If you are new to watersports, it is important to know that all tow ropes are not created equal. Wakeboard tow ropes have several features that distinguish them from ski ropes.

Length: In general, an accepted starter length for wakeboard tow ropes for beginners is 45 to 50 feet. Most normal-length waterski ropes range from 60 to 70 feet.

Stiffness: Wakeboarders want a stiff wakeboard rope, which won't recoil during airborne tricks. Waterskiiers, on the other hand, want a rope with stretch, especially for negotiating a slalom ski course.

Speed: No matter what type of water sport you favor, keep in mind that boat speed is related to the length of your tow ropes. The faster your boat is going, the longer the tow ropes it can accommodate. If you get stuck in the wash of the wake, either speed up your boat or shorten the tow rope.

For expert advice about tow ropes for waterskiing and wakeboarding, visit your local Sun & Ski shop.