3. The Boom
A boom is a bar that extends about 11 feet from the side of the boat, perpendicular to the side. Just hold directly onto the boom, or onto its short handle extension, and let it help bring you up on top of the water. A boom is primarily associated with barefooting, since skiers learn much more quickly to barefoot on the boom than on the traditional 75-foot line. However, a boom does much more and is excellent for teaching anyone to get up for the first time to ski, slalom, wakeboard or wakesurf. Because a boom places the skier next to the boat crew, real-time communication and coaching are possible.
Today, booms are available for any type of boat. They can attach to the gunwale of a boat or even directly to the side of a wakeboard tower, as in the case of the Barefoot International Tower Boom ($700, barefootinternational.com). Set it up and you’ll only raise the learning curve