Indiana DNR Conservation Officers would like to remind the public that,
effective July, new laws will restrict “wake surfing” or “teak surfing”
behind certain motorboats.
Teak surfing will become illegal behind all motorboats powered by an inboard
engine, an inboard/outboard engine, or an outboard engine while the boat’s
engine is running. This includes just hanging onto the swim platform while
the motor is running. It is the boat operator’s responsibility to make sure
this is not being done.
Wake surfing, on the other hand, will become illegal behind an
inboard/outboard or an outboard motorboat. Additionally, it will be illegal
to swim, float, or float on a board in the wake directly behind an
inboard/outboard or an outboard motorboat that is underway.
The law itself:
Sec. 3. An individual may not do the following:
(1) Operate a motorboat inboard or have the inboard engine of a motorboat
run idle while an individual is holding onto the swim platform, swim deck,
swim step, swim ladder or any part of the exterior of the transom of a
motorboat while the motorboat is underway at any speed.
(2) Operate a motorboat powered by an outboard motor or equipped with an
outdrive unit while an individual is:
(A) holding onto the swim platform, swim deck, swim step, swim ladder or any
portion of the exterior of the transom of a motorboat while the motorboat is
underway at any speed;
(B) swimming, or floating on or in the wake directly behind a motorboat that
is underway; or
(C) floating on a board on or in the wake directly behind a motorboat that
is underway using the wake itself as the means of propulsion.
(3) Operate a motorboat with the number of individual riders on a towed
device that exceeds the listed capacity on the towed device or the owner's
ec. 4. An individual who violates this chapter commits a Class C infraction