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Whether wakesurfing or SUP - Austria has so many beautiful lakes to offer, where you can practice the best water sports. We say: get on the water!
It's never too late to try something new. We say: get on the water! Austria has so many beautiful lakes to offer, where you can let off steam. How about a beginners course this summer?
When wakeboarding, your feet are in a binding and are thus firmly connected to a small surfboard. The set-up is very similar to that of snowboarding. You usually start in the water (sometimes from the jetty), hold a line in your hand that is attached to a boat or lift. This is how you are pulled out of the water - and finally slide your board across the lake.
More experienced wakeboarders try all sorts of tricks: for example, they jump over the waves. There are water ski schools at many lakes in Austria, by the way, you don't need any previous knowledge - here it's clearly learning by doing. Off to the next lake and off you go!
When kitesurfing, the athlete stands on a small surfboard with their feet in a binding, similar to wakeboarding. Here, too, you hold a line in your hand - but you are pulled by a stunt kite (“kite”). The waves in combination with the pull of the kite are particularly suitable for jumps. Here you definitely have to have a little wind and weather knowledge to get a feel for the flight behavior of the kite and to be able to steer it correctly.
Incidentally, the windy Lake Neusiedl is a real hotspot for kite (and wind) surfers! Here you will find many surf schools that offer courses for beginners - the Surf Worldcup also takes place in Neusiedl am See every year.
Stand up paddling
Clearly THE trend sport of the last few years! As the name suggests, you paddle standing up. On a stable, extra-long surfboard. No previous experience is required and it is a great workout for the whole body. The arm muscles in particular are trained, after all, paddling can be really exhausting.
The sport can be practiced anywhere - mostly boards and paddles can be borrowed from lakeside promenades. Many people also buy their own inflatable SUPs. These are very stable and still relatively handy - you can hardly believe how small such a large board can be folded up. By the way, for all yogis and those who want to become one: SUP yoga lessons are offered in Vienna and Salzburg! Find out more here. Plus: three reasons why you should definitely try yoga on a stand up paddle!