Tow surfing only opens new doors if it's done in places no paddle surfer can go. And many goofballs are using the ski to yank 'emselves into waves well within paddling range that they couldn't catch using their arms -- mostly that they wouldn't dare APPROACH. Then beating their chests about being Men, like Laird H, etc.
It's like rich businessmen being driven in Jeeps up to semi-captive lions, then shooting 'em in the head from 20 metres. In a word, fake.