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Old     (conklinm)      Join Date: Jun 2009       03-16-2010, 11:14 AM Reply   
All,

I'm going to ask the stupid question first...... am I going to get much better riding experience if I add a tower? I am riding behind a Sport Deck boat (nautic star 23" O/B). Am I going to get better pop by adding a tower even though the boat is throwing the same wake?

Are there any other improvements that I can make to the boat to enhance the wake/riding (prop, etc). Besides buying a real wakeboard boat, of course

Thanks for the advice!
Old     (sidekicknicholas)      Join Date: Mar 2007       03-16-2010, 11:18 AM Reply   
Tower and ballast will make it easier on you.... but it won't do everything
Old     (Sly_Park_Mark)      Join Date: Mar 2010       03-16-2010, 11:40 AM Reply   
What's your riding level? A tower will get you more air, as will ballast, but you might not notice the difference if you're a beginner. The best way to get more air is to make sure your edging and standing-tall-at-the-wake techniques are really solid. Otherwise, you won't notice a difference with a tower.

Once you get higher than the point on the boat to which your rope is attached, the rope starts to exert a downward force on you, pulling you back down again. The benefit of a tower is that it allows you to jump higher before you reach that point. If you are consistently jumping higher than the attachment point of the rope to the boat, I would recommend a tower. If not, then I would say don't bother. It's an expensive purchase to make if you don't really need it. If your technique is solid, I would get some fat sacs before I got a tower.
Old     (andy_nintzel)      Join Date: Sep 2004       03-16-2010, 11:58 AM Reply   
In the words of Mr. Garrison from Southpark, "There is no such things as stupuid questions only stupid People."

With that said, I really do believe that a tower is far more helpful as a training tool than a ballast. It will make getting up easier as well. I would say go for it, toss a Monster on that thing and your set.
Old     (blowhole)      Join Date: Nov 2009       03-16-2010, 12:00 PM Reply   
yes get a tower
Old     (blowhole)      Join Date: Nov 2009       03-16-2010, 12:01 PM Reply   
monsters are cheap now
Old     (kraig)      Join Date: Dec 2002       03-16-2010, 12:40 PM Reply   
Tower= Being pulled UP out of the water.
Eyelet on back of boat= Being pulled DOWN into the water

A tower will help you progress by always pulling you up, you know, the direction we ALL want to go!

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