Understanding the Types of Water Sports Towables

Water Sports Towables are fast becoming the number one water activity for families and thrill seekers alike this season. With their ease of use, versatility, affordability and just plain fun factor there really is a tubing towable that is a perfect fit for just about anyone.

There is a seemingly endless array of awesome designs in colors and shapes of the water sports towables available on the market today. But, no matter how crazy the aesthetics of the water tubes, knowing what kind of ride you want to experience is really one of the more important factors in determining which type of water towable you choose for yourself and your family.

Here is a run down of the basic types of Water Sports Towables:

STANDARD/ROUND/DONUT TUBING TOWABLES: These are the traditional shaped towables that look like an inflated inner tube. They can be ridden by laying on top of the donut for a more exciting ride or by sitting in the hole for a more secure feeling. These standard watersports towables offer hand grips and can be ridden by one or several riders depending on the design and are usually the most economical of the tubing towables.

DECK TUBING TOWABLES: These towables are more flat and look like an inflated mattress. Perfect for the thrill seekers, on this tubing towable, the rider(s) lies on their stomach and holds on with their face very close to the water. This gives them the feeling of speed that they crave. Due to the flat shape of this water sports towable, it also tends to catch air more easily going over wakes and during quick turns making the ride more exciting and challenging.

RIDE-IN TUBING TOWABLES: These watersports towables can accommodate up to 4 riders at once which is great for a family or group of friends to enjoy together. In this configuration, the riders sit on the floor or “cockpit” of the tubing towable, much like in a small boat, and are surrounded by the sides of the towable. Often the floor is inflated also so the ride is quite comfortable and smooth. This is a perfect water sports towable for younger children or those adults who prefer a ride of comfort and security over thrills and spills.

RIDE-ON TUBING TOWABLES: These water sport towables are most often in an elongated shape-much like a torpedo or giant hot dog and can hold up to 6 riders at once. In this case, the riders sit on top of the water tube. Due to the high center of gravity, there tend to be a lot of rollovers and lots of laughs to go with it. These towables are great for large groups of all ages.

SPECIALTY TUBING TOWABLES: These water sports towables can include kites in which the riders are lifted into the air, towables that riders actually are completely inside of, water towables that spin or rock and many others. These require riders with more physical skill and a higher level of thrill seeking.

There are a tremendous variety of water tubes to choose from on the market today. Once you’ve decided on the type of ride you’d like to experience, you’re sure to find the perfect Water Sports Towable for you this season.

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