First time wakesurfing on a friend’s boat? Here are some things you may need to know before you hop on board. After all, being respectful and knowing what to do will help you get invited again.
1. Don’t invite others without permission
Remember when you were in high school and you threw a party one weekend when your parents were out of town? You only invited a few people, but it turned into a 200 person party? Don’t bring that kind of situation onto your friend’s boat!
2. Don’t be late
There’s nothing worse than waiting on someone before you take the boat out.
3. Don’t wear your shoes on the boat
Don’t trek dirt onto your friend’s boat. You should leave your shoes in your car or put them in your bag, no matter how cool you think your kicks are.
4. Bring your own towel
If you don’t, you’ll have to sit there drenched or borrow someone else’s.
5. Bring your own coast-guard approved life vest (if you have one)
This is an important purchase to make before you hit the lake. If you don’t have the proper gear, and get stopped by the game warden, you may get a ticket. Don’t be that guy.
6. Bring your own snacks and beverages
Make sure it’s nothing too messy, because who likes cheeto prints on everything? And if you’re bringing alcohol, make sure you run it by the boat owner first, and bring enough to share. Cheers to that.
7. No smoking inside the boat
Or if you have permission to do so, smoke on the rear deck. It’s just the nice thing to do.
8. Be considerate with your ride time
Don’t be a hog on the board.
9. Bring gas money
Boats don’t run on thank yous. Bring $10 or $20, and offer it up for gas.
10. Always offer to help driver wipe down outside/inside of the boat
This will guarantee an invite back. Often, people just thank the boat owner, grab their stuff, and head out. But if you’re the person who stays back to help clean, you’ll be remembered for your courtesy (A lot of boat owners are meticulous with their "baby" and won't accept the offer... but hey, at least you offered, right!).
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