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Pontoon offer comfort, safety, and affordability – but did you know they also offer the ability to tackle a range of watersports? Many models are designed with sturdy, powerful engines capable of helping the boat hit the required speeds and handle towing an individual or a group. In fact, it’s so common that we’ve rounded up our favorite watersports activities to use with a pontoon boat. Keep reading to discover all that a pontoon boat can do! For all your boating needs, visit Family Powersports San Angelo. We proudly serve those in Abilene, Big Spring, and Sonora, Texas.
Tubing is a go-to watersport activity for kids and adults alike. Riders can enjoy a leisurely ride around the bay or an action-filled speed ride complete with soaring over waves. It’s easy to adapt a tubing ride to the rider’s thrill and speed preference.
The inflatable innertubes come in a wide range of options. There are single rider tubes or ones that can fit multiple people at once. Some have riders sit on their knees gripping safety handles while others allow riders to lay back as if in a lounge chair. You can even find ones that come in quirky shapes or designs.
Pontoon boats can easily tow tubers. This is an ideal activity for those new to driving pontoon boats since you won’t need to worry as much about speeding up or turning as you do with other watersports activities.
For older and more adventurous riders, kneeboarding is a great option. It requires more skill than tubing, but the skills are easy to learn and quick to master. The equipment also tends to be budget friendly, which makes it an easy entry-level watersports activity to get into. For kneeboarding, you’ll want to keep your pontoon between 15 and 25 miles per hour. This provides enough excitement for the rider without going too fast.
While you usually see the traditional two ski option out on the water, there are other types. Slalom skiing uses one board similar to snowboarding. It’s more physically challenging, but it does allow you to carve deeper into the water. For an extreme version of skiing, riders can try barefoot skiing. Pontoon boats will need to travel at a higher speed to ensure the barefooted rider stays stable. For other types of skiing, the boat can go slower and still keep the rider stable. Of course, the rider may still want to go at higher speeds for the fun of it!
For riders willing to put in time and dedication to learning a more challenging sport, wakeboarding can be an appealing option. Experienced riders can enjoy the thrills of air jumping the pontoon boat’s wake as well as tricks (such as flips or spins). The wakeboard uses rubber and plastic binding to keep the rider’s feet securely in place. The rider uses the force of the pontoon to get him or her out of the water. Then they use a tow line to cruise around the water. Pontoon boats will go at higher speeds, which can make wakeboarding an adrenaline junkie’s dream come true!
Before you can enjoy all this fun with a pontoon boat, you’ll need to own a boat. If you are looking to buy or upgrade your boat, visit Family Powersports San Angelo. We proudly serve those in Abilene, Big Spring, and Sonora, Texas. Our friendly staff can answer any questions you have and help give you advice on what’ll best meet your needs. Take advantage of our financing plan, which allows you to get your dream pontoon boat home sooner!
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