Here in Texas, Life Jackets are not required if your over the age of 13.. Regardless if your being towed or riding in the boat.. I grew up surfing ocean breaks and never wore one.. Never seen anyone either... I wear one for wakeboarding but don't for surfing..
I do make beginners or incompetent swimmers wear one when we're out with friends..
I know from last week that Arkansas requires them, And so does Oklahoma..
As a mater of fact.. Oklahoma prohibits anyone hanging on the rear compartment decks when under way..
Whats' your laws?