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justinglow
06-05-2008, 08:37 PM
Is it a total waste of time and money to try and wakesurf behind my 190? I know I don't have a monster wake (nor do I want to add ballast) but can it be done for fun? Just want to know before I buy a wakesurfer and figure it out the hard way.

Thanks guys

Slinkyredfoot
06-05-2008, 09:26 PM
After doing this last weekend for the first time myself, I would say probably not if you want to be cool like the younguns that inspired me..pictures to follow

I have learned these guys like a lot of ballast on the side they are waking on, and the good ones let the rope go and surf a long way unlike me..the wake is much larger than that of a 190

But hey why not give it a try and it could be great,

When I was years younger we were always facinated and challenged by how close to the transom we could get without getting maimed, glad this idea is back in vogue.......:D ;) :D

Ramhouse
06-05-2008, 10:45 PM
We surf behind our 190. Yes best with some weight, but it can be done without. Usually will fill two 250# sacs and place them in the rear corner, on the side he surfs on. Not like behind an Xstar, but a lot of fun. His longest has been over half and hour, then it was over and it was my fault....

Ramhouse
06-05-2008, 10:50 PM
Runs grat with 1150 hrs. This year it will finely get new skins..

justinglow
06-05-2008, 11:20 PM
What kind of board do any of you recommend for a good all around one?
What speed and rope length do you start with?

russlars
06-05-2008, 11:22 PM
We have wakesurfed behind our PS 205. We just get the rope length right, put 2-3 people in the rear corner of the boat that the surfer wants to surf on and go about 8-10 mph. I usually stand to drive because of the bow rise with this combination, but it works.:)

Ramhouse
06-06-2008, 01:24 AM
Find yourself an older Hyperlite...5'-6". If you get one of the newer ones which are shorter you wont have any fun, your wave will be too small. Rope length, about 12' behind the boat. Speed...10 - 12. Good luck, and more importantly....have fun.
There are a lot of vidios to see how to do it. Just remember....lean forward..not backwards like in the ocean.

76S&S
06-06-2008, 09:31 AM
We have an IS Yellow Loogey that we use for surfing.

One of my boys only weighs 75 lbs after being dipped in the water. Every time he comes down the wake he sinks the nose of the board. He doesn't appear to be riding the front too much but can't seem to keep the nose up. Any adivce?

woody
06-06-2008, 09:46 AM
I've seen old school photos from way back before wakeboarding surfing was "invented" of people using true surf boards longboard behind ski boats......yup ancient wooden boats surfing fine... for a new school tiny 4'4" board may not be enough wake, but if there's enough people/ballast in the riders corner then the wake'll be fine for almost anything.
Rope - there's short wakesurf ropes without handles so you don't kill anyone when throwing it back into the boat, but I learn with 25' length an old tubing line with a bunch of large knots tied in it every foot for the last fifteen feet, that way you have something to hold onto irrespective of what length you really need.

woody
06-06-2008, 09:48 AM
We have an IS Yellow Loogey that we use for surfing.

One of my boys only weighs 75 lbs after being dipped in the water. Every time he comes down the wake he sinks the nose of the board. He doesn't appear to be riding the front too much but can't seem to keep the nose up. Any adivce?

Answer to that is he needs way more weight on the back foot when coming down wake, leave feet where they are but he's gotta be more aggressive with the board........

76S&S
06-06-2008, 10:03 AM
Answer to that is he needs way more weight on the back foot when coming down wake, leave feet where they are but he's gotta be more aggressive with the board........

Thanks Woody, that's what we thought.

sand2snow22
06-06-2008, 11:59 PM
Answer to that is he needs way more weight on the back foot when coming down wake, leave feet where they are but he's gotta be more aggressive with the board........

I agree, and it is doable for him, just got to learn how to ride on the tail alot. Honestly that board is too big for him. Every time he puts weight on his front foot it's like flooring the gas pedal in a car, he looses control and buries the nose.

I'm 190 and can ride the yellow loogey. I have a friend who is maybe 130 dripping wet, he usually rides a Phase 5. One day he tried the yellow and he was riding on the tail a lot, the board was just too floaty and fast for his liking. Now think of that, but being 75 lbs!

justinglow
06-11-2008, 09:18 PM
Ok I ordered a board and it should be here by Friday. How long of a line should I be using measuring off from the center tow pylon? Also what speed?