sport.

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Darin Shapiro with Dean Smith and Kien Shapiro
Wake Games 2014

10 quick tips on how to get ready for a wakeboard contest by wakeboard legend Darin Shapiro

After roughly 20 years of competitive wake boarding I put together a few suggestions on how to make your wake boarding contest experience better.

1. Be prepared with the runs you’d like to do at least two weeks before the event.

2. Put together practical and realistic goals for the event.

3. Use tricks that you make at least 4 out of 5 attempts. It’s ok to have a trick that you make 3 out of 5 attempts if you feel like you really need it to get through a round or feel like that move has been going well.

4. Try to ride at the event location using the event boat before the contest.

5. As a rule I don’t hang out all day long at events that I compete in. Find out what time you ride and go find something to else to do for a little while. Hang out after you ride! Watching a ton of riding before you ride can get your mind going and get you off task. Keep the plan that you had two weeks ago!

6. If the conditions are totally different that what you have been practicing with, have a more basic back up run in place to do instead. Train for the event with a “B” run option.

7. Stay hydrated and eat what you normally eat for breakfast. Try to keep your contest day routine as close to your normal home routine as closely as possible.

8. When you get to the event and have not ridden there before, take a good look at where the boat turns around and which line the boat takes. Ask questions about “where are the starting bouys” are and “how is the boat weighted”.

9. If your ride well, smile. If you ride terribly, smile.

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Darin Shapiro and the boys at “The Gravel Tour” 2013

10. This is wakeboarding, don’t take it too seriously! Whether its the “World Championships” or a backyard local event just remember to enjoy yourself and have fun!

The starting dock. Bill Porter, Darin Shapiro, Kien Shapiro and Shaun Murray

Wakeboarding, wakesurfing, surfing, and life from wakeboard world champion Darin Shapiro

Wakeboardingis will be a journey through a history of wakeboarding, wake surfing,  and surfing through my eyes and how I have enjoyed some really fantastic moments on a board. I got started in these sports when I was around 10 years old and have been fortunate enough to witness and be a part of the amazing progression that has taken place over the last 30 years or so. I would like to say thank you to everyone that I have had an opportunity to share it with. Please tune in weekly as I will be blogging and adding pics when I can!!!

Go ride!

Darin

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Darin Shapiro’s Morning coffee at Ride the spot.