The Tow-in Equipment and ways of using it in your surf career

Our beloved sport pleases you with the fact that it is constantly in a state of development and implementation of new technologies.

Today, our article deals with just such things.

Equipment with a tugboat began to develop since the sport on large and powerful waters became relevant and continued to gain popularity.

Previously, athletes in such conditions were forced to use large and heavy equipment in order to stay at high power and speed. With the development of technology, it is now much more convenient for them to use specially designed uniforms for such conditions.

Tow-in Equipment

An improved version of tow-in equipment is now not so huge, although it has rather large proportions.

The length of tow-in will still be massive enough in comparison with the average type of equipment, but in width it will also be larger to give more stability in movement.

The main characteristic of tow-in equipment  is based on speed, and it was created in order to drive as fast as possible, so manufacturers made sure that the form flowed around as quickly and conveniently as possible strong obstacles.


Tau-surfing is a special type of driving on large waves, when a tow-in boat in the form of a water bike is used to overcome the surf.

In fact, this idea is not new and unique. The ancient Hawaiians also had a similar entertainment called LeLe wa’a (there are usually seven Hawaiians in a canoe swim up to the crest of a roller and land one).

Tau surfing uses more advanced methods of approaching the roller, but the essence remains the same.

Thanks to tow-in, especially extreme and reckless athletes got the opportunity to conquer the biggest tide of the world called Jaws.

The Jaw waves

This is a truly great tide, and surfers from all over the world are gathering there to try to conquer it.

The Jaw tides are generated near the Hawaiian island of Maui thanks to a barrier reef located about a kilometer from the island’s north coast.

Barrier reef creates resistance to the tides. Stumbling on a reef, the tides grow and reach 20 meters in height and above, at a speed of 50 km / h.

José – this is the name of the place, and it is no coincidence that it means “jaws” in translation.

Huge rollers are approaching the shore, striking the imagination of even the locals themselves.

For many years, surfers from all over the world watched the Jouse tide, looked closely at its behavior in different weather conditions, studied the wind flows on the crest of the roller, and all this time dreamed to conquer it at least once.

However, here they have a new obstacle.

At a time when rollers preceding the appearance of Jawse appear on the north coast of the island, it is covered throughout with an impenetrable mash of foam.

And only recently has a more or less safe place for entry into the water been discovered – it is located several kilometers from Peahi Bay.

waves at Jaws

In fact, speed when riding on rollers above 20 meters is the only way to save the surfer from the crushing power of the roller itself.

If the surfer uses a classic equipment, not tow-in, then the speed of the roller will be higher than the speed of the surfer himself, and then the tide will simply absorb the athlete (therefore, wind-surf loops were added to the tau-surf boards and they were shortened almost twice, which is the main guarantee of success), then it remains only to hope for good luck so that the next wash is not larger than the previous one, otherwise the surf-rider faces death

Tau-surfing became the first team sport in the world of surfing with tow-in equipment, here the role of a partner is also important for achieving the result, like the board, the experience of the surf-rider himself.

If the tugboat correctly approaches the wash, does it in the right place and at the right time, then the surfer is guaranteed success. In the opposite case, with an unsuccessful attempt, this may adversely affect the life of the surfer.

Team tau-surfing has already managed to gain its popularity.

However, the key is the tow-in ability hundreds of meters from the epicenter of the tides to predict the nature of the big wave and behavior.

It is extremely important to land the surf-rider in the right place, and this is made possible thanks to the good experience gained in windsurfing, which turned out to be very helpful here.

Before heading with tow-in, experienced surf-riders sit on the beach and observe the behavior of the tides.

Here, every little thing can become decisive for you: how often rollers appear, how many of them are in the set, what is their speed, how much foam is there after the wave breaks, etc.

tow-in equipment

According to experienced surf-riders, when you find yourself on the wave, it seems to you that they are all equally large, but their size can only be distinguished by color.

The largest are also the darkest.

As a rule, the biggest wave goes in the set with two smaller ones, or two big ones go in a row. It is better to skip the first such wave, since it compares all the roughness and roughness of the ocean, and the second wave is already perfectly smooth.

That is why observation and the possibility of predicting the ocean are in fact considered a whole science, and when you consider that the ocean is alive, it is important not only to know the theory, but also to be able to feel it.



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