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Danny Harf & Shane Bonifay: DEFY Wakeboard Tow-In Wave Surfing


The fun part about doing tow-ins on a wake board is the challenge of all the variables. There’s so many things that have to line up perfectly for you to be able to get the right wind, get the right speed, hit the lip just at the right time, air, and then land back in the wave. But when you get it, the feeling that you get is just like nothing else. Shane’s waves are crazy, some of his first ones, he would just come in so fast, with so much speed on his tow side, and then there was this one time just like, gapped this little section and dropped back in, pumped the wave a couple of times, got a little barrel, came back out, and just to see like the speed was just amazing. That was sick, man. That second wave was so big, I was scared. Danny was with me and that thing was over my head. I have never been on a wave over my head on my wakeboard before.Having a good ski driver in the surf is crucial. You definitely need somebody that has knowledge of how a wave works, and where to put the rider. I’ve definitely been out a few times and you’re kind of yelling back and forth with the driver, like “put me there, I want to be there.” But really, there’s just like, such miscommunication, but once you kind of get it to click, it works. When we first started and I whipped Danny in, like the first wave, I kind of didn’t put him in the right spot, and then he’s like, you know, “put me here,” so the next few waves, just put him in the right spot.Then you get out there and you have someone else drive, it’s just, sometimes it just takes a while to make things work, but when you make it work, and it clicks, things happen. When the waves die down a little bit in Ballina, we decided to just mess around and decided to ride behind the truck a little bit. Yeah, dude, Danny just came up with a sick idea. I think this is kind of the perfect set up for it. We’re going to rally the truck down the beach and just carve in the shore break. At the end of the day, we got some pretty rad stuff, stuff that’s never been done on wakeboards before, so it was a really inspiring trip, and a lot of fun. .


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