Skill level: Low
Used for: Tying tow rope to pylon
When towing riders for watersports, the proper line to use is dependent on sport. Tubes need a beefi er line than most people would guess. A four-person tube that has a passenger capacity of 840 pounds requires a towline rated for 4,000 pounds. Most tow ropes are polypropylene, which fl oats and offers a little bit of stretch, which most recreational wakeboard and slalom skiers prefer. Skilled wakeboard riders prefer nonstretch lines made of Spectra, Dyneema or Poly E. These lines are secured using a loop knot that’s created by reaching through the existing loop at the end of the line, grabbing the line, pulling it through the loop, then placing the newly-formed loop over the pylon. To shorten a wakeboard line to allow the rider to catch the best part of the wake, don’t tie a hard loop knot. Instead, take a double-section of the line and wrap it around the pylon once then take the loop at the end and place it over the top of the pylon and pull it snug.