How to Tow a SUP
Types of Tow Ropes
Waist Tow Systems. Designed to be attached to your waist via a Fastex quick release buckle. The can also be attached to your board. These systems have a carabiner on the end, and a floater just behind the carabiner to keep the biner on the surface. Some lines have floating rope as well.
I use NRS tow ropes as they’re easy to use hold up in heavy conditions. They also make great lines for cooling your beer
There’s several compact one and two line systems on the market which can be worn around your waist with a quick release buckle, or attached to your board via outfitting.
I prefer tow bags as a velcro pouch, so I can stuff the line back in quickly vs whitewater style where it takes longer to thread the line in.
Throw Bag. These are designed for rivers but can be in non-river situations. They often don’t have a waist option. You either throw the bag or line at the rescuee
DIY Tow Systems
- The best way to attach a tow line to another board is to it’s bow/nose if it happens to have a leash plug or stick on loop (EZ Plug or NSI plug). But 99% of the boards out there have no attachments in this location. I’d recommend adding a nose loop attachment on your board (and rental boards).
- You can also have the rescuee hold the tow line end (usually a carabiner) or wrap it around the shaft of T-Grip of their paddle. It’s best to have them sit or lay prone (flat) to keep them stable while towing.
- Loop the end around the widest part of their board and carabiner it around itself completing the loop, then the remainder lines up towards the nose and attached to you (make sense?) See Photo. ‘
- For whitewater, you may consider getting a throw line/bag which is thrown from shore to a swimmer or pinned paddler.
- The rescuee’s line should detach easily if there’s a problem. Never tie either end in knot or permanently (unless you don’t have a choice of course).