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Find that perfect pull and explore all of O'Brien's tow rope options for wakeboarding, waterskiing, wakesurfing, kneeboarding, and tubing.

  • O'Brien Comp Handle w/ Silicone Line Combo

    $149.99

    <h4>Relentless performance and comfort</h4> <p><strong>Features</strong></p> <ul> <li><strong>Microfiber Suede Grip</strong> - Soft and tacky when wet</li> <li><strong>30 mm Diameter</strong> - Perfect fit for most hands</li> <li><strong>15" Wide T6-6061 Aluminum Core Frame</strong> - Precision extruded for high strength and low weight</li> <li><strong>Roll-Stop End Caps</strong> - Significantly reduces handle roll to enhance control</li> <li><strong>Removable Handle Section</strong> - Effortlessly add a wrapped handle to expand your riding <em>(T-Bar section sold separately)</em></li> <li><strong>Silicone Line</strong> - Zero-stretch spectra line coated in smooth silicone for unrivaled performance that floats, glides through your fingers, and coils with ease</li> <li><strong>Adjustable Line Lengths</strong> - Finely tunable line lengths from 55' to 80' (including the handle) with complete customization down to the nearest 2.5'</li> </ul>

  • O'Brien Method Handle w/ Spectra Line Combo

    $119.99

    <h4>Lightweight and pure performance</h4> <p><strong>Features</strong></p> <ul> <li><strong>Brick Design EVA Grip</strong> - Tacky and easy to hold</li> <li><strong>15" Wide T6-6061 Aluminum Core Frame</strong> - Precision extruded for high strength and low weight</li> <li><strong>Roll-Stop End Caps</strong> - Significantly reduces handle roll to enhance control</li> <li><strong>Spectra Line</strong> - Non-stretch, spectra line that is lightweight and geared for high performance</li> <li><strong>Adjustable Line Lengths</strong> - Finely tunable line lengths from 50' to 75' (including the handle) with complete customization down to the nearest 2.5'</li> </ul>

  • O'Brien Kneeboard Rope and Handle

    $44.99

    <h4>Specifically designed for use with Aqua-Hook and HydroHook equipped kneeboards</h4> <p><strong>Features</strong></p> <ul> <li><strong>Aqua-Hook Bar</strong> - Small bar (forward of the grip) allows the handle to be easily hooked on the board while keeping the main part of the handle closer to the rider for security</li> <li><strong>Round EVA Textured Grip</strong> - Floating handle that is tacky and easy to hold</li> <li><strong>12" Wide T6-6061 Aluminum Core Frame</strong> - Precision extruded for high strength and low weight</li> <li><strong>Molded PVC End Caps</strong> - Soft, flexible, lightweight, and durable</li> <li><strong>Line</strong> - 12-strand, 40 filament PE rope</li> <li><strong>Adjustable Line Lengths</strong> - 55', 70' (Includes handle)</li> </ul>

The most essential, yet often overlooked, piece of equipment in towed water sports may be tow ropes themselves. They all have the same basic function. Their job is to pull the water skier, tuber, wakeboarder, etc. in a safe and controlled manner. O'Brien offers several general-purpose ropes and handles for use across various sports. These options are great for families getting into recreational water sports. Some of them also have unique handles that make it easier for beginners to get up for the first time. However, riders and skiers looking to expand their skills will benefit from dedicated tow ropes for their sport of choice.

The first attribute that distinguishes a specialized tow rope from a general-purpose has to do with rope length. While the total length may be the same, specialized ropes have multiple sections to customize the rider's distance from the boat. This is important because the size and shape of the wake vary at different distances and boat speeds. Having the ability to control your riding distance from the boat creates a significant benefit to the rider.

Beyond length, each towed water sport has unique needs from the tow rope. For example, once you get to the level of jumping in wakeboarding and kneeboarding, it is important to have a non-stretch line. These lines help the rider build tension for a better pop off the wake. Since these ropes don't recoil, they also provide consistent control in the air. Slalom ropes, on the other hand, are designed to stretch. This recoil effect allows the skier to maintain tension in the line for greater control in turns. Additionally, O'Brien builds wakesurf and tube ropes that enhance the rider's experience and safety on the water.

Take all of these factors into consideration when looking for a tow rope. If you need some help, feel free to reach out to us or use the filters on this page to help narrow down your options. With our wide selection, we know that we have a tow rope to meet your needs.