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Experience the difference a WakeMAKERS.com custom ballast bag can make. Each one of these custom ballast bags were crafted to our customer's specific measurements and finished to our precise standards. Optimize the space without the waste. Not only do you choose the size, shape, and capacity of your custom sac but you also get to choose choices how many ports are installed, and where they are located. That makes integrating your custom wakeboard ballast bag into any system easy and pain free.
We are excited to announce the addition of Phase 5 Wakesurf Boards and Accessories to our wakesurf section. Everything about the Phase 5 brand is top notch! From their team, to their products, and their commitment to manufacturing in the USA. Drop by the Phase 5 brand page to view all the 2015 wakesurf boards.
Last summer we had the opportunity to test out some of the new Eight.3 ballast bag options before they were available. The general consensus from all of us was "WOW, when will these be on the market". The speed of the Eight.3 system still holds true as the fastest portable ballast solution on the market. With the recent introduction of bow and floor bags for the 2015 season, it's going to be hard not to use Eight.3 ballast.
Put your feet up and enjoy what is happening behind the boat with one of these water filled ottoman ballast bags. Our crew's new favorite Eight.3 category are the Telescope CTN Floor Ballast Bags. The engineers at Eight.3 measured the cabin area in the majority of V-Drive boats produced in the last 10 years and have come up with 3 different size options to accommodate them: 400lb, 650lb, and 800lb. This extra weight when centered in the mid ship area will increase the hull's displacement providing both a more dense wakeboarding wake and the best wakesurf wave possible when used in conjunction with a surf enhancing system like Malibu's Surf Gate.
**Side Note: We used the 800lb. Floor Bag to help weight a 2014 Malibu 23 LSV for wakesurfing and it worked like a charm with no need for extra bow ballast above the factory tank.
Eight.3 400lb. Floor Ballast Bag: 35L x 35W x 9H
Eight.3 650lb. Floor Ballast Bag: 45L x 45L x 9H
Eight.3 800lb. Floor Ballast Bag: 55L x 45L x 9H
Another new and much needed option for this season are the Eight.3 Bow specific bags. Available in a 600lb triangle version and the first of it's kind 950lb trapezoid. The new Eight.3 Telescoping Bow Bags are the best option for quickly adding ballast to the front of your boat when time is of the essence. We like the smaller 650 pound bag for traditional/triangle style bows of and the 950 pound bag for trapezoid shaped pickle fork bows. Don't underestimate the importance of bow ballast when you are trying to build the optimal wake for wakeboarding or wave for wakesurfing.
Eight.3 600lb. Telescope CTN Bow Ballast Bag: 54L x 27W x 9H
Eight.3 950lb. Telescope CTN Bow Ballast Bag: 54L x 54W rear / 27W front x 9H
Get boat show pricing without leaving the comfort of your home.
Not able to make to your local boat show? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with our digital boat show sale going on today through Monday. You can forget about haggling for an extra ten dollars off a ballast bag and get straight to the savings.
*No coupon code necessary. Sale runs from 1/16/15-1/19/15.
WakeMAKERS Holiday Gift Guide and Shipping Cutoffs
The Holidays can be a hectic time for everyone, which is why we want to make your life easier with our Holiday Gift Guide.
Each item in the guide is hand-picked by our team of product experts, so you can feel confident that the gift you choose will make someone very happy.
December 17th* is the last day for guaranteed delivery to the lower 48 via FedEx Ground.
December 19th* is the last day for guaranteed delivery via FedEx 3 Business Day Shipping.
December 21st* is the last day for guaranteed delivery via FedEx 2 Business Day Shipping.
*Our cutoff for processing orders the same day is 2PM PST. Orders placed after 2PM will go out the next business day.
WakeMAKERS Holiday Hours
Our employees work hard all year round which is why we like to close down our operations during the holiday's, so they can enjoy time with their friends and family. Because of that, our offices will be closed on December 24-28th and the 31-4th of January. We will return to our normal shipping and customer service hours on January 5th.
If you have any questions about our holiday schedule, please don't hesitate to contact us. We hope your holidays are safe and merry!
WakeWorld Holiday Auctions
We've been lucky enough to participate in the annual WakeWorld Holiday Auction that benefits underpriveleged kids for the past few years. It's been an awesome experience and we are excited to help Dave and the rest of the crew at WakeWorld raise funds once again for those in need.
Normally, all the profits made from the fundraiser go to the Toys 4 Tots program. This year they've decided to split the profits equally between Brad Smeele, Matt Manzari and the Toys 4 Tots Foundation. Brad Smeele, a pro rider for Ronix, severely injured his spine in a wakeboarding accident and Matt Manzari was electrocuted and suffered severe burns. Both Smeele and Manzari have extensive medical bills and their road to recovery will likely be a long one.
Auctions will run from 12/2 until 12/9 and we would highly encourage you to take a look at them and help support these great causes.
WakeMAKERS Product available at the Auction
WakeMAKERS Cyber Monday Sale
Our Annual Cyber Monday Sale ends at midnight which means you only have a few hours left to get the lowest prices of the year sitewide. As a bonus, we are offering a one time only savings of 25% off our WakeMAKERS Custom Ballast Bags.
Each WakeMAKERS Custom Ballast Bag is handmade in the USA to match your exact specifications. This means you get a bag that fits perfectly, maximizes your wake, and minimizes the amount of space it takes up in your boat.
*Free US Shipping on orders over $99 and Discounted Worldwide Shipping.
We are thrilled to announce that our Engine Divider Panel Saver Kit is ready for the boating aftermarket. We've had requests for a solution like this for years and it's really exciting to finally unveil this new premium product for v-drive wakeboard boats.
Anyone that runs additional ballast in the rear locker of their boat knows that bowing and warping are an all too common problem. The solution in the past for boat owners has meant a trip to the hardware store and a not-so OEM look once it's finished. Our new Divider Panel Saver Kit addresses both of those problems. Now you can get a OEM fit and finish without having to leave the comfort of your couch... until the installation.
This kit was developed by our team of in-house engineers and each one is handmade in Bend, Oregon. Built with a thick 6063 aluminum u channel bar and stainless steel hex hardware, these kits are designed to withstand a harsh marine environment. Each 19" bar is precisely cut, finished with radius edges, and then powder coated flat black for a factory appearance. After installation they are virtually invisible, and most people will think they came stock from the factory floor.
*Note: You will need to purchase two kits if you want to upgrade both sides.
Helpful Tools: 3/16" SAE Hex Head Wrench & 3/8" SAE Drill Bit, Measuring Tape
Difficulty Level: Easy
Completion Time: 30 minutes (estimate)
Installation of the Engine Divider Panel Saver Kit is relatively quick and easy. You only need the tools mentioned above to complete the install.
Brand new for 2015, the Carbon PowerTail shape is back with a more responsive layup than last years model. We had the opportunity to test this board at the end of the summer behind a handful of different boats and it excelled well on medium-large wakes. Although we didn't get to test it out on a smaller wake, the speed and wide powertail design should give this board enough push even behind a smaller surf wake.
At first glance, the 2015 graphic really stands out with it's clean lines and sharp carbon wrap. Another difference between the new model and the 2014 carbon board is the concave top deck and lighter weight. Once we hopped on the board it was apparent that this surfer is a completely different animal than the 2014 PowerTail... which we also liked a lot.
We spent most of our testing time on the 4'5" model even though our rider weight range was 170-210 pounds. One common misconception we hear quite often is that bigger riders need a taller board. This isn't entirely true, the surface area of the board is actually the biggest factor besides wake size and push. The wide PowerTail design gives these boards a massive amount of surface area. The 4'5" model has 959 square inches of surface area and the 4'11" board has 1067 inches. By increasing the surface area, Ronix was able to deliver a board that has the float and push of a longboard with the turning and slashing ability of a shorter, thruster style wakesurf board.
We ran this board with a few different fin options, but found that a single center fin was the favorite setup for the group. A single 2.9" surf fin placed in the center gave us enough grip to pump in and around the wake without making it feel too "locked-in".
The concave top deck is another new feature for 2015 that's designed to give riders better board control and overall feel. The 16 degree late rocker line is fast and when you combo that with the hard edging rails you get a deck with rail to rail slashing ability that is hard to match. The PowerTail feature gives this board a ton of push for huge airs off the top of the wave. If you want to live above the wake this surfer has everything you need to progress your boat surfing skills to the next level.
Key Technical Features
- CNC Core - Handmade by robots
- Carbon Wrapped
- Fast, 16 degree rocker line
- Concave topdeck
- 3 - 2.9" surf specific fins
- 3 - 2.3" surf specific fins
Spencer: "The Carbon version of the Power Tail is way lighter and a lot faster allowing me to push myself every time I am behind the boat."
Bryan: "Best all around board for feel, push and speed"
The Bottom Line: This should be on your short list if you want a fast and stable board that has good speed on the face of the wake and excellent airing ability.
Fall is in the air and that means the lakes and waterways are getting less crowded and the water is glass. These are all great, except for one small thing... the water gets cold, really fast. Don't get left at the dock because you weren't prepared for the dropping water temps. Check out the O'Neill Boost and Assault Hybrid Drysuits and get ready to extend your season indefinitely.
1. Being cold is no fun.
Based in the Northwest, we've had our fair share of cold water riding experiences. Cold, wet, and numb isn't the most enjoyable way to spend your day out on the water. The O'Neill Boost and Assault Drysuits keep you warm and comfortable in water and air temperatures as low as 40 degrees.
2. You can ride in your street clothes.
Randall the Vandall Harris is the only rider we know of that can wear street clothes behind the boat and get away with it... up until now. The O'Neill Boost's full baggy shell gives you the option to wear your street clothes underneath. Can anyone say: Lunch break wakesurf sets?
3. You can ride during the winter, while everyone else is dreaming about being on the water.
O'Neill designed both of these drysuits to keep you comfortable in water temperatures that would otherwise be unbearable. Stop re-enacting the Polar Bear Plunge every time you want to take a ride and get back to enjoying your time on the water.
4. You stay completely dry.
The O'Neill Boost's full baggy membrane is 100% waterproof. Aside from a few drops of water coming through a seal during a massive wipeout, this suit will keep you completely dry.
5. They're easier to get in and out of than a wetsuit.
Don't get us wrong. We love a nice stretchy wetsuit, but they can be a huge hassle to get on and off. O'Neill drysuits are simple to put on and quick to take off.
6. You can share it with other riders that are close to your size.
The Boost Drysuit's full baggy shell makes it so that you can fit almost any article of clothing underneath the suit. This also makes each of the Boost sizes versatile enough to fit multiple riders on the boat (assuming they are around the same size).