Tow-in surfing is a form of surfing where the surfer uses artificial assistance to catch faster-moving waves. This type of surfing was first developed by surfers who wanted to be able to catch big waves and break the 30 feet barrier. Since then, it has been growing in popularity.
Power-assisted surfing dates back to 1963
Power-assisted surfing is a sport that has been popularized over the past few decades. Its origins can be traced back to the year 1963. In that year, the International Surfing Federation was formed. Back then, communication was not as immediate as it is now. In order to coordinate competitions, the Arena and National Associations relied on telex machines run by hard-working operators. They had to correspond with countries as far away as France, Australia, and South Africa.
It is a team sport
Tow-in surfing is a competitive water sport that has evolved over the years. It was invented by Laird Hamilton who enjoyed the feeling of high speed when riding the waves. He first took an inflatable Zodiac raft and 40 horsepower motor to a surfing spot on Oahu.
Tow-in surfing is a team event, and requires the skills of at least one PWC driver and one surfer. The two members can swap roles and watch out for one another while out in the water. Typically, tow-in surfing is reserved for professionals, who are equipped with bigger surfboards and futures fins to face larger waves.
In Hawaii, tow surfing is only allowed during certain hours and in certain locations. It is not permitted during low or high-surfing advisory periods. Hawaii has the only big wave location that permits tow-in surfing. In order to protect the sport, mandatory education and government support are required.
It is a blasphemy against the nature of surfing
For the past 20 years, tow-in surfing has become a controversial form of surfing. Critics have argued that tow-in surfing is an affront to the nature of surfing. They say that paddling into a wave is the essence of big-wave riding.
The idea of tow-in surfing was first conceived in the early 1960s. A surf writer, Mike Doyle, published an article on the subject, but it wasn’t until 1988 when Herbie Fletcher towed Martin Potter and Tom Carroll into Pipeline. When it finally caught on, tow-in surfing was a big hit, and became a popular sport.
It is a playground
The sport of tow-in surfing was first thought of in the early 1960s. A writer named Mike Doyle wrote about the sport in a magazine. It wasn’t until Martin Potter and Tom Carroll were towed by Herbie Fletcher into Pipeline in 1987 that it was taken seriously. The Backyards movie in 1988 made it famous, and tow surfing took the world by storm.
The earliest waves in Hawaii were ridden with the aid of boats. Laird Hamilton, a pioneer of tow-in surfing, learned how to surf on the North Shore of Oahu. He now resides on Maui, where he has access to the Jaws wave, which can produce waves of thirty to sixty feet. He also has access to Teahupoo, which he says was the “heaviest wave ever ridden.”
It requires a certificate of completion
Tow-in surfing is a recreational activity that requires teams of two or three people to navigate big waves. A certificate of completion is required for operators of thrill crafts, which carry out the activity. There are two types of certificates: the basic one for PWC operators and the more specialized one for tow-in surfers. Both certificates cover ocean safety principles and practices, as well as laws that protect the environment and endangered species.
Depending on the state you live in, tow-in surfing may only be permitted during high surf warnings issued by the National Weather Service. These warnings are issued to protect people from the high waves. Additionally, unlike a traditional surf session, tow-in surfers do not need to wear a life-saving device. The thrill crafts that engage in tow-in surfing may enter State waters from several locations, including private beachfront property.