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Catching Waves Behind the Boat

By October 31, 2012

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Wakesurfing How ToWhen I tell people I can ride behind the boat without a rope, they usually look at me like I'm trying to pull some sort of prank. While the idea is preposterous to most, I can assure you that it's not a prank and very much a part of a real watersport. It's called wakesurfing (or inland surfing) and it's quickly becoming the sport of choice for a more relaxing day out on the water.

I personally have fallen in love with wakesurfing because of how laid back it is. And after a few days of taking spills on a wakeboard, a low impact recovery sport like wakesurfing can really help relieve the soreness. It's not exactly like surfing at the beach, but on the upside -- the wave will break for as long as you have gas in your boat.

Which reminds me -- in comparison to other high speed watersports, wakesurfing is a real gas saver. Since you only ride at about 13 mph, it's probably the most fuel efficient thing you can do behind a boat.

On wakesurfing days we pack the boat full of people (more weight in the boat makes for bigger waves), load up a mellow playlist, and ride like we're on a beach in Tahiti. It's a great way to spend an afternoon on the water.

So are you ready to try it yet? Then check out this step by step guide on how to start wakesurfing. And be sure to let us know how your first session goes.

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November 2, 2012 at 3:35 pm
(1) Jennifer says:

Hi. We love wakesurfing also but here interesting things that happened me and my son recently took a in th in the teacher look into the who work who works for the DNR and he told me in Indiana so I look into it so I look into it deeper and he w and he was right. It says if the sheriff on the lake like to take it you he can for being so close to the back of the boat and because of the fumes pleas i please in M poisoning I found this to be very interesting and I have an article can you email I will post on this

November 2, 2012 at 3:38 pm
(2) Jennifer says:

http://www.wsia.net/indiana-wakesurfing/ here is the link where a person was taken to court. Interesting

November 2, 2012 at 3:56 pm
(3) Jennifer says:

Sorry my cut and paste feature off my phone was not working well on the prior comments!! here is some more info on this! we love love love to wakesurf also ( I am 50!) as do my kids however in a recent Boaters Safety Course the Coast Guard teacher was pretty nasty about the entire sport! he advised me if he were to see me wakesurfing he would ticket me! so I looked further and below is what I found! Just interseting ! we all know not to use anyting but INBOARD boats I am sure, but once in awhile you MIGHT get a jerky DNR Sheriff so you should be prepared just in case!

http://www.wsia.net/indiana-wakesurfing/

my coversation:

response from Water Sports of fenton: Hey Jennifer! This is somewhat true in the state of Indiana, but it was fought in court by the Water Sports Industry Association. The rule only applies for sterndrive boats. Inboard boaters are free to surf as much as they please. More info here http://www.wsia.net/indiana-wakesurfing/

We recommend printing that sheet out, storing in your glovebox, and kindly presenting it to the sheriff if needed!

Jennifer — Thx!! I can try but they were sure pretty adament about it ..I am going to print this for sure !!

November 2, 2012 at 10:33 pm
(4) Bryan - Waterski Guide says:

Hey Jennifer,

Thanks for the comment and the links. Unfortunately I think a lot of the police have confused wakesurfing for teak surfing. Teak surfing is very dangerous because riders will rest their feet on the swim platform of the boat and surf in the “wash” generated by the boat. This puts the teak surfer right in the pathway of the boat exhaust making them susceptible to carbon monoxide poisoning. Wakesurfing on the other hand presents no such danger.

I’m curious to know if anyone else has had any run ins with their local waterway enforcers, because wakesurfing is not illegal in any state.

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