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Beginner's Guide to Buying a Water Ski Tow Rope

Waterski Tow Rope Design and Characteristics

Choosing the correct waterski towrope can genuinely increase your learning curve. Choosing the wrong one can have the complete opposite effect. Waterski ropes and handles may look the same as wakeboarding ones but the different needs of the Waterskier mean that the rope and handle are also significantly different.

Rope Materials

Waterski ropes are usually 60-75 feet long (including the handle) and are made of a relatively stretchy rope designed to be forgiving and cushion the load on the arms as the skier loads the line and crosses the wake. Competition ski ropes are split into sections. These enable the rope to be shortenned in pre-determined lengths during slalom competitions, thus increasing the skill required to complete a slalom course.

Handles

Waterski handles are generally 11 - 12 inches wide as opposed to Wakeboarding handles which are 15 inches wide. Wakeboarding handles are wider mainly to assist with tricks that involve passing the handle behind the rider's back. It is possible to water ski using a larger 15" wakeboarding rope but it will feel quite cumbersome and could hinder progression, especially for younger skiers.

"Easy-Up" water ski handles are aimed specifically at beginners. They are like normal ski ropes but they have the addition of a large "V" section that you put the tips of the skis in to keep everything nice and stable during deep water starts.

Jargon Buster

Feature
Description
15 inch Handle The 15 inch handle makes this tow rope perfect for Wakeboarding or Kneeboarding
14 inch Handle The 14 inch handle makes this tow rope perfect for Wakeboarding or Kneeboarding
13 inch Handle The 13 inch handle makes this tow rope perfect for Wakeboarding or Kneeboarding
12 inch Handle The 12 inch handle makes this tow rope perfect for Wakeboarding Water Skiing or Kneeboarding
11 inch Handle The 11 inch handle is the perfect size for recreational Water Skiing
10 inch Handle The 11 inch handle is the perfect size for recreational Water Skiing
1 Removable Section The single section main line is perfect for recreational use where multiple sections are not required
2 Removable Sections The main line comes with 2 removable sections to enable you to lengthen and shorted the main line as required
3 Removable Sections The main line comes with 3 removable sections to enable you to lengthen and shorted the main line as required
4 Removable Sections The main line comes with 4 removable sections to enable you to lengthen and shorted the main line as required
5 Removable Sections The main line comes with 5 removable sections to enable you to lengthen and shorted the main line as required
8 Removable Sections The main line comes with 8 removable sections to enable you to lengthen and shorted the main line as required
10 Removable Sections The main line comes with 10 removable sections to enable you to lengthen and shorted the main line as required
60ft Main Line The main line measures a total of 60ft in length
65ft Main Line The main line measures a total of 65ft in length
70ft Main Line The main line measures a total of 70ft in length
75ft Main Line The main line measures a total of 75ft in length
80ft Main Line The main line measures a total of 80ft in length
85ft Main Line The main line measures a total of 85ft in length
90ft Main Line The main line measures a total of 90ft in length
Excellent Quality This is a top end performance product that is built to a high standard and is of excellent quality
T6-6061 Aluminium Bar The handle is made from ultra strong and rigid T6-6061 aircraft grade aluminium
Natural Rubber Grip The handle is made from natural rubber which is extremely hard wearing and grippy in the hand
Tacky Handle Grip The handle is made from a tacky material which is extremely hard wearing and grippy in the hand
Double Braided Rope Double braided rope is Poly rope wound around a nylon core for high strength with good shock absorption
Built-In Handle Floats Soft integrated foam handle floats keep everything above the water and away from your prop
Integrated Handle Floats Soft integrated foam floats keep everything above the water and away from your prop
Low Stretch Poly Line Wound from Polyethelyne (aka Poly) which is a very forgiving monofilament fibre that is resistant to abrasion and floats well
Soft EVA Grip Comes with an EVA grip which is a tough elastomeric polymer that is very rubber-like in softness and flexibility
Quality Machined Handle The machined handle is made from a solid piece of metal and has virtually no flex
Zero Stretch Spectra Spectra is an ultra-high molecular polyethylene fiber that has very high strength and zero stretch or recoil making it perfect for Wakeboarding
Zero Stretch Dyneema Dyneema is an ultra-high molecular polyethylene fiber that has very high strength and zero stretch or recoil making it perfect for Wakeboarding
AWSA Approved Approved by the AWSA (American Water Sports Association) the sanctioning body for competition water sports in the United States and abroad
Soft Suede Grip The handle is covered in suede which is extremely hard wearing and grippy in the hand
PU Coated Line The line is PU coated which is a full polyurethane covering that makes the line water resistant and flexible and tangle-free
PVC Dipped End Caps The end caps are dipped in PVC to minimise roll and prevent abrasion and protect the fingers
Curved Handle The curved handle makes life a little easier on the wrists as it offers a more ergonomic hand grip position
ARS Anti-Roll System The Anti Roll System prevents the handle from rolling as the line loads up
Internal Foam Floats Internal floats within the handle keep everything above the water and away from your prop
Ideal For Intermediates This product is perfect for those of an intermediate level
Ideal For Competition Use Meets all of the appropriate specifications for competition use
Ideal For Recreational Use This product is perfect for recreation family fun use
Ideal For Beginners This product is perfect for beginner and for recreation family fun use
Tangle Free Main Line The line is constructed in a handy way that prevents it from tangling when not in use
100% Carbon Fibre Utilises 100% carbon fibre construction for the ultimate in stiffness and light weight
Rubberized Matt Paint Finish Rubberized matt painted coating for excellent impact resistance and great looks
Rope Tidy Included Complete with handy velcro rope tidy to keep everything organised and safe when not in use


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