Grabbing the board is the first way most riders demonstrate control. A grab shows you’re in such control of a trick that you can take one hand off the handle. It also just looks good. One of the most common mistakes with grabs is letting go of the handle too soon to get the grab, which results in a low-flying, short-of-the-second-wake jump. Both power and control are generated by holding the handle in the same position as you go up the wake, so you should keep both hands on the handle at least through the top of the wake and, ideally, close to the peak of your wake jump. Once you have every bit of pop, reach down for the grab while pulling the board up with your legs — never bend over to the grab. Do your first grabs with your back hand so you don’t get pulled into a 90-degree spin.