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Old    zboomer            07-23-2004, 10:18 AM Reply   
Guys, every time I read a tip for learning w2k, just learning to ride, etc. often it's "shorten the rope until you go w2w then star lengthening it."

Ok fine, but my rope, a Straightline Thermal, only goes down to 55 feet, which is 60-feet with the handle, an SL Vortex carbon. (I love this rope and handle, btw)

I have a cheaper poly SL rope which is the same way, 70-feet, with a 10' and 5' takeoff sections.

Is there a way to ride with the rope shorter than the shortest take-off loop, and not damage it? I don't want to freaking tie a knot in my $90 spectra line, if you get the drift. I guess I could tie a knot in my cheaper line, but I really don't want to. :-)

Many times when pulling up beginners I'd really like a shorter line. I guess I could buy a slalom line with a bunch of take-off sections just for learning, the move to the real wakebaord lines as they reach that length.

Advice appreciated.
Old     (fogey)      Join Date: Mar 2002       07-23-2004, 10:42 AM Reply   
Hey, nice boat! I have an SSV too, and we don't really want to go much shorter than 60' (55' + 5') because it puts the rider too close to the "rooster tail" turbulence.

If you really feel a need to get down to 55' (or less), you could fasten the rope at a shorter length the same way as you shorten a rope for wake surfing. You pull harder when cutting, but I don't think it would harm the rope.

Or, you could stay at 60' and bump the speed up to make the wake a little narrower.
Old    zboomer            07-23-2004, 10:51 AM Reply   
How do you shorten a rope for wake surfing? Now that you mention it, I'd like to know that too! heheh
Old     (toyotafreak)      Join Date: Sep 2003       07-23-2004, 11:08 AM Reply   
That's plenty short. And don't move it out from there until you're clearing it TS & FS, regular and switch. Let your TS jumping determine rope length. (All good stuff from Wakeworlders when I asked a few months ago).
Old     (fox)      Join Date: Jul 2002       07-23-2004, 12:53 PM Reply   
Tie a figgure eight on a's more of a looping type knot used for climbing. It'll be less stress on the rope and comes out pretty easy.


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