So you find yourself in California and have no idea where to start. Since California has ease of access to bodies of water like Lake Berryessa, why not try water sports? Just in the United States in 2017, 13.4 percent of the population engaged in the fun of water sports. There are jet ski activities, wakeboarding, and even pontoon boats. There is a bit of everything for everyone in the sphere of water sports.
If you last experienced a jet ski before the 1980’s, you might have remembered that standing up was absolutely crucial for riding. That changed when new advances were made in the 1980’s. And with new advances came more powerful motors allowing participants to reach 15 to 60 mph! Depending on the model, a family of four can zip through the waves in high speed fashion.
Any water sport enthusiast will shake their head if wakeboarding and wakesurfing are mistaken as the same thing. Simply put: wakeboarding is when you ride a board while being pulled and wakesurfing is more akin to ocean surfing, but starts off like wakeboarding to get a lift. Wakesurfers do not hold on for the entire ride, only driven to the nearest wave before letting go to ocean surf normally on a small surfboard about five foot long.
Maybe those two sports are not your thing. Maybe you are looking for something that lets you experience a bit of everything? Look no further than the benefits of a pontoon boat, and join 87 million U.S. adults in recreational boating!
The benefits of a pontoon boat are akin to playing in a pool as opposed to playing in the ocean. It is not the best at everything but it allows for participates to metaphorically dip their toe into the watery world of water sports.
What does a pontoon have that jet skis or ski boats do not? Room. Pontoons allow for mobility around the boat and just so happen to be perfect for kids as well. While you can fish on a ski boat, pontoons have the added benefit of being a bit more comforting. The stability as well adds another layer to your fishing, reducing the odds of your boat spooking any unsuspecting fish. Most importantly, pontoons should be applauded for their safety, coupled with life jackets and life preservers of course. Because of their bulkiness, pontoons take wider turns and are not exactly built for speed, this in turn means less capsizing speeding. The benefits of a pontoon boat certainly make it the jack-of-all-trades.