Certain activities are so much fun that you don't even realize how much of a workout they really are. I used to ski competitively at the University of Miami. Yes, people Coral Gables is alive and coming back! When I was young all of my friends had boats and Dads that were willing to pay for gas to keep them running. Sometimes the whole day would be spent water skiing and when one boat was emptied the next became our ski boat. It was somewhat of a ski clique actually and there were requirements to be met in order to ski with us. One simple challenge actually, JUST HOLD ON! Hereford Inlet between Stone Harbor and North Wildwood, New Jersey was your proving ground, not only for the skier but the boat too. It encompassed roughly a 2 mile course out and back from essentially the beach line to a channel marker we simply called The Mile Buoy. Pick a nice Sunny day, generally after a nasty Nor'easter, and we'll pull you around the buoy at full speed ahead and if you're still hangin' on when we get back to the beach you're In Like Flynn!
A Skier's worst enemy is a low power, light weight boat which can be redirected with a little tug on his or her ski rope. Every turn a skier makes can put about 200 to 250 pounds of force and much more toward the boat and a competition ski boat has to maintain it's straight path with a force of 1300 pounds on it in order to be named an "official" ski boat! Both skier and boat are expected to travel between their respective buoys on a prescribed course which has specific entry and exit points and being designated by a minimum of 26 buoys which locations are verified by a licensed surveyor. Everything looks easy bit it's not!
The competition ski boat has a single purpose and needs about 320 horsepower to do it. The hull is designed to deliver a flat wake and maintain a 36mph constant speed in any conditions it faces. The engine needs a lot of torque to keep the same speed no matter what weight it's pulling. Usually they are big V-8 gas inboards and the boats are from 16 to 20 feet in length with direct shaft drive and minimal seating for competitors, a driver and an observer. Wakeboard boats on the other hand are made for producing big wakes with good angles for high jumps and might reach lengths of 28' with up to 500 horsepower and plenty of seating. Power and people combine for some excellent wakeboarding!
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