This unfinished page contains text from either the 2003 or 2005 print version of Encyclopedia of Surfing. An updated version, with more photos, is coming soon.

Often-maligned technique in which a surfer is towed at high speed, usually by a personal watercraft, directly toward an unbroken wave. The towing action gives a slingshot boost, which is usually spent on a single overblown aerial or carve maneuver. Tow-ats are typically performed in small, weak waves, or in closeouts that would otherwise be difficult to ride, and more often than not the whole poin...

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