Tow-in windsurfing has been on the rise for a few years now as a no wind alternative at events worldwide. Not just as a side event for the competitors but also as a show or a demonstration of new school freestyle for the public to witness exactly where the level is progressing to. So how do you do it, how do you get into it and what should you know before you give it a go? We caught up with the rather modest French freestyler Adrien Bosson who seems to be building a strong and consistent new level in tow-in.
Part 1: How to get into it
The first thing is to have a boat with enough power, if the boat is too small then it won’t work, a jet-ski or a big wake boat is good. The next thing is a good rope, like a wake boarding rope with the handle, this makes it a lot more comfortable to ride with. Then the conditions; it is often easier with a little bit of wind and with perfect flat water and also sun and warm water…
With the gear: a bigger board, a 100l or a bit more even and a small sail like 4.0-4.4, the small sail is easier to control and the larger board is more stable for the starts and better for popping.
Where to start: Everyone should come to windmeet to do it, haha, no this is why I like tow-in because I just do it at events and once or twice I have practised it with friends, so it is like a novelty. Events can really be the best place to start, at the windmeet events and I heard at the UK events anyone who has entered can try the tow-in, there is always some training before the competition and there are guys there that can do it, so they teach you what to do and what not to do.