WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
BEFORE THE TOW
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WATER SPORT CHECKLIST
Make sure you are riding something that fits you and the activity that you are doing! The most common issue out on the water that I see are people learning to surf behind the boat with a surfboard that is too small for them; making the activity seem near impossible. Best thing to do is to try out a few different styles or sizes and see what works best for you.. Ask your buddies if you can ride their boards, and find a local expert like that can help you find a ride that fits YOUR style
2. The Boat
Before putting your boat near the water, always make sure your plug(s) are in and secure. In terms of your vessel, it's important to note your gas levels at all times and ensure you are well within your limits of where you are traveling. Be familiar with lake side accessible gas stations in your region as well as their closing times. Click for a more in depth boat checklist.
3. Use the right rope
You might think a tow rope for wakeboarding, water skiing, wake surfing or tubing is as simple as finding the length you want and hooking it up. The reality is that it is not that simple, and if you’re going to be active in any one, or combination of these activities in the summer, it is important to know the differences that exist and what type of tow rope is right for you.
WATER SKI - ROPE
Water ski ropes require a slight bit of elasticity that can provide give as the skier changes his or her speed and goes from one turn to the next.
A standard full rope length is 75 feet long, commonly known as long-line.
Shortening the rope length makes skiing around the buoys more difficult.
In waterskiing, when the rope is shortened from its standard length, it is referred to as "off."
EX: “35 off” = 75 ft - 35 ft = 45ft
EX: “35 off” = 75 ft-35 ft=45ft
WAKE BOARD - ROPE
Wakeboard ropes have virtually no stretch
Unlike water skiers, wake-boarders rely on their ability to load up the rope to propel them off the wake and pull through tricks
The proper length will place the rider at a spot on the wake just in front of where the clean wake turns into soft white water
Rope lengths for beginners are usually about 65 feet, for intermediate riders typically 65-75 feet, and for advanced riders generally a rope 75-85 feet in length.
WAKE SURF - ROPE
To promote safety and performance while wake surfing, there are two things you should keep in mind. Length + Handle
Wakesurf ropes usually come at around 25’
Adjust your rope length to place rider just behind the wakes sweet spot
Do NOT wrap the rope around your hand or arms AT ANY TIMES while wake surfing
You can use really any water sport handle for wake surfing, although proper wake surf handles such as are great because they are the perfect length, have minimal drag, and are safe to toss back to the boat.
4. Monitor the Weather
You always want to have a good eye on the weather, especially when planning a day on the water. Monitoring the wind, rain, and thunderstorms will keep you and your crew safe and enjoying the best times to ride! Use trusted apps and radars to proactively keep up with weather changes and patterns. Turning storm alerts on can be a great tool to use while out on the water.
5. Don't get Hungry
Don't let your session get cut short! Plan your day on the water ahead by packing a cooler of water, energy bars, sandwiches and whatever else you may need for an awesome day on the water. Most operational bodies of water also have places to stop, fuel up, and grab some bites.
6. Sun Protection
Summer is here and the sun is out! If you are spending a day on the water, make sure you are well enough protected from the sun. Sunscreen, hats, water shirts, and sun glasses are all great ways to stay out on the water and ahead of the burn!
7. Bathing Suit/ Towel
A bathing suit is a must when it comes to spending time in the water. Don't be that guy surfing in their shirt and pants because they forgot their swimmies! And always pack a towel for after your session as things usually get a bit chilly.
8. Jacket + Spare Clothes
Bring a sweatshirt or jacket when coming out on the boat. It can get a bit chilly when out riding or transitioning to different spots, so it's never a bad idea to bring a jacket as well as a change of clothes for after your session.
9. Life Vest
Live vests make your water sport experience much more enjoyable as well as providing the crucial element of safety needed out on the water. Getting a vest that fits you will add a level of comfort which will promote your riding. It is important to note that all children ages 12 and under must wear life vests at all times while the boat is in operation.
10. Knowledge of Local Regulations
Know the regulations and hazards in your boating area in terms of where you can/cannot operate. Understanding the laws and regulations out on the water will make it a much safer and more fun place to practice what we love. Being familiar with marker buoys and local hazards on the water such as rocks, no-wake zones, and no-operate zones is necessary.
11. Cell Phone
Always have a charged cell phone when planning to go out on the water for an amount of time. It is great to have a device to capture the great moments you are having, as well as a safety device in the event where you need assistance.