Driving a boat with a wakeboarder or skier attached can be exhilarating. It can also be very dangerous if you haven’t taken the appropriate safety measures or learned how to properly maneuver the boat. Keep in mind the following tips the next time you take your boat out on the water for a fun day of wakeboarding or water skiing.
- Equipment: Along with a wakeboard or water skis, you’ll need a wakeboarding or skiing rope. The difference between a wakeboarding rope and a waterskiing rope is that, typically, a wakeboarding rope doesn’t stretch. Wakeboarding ropes also generally have a bigger handle than skiing ropes. In addition to choosing an appropriate rope, you’ll need lifejackets and either wakeboarding boots or water skis.
- Safety: Knowing how to safely drive the boat is imperative. Your boat will need a ski area of at least one hundred feet, which means that two boats should never be closer than two hundred feet from one another. You should never take anyone out water skiing or wakeboarding in water that is not at least six feet deep because unseen rocks pose a serious threat of injury. If the water is choppy or rough, don’t let anyone ski or wakeboard because those conditions can cause fatigue and increase the likelihood of injury. Lastly, designate a spotter to watch the rope and make sure that all equipment is accounted for.
- Techniques: Wake surfing speed is approximately ten miles per hour. Maintaining a constant speed takes time, but it makes the ride infinitely more pleasurable for the skier or wakeboarder. It’s important to learn how to drive in a straight line, as well as to figure out the proper turning procedures in order to ensure a consistent pull.
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