To wake surf, a person rides on a device similar to a surfboard in the wake just behind a boat.
- The wake surfer holds onto a tow (ski) rope only until he or she is up out of the water. Then the rope is tossed into the boat.
- The boat travels at slow speeds of 9 to 14 mph.
- To create the larger wake that a wake surfer needs, the boat carries artificial ballast.
Persons involved in wake surfing must follow these regulations.
- Due to the large wake, a boat involved in wake surfing must be operated at least 200 feet from:
- The shoreline
- All marine structures, including piers, docks, bridge structures, abutments, and anchored swimming or water-skiing floats
- Navigation aids such as regulatory buoys and channel markers
- Other vessels that are underway, anchored, or moored
- Persons in the water
- Any portable ballast tank must have a manufacturer's label that gives the tank's maximum capacity in gallons and/or maximum weight in pounds.
- The combined weight of the ballast, passengers, gear, and motors must not exceed the maximum weight capacity for the vessel.