i did once just because i thought it looked fun. i used three 3 foot stakes to stake it into the sand, and it stayed in place.
ive seen video of guys jumping off waves and it looked alot of fun to me.
i hated every second of it, its supper hard to time the waves to get up, and ya you can cut out a ways and jump off the waves, but its so choppy its hard to get a good edge, i caught a few edges while cutting out, flipped over the front of the board while trying to get up due to timing the waves wrong, it was all bad. ill never do it again. it was a waste of a day to me. out of 15 or 20 pulls, i only made it the 1000 feet i walked out twice. all the others where crashes.
after being tired from waking the line out 1000 feet through the sand, then trying to get up is even harder. it was so exhausting. i did it about 3 months ago, and im still finding sand coming out of my bindings, and my vest is full of sand as well. and i cant seem to get it out, (even though it works its way out onto the floor of the boat everytime i pick it up)
i was so cut up from it and had road rash in all sorts of places.
plus cleaning all the sand out of the tav, the motor the frame... not a fun task.
so yes you can do it. but i wouldnt recommend it. it was brutal to me, i hated every moment of it. i might have just had a bad expierience though. but it was enough for me to never bring my winch out again to the beach..
edit- the video posted has some really mellow waves. the beach i was at, which is where i like to skim board at, has 5 to 6 foot waves on an average day, and as posted above swimming out, wasnt really an option you get pounded.. if you can find a really mellow beach to do it at, you might have a good time.
(Message edited by lfrider92 on February 08, 2010)