WAKESKATING – (n. wake ‘SKAT-ing) – a watersport akin to wakeboarding, except there
are no bindings for the feet. Wakeskating uses a symmetrical board designed so that either
end can go forward and permits the freedom of unrestrained movement on the deck. The
rider typically wears sneaker-type shoes to maintain a grip on the board.
BY TED SENSENBRENNER
s a professional wakeskater, Jen GilanFarr has a lot of tricks up her sleeve. The
Orlando, Florida, resident is not one to give up, especially when it comes to wakeskating. She is a multi-year world champion and claims numerous national titles.
The 24-year-old graphic artist, known to her friends as “Jenny Danger,” recently
landed an incredibly tricky maneuver called a varial flip, or V-flip, making her
the first woman in wakeskating to accomplish such a feat. Maneuvers like this are more foot-oriented and technical instead of full-on, inverted airborne assaults. Jen recently shared with
BoatU.S.Trailering magazine some of the things that have shaped her success and what it takes
to stay on top of the board, and the rankings.