Hello all, I've been a lakefront owner (section 17) since 2007 (the year the board's last boondogle into banning things ended for PWC's) and we love the fishing on LC. I'm planning on getting an ice tent for the kids next year after seeing all the shacks out there this winter - looked like a blast!! Which brings me to the reason for joining this board and posting this comment. It has come to my attention there's a plan to ban wakesurfing - something the kids have taken up the past few years as a lower impact, safer, alternative to wakeboarding/skiing/tubing. In fact, surfing has supplanted tubing and wakeboarding as the preferred watersport in our family and w/ guests who would never consider wakeboarding have jumped right on the surf and had a blast. I was extremely disappointed to hear the BoD is considering an outright ban under the bogus pretense of "preventing shoreline erosion" and "safety concerns". If anyone has seen the highly suggestive survey that's about to go out you know what i'm talking about (PM me if you'd like a copy). I gotta hand it to them though it's almost as if some highly partisan DC think-tank developed a list of extremely leading questions in the survey with only one inevitable conclusion - "we need to ban "plowing" (ie wakesurfing) in order to prevent property values from plummeting, the shoreline from eroding away, and little jimmy from falling off the floating dock on 4th of July".
Give me a break.
To say that the small minority of folks out there wakesurfing behind highly specialized boats, as jigTHIS_630 points out are in the $70-120k range, are responsible for a vast majority of the shoreline erosion and the apparently dangerous big scary wave action is ridiculous. Anyone who's spent 4th of July, Memorial Day or Labor Day weekend on the lake or on their floating dock knows that is absurd. The fact is when you stuff a couple hundred boats on a 640 acre lake all at once you're going to get a lot of waves - this was a problem before folks started surfing and will continue to be so regardless of whether or not they pass this inane ban.
Furthermore, how do they intend to enforce this anyway? Is there a magical tape measure that measures the size of a wake? Is wakeboarding next? After all, a Wakesetter's wake with full ballast towing a wakeboarding at 20mph puts out a lot more water force at a higher frequency than a surf boat albeit at an arguably larger amplitude. How about tubing? Heck, lets just jump to the logical conclusion of all this nonsense and make the entire lake a no-wake zone - see how that affects property values.