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Kneeboard with Live Oac

Kneeboarding in Hilton Head

It’s like sledding on water! Lots of fun, and one of our easiest board sports. When kneeboarding, you kneel on a padded board and your low center of gravity makes it easier to balance than in a standing position like when waterskiing or wake boarding.

We have kneeboards with a specially designed “hook” to hold the tow rope handle while you’re getting started. We’ll take you through the basics, and it’s as simple as starting off on your belly, hanging on to the board as the boat starts moving. Then you’ll slide up into a kneeling position and get comfortable with better control of the board. Once you take the handle in hand, you’ll have more maneuverability to steer and turn across the wake if you’d like. We even see lots of first timers get comfortable enough to try tricks like side-sliding or spinning around!

Live Oac recently introduced Hilton Head to the ZUP® Board, which can be ridden just like a kneeboard and has some added features and qualities that are great for a first timer, so it’s our recommended board. But if you’d prefer a traditional kneeboard design, we use them as well. Let us know your preference if you have one.

Kneeboarding can be combined with other watersports activities on the same trip, but if you’d prefer strictly kneeboarding, we can make it happen!
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  All Water Sports charters are private SUV Boating™ trips and include boat, USCG licensed captain / Watersports instructor, fuel, watersports equipment, and space in an iced YETI cooler.

No experience is necessary, but you do need to be a swimmer in order to participate in watersports activities.

ZUP™ Board vs Knee Board… What's the difference?

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Our preferred "kneeboard" is a ZUP™ Board, however we can make a traditional kneeboard available on request if preferred.

You'll find more similarities between these two watersports boards than differences. We find that most riders prefer a ZUP™ Board, unless they are very experienced kneeboarders. Here's the scoop:

Both a ZUP™ Board and a Knee Board may be ridden while kneeling, but you'll start off by laying flat with your belly on the board.

A ZUP Board is shaped much like a Knee Board, but it is a bit larger both in length and width. Most riders will find the larger size of the board to create more stability underneath them.

As the boat picks up speed, you can scoot up into a kneeling position. Another ZUP advantage are the handles, as you'll see pictured above. This can make it easier to grab hold of the board and boost yourself up into the kneeling position. Think of this process like doing a push-up, and sliding your knees forward under your chest.

Once in the kneeling position, you can continue hanging onto the ZUP handles. As you get comfortable, you can let go, and if you'd like, you can grab hold of the tow rope by it's handle, separating it from the board. This will give you much more control while steering the board.

But here is where the ZUP and Knee Board are more different.

Thanks to the ZUP's larger size and stability, you can even switch to a standing position. You can face forward, as if you were on water ski's, or you can ride in a sideways stance like you would a wakeboard. (Snowboarders and street skaters would probably find this most natural.)

Try this on a kneeboard and you'll probably not see great results.

For this reason, we find the ZUP to be more versatile than a kneeboard for most riders, especially inexperienced ones.

A kneeboard adds a wide velcro strap that can be wrapped over your thighs to connect you more securely against the board.

For experienced kneeboard riders who prefer to ride in a traditional kneeling position and want to spend more time carving turns, crossing and jumping the wake, a traditional kneeboard would be preferred. You're more likely to bounce off the ZUP if you did these things, but the connecting strap of the kneeboard makes them more successful.

If you'd prefer a traditional kneeboard just let us know when making your reservation so we can make sure to have the equipment available for your trip.
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Watersports Charter Duration — 1 to 4 Hours

  How much time do we need?

Live Oac watersports charters can accommodate up to 6 passengers per boat, and you’ll want to make sure you choose the right duration of trip to make sure everyone who wants to participate in watersports has enough time. Be sure to CALL US if you have any questions about timing and for a personalized recommendation for your group. Our captains field most of our phone calls, and we’ll give you the best suggestion based on our years of experience taking out groups just like yours. Here are some more general ideas on how much time you might need:

Our usual watersports area is just under 15 minutes from the dock, so a 1 Hour trip offers about 30 minutes in the watersports area, which is about enough time for one first-timer to learn a new activity like boarding or skiing OR perhaps a couple experienced boarders/skiers could get in a run. We can still take 6 people on the boat, but we won't be able to have 6 people boarding or skiing in that short of trip. NOTE: On a 1 hour tubing-only trip, we can utilize waters within sight of our dock and get 6 people some tubing action within that time.

Consider that a 1½ Hour trip essentially DOUBLES your activity time, since you’re already out there. At only a modest price difference, it’s a tremendous value.

For groups of 2-4 participants (actually skiing or boarding), the 2 Hour trip is probably the best choice. Compared to a 1 Hour trip, the 2 Hour trip adds 60 minutes in the watersports area, for a total 90 minutes, and essentially TRIPLES your activity time. Please consider the added value of a 2 hour trip if you have 2-4 boarders/skiers. For tubing only, a 2 Hour trip is plenty for even 6 people, and is our most popular option.

Also, we often find that people want to try other activities, such as tubing or ZUP™ Boarding. A longer trip gives you more opportunity. Our 3 hour trip is the most popular overall, with up to 2.5 hours actually in the watersports area. We can also make dolphin watching a part of your personalized outing. The time is yours to use how you wish, and there are no additional charges for combining activities such as Wakeboarding, Kneeboarding, Tubing, or Dolphin Watching, so customize that trip as you see fit.

We do offer a 4 Hour option, but if you’re interested in just watersports, that’s a bit much. However, if you’re looking for a relaxed half-day on the water and don’t want to have to pack non-stop action into a shorter trip, the 4 hour is better for a relaxed pace that includes some exploring, wildlife viewing, or generally just hanging out on the water. We can do as long a trip as you’d like, and even get more creative with visits to other islands and destinations. You’ll need to call us for specialized assistance to book trips that are 4 hours or longer, as they’re not available for instant online booking.
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Watersports “March thru October”

Watersports trips are available from March thru October or as long as weather cooperates.

Typically we’ll start running the first tubing trips in mid to late March once the air and water temps warm up enough.

For things like water skiing, wake boarding, and kneeboarding where you are spending a lot of time immersed in the water, you’ll probably want to wait until April when the water gets in the 70 degree range.

Likewise for later in the year. Things start cooling off significantly in September, and only a few brave souls will get in the water by October.

During the cooler months (March & October primarily), we will recommend you check the water temperature at the beach before booking a watersports trip. The water temp will be within a degree or two of what you experience there. If you’re comfortable with it, then you’ll be comfortable in the creek.
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Private Charters

This trip is only available as a Private Charter

A Private Charter is per boat. You are reserving (“chartering”) the whole boat for you and your group.

The pricing on Private Charters is the
price per BOAT, up to the maximum capacity of guests (varies by boat and by trip).
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All Ages (must be a swimmer for watersports)

This trip is available for All Ages on board, but participants in actual watersports activities must be capable swimmers.

Children must be accompanied by an adult.

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Location Matters

A highlight of Watersports with Live Oac is our prime location. We are 10-15 minutes from superb ski & wakeboard locations in the quiet creeks of Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge. Our proximity to this area means you'll spend more time Skiing, Boarding, and Tubing and less time just "getting there and back."

The tree-lined creeks mean you'll have the best opportunity for calm water comfortable skiing. The trees provide excellent protection from Lowcountry winds and waves, so the water is perfect for all levels of watersports.

Due to the out-of-the-way nature of this special spot, you will experience significantly less boat traffic than the busier locations on Hilton Head, like Broad Creek or Harbour Town and Calibogue Sound. We prefer the quiet waters of the wildlife refuge and think you will too.

Compare to other departure locations on Broad Creek (Shelter Cove Marina or Palmetto Bay Marina), South Beach Marina or Harbour Town, and you'll see why Live Oac is the number one choice for towable watersports in the Lowcountry! Why spend half your trip just "getting there and back" when you could be having fun water skiing, wakeboarding, or tubing?

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Live Oac watersports charters can accommodate up to 6 passengers per boat, and you’ll want to make sure you choose the right duration of trip to make sure everyone who wants to participate in watersports has enough time. Be sure to CALL US if you have any questions about timing and for a personalized recommendation for your group. Our captains field most of our phone calls, and we’ll give you the best suggestion based on our years of experience taking out groups just like yours. Here are some more general ideas on how much time you might need:

Our usual watersports area is just under 15 minutes from the dock, so a 1 Hour trip offers about 30 minutes in the watersports area, which is about enough time for one first-timer to learn a new activity like boarding or skiing OR perhaps a couple experienced boarders/skiers could get in a run. We can still take 6 people on the boat, but we won't be able to have 6 people boarding or skiing in that short of trip. NOTE: On a 1 hour tubing-only trip, we can utilize waters within sight of our dock and get 6 people some tubing action within that time.

Consider that a 1½ Hour trip essentially DOUBLES your activity time, since you’re already out there. At only a modest price difference, it’s a tremendous value.

For groups of 2-4 participants (actually skiing or boarding), the 2 Hour trip is probably the best choice. Compared to a 1 Hour trip, the 2 Hour trip adds 60 minutes in the watersports area, for a total 90 minutes, and essentially TRIPLES your activity time. Please consider the added value of a 2 hour trip if you have 2-4 boarders/skiers. For tubing only, a 2 Hour trip is plenty for even 6 people, and is our most popular option.

Also, we often find that people want to try other activities, such as tubing or ZUP™ Boarding. A longer trip gives you more opportunity. Our 3 hour trip is the most popular overall, with up to 2.5 hours actually in the watersports area. We can also make dolphin watching a part of your personalized outing. The time is yours to use how you wish, and there are no additional charges for combining activities such as Wakeboarding, Kneeboarding, Tubing, or Dolphin Watching, so customize that trip as you see fit.

We do offer a 4 Hour option, but if you’re interested in just watersports, that’s a bit much. However, if you’re looking for a relaxed half-day on the water and don’t want to have to pack non-stop action into a shorter trip, the 4 hour is better for a relaxed pace that includes some exploring, wildlife viewing, or generally just hanging out on the water. We can do as long a trip as you’d like, and even get more creative with visits to other islands and destinations. You’ll need to call us for specialized assistance to book trips that are 4 hours or longer, as they’re not available for instant online booking.
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Watersports Charter Rates

Pricing is Total Per Boat, for up to 6 people. Call for 7+

1 Hour • $178
1½ Hour • $238
2 Hour  • $288
3 Hour  • $398
4 Hour  • $508

1 Hr
$178
Per Boat

1½ Hr
$238
Per Boat

2 Hr
$288
Per Boat

3 Hr
$398
Per Boat

4 Hr
$508
Per Boat

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Combine Knee Boarding with our other Water Sports:
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WATER SKI

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WAKE BOARD

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TUBE

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ZUP™ BOARD