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  • Liquid Force Happy Hour Event Recap

    If you daydream about cold craft beer, boats and Liquid Force Gear then you should've been at the 1st Annual Liquid Force Happy Hour! The party took over the WakeMAKERS headquarters in Bend last Friday. Hundreds of Central Oregonians showed up to check out the 2015 Liquid Force wakesurf line and see a few new boats from Axis, Malibu, Natique and Supra.

    This was the first open house at the recently expanded WakeMAKERS warehouse. Mother nature wrapped up the event right on time with some rain showers but not before a bald eagle casually cruised by the event overhead.

    Everyone who made it out was given a tour of the 16,000 sq. foot warehouse. There was plenty of eye candy between the brand spanking new Liquid Force products and fully-loaded boats. If this event was any indication of how Summer 2015 is going to go down -- we can't wait!

    Huge thanks to Liquid Force and Neill Barker from Macvicar Sports Group for helping us put on the 1st Annual Liquid Force Happy Hour. Props to Active Water Sports for being one of our supporting sponsors and lastly, cheers to 10 Barrel Brewery and Addy Mac's for providing the crowd with delicious craft beer and ice cream!

    Hope to see you all at the next event!

    Images from Gravity Sports Productions

  • Liquid Force Happy Hour at WakeMAKERS from 3-7pm this Friday

    Liquid Force Happy Hour

    PRESS RELEASE - Bend, OR – May 28th, 2015 – Want to kick off the summer in style? WakeMAKERS and Liquid Force invite you to the first annual Liquid Force Happy Hour! The event offers the opportunity to connect with our expert staff members and checkout checkout brand new, 2015 Liquid Force product. A 2015 Liquid Force Axis A22 will be on display along with more of the latest gear in the watersports industry.

    Come by WakeMAKERS headquarters in Bend, Oregon Friday, May 29th. Free 10 Barrel beer will be flowing from 3-7 p.m. and we’ll also be doing product giveaways. To top it off, Addy Mac’s will be serving-up their delicious ice cream.

    “We’re excited to welcome our local customers to our first annual Happy Hour event sponsored by Liquid Force.” said Spencer Welch, Sales Manager for WakeMAKERS “This is the first time we’ve had an event like this, where customers can checkout 2015 product and see some new boats from Malibu, Axis, Nautique, Supra and more.”

    Don’t forget to RSVP on WakeMAKERS’ Facebook page where you can enter to win a 2015 Liquid Force board of your choice.

    We can’t wait to see you there and talk boats and gear over a beer!


    With over 50 years of collective experience, WakeMAKERS has built a reputation of helping customers have more fun behind their boats with a combination of knowledge and unmatched product selection. Dedicated to their goal of “making sure you’re having as much fun as possible when on the water”, WakeMAKERS is located in Bend, Oregon and serves customers on the web at

  • Ronix BrainFrame Wakeboard Binding Technology

    From the company that brought the industry it's first baseless wakeboard bindings, comes their latest piece of aquatic innovation. The Ronix BrainFrame bindings took over 3 years, 100 prototypes, and 1100 hours of on the water testing before they released them for the 2015 season.

    Ronix Brainframe Wakeboard Binding Technology

    Brainframe technology delivers the best in fit, function, and interchangeability. All the bindings also have Intuition+ liners for a fully customizable heat molded fit - you can't say that about other brands in the industry. Feetbelts help with ankle and heel hold by conforming to your foot independently from the bindings shell. Double stuff footbeds self align to your natural foot canting and the RAD foam helps with impact support during big landings. The end result is a boot with better board to binding reaction and less heel and toe lift than a traditional baseless boot.

    One of the most unique features of the Brainframe technology is that riders have the ability to customize different parts of the boot to create their own "one-off" binding. Each binding has removable gaskets and baseplate options, so you can stick with the stock binding look or make something that's designed to fit your own style. This also comes in handy if you ever have to replace gaskets or baseplates in the unfortunate event of a blowout.

    Click Here to Shop for Ronix Wakeboard Bindings with BrainFrame technology

  • How To Measure Your Head For A Neoprene Hood

    Don't let frigid water temperatures keep you out of the water. Neoprene Hoods help to regulate your body's core temperature

    Neoprene Hoods offer the ultimate protection for cold water riders that want to stay out on the water when everyone else is stuck indoors. O'Neill has a large selection of neoprene products to choose from including their best-selling 1.5mm Hyperfreak and 3mm Coldwater Hood.

    Measuring yourself for a Neoprene Hood is quick and easy. All you need is a piece of string or a cloth measuring tape and you are on your way to finding a hood that fits great and keeps your head warm.

    The first step is to measure around the circumference of your neck and second you want to measure around the circumference of your head near the forehead region. If you find yourself in between two different sizes on the chart, we recommend getting the larger size.

    O'Neill Hood Sizing Chart

    Shop our selection of O'Neill Hoods >>

  • How To Measure Your Hands For Neoprene Gloves

    Neoprene gloves are one of the most important parts of your cold water arsenal. Pair them up with a wetsuit or drysuit and you can extend your season well beyond what you thought was possible.

    Our Neoprene Glove sizing chart is designed to take the guess work out of purchasing O'Neill gloves online. All you need is a piece of string or a cloth tape measure and you can easily find out what size will work best for you.

    To get the correct measurement for Hand Length you will need to measure from the bottom of your palm to the top of your middle finger. Palm Circumference is found by measuring the circumference of your palm from the first knuckle line (not including your thumb).

    **If you find yourself between sizes, go with the larger size.

    Wetsuit Glove Sizing Chart

    Shop our selection of O'Neill Neoprene Gloves >>

  • Custom Ballast Bag Design Gallery

    Experience the difference a 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.
  • Introducing Phase 5 Wakesurf Boards

    Phase 5 Wakesurf Boards

    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.

  • Introducing Eight.3 Bow and Floor Ballast Bags

    Eight.3 Bow and Floor Ballast Bags

    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.

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  • Outlet Sale | Extra 10% Off All Outlet Items

    Boat Show Outlet Sale

    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

    WakeMAKERS Holiday Gift Guide and Shipping Cutoffs

    WakeMAKERS Holiday Gift Guide

    The Holidays can be a hectic time for everyone, which is why we want to make your life easier with our Holiday Gift Guide. Continue reading

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