Towing a Person With a Vessel
When towing a person on water skis or another device, vessel operators must follow all boating laws plus any additional laws that may apply.
- It is illegal for vessels to tow a person on water skis, aquaplanes, or any similar devices between sunset and sunrise. Waterskiing on parts of the Wailua River (Kauai) is only allowed from sunrise to 9:00 a.m. and from 5:00 p.m. to sunset.
- Any vessel towing a person on water skis, aquaplanes, or similar devices must be operated in a careful and prudent manner and at a reasonable distance from other persons or property so as not to endanger the life or property of any person.
- It is illegal to operate the vessel or manipulate the tow rope, water skis, or other device such that the towed device or person collides with any other person or object.
- A thrill craft towing a person on water skis, an inner tube, a wakeboard, or a similar device—other than a surfboard for tow-in surfing operations—must stay within designated thrill craft riding zones when operating in an Ocean Recreation Management Area.
Using a Thrill Craft for Tow-In Surfing
Thrill craft being used for tow-in surfing must:
- Be operated by a person certified through a DLNR–approved course in tow-in surfing and…
- Be registered with Hawaii DLNR/DOBOR and…
- Display a current tow-in surfing decal (“T” decal).