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  • The Best Wakesurfing Web Videos of 2013

    Advancements in the boating industry helped make 2013 the best year ever for wakesurfing. New technology like the Nautique Surf System (NSS), Supra Boats Swell Surf System, and Malibu Surf Gate helped push the sport to new levels. As we look back on the year, we thought it would be a great opportunity to share some of our favorite wakesurfing edits from 2013. We hope you enjoy and feel free to let us know about any edits that we missed in the comments section below.

    Land Locked with Chase Hazen

    Chase makes everything look easy on his 2014 Chase Sixer Wakesurf Board from Liquid Force. Filmed and edited by Patrick Wieland, this edit won the Tige MyWake Global Challenge in August for the Men's Pro Wakesurfing Division. Does your Tige Z3 put out a wake like this? If not, our ballast upgrade section can help you get that pro level wake quickly and easily.

    Land Locked featuring Chase Hazen from Patrick Wieland on Vimeo.

    Dominic Lagace Shred at Phucket Wakepark

    Dominic Lagace is another Liquid Force team rider that appears to be getting the most out of his Tige. If you enjoy world-class skim surfing and a breathtaking backdrop you're going to be a fan of this video. Lagace is riding his Liquid Force Doum Skim which is built for speed and massive airs.

    Dominic Lagace Shred at Phuket wakepark from [spot] on Vimeo.

    Wakesurfing in Mammoth Lakes with Tommy Czechin and Mike Morrissey

    After Tommy finishes up his half pipe shredding for the year he likes to hit the waterways at Mammoth Lakes with his Nautique 210 and TC Custom Skim Board.

     

    Phase 5 Media Shoot '13

    What happens when you take some of the worlds best wakesurfer's and give them 3 premium wakesurf boats and a private lake? The Phase 5 2013 Media Shoot. Sit back, relax, and enjoy this awesome edit from CB Filmz.
     

    Phase 5 Media Shoot '13: Part 3 - Phase 5 Wakesurfers from CB Filmz on Vimeo.

  • O'Neill Drysuit Buying Guide

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    Drysuit’s are a must have for those of us that don’t live in climates that stay warm year around. These suits are designed to keep you warm and comfortable in cool water conditions. They are especially great because you can extend your season way beyond what you ever thought.

    WakeMAKERS.com carries two different drysuit styles from O’Neill. The O'Neill Boost Drysuit is a full membrane drysuit that keeps your body completely dry. The second drysuit is the O’Neill Assault Hybrid Drysuit. It features a membrane top and a neoprene bottom, so you can layer your upper body but your legs are only covered with a 3MM neoprene.

    We get emails and customers all year long about which drysuit is the best option for their riding style and water temperatures. So we decided to put this guide together to help people figure out what drysuit will be the best option for them.

    First, let’s go into more detail about each drysuit.

    O'Neill Boost Drysuit

    The O’Neill Boost Drysuit is a full baggy membrane drysuit so you stay completely dry except for your feet, hands, and head. I’ve gotten out of my car in 50 degree water and put on the Boost and taken a few wakesurf sets without changing out of my jeans and sweatshirt. Once I finished I unzippped the drysuit and hung out on the boat… completely dry! This is a huge selling point for a lot of our customers. If you are sensitive to the cold or just want to be able to extend your season the O’Neill Boost is simply the best cold water option there is.

    Key Features for the O'Neill Boost Drysuit

    -Fully integrated suspenders allow you to easily adjust the "hang" of the drysuit

    -Horizontal dry zipper

    -Neoprene neck which is much more comfortable than traditional rubber seals

    -Completely dry

    O'Neill Assault Hybrid Drysuit

    The O’Neill Assault Hybrid Drysuit is a membrane and neoprene suit hence the hybrid name. This suit doesn’t keep you quite as warm as the Boost but it does have some other noticeable benefits. First off, the Assault has a bit less drag because it’s not a full baggy suit. For this reason the Assault Hybrid is very popular with competitive waterskiers and wakeboarders. If you are riding in 55+ degree water temperatures year round the Assault might be a better option.

    Key Features for the O'Neill Assault Hybrid Drysuit

    -Removable ankle cinches provide the option for a range of users in the same size suit

    -Wetsuit constructed lower body cuts down on drag and eliminated excess material

    -Baggy upper allows for layering

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    Both the Assault and the Boost come with a Limited 1-Year Warranty on all defects. If for some reason you have an issue with your drysuit O'Neill will repair or replace it free of charge.

    Drysuit Accessories

    Keeping your core warm is essential to having a fun time out on the water, but a lot of times people overlook the importance of keep your extremities warm and comfortable as well. We carry a large selection of O'Neill Hoods, Gloves, and Booties that are designed to keep the rest of your body warm during your cold-water excursions.

    O'Neill Heat Ninja ST Boot 3MM $32.95

    O'Neill DL Psycho Glove 1.5MM $46.95

    O'Neill 3MM Coldwater Hood $46.95

    If you have any additional questions about the O'Neill Boost or Assault Drysuits feel free to give one of our friendly experts a call at (888) 338-6085 or send us an email at sales@wakemakers.com.

  • Buyer's Guide: O'Neill Boost Drysuit

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    WakeMAKERS.com is based in the Northwest, so we know what it's like to head out on your boat while there's still snow on the ground. The weapon of choice in our cold-water arsenal is the O'Neill Boost Drysuit.

    The O'Neill Boost Drysuit protects you from the elements and it can help you extend your season indefinitely. There are two different drysuit options available from O'Neill (the Assault Hybrid and the Boost) but the Boost is the best option for cold water/air riding.

    O'Neill Boost Drysuit- The O'Neill Boost is hands down the best-selling wakeboard and waterski drysuit on the market right now. There are two main reasons why the Boost is the drysuit of choice for s many riders. The first reason is that you stay completely dry; you can layer up with your favorite sweatshirt and sweatpants and ride for hours without getting wet. The second reason is that you have amazing dexterity and freedom of movement. The Boost's baggy membrane layer is made with a 3-stretch ripstop nylon for added durability.

    Riding Style: Our customers use the Boost for a wide variety of different water sports, including water skiing, wake boarding, and wake surfing. The versatility of the Boost makes it a great option for any sort of cool water activity. We've even had customers use it in their pool.

    The O'Neill Boost Drysuit is also a great option if you're interested in sharing your drysuit with someone else. The Boost's full baggy body and built in suspenders give you the option to let other riders of a similar size share the drysuit with you.

    O'Neill Drysuit Size Chart: The O'Neill Boost comes with fully integrated suspenders that allow you to quickly and easily adjust the fit and hang of the drysuit.

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    The O'Neill Boost Drysuit also features one of the best warranties in the watersports accessory category. The Limited 1-Year Warranty covers all defects. If you have any issues with your drysuit within the first 365 days they will repair or replace it free of charge.

    O'Neill Drysuit Accessories

    The O'Neill Boost will keep the main core of your body warm and dry, but you will also want to look at purchasing booties, gloves and possibly a hood.

    If you are wakesurfing or wakeboarding in cold water Neoprene Socks are a must have for temperatures below 55F. We recommend the O'Neill Heat Socks  for wakeboarding and the O'Neill Heat Ninja ST Boots for wakesurfing.

    If you have any additional questions, please feel free to talk with one of our experts at (888) 338-6085 or email us at sales@wakemakers.com.

  • Choosing The Right Wakesurf Board

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    Over the past few years wakesurfing has become the fastest growing watersport for riders young and old. Nothing really compares to throwing in the tow rope and cruising behind the endless wave created by your boat.

    At WakeMAKERS.com we have a large selection of Wakesurf Boards and a staff that's friendly and knowledgeable. We try our best to use all of the product we sell, and if it's on our site there's a really good chance we've surfed it behind our shop boat. Our How To Guide on choosing a wakesurf board below should help you in your quest to find the perfect wakesurf board for you and the rest of your boat. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to give one of our wakesurf experts a call at (888) 338-6085 or email us at sales@wakemakers.com

    Board Length:

    Most boards range from 4' to 6' in length. There are benefits to both big wakesurf boards and small wakesurf boards and we will do our best to explain which one will work best for you.

    Big Wakesurf Boards 5' and up: Bigger wakesurf boards have more surface area, more float, and generate speed more easily. This makes them a great option for bigger riders and riders who are riding behind a smaller wake. The increased float also makes them a good option for beginners.

    Here's a list of bigger wakesurf boards we recommend:

    Ronix Koal Thruster Wakesurf Board in 5'1 and 5'7- From beginners to advanced riders, everyone can have fun on this playful and buoyant shape. Multiple fin adjustments give you the option to ride it with 3 fins for a tighter feel or a single fin for a looser and more playful ride.

    Ronix Koal Longboard in 4'10 & 5'4- The Ronix Koal Longboard is a crowd pleaser! The unique design and large surface area make the Koal Longboard fast and surprisingly maneuverable for a longboard.

    Small Wakesurf Boards 5' and under: Smaller wakesurf boards are great for advanced riders and lightweight riders. These smaller boards are easier to maneuver and air out of the wave, making them the board of choice for most advanced riders. These boards don't offer as much surface area as bigger boards, so they usually require a larger wave with more push. Visit our ballast section if you need help building a larger wake.

    Here's a list of smaller wakesurf boards we recommend:

    Ronix Koal Power Tail Wakesurf Board in 4'5 and 4'11- The Koal Power Tail is one of the most fun boards we've ever ridden. This board delivers the speed and agility of a small board with the push of a larger wakesurfer due to the increased size of the tail.

    Liquid Force Chase Sixer Wakesurf Board in 4'4 and 4'8- Re-designed for 2015, the new Chase Sixer is faster and it offers a ton of different fin configurations. Ridden and designed by World Champion Wakesurfer Chase Hazen, the 2015 Sixer can handle anything you throw it's way.

    Slingshot T-Rex Wakesurf Board- The Slingshot delivers the best of both worlds. With the push of a longboard and the maneuverability of a short board, the T-Rex gives you excellent push for a shorter board without sacrificing any slashing ability.

    Skim or Surf Style:

    Most wakesurf boards come in two different styles: Skim Style and Surf Style.

    Skim Style boards are thinner and less buoyant. They are generally better for doing spins (180's & 360's) because they feature shorter fins and less overall resistance. We recommend skim style wakesurfers for more advanced riders because they offer less floatation and control. The Ronix One Carbon Skimmer and the Slingshot Skim Bender are both good examples of  skim style wakesurf boards.

    Surf Style boards are similar to their ocean counterpart. They are thicker, more buoyant and they feature longer fins for a more controlled feel on the wake. We recommend surf style boards for beginners because they are easier to learn on. The Ronix Koal Longboard is a good example of a surf style wakesurf board.

    Construction Styles:

    Compression Molded wakesurf boards are made using the same construction as a wakeboard. This makes them a great option for beginners because they are more durable than surf constructed boards. Compression molded boards tend to be heavier and less responsive that surf constructed wakesurf boards so they are generally regarded as a beginner board.

    Epoxy Fiberglass/Surfboard Construction boards are made from a foam core and covered in a layered glass. This makes the boards lightweight, but they are also much more fragile than compression molded wakesurf boards. The speed and performance of these boards makes them a favorite for more advanced riders.

    Hybrid construction is when a manufacturer uses a blend of construction styles. The Ronix Mellow Thrasher is a good example of this because it features a soft foam top and compression molded construction. These boards are great for beginners and kids because it offers them a forgiving platform to learn on. The performance is more sluggish than compression molded and surf constructed boards because the foam top dampens the reaction between your feet and the board.

    Rocker Lines: 

    Rocker lines play a big roll in how a wakesurf board rides behind the boat. In general, boards with less rocker ride smoother and faster on the water and boards with more rocker are a slower and tend to "drag" more.

    Rails:

    Just like a wakeboard, the rail on a wakesurf board gives you the "bite" or forgiveness you need. Boards with a thin rail offer more grab and response behind the boat and boards with a thicker rail are typically slower to respond to your body movement.

    Ropes & Handles:

    We can't emphasize enough how important it is to have a wakesurf specific rope for safety and for a more enjoyable riding experience. Using a wakeboarding rope is extremely dangerous, so we highly recommend spending a few extra dollars to get a wakesurf specific rope.

    Wakesurf ropes are usually 25ft. in length and they come in a few different styles:

    Knotted Ropes: Straight Line Knotted Surf Rope-$34.99

    T-Bar Ropes: Liquid Force Surf Rope T-Grip-$64.99

    Rope and Handle Combo: Ronix Bungee Wakesurf Rope W/Handle-$49.99

    We have a large selection of wakesurf ropes with or without handles available here.

    Boat Speed:

    We recommend starting your speed off at 10-11mph. If you're in very shallow water you may need to increase the speed in order to get enough push to drop the rope.

    Weighting Your V-Drive Boat for Wakesurfing:

    Want to surf without the rope? Of course you do. Click here for our guide on "Weighting Your V-Drive Boat For Wakesurfing".

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     Need more information on weighing your boat for wake surfing? Send us an email at sales@wakemakers or (888) 338-6085

  • Wakeboard Vest & PFD Buyer's Guide

    Choosing the right wakeboarding vest, life jacket, or PFD (personal floatation device) is an important part of the boating lifestyle. You don't want to sacrifice on comfort and safety which is why we carry only the highest quality vests from O'Neill, Ronix, and Liquid Force. Do you know the saying " Look good, feel good, play good" the same thing applies to wakeboarding vests. You want something that looks good, feels comfortable when you have it on, and performs well when you need it (keeps your head above the water). If you have any questions about sizing, materials, or anything else feel free to get in touch with someone from our expert staff at (888) 338-6085 or sales@wakemakers.com.

    What Type Of Wake Vest Should I Buy?

    There are two basic types of wakeboarding vests on the market right now.

    USCG Approved: USCG (United States Coast Guard) approved vests are the more popular option of the two because many states require them. These type of vests are typically more bulky than comp vests but they offer riders better float and they can be used in any state. Federal regulations also require that there's a USCG approved vest on board for everyone on your boat. For example, if you have 8 people on your boat you will need 8 USCG approved vests that are in good working order.

    O'Neill Reactor 3 USCG Vest-$74.95

    O'Neill Women's Reactor 3 USCG Vest-$74.95

    Competition Wakeboard Vest: Competition or Comp style wakeboard vests are not USCG approved but they can be used in some states. The Comp vest is lightweight and less restrictive than a USCG vest, but they don't offer as much float. Because the Comp vest isn't considered a approved life vest you can't operate a PWC (personal water craft) with one of these.

    O'Neill Slasher Wakeboard Comp Vest-$129.95

    Ronix Coral Women's Reversible Wakeboard Comp Vest-$129.99

    Ronix Parks Reversible Wakeboard Comp Vest-$139.99

    What Size Do I Need?

    One of the most overlooked parts of buying a wakeboard vest is the sizing. I wish I had a dollar for every time I've seen someone trying to start wakeboarding or wakesurfing with a life jacket up around their ears. This is not only uncomfortable, but it can also be dangerous. You can make sure you get the right vest size by measuring around the widest part of your chest. Men's and Women's vest feature different cuts and construction so we don't recommend sharing.

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    Wakeboard Vest Materials:

    Neoprene: Neoprene vests are lightweight and flexible. The material is softer, more breathable, and form fitting than nylon. *Most of our higher-end vest are made from neoprene.

    Nylon: Nylon vests are cheaper and less flexible.

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