Summertime is finally here and we are all ready to hit the water, but first you must take a step back and check a few things before you go out on the lake. Just because you don’t have a boat, doesn’t mean that you won’t have gear to enjoy behind one. Do you ski? Do you wakeboard? Both require some preseason checking to ensure that they are ready to rock and roll when the warmer weather hits.
There are a few things that you can do before you head out with your friends on the water. First check your belongings for any damage that may have been caused during the off season. Cracks or breaks in your equipment can be extremely dangerous at higher speeds on the water. Once you have checked to make sure that your gear is still in great condition you can buff and polish your boards, as well .This helps prevent sun damage and cracks caused by years of direct sunlight. Checking your bindings and mounting areas before going out on the water ensures that your board won’t come loose once you’re in the air behind the boat. If you can think of any reason that your equipment wouldn’t be safe it is always better to replace it than take the health risk on the water. Stopping by your local one stop shop for all things watersports: Wake Edgers Gear and Gifts can provide you with the most safe and reliable gear in today’s market.
Not only should you be checking our boards, you also need to check out what may very well save your life. Personal flotation devices (PFD) fall apart over the years from being weathered. The last thing anyone needs is a life jacket that doesn’t do its job. No matter what you are going to be doing on the water you will need a proper life vest for all occasions. Whether you’re riding behind the boat wakeboarding or sitting in fishing boat, you need to be properly equipped for any unforeseen boating accidents. Being unprepared with a malfunctioning PFD or non-existent PFD could be the worst decision you can ever make on the water. Some may not even know that if your life vest is torn or in non-functioning condition that it will not be allowed in an onboard search from your local authorities. If it is not in full working order it doesn’t count as a working life vest and can result in a citation on the boat if pulled over. Wake Edgers Gear and Gifts also sells a multitude of U.S. Coast Guard approved vests for every age as well as bulk packs for your boat.
These are just some of the items you need to check over before your first day out on the water. Making sure that your family and friends will be safe should take precedence over your riding every time. Now go check out your gear and stop by Wake Edgers Gear and Gifts if you have any questions about your equipment!