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The way your bindings are set up on your board is critical in determing your 'stance' - this should be different for different levels of riders. The stance of a beginner for example should be different to that of a pro. This feature article will tell you everything you need to know about setting up your bindings to give you the correct stance for your skill level.

The first thing to do is discover which foot forward you are, if you have been wakeboarding before chances are you have sorted this bit out. If you haven't there are a number of simple methods of determining which foot forward you are, these are outlined in this article.

Just about all Wakeboards and binding plates (the plate upon which the bindings are attached) have a number of pre-drilled holes that allow for a number of different combinations of angles for both the front and rear bindings. We normally refer to the angle at which each binding is placed off centre in degrees, i.e. 15°.

Beginner - Recreational Stance

This stance is good for learning deepwater starts, forward riding, turning and carving, and basic jumps and hops. The rear binding needs to go fairly far back on the board so that most of the rider's weight will press on the rear fin, making the board easier to control and navigate.

Beginner - Recreational Stance

Back Binding: Set at zero degrees at the backmost position on the board.

Front Binding: Pointing towards the front of the board at a 15 - 27 degree angle (2-3 holes from the center of the binding plate). Place at a natural distance from the rear binding. (i.e. shoulder width apart).

Intermediate - Advanced Stance

Once you've had your share of time on the water and your skills improve you can begin moving the bindings forward a little bit. Tricks tend to be easier with the bindings more in the center of the board. A centered stance aids in spins, riding backwards (fakie) surface tricks, and more. Your goal is to gradually lessen the angle degree of the front foot.

Intermediate - Advanced Stance

Back Binding: Zero to nine degrees - one hole from the back.

Front Binding: Approximately 18 degrees - about 4-5 holes back.

Advanced - Expert Stance

When you get to the point that you are comfortable riding forwards and backwards it is time to try for a more neutral stance, slightly back from the center of the board. This stance most resembles your stance while standing on land, with feet slightly angled outward, somewhat like a duck's stance. This stance gives you the ability to perform the same going either direction.

Advanced - Expert Stance

Back Binding: Nine degrees - about three holes from the back.

Front Binding: Nine degrees - about four holes from the front.