If you read either part one or two, you may notice that the kicked off part is not there.
Hence, part 3:
I did not realize that the ropes were separating from the handles on a regular basis until I was riding and two riders-one very good, one pro, hollered at me from the water–I lost my rope!
I was not sure what they were talking about so I let go of my rope and asked them.
They both told me the same thing-they had been riding when suddenly the rope separated from the handle and they were left in the water with only a handle.
I then quizzed a group of good riders, the cable operator, the cable manager, and one of the owners about how the cable rope was affixed to the handle.
The answer is-like a Chinese handcuff the rope is threaded through itself.
Which means that threading it right is crucial.
The cable operator told me his safety policy was to let everyone know they should expect to lose the rope.
The owner said the manager sometimes said stuff without thinking it through.
The manager said I was being a troublemaker.
The owner said I brought too much drama and was taking up too much of his employees’ time.
But by the time I had quizzed a dozen people I realized that 80 percent of them had a rope-loss story within the last two weeks.
I realized I might have had one as well…
There are falls and losses in wakeboarding all the time. These things often happen in isolation. A rider, even a good one, may not realize that a fall is due to operator neglect or park negligence unless they know that it is happening to other riders, sometimes with alarming regularity.
Within the two weeks following the refunding of my family’s membership the ropes continued to separate from the handles while in use.
I hope that someone remedied the situation eventually.