1. Jump in the water with your wakeboard and straddle it, much like you would sit atop a surfboard. Your balance should be centered slightly behind the middle of the board, with your ankles tightly gripping the sides, toes tucked just underneath the edge. It's a balancing act; if you feel tippy, lie back on the board to make it easier to balance. Hold the tow handle at waist level, and when ready, signal the towboat to slowly accelerate.