Can you pull a tube behind a jet ski? Absolutely! There are definitely some things you will need to get started, though. You also want to make sure your jet ski is powerful enough to pull people. In this guide, we will
For jet ski tubing, you will need:
- A Jet Ski with at least 110 horsepower
- U-bolt/ski eye
- Impeller protector
- Tow lines/harness
- Tube Pump
- Booster Tube/ball (optional)
Getting Started With Jet Ski Tubing
Jet Ski Horsepower
A jet ski should be at least 110 horsepower, which should be enough to pull up to a 200lb person. Most jet skis are over 110 HP, so you should be good to start tubing! If you have a performance jet ski with high horsepower, you may not want to tube with it, as it could be dangerous.
You will need to make sure you have a U-bolt or bow eye to connect the tow lines. If your jet ski doesn’t have one, you can install one yourself.
An impeller protector is definitely something you will need to start tubing. Impeller protectors are exactly what they sound like – they protect the tubing tow line from the jet ski’s impeller. They also protect the tuber from rope kickback.
You will need tow ropes to start tubing. We recommend getting something strong and durable. They make ropes designed for how much weight you plan on pulling. It’s best to go strong, as it will keep your riders safe. Our favorite are ropes by World of Watersports.
What Are The Best Jet Ski Tubes?
There are A LOT of options for jet ski tubing. A simple Google search will give you seemingly endless tubes for sale. Even some other blogs suggest 3-4 seater tubes!? Obviously that can’t be right. We would never recommend pulling 4 people behind a jet ski! We want to answer the question once and for all, what are the best jet ski tubes?
- Air Head Rebel Kit (intense riding, 1 person)
- WOW Watersports Thriller (intense riding, 2 people)
- Sportsstuff Big Mable (relaxed riding, 2 people)
- Air Head EZ Ski (easy riding, 1 child)
This is our #1 pick. We love it for both quality and value. For $100 you get almost everything you need to get started: A tube, tow rope, and a 12v pump. Air Head is also a respected brand and makes quality tubes. This tube is made for one person and is designed for a more exhilarating ride. It has cushioned handles, the Air Head pattened Kwik-Connect for quick and easy rope connection, and safety valves for quick and easy inflation/deflation.
This is our favorite tube for 2-person riding. It’s “V” shape ensures a wild ride, jumping over wakes. It features a tough nylon
This is a 2 seater tube that is designed for those who would prefer a more relaxing ride. The previous tubes might throw their passengers off into the water if the ride is too wild. This tube features 2 full seats with back support and a wide body. This prevents flipping and will likely keep the riders pretty dry. It’s still a lot of fun! But, if you want a crazier ride, this isn’t the tube to get. It can be pulled from either the front or back, making it a versatile tube with 2 very different riding experiences.
This is the best tube for kids. It has a 70lb weight limit so this is a kid-only tube. In addition to being a tube, this is considered a ski hybrid, featuring water ski handles. This can make it even more fun for kids while being safe and easy to ride! It can also help train kids who want to start water skiing, as you can stand up on the tub while you hold onto the handles. It teaches basic skiing fundamentals including proper stance, handle position, balance and weight transfer for turning
What Othe Items Do I Need?
You will definitely want to get a 12v tube pump if you don’t have one. They are pretty affordable. You can get one for $20.
A booster tube, or sometimes called a booster ball, is optional – but it will certainly enhance your tubing experience. A booster tube is a buoy that connects your towlines, between the tube and the jet ski. It keeps the tow rope out of the water. It diminishes drag and rope spray, eliminates towable submarining, and lowers stress on the tube and
We hope this all helps get you on your way to a summer of fun! Happy tubing!
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