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Old     (mars)      Join Date: Aug 2005       07-10-2008, 3:41 AM Reply   
Does anyone know a list of states/jurisdictions where wakesurfing is banned, in trouble, etc.?

Is there a grass roots organization somewhere to help keep it legal?

I recently heard about a very concerning case in VA which effectively bans wakesurfing. Someone posted that wakesrufing is in trouble in PA also. Witness the recent thread from AZ...
Old     (jwmustangin)      Join Date: Jan 2009       06-18-2013, 1:59 PM Reply   
Ok, I didn't read all of the above posts but I live and boat smack dab in the middle of virginia.....Smith Mountain Lake!

Our weekend place is actually within 300 yards of where many wardens put in/take out of....I've surfed many times in front of wardens there with a rope of course....until this year!

Wakesurfing is legal! It's under the "what's new" section here:

http://www.dgif.virginia.gov/boating/wog/new.asp

A.K.A.

Virginia Watercraft Owner's Guide
What's New
Type IV life jackets now only required on motorboats 16 feet or greater.
Recreational boats may carry visual distress signals in excess of requirement.
Wake surfing is allowable behind boats propelled by inboard motors.


Jeff

Last edited by jwmustangin; 06-18-2013 at 2:03 PM. Reason: addition of details
Old     (supersteve)      Join Date: Mar 2013       06-18-2013, 3:35 PM Reply   
It should be illegal!! Too close to the boat and what a waste of 500 hp!!!
Old     (supersteve)      Join Date: Mar 2013       06-18-2013, 3:36 PM Reply   
Thank you for all the huge waves i have been jumping on my ski, will enjoy till it is banned...
Old     (ilikebeaverandboats)      Join Date: Jul 2007       06-18-2013, 4:30 PM Reply   
Dig up an old thread batman.

Steve, seriously? "too close to the boat" ... please explain.

You apparently are a skier? on WAKEworld.... are you also a level 10 gymnast?

Commence WW style Uber Tuber Bash!!!
Old     (markj)      Join Date: Apr 2005       06-20-2013, 11:58 PM Reply   
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Originally Posted by ilikebeaverandboats View Post
Dig up an old thread batman.

Steve, seriously? "too close to the boat" ... please explain.

You apparently are a skier? on WAKEworld.... are you also a level 10 gymnast?

Commence WW style Uber Tuber Bash!!!
I think Steve means jet ski. Don't worry. He's constantly bashing wake surfing on this forum. Eventually he'll tire out. Kind of like how fishermen used to hate water skiers back in the day. Funny thing is, wake surfing isn't going anywhere but up. Get used to it Steve. I crack up when I see people like you talking like their favorite water sport is the only one that should be allowed. Like they're "entitled" to all of the good water and everyone else is relegated to the "back of the bus". Friggin joke... I say pay for a private lake membership like I used to do for all that butter or shut the heck up. You don't own the lake/river.
Old     (ilikebeaverandboats)      Join Date: Jul 2007       06-21-2013, 6:21 PM Reply   
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I think Steve means jet ski. Don't worry. He's constantly bashing wake surfing on this forum. Eventually he'll tire out. Kind of like how fishermen used to hate water skiers back in the day. Funny thing is, wake surfing isn't going anywhere but up. Get used to it Steve. I crack up when I see people like you talking like their favorite water sport is the only one that should be allowed. Like they're "entitled" to all of the good water and everyone else is relegated to the "back of the bus". Friggin joke... I say pay for a private lake membership like I used to do for all that butter or shut the heck up. You don't own the lake/river.

+1. I agree. Everyone bashing wakesurfing is getting old.
Seems like the cool thing to do these days is hate on wakesurfing haha
Old     (durty_curt)      Join Date: Apr 2008       06-18-2013, 5:27 PM Reply   
You Want good WakeSurf Free Water, You Either Go Early Morning Or Don't Go At All
Old     (tonyv420)      Join Date: Jul 2007       06-21-2013, 11:52 AM Reply   
^^^^ what markj said! He's just another effin troll!!!
Old     (Bumpass1)      Join Date: Oct 2010       06-24-2013, 5:41 PM Reply   
We ride at Lake Anna in Va. We see wardens out on a regular basis. We have never had an issue or heard about any issue with wake surfing around here. I remember something the state was proposing that would make within 15 ft of the back of the boat illegal, but I don't think it ever got any traction.
Old     (CarZin)      Join Date: Feb 2011       06-25-2013, 6:07 AM Reply   
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and it is a pretty legitimate one. People shouldnt be using wakeboard/ski handles, ive heard a few storys about dislocated shoulders/elbows when the rider fell and their arm went into the handle.
Yup. There are two sources of real injury. Getting your hand wrapped around the rope and your board hitting you. Some people might see hitting the back of the boat, but I've yet to know anyone to do this. When we are teaching people to wakesurf, the issue with the rope is the very first thing we talk about. I then make sure they know where the brake it

But when compared to every other sports (wakeboarding and skiing) and tubing, the risks are far lower. wakeboarding is fun, but those people who think they are too cool to wakesurf may think twice after a few ACL tears and a knee replacement in their 50s. I'll be the one laughing at them at that point.
Old     (nailem)      Join Date: Apr 2011       06-26-2013, 6:45 AM Reply   
i know this started out as an old thread but i thought i would repost this. for you PA guys i printed off some pages and keep it on my boat just in case i have any trouble.
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Old     (PureWakesurfing1)      Join Date: Sep 2012       06-27-2013, 10:50 AM Reply   
Only thing we've encountered that warden's have had issues with here in VA is people sitting on the swimstep or platform while surfing.

Don't know if there is actual law about staying off the platform while running.

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