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Old    Adam Walker (awalker)      Join Date: Jun 2006       05-04-2007, 11:00 AM Reply   
I have an I/O, is it impossible to wakesurf behind it? I read a lot about CO being really bad behind them. I'm not looking to be a pro at it, but it looks fun. Can we just ride at a farther distance??
Old    Sue (malibu)      Join Date: Sep 2004       05-04-2007, 11:43 AM Reply   
Adam,
It's not the CO it's the prop! You need an inboard boat to wakesurf. Our props are located underneath the boat with a swim platform between the rider and the boat. On an I/O you could easily fall into the prop and loose an arm or a leg.
Old    Adam Walker (awalker)      Join Date: Jun 2006       05-04-2007, 12:13 PM Reply   
Oh, so it's just a CO problem on an inboard?

I do remember reading about someone falling into the prop on an I/O or Outboard, but I thought it was mainly a CO problem. Couldn't you just ride at a greater length to keep from falling into the prop? What distances can you ride at what speeds??

THANKS!!
Old    Jon Shaffer (jpshaff01)      Join Date: Jun 2005       05-04-2007, 12:36 PM Reply   
Just don't do it
Old    Erick (firemedic)      Join Date: Jul 2006       05-04-2007, 12:44 PM Reply   
Go to http://www.howtowakesurf.com/

for everything you ever wanted to know about wakesurfing.

Check out this photo of a messed up hand due to falling into an I/O

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Old    Justin Strong (jstrong89)      Join Date: Apr 2007       05-04-2007, 1:09 PM Reply   
Is he gonna live?
Old    Show (bigshow)      Join Date: Feb 2005       05-04-2007, 5:05 PM Reply   
Adam, most (all?) I/Os dump exhaust out the center of the prop. Any CO is likely to surface 300 feet or so behind the surfer. The Fresh Air Exhaust system couples Inboard exhaust pipes and ports the exhaust down in the prop wash. The end result is similar to the I/O exhaust and the reduction in engine noise is really nice.

A surfer standing 5 feet above the water line and 10 feet back from the boat has relatively low CO exposure. The Center for Disease Control published CO exposure research papers on both Fresh Air Exhaust and Centurion’s Side Swipe system. Both systems were shown to make remarkable reductions of CO levels.

As has been pointed out above the I/O danger is exposure of the surfer to the propeller. The notable inboard danger is “teak surfing”. Teak surfing is holding on to the swim platform while the boat is underway with your face only inches from the exhaust.
Old    Erick (firemedic)      Join Date: Jul 2006       05-04-2007, 6:12 PM Reply   
yeah, unfortunately...he will live...w/ a fuc*ed up hand.
Old    calder billhardt (longlakerider)      Join Date: Mar 2007       05-04-2007, 6:45 PM Reply   
did that guy lose his hand or is it just like crippled but there
Old    Chris (rio_sanger)      Join Date: Apr 2007       05-04-2007, 7:24 PM Reply   
I/O + surfing = no more surfing...

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