Ski ropes might be the most important piece of equipment in your ski tube kit. A poor quality ski rope puts the rider at risk, as does improper rope attachment. Be sure that you and everyone who uses your ski tube know how to attach ski ropes correctly and how to take care of them.
Keep these points in mind for safe use of ski tubes and ski ropes:
- Go long. Don’t use ski ropes shorter than 20 feet (even for kids). Any rope shorter than 20 feet places the rider too close to the exhaust from the boat, where he or she is at risk for carbon monoxide poisoning.
- Think straight. Don’t use ski ropes made from elastic material. These ropes are more likely to break or cause injuries.
- Check it out. Inspect your ski ropes before each use. Don’t use ski ropes that are frayed, and check the connector for signs of wear.
- Store it safely. Consistent exposure to sunlight can deteriorate ski ropes; store them in a cool, dry place when not in use.
Some ski ropes are sold together with handles, such as the Straight Line Cutting Edge Deep V, which includes a water ski handle and 70-foot rope. These products are appropriate for both recreational and intermediate use.
Visit a Sun & Ski Sports shop near you for expert advice on selecting the right ski ropes for your water sport needs.