Can You Pull a Wakeboarder?
Watersports have been a constantly growing trend over the past several years, and wakeboarding has led the charge as of late. With its easy learning curve, high adrenaline excitement, and variations built off it, it is easy to see why the sport has become so successful and popular. When it comes to successful wakeboarding, there are many different elements that factor into the process, and it is very important to be aware of everything before you embark on participating. If you are just getting into pulling a wakeboard with your boat, here are some important things to make sure you are aware of before you first trip out.
For the boat driver just starting to pull wakeboarders on the water, there are some important tips and tricks to follow so you can ensure the best possible ride for both you and the person you are pulling. Arguably the most important aspect to a successful day on the water is finding the right speed for you and your rider, and continuing to maintain that speed at a consistent level. For the average rider, cruising at a speed of about 17-20 mph, with the advanced rider handling around 23 mph. You should avoid exceeding that number however if you are not pulling professional riders behind your boat. 23 mph with be a very adequate number for any skilled and experienced rider.
Before you wakeboarder even gets in the water however, you need to make sure you have a quality rope for your boat and must know that it can provide the correct length, tension, and strength. The rope should consistently be tight when you are pulling your rider so they are not dragging through the water due to a lack of speed. The tighter the rope, without exceeding your 23 mph limit, the better experience your rider will have, and the better your boat will handle for the ride.
No matter what watersport you are participating in, your riders are always going to go down and it is your job as the driver to recover them in a safe and timely matter. The way you handle your boat when your wakeboarder goes down will directly affect their safety, and the quality of the water for you and other boaters around you. When turning around to get your rider, avoid dipping your boat by accelerating over the rollers, or turning one way slightly, then accelerating into a turn the other way. This simple maneuver will eliminate the rollers in your way and keep the water in quality condition for the day.
Are there any other important tips to pulling wakeboarders that you follow? Be sure to let us know!