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  • WakeMAKERS Cyber Monday Sale

    WakeMAKERS Cyber Monday Sale

    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. Continue reading

  • Engine Divider Panel Saver Kits

    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. Continue reading

  • 2015 Ronix Carbon PowerTail Wakesurf Overview

    Ronix Carbon PowerTail Wakesurf Board

    2015 Ronix Carbon PowerTail Wakesurf Board 

    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. Continue reading

  • 6 Reasons Why You NEED A Drysuit For Wakeboarding And Wakesurfing

    Wakesurfing in a O'Neill Drysuit

    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. Continue reading

  • Tech Tuesday #17: 1-1/8" Flow Rite Quick Connect Fittings 33046

    Tech Tuesday Fly High Fittings

    The 1-1/8" Flow Rite Barbed Elbow Quick Release Connector (Part #W746) is designed to work in conjunction with the Fly High 1" Quick Release Connect (Part #W743). We often hear from our customers that they are concerned that these fittings won't work for their boat because it has a 1" hose... We are here to dispel the rumors and explain how the Flow Rite 1-1/8" Quick Connect Fittings work with a 1" hose. Continue reading

  • Tech Tuesday #19: X-Link Ballast System Explained

    X-Link Ballast System Explained

    The X-Link Ballast System is designed for owners with pre-2013 boat models that want a SurfGate or NSS style system. Installing the X-Link system gives you the option to quickly transfer water from one ballast bag to the other in half the time. Anyone that's been on a boat with regular and goofy wakesurf riders knows how cumbersome it can be to switch the ballast between riders. The X-Link System takes the process down from 10-18 minutes in a 750 pound bag to right around 5 minutes. Leaving you with more time for wakesurfing and less time waiting for your bags to fill and drain. Continue reading

  • Straight Line Sumo Open Bow Bag (500lb) and (750lb)

    The Sumo Open Bow Bags are one of the new ballast bags available from Straight Line. With a 500 and 750 pound option, the open bow bags give you the ability to level load the front of your boat for better performance while wakesurfing and wakeboarding. With two different options available, the Sumo Open Bow Bags are a great fit for almost any wakeboard style boat. We recommend using these bags if you want to get the most capacity out of the front of your boat without losing any seating. Continue reading

  • WakeMAKERS 4th of July Holiday Hours

    4th of July Hours

    Our offices and shipping partner FedEx will be closed on July 4th due to the Holiday. Our regular scheduled hours for shipping and customer service will resume on Monday the 7th. Continue reading

  • WakeMAKERS Pro Rider Spotlight | Austin Hair

    Austin Hair is a world class wakeboarder and a team rider for Supra Boats. When he isn't traveling the world for contests he spends his time riding with friends on Clear Lake, Florida.

    Austin-Hair-Interview

    (WM) Can you walk us through a typical day in the life of Austin Hair?

    (AH) I wake up to a semi healthy breakfast of ezekial bread covered in bananas and almond butter. Then I go out for a set on the boat, afterwards I’ll head to the cable, then I’ll do some training at my kickboxing gym. It’s a pretty active day.

    (WM) You’re one of the Pro Team riders for Supra. What Supra Boat do you currently have and what’s the best part about riding for them?

    (AH) I’ve got the SA550. The boat is awesome. It has the swell system so we love wakesurfing behind it. I also love the wake for wakeboarding. The best part about being on the team is that we’re more than just associates, we’re all one big family.

    (WM) Why do you ride for Supra? What sets Supra apart from the other boat brands?

    (AH) I ride for Supra because I absolutely love their product. When you’re in the driver seat, you feel like a king, and when you’re riding you can just launch.

    (WM) What was the biggest improvement from your older Supra to the new SA?

    (AH) Probably the Supra Swell System. Its awesome to be able to transfer from wake to wake and ride either side.

    (WM) As a pro rider what aspects of the design made you move from the Supra 242 to the new Supra SA? Was it the hull change that made you switch from a 24’ boat to a 22’ boat?

    (AH) Yeah the hull change was a huge part. This wake doesn’t curl over very easily, so you can add a lot more weight while keeping the wake super clean.

    (WM) What wake characteristic do you like about the Supra SA over the Mastercraft X-Star that you ride on tour?

    (AH) I like how this boat doesn’t lip over at all. It’s awesome that you can get the wake this huge and keep it clean.

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    (WM) Can you describe the ballast setup on your boat. How do you weigh each section of the boat and with how much weight? 

    (AH) I actually was putting weight in the front when I had the 450 to make it a little steeper, but the 550 is actually pretty steep so I’ve been taking that extra weight from the front and moving it to the back. I have the upgraded ballast, then a couple hundred pounds in lead, then 3 additional fat sacks on the floor in the back and the walkway. The ballast does a pretty good job of covering most of the weight these days.

    (WM) You’ve picked up some ballast upgrade products from us before. How did you hear about us?

    (AH) I heard about you through a friend who did his own plug and play system on an older Malibu. He suggested I try the same thing.

    ACME 2247 Prop (WM) Here’s another tough boat question. What prop do you use? With all that additional weight in your boat you must be working with an upgraded prop.

    (AH) I’m not sure off the top of my head, but I definitely asked for the “wakeboard” prop. The prop can make a huge difference in getting on plane.

    *We think it's probably the ACME 2315

    (WM) Does your new boat have the Supra Swell Surf System? We’ve had the chance to ride behind an SC with the Swell System and we were blown away by the wake.

    (AH) Yes it does and its awesome. It takes a lot less ballast to get the wake amazing, and if you add ballast the wake gets even bigger. Its cool to just press a button and be able to shape the surf wake.

    (WM) Can you tell us about your Pro Model Jobe Maddox Wakeboard & Bindings?

    (AH) I wanted something that popped big and landed soft, and that’s what we made. It’s been great! I go huge now and have been learning some new tricks!

    (WM) How’s Clear Lake, FL? Who do you normally ride with when you’re not traveling for contests?

    (AH) I’ve been riding with Kirby Leisman, Stephen Pierce, and Julian Cohen. It’s a rad lake. Even though there’s a ton of pro’s on the lake no one ever rides.

    (WM) We saw on your instagram (@austinhair) that you were in Breckenridge, Colorado for a snowboarding trip. What else do you do to cross-train for the wakeboarding season?

    (AH) I like to surf, flow ride, wake surf, and kickbox.

    (WM) Any sponsor shoutouts?

    (AH) Yep, I love rockin my nectar shades on any occasion, Elevated clothing makes the best wake apparel for hangin out by the beach or going out in general, living fuel is a super food sponsor that keeps me super healthy and energized, zinka keeps me from getting sunburned, and vita coco keeps me hydrated.

    (WM) Where can people find you online?

    (AH) Austinhair.net and my Facebook page is just Austin Hair.

  • 2014 Slingshot Skim Bender Wakesurf Review

    Our Buyer John Vincent has been in the watersports industry for over 15 years. He's seen wakesurfing pick up steam over the last decade to become the fastest growing aspect of our sport. Here's his review of the 2014 Slingshot Skim Bender Wakesurf Board.

    "Recently we took some of the Slingshot Wakesurf Board's out at Prineville Reservoir in Central Oregon.

    One of the boards I had been excited to try was the Slingshot Skim Bender. I really enjoy the skim style boards and I don't think they get enough credit in the industry. The board I used was the 56" version. I am 5'10" and 155 lbs. and was riding behind a moderately weighted 2004 Malibu Wakesetter VLX. I could have easily ridden the 52", but I wasn't sure what the wake would be like, so I opted for the bigger board.

    Slingshot Skim Bender Wakesurf BoardThe board was easy to keep under your feet for a deep water start and rose out of the water super easy. It was also easy to get up with your feet resting on the top of the board as well if you can't deep water start.

    Now keep in mind that this was my first set of the year. What I noticed immediately was how fast this board is. I could get way back in the wake and instantly generate speed to the platform. I also noticed that if I was aggressive on my edging and carving the board wanted to stuff the nose in the water. i shifted my weight back and as I warmed up this went away. I did wipe out a few times if I didn't concentrate on keeping my weight back.

    Because this board generated so much speed I could stall out on the top of the wake frontside and backside and easily get back in the wave. I could also carve out to the trough and back which you can't do on a lot of boards unless the wake is huge. I rode the board as a tri fin and would have liked the single fin set up, but I like a board that feels loose on the water, so I can rely on the edges. You can ride it as a tri, dual or single fin.

    My overall opinion on the board was that it was fantastic. This board was confidence inspiring because of the speed it generated and definitely made me push my abilities. It put a smile on my face and everyone else that rode it. If I was Slingshot I would add some rocker in the nose for 2015, and some smaller fin options, but I will keep you posted as I will definitely ride this board again and behind a heavily weighted boat."

    Slingshot Skim Bender

     

    2014 Slingshot Skim Bender 56" Wakesurf Board

    Fin Setup: 3 fins

    Rider Weight: 155lbs.

    Boat:  2004 Malibu VLX

    Ballast Setup: 1x 750 Straight Line Tankbuster Upgrade, Center Factory MLS (Full), 350 Straight Line Big Bag in Bow

    Prop: ACME 2079

    Elevation: 3,200

    Water Temp: 67

    Push:  8/10

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