View Full Version : Barefoot from tower?

05-24-2011, 07:47 AM
I've heard a lot about how towers aren't designed for the high stress of towing a tube, but what about deep water barefoot starts? Seems like dragging 160 lbs through the water would be a lot of stress too. I have a 96 205 with a Monster Tower.

05-24-2011, 07:52 AM
You'll be fine barefooting from the tower, people don't have the same resistance on the water as a tube does. and we don't fill up with water either ;-). If you ever watch Lane Bowers on You Tube, at his school they barefoot of a Super Fly High (and extended pylon attached to a tower). I've also footed behing a TT 197 with a mini tower and it was perfectly fine.

05-24-2011, 08:38 AM
Agree ... We do it all the time from the tower ... Never had a problem

05-24-2011, 01:34 PM
The sole reason I put my tower on is for footin'....I don't own a wakeboard.

05-24-2011, 01:36 PM
i know the reason for the tower for wakeboarding. but what advantage does the tower give for barefooting?

05-24-2011, 01:46 PM
Footing off the tower is no problem. If you had a MC tower pulling 2 footers...the optimal option is to run multiple lines from the TOP of the tower over to the sides to keep you starts easier as the ropes are
farther apart

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05-24-2011, 02:17 PM
For what its worth we pulled 5 footers all doing deepwater starts off the tower at once, ranging in weight from 150-220 and had no issues (tower was on an 2005 PS197).
It's great for the upward pull and seems to help get you on top of the water quicker, especially when first learning. Once you start doing tumble turns, it helps to keep the rop up when your legs swing under.

05-25-2011, 01:20 PM
We routinely pull 2 from the tower with no problems. Pulling from the tower makes deeps a lot easier.