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Old     (ed_g)      Join Date: Nov 2005       09-30-2007, 5:03 AM Reply   
Please gimme your thoughts on this issue

couple people on a particular websight are advocating how cool and safe it is to start wakesurfing by slipping off the swim platform instead of a deep-water start (inboard boat).

I feel that it is totally unsafe, not cool and provides ammunition for the folks who want to ban or police wakesurfing.

What do you think? Safe & cool or candidates for Darwin awards?
Old     (bigshow)      Join Date: Feb 2005       09-30-2007, 7:34 AM Reply   
I have seen riders start and finish on the swim platform. I don't know if it's safe or not. I won't let riders do a platform start in competitions that I'm involved with.

I'm currently working on a City of Columbus Waterways subcommittee concerning wakeboard boat wakes and their impact to shore erosion, safety, and other users of the water. Other users include other boaters, fishermen, sculling rowers, and property owners. I donít advocate starting or finishing on the swim platforms for no other reason than to have one less thing to have to explain.
Old     (dennish)      Join Date: May 2005       09-30-2007, 8:01 AM Reply   
Not legal in some states like California.
Old     (christopher)      Join Date: Jul 2006       10-02-2007, 4:34 PM Reply   
I did it once when I separated my sternum, but that was only because I was afraid that I'd re-injure myself trying to get up from a deep water start. In our boat when we are teaching new riders we let the rope out a couple notches. We want them as far away from the boat as possible. I think its asking for trouble out of beginners. As far as some one with experience I wouldn't volunteer my platform for their use.
Old     (smedman)      Join Date: Feb 2006       10-02-2007, 8:22 PM Reply   
if you like dinged up boards, and scratched up swim decks and transoms, by all means, do it. :-)
Old     (showtime)      Join Date: Nov 2005       10-04-2007, 5:22 AM Reply   
We do it all the time! What is the danger? You have to lean back and shift your weight aft to come off the platform.. It's not like you can get the prop. You couldn't if you wanted to...
Old     (bigshow)      Join Date: Feb 2005       10-04-2007, 5:28 AM Reply   
What if the boat stopped quickly as you were falling?
Old     (trace)      Join Date: Feb 2002       10-04-2007, 6:38 AM Reply   
What if the boat stopped quickly at any time while you're surfing? That's never going to have positive results.
Old     (tonyv420)      Join Date: Jul 2007       10-04-2007, 2:10 PM Reply   
I have finished off riding on to the swim step, but never a start. My deck is teak so it doesn't get to beat up. But I agree we don't need any extra explaining to do to keep this sport legal.
Old     (ryan27r)      Join Date: Oct 2006       10-06-2007, 8:32 PM Reply   
I do it all the time. I don't see any added risk of injury.PLus you wont get lake water on your beer...

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