I'm not usually one to get on my soap box and tell people what they should and should not do behind the boat. But safety is one of my biggest concerns when wakeboarding or waterskiing, and one of the most common reasons for watersport tragedies is simply because the rider failed to put on a life vest.
I just read a chilling story about pro wakeboarder Chad Sharpe who recently took a terrible spill and almost drowned because he wasn't wearing his life vest. And even though it is against the law in most states, many people still think that they can get away without wearing a life jacket.
So in light of this, I urge you all not to get overconfident and leave your vest behind. It is absolutely the most important thing you can wear when being towed, and just as the name suggests -- it can mean your life.