Most frequently, park designers will set full cable systems up in a circle, which means that the rider can complete an entire route, starting from the launch platform and returning to the same point after a few circuits. Multiple riders can attach at different points along the cable as it passes, riding simultaneously, with the distance between them varying according to local factors. For example, in a typical 800-yard course set up with a distance of 80 yards between riders, ten riders can wakeboard at the same time at an ideal speed of just under 20 mph. If you have a group of slalom skiers, though, you'll want to arrange for a separate time slot or even a different system that can be configured for a tow speed closer to 40 mph.
In a full cable system, tow ropes are detached and attached simultaneously, permitting riders to complete and start their course without slowing the system down. The consistent speed ensures a smooth experience for the riders and significantly lower power consumption by the system.
In two-tower cable systems, the ride is a basic there-and-back-again, with room for some fun along the way. There are no distractions with a single rider, and the simplicity works for everyone; from beginner to professional. The best two-tower setups are versatile, portable, and fully customizable for any location, with plenty of adaptable features like adjustable pylon heights.
All cable systems run overhead, so the tow line is always at a relatively sharp upward angle. The angle helps riders launch themselves upward off obstacles with enough height to complete spins, turns, and other tricks that would be impossible with a traditional boat-towed cable. The smooth water and the absence of hazards, like unpredictable bumps and lurches from the wakes of other boats, present a more friendly environment for beginners and a safer experience even for professional wakeboarders.