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Old 06-29-2006, 05:47 PM
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Wakesurf rope...

I just bought a Hyperlite Broadcast...just dying to get on the lake this weekend. The MC dealer was out of wakesurf ropes...anybody have thoughts on just using a ski rope (not the good one) and shortening the line to around 15 feet or so. Or has anybody come up with a home-grown solution rather than ponying up for a $30-40 rope that will hopefully be thrown back into the boat once you find the pocket?
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Old 06-29-2006, 05:59 PM
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I use an old wakeboard rope and handle that has been shortened. There is a safety issue with using the handle though. If you fall while pulling yourself into the “pocket” there is a chance you could put your arm through the handle and injure yourself. So far we have not had any issues but I am going to buy the right rope soon.
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Old 06-29-2006, 06:02 PM
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I just bought a Hyperlite Broadcast...just dying to get on the lake this weekend. The MC dealer was out of wakesurf ropes...anybody have thoughts on just using a ski rope (not the good one) and shortening the line to around 15 feet or so. Or has anybody come up with a home-grown solution rather than ponying up for a $30-40 rope that will hopefully be thrown back into the boat once you find the pocket?
take the 15' off lenght from a slamom rope and use that ... use an old handle or just a wooden dowel ... dunn deal.
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Old 06-29-2006, 06:26 PM
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I agree..........I bought one of those fancy pants surfin' ropes this year. Save your $$$$$ A short ski rope will do the trick
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Old 06-29-2006, 07:11 PM
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I used docking line, braided three lengths together, braided three of those together and then tied a giant knot in the end to hold on to. Attached to a 8-10' ski rope loop.

Too many minor injuries from ski ropes and the big handle.
Also don't have to worry about getting bonked when it is tossed in and out.
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Surfs up...

Thanks for the feedback...I like the idea of using the braided dock lines...I've got a couple extra laying around from the old boat...going to give it a shot.

This thing looks like a blast...I really can't wait to hit the water on Sat AM...guess what I'm going to try out first!!!!... Any tips for a first timer?
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Old 06-30-2006, 12:14 AM
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Tips would be- remember that if you put your weight on your back leg you slow down- ie pull away from the boat, front leg accelerates you toward the boat. We unfortunately "lost" our wakesurfing rope at a crowded beach at a sand dune last weekend....had to be that someone else picked it up we are not that sloppy, and had to shorten the wakeboarding rope to continue riding. It was a bit scary with the handle, so we just decided to go back to wakeboarding and get a new rope.

Remember to lean into it like the "surfers" do, helps you find your sweet spot!

Good luck- post pics if you can.
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