Water sports performance system and method

  • US 6,044,788 A
  • Filed: 03/09/1998
  • Issued: 04/04/2000
  • Est. Priority Date: 03/09/1998
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A water sports system for improving aerial characteristics of a performance by a performer using a water sports implement, the system comprising:

  • a vessel behind which the performer is to be towed, the vessel including a bow, a stern, opposing starboard and port sides between the bow and the stern, and an operator station located amidships between the opposing sides;

    a vertical support unit fitted to the vessel at a location proximate the operator station and positioned amidships, the vertical support unit having an upper portion at a height substantially above the level of the operator station and adapted for securing a tow rope thereto;

    a tow rope attached to the upper portion of the vertical support unit for towing the performer therefrom;

    first and second ballast tanks fitted onboard at opposing locations proximate the starboard and port sides, respectively, and extending toward the stern from only aft amidships; and

    extracting means in fluid communication with the body of water for forcing water into the first and second ballast tanks for weighting down the vessel and controlling a wake created by the vessel.

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