Here's a link to a video made by a guy who rides at one of the lakes I frequent during the summer:
It frustrates me to no end seeing these guys out with no vests on for 3 reasons:
1: The obvious, setting a bad example for kids as it is a busy lake (in a national park.
2: The guy who made the video, Steve, "runs" a "school" there; that is, he markets himself and gets paid for lessons. I really don't like the way he represents the sport to the masses there.
3: I'm worried about the repercussions for everyone who uses the water there if they do have a serious accident.
I also do some coaching there but it is basically for one of my dad's clients and his family and whoever he decides to bring out. I feel bad taking his money because I get to ride all I want anyways, pretty good setup for me I must say. But I really don't want to get lumped in with these guys. They're terrible drivers, will ride with no spotter, get high before and while riding, it makes me mad. BUT what can I do? Or am I just being a wakeboard snob?