Water Sports

The amazing thing about being on the water is the crazy number of activities one can do. From skiing, kneeboarding, wakeboarding, surfing, and tubing, there are so many options to have a fun day out on the Okanagan. At Kickin’ Back Boat Rentals, we offer a number of water accessories for FREE, as a complimentary bonus to your 8-hour rental.  

Water Skiing 

Everyone loves a bit of speed from time to time, whether you are biking, driving a car, or in this case a boat. Water skiing is fun for all ages and it’s a thrilling experience when you pass the waves, and this specific activity is quite easy to learn. There is regular combo skiing one can do on the water, or the other is called slalom skiing. This type of skiing is the more popular type of skiing. Performed on one ski and is great for beginners. For combo skiing, the boat should go at a speed of 25 mph (miles per hour). While for slalom skiing, depending on how experienced the individual is, the boat should go at a speed between 19-36 mph.  


Kneeboarding is probably one of the easiest towed watersports. After tubing, many people try kneeboarding before moving on to harder water activities. Kneeboarding is also best for kids that are tired of tubing but not quite old enough to try wake surfing, wakeboarding, or skiing. When first learning these kinds of water activities, this is definitely the go-to as it’s an easier learning curve. The speed that the boat should go at is around 16-19 mph.  


Wakeboarding is one of the most popular water sport activities, it’s a little more difficult to learn compared to the other two activities previously mentioned. But once you get a hang of it, then it’s easy going from there. With wakeboarding the speed the boat should go at is 16-19 mph. With wakeboarding, since you are being pulled with a rope, the boat must go faster than wake surfing. 


This is the easiest activity for people of all ages. It’s also definitely the most exciting one since you can ride with a few people depending on the size of the tube that can either fit 2 or 3 people. For tubing, the boat should go at a speed of 8-25 mph. Keep in mind that our pontoon boats have 150 HP (horsepower) and are only able to pull a two-person tube.  


With wake surfing, the boat goes at a slower speed since you are on your own and not holding on to anything. With the other activities, either you are attached to a rope or holding on to one. With wake surfing, the boat will usually go at a speed of 10 mph.   

In every activity that an individual will do, safety is always the number one priority. This means that lifejackets are always required. Ropes vary in length, the shorter the rope is, the easier it is to follow the boat which is great for beginners. The longer the rope, the more time one has for tricks, and therefore great for people who are advanced with these activities. Be sure to understand wake zones, which can be dangerous as it’s an area that the waves are created as a boat travels through the water. It’s mandatory to have a spotter, who always observes the person on the water. 

While out on the water, follow these hand signals to ensure you have a great and relaxing time.