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How to Buy a PWC - Jet Ski - for Surfing

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Jet skis, also called Personal Water Craft (PWC), have become a growing component in the sport of surfing. It started with surfers using PWC’s to tow each other into waves that were otherwise uncatchable. But today, surfers are using the speed and maneuverability of jet skis to tow at smaller waves to afford more dramatic aerial and carving moves. Mostly, PWC’s have become mandatory in large surf and major competitive events for unrivaled safety. But with all the benefits of adding a PWC to your surfing quiver, there are some key considerations to take into account before buying a PWC.

For one, you should think about your storage and transportation needs. A single rider jet skit averages around a weight of 396.9 pounds. Sure, two guys could move that around short distances but try moving a three-person machine with a weight of some 1,018.7 pounds and as long as 130 inches. The bottom line is that you must need to make sure you have a trailer or at least a big truck to get your ski from the house to the beach. Otherwise, you’re stuck.

Another element to consider for would-be PWC owners would be basic riding experience. Sure, you may surf big waves and have been in the ocean since you were a kid, but that doesn’t mean you know how to ride one of these machines. Think about what it takes to ride a motor cycle. You might want to rent a jet ski a few times to get your feet wet.

In, fact a newbie might want to buy a used model to really try it out first. There are loads of ways you can tear up a PWC and it might be best that you learn on a refurbished model that is light years less expensive. Just like a new surfer might buy a used board to beat up for a year or two, a new PWC owner might want to buy a used model to make sure it’s something he wants to commit to. Plus, you might want to check out the different models available before making you choice and there is no better way than renting a few different skis and then buying a used one. At that point, you will be an informed and experiences buyer when you are ready for a freshie.

Don’t forget to factor in all the costs that come along with owning a PWC. For one, there can major repair costs associated with the wear and tear a surfer can put his machine through. Don’t fool yourself into thinking you can take care of the engine at home unless you have experience fixing small engines. Also, you might consider buying insurance to cover major damage (to yourself or others); however, some policies may not insure activities like big wave surfing.

Finally, consider taking a PWC safety course. In Hawaii, where PWC’s have become essential to escape to escape the crowds, the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) has declared that “all PWC operators to be certified in the safe use of their watercraft. “ Therefore, Hawaii’s Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation developed courses for basic PWC operation as well as for Tow-in Surfing certification.

Tow-in surfing is insane. PWC’s have enabled not just access to waves that have never been surfed, but rather a whole new approach to wave riding. Sure, it’s still rider and board once you release the rope, but adding in the elements of technology and a team oriented frame of mind to waves that are breaking mile out to sea has redrawn the boundaries of surfing and added while addling an entire size realm never imagined.

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