You may be wondering if you even need a wakeboard tower. No, you don’t need a wakeboard tower to wakeboard—but it’s much more fun with one! It’s very simple. Towers allow you to achieve more hang time when you are doing tricks while you are wakeboarding. You can jump higher on your wakeboard and enjoy more time in the air for awesome tricks when you have a wakeboard tower. Sounds pretty cool, but how does a wakeboard tower achieve this?
Wakeboard Towers Have a Higher Tie-Off Point
Without a wakeboard tower, your rope is most likely tied to the back of the boat at a point that is fairly close to the water. This kind of low tie-off point has the effect of constantly pulling you downward—when you jump, the rope is at a downward angle and pulls you back down almost immediately. The rope can also get caught in the turbulence behind the boat, making it harder to get up on the wakeboard and do tricks.
A wakeboard tower solves the problem of a low tow point by raising the tie-off point. With a higher tow line, you can jump higher with more freedom to do tricks and flips, and the rope will be well above the water so it doesn’t get caught in turbulence. A higher tow point also helps you get up on your wakeboard much easier. While it is possible to wakeboard without a tower, we highly recommend adding one to get the air you’re looking for when performing tricks.
Other Wakeboard Tower Benefits
Although the extra hang time you get with a wakeboard tower is the most popular benefit, there are plenty of other reasons why you should get a wakeboard tower. You can use your wakeboard tower as a support beam to hold onto while maneuvering around the boat. Not only can you use the tower for wakeboarding, you can also use it for other water sports, including water skiing, kneeboarding, and wakesurfing.
With a wakeboard rack attached to your tower, you can store your wakeboards, water skis, and even wakesurf boards so they are out of the way. Having a rack installed on your tower frees up valuable space on your boat’s deck, allowing you to move around freely and ensure your boards are protected.
In addition to all of the great benefits a wakeboard tower by itself offers, you can have even more perks with accessories. Are you planning on being out on the water at night? You can add lights on the tower so you can see and other boats can see you. Want to spend time with your family and friends out on the water? You can also get speakers so you can listen to music and have fun together. Need some shade on sunny days? Add a bimini to shade yourself from the sun.
What a Wakeboard Tower Doesn’t Do
We want you to have fun with your wakeboard tower and enjoy yourself. However, there are some things you shouldn’t do with your wakeboard tower. Although many people believe that you can pull tubes from a wakeboard tower, this is a very dangerous practice and should not be done under any circumstance. There are a variety of reasons why you shouldn't pull a tube from your wakeboard tower. Instead of pulling tubes from your wakeboard tower, you should use an alternative solution like TurboSwing instead. TurboSwing is the only tube-rated tow bar in the market, making it the exact product you should use if you want to pull tubes!
There are plenty of reasons why you need a wakeboard tower for your boat. Need to know more about wakeboards? Read up on them in our Monster Tower wakeboard tower buying guide.