TODAY | July 05, 2013
>> she decided to get her feet wet and try out the phenomenon of wake boarding .
>> it's a sport of speed, flips, tricks and quite a few wipe outs. back in the 1980s , some surfers decided to take a different kind of wide.
>> i put straps on a surfboard and pulled it behind a boat and turned into something totally different.
>> they called it skurfing at first. while the name didn't catch on the thrill of propelling off a boat's wake and flying up in the air did.
>> i'm a flipper. that's what i love to do.
>> last year 4 million people went for a ride hoping to grab some air, try some tricks and not end up, as they say, doing a face plant in the water. he went pro at 11 years old and now at 24 is one of the top ranked wake boarders in the world.
>> what do you love about wakeboarding.
>> there's a lot to love about it. for me, it's endless possibilities you can do. there's so much room for it to grow still.
>> this is your office. not bad.
>> it's a pretty descent office.
>> i wouldn't mind it. how much water will i be drinking today?
>> well, hopefully not much. i think you'll be fine. you'll get up on your first 3 to 5 tries.
>> i hope you're right. let's give it a go.
>> why do you always have me do these things? why.
>> with my heart pounding, i was ready for action.
>> all right. you ready?
>> for me, getting up was the easy part. it was staying up that i needed to work on.
>> nice job natalie.
>> reporter: i quickly learned that walking on water is all about the balancing act.
>> nice job. are you ready to go to the next level now.
>> reporter: you signed that liability release right?
>> me neither.
>> another day on the job.
>> reporter: just as i was starting to get the hang of it.
>> i'll come out there with you for a bit.
>> don't get in my way.
>> reporter: my patient teacher decided it was time for a more hands on lesson. what a way to kick off this holiday weekend. a new kind of fireworks right over my head .
>> that's a wrap. high five.
>> all right.
>> mr. show off.
>> she's a natural.
>> she got up on her first try.
>> i like how she down plays it and then she ends up doing trick with the guy.
>> if i know natalie morales she stayed to the end of the day until she beat that guy.
>> if you want to see more of the wakeboarding, the flips, the tricks and the big stuff, the red bull signature series wake open is tomorrow live on nbc.