A surface water sport which involves riding a wakeboard over the surface of a body of water. The wakeboard is a small, mostly rectangular, thin board with very little displacement and shoe-like bindings mounted to it. It was developed from a combination of water skiing, snowboarding, and surfing techniques.
The wakeboard is usually towed behind a motorboat, typically at speeds of 30–40 km/h (18–25 mph), depending on the board size, weight, type of tricks, and comfort. This speed could also depend on the year, make, and model of the boat because some boats, which are not designed for wakeboarding, create different-sized wakes in which the boarder may not feel comfortable. The wakeboard can also be towed by other means, including closed-course cable systems, winches, and personal water craft.