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  • Tech Tuesday #13: Weighting a Malibu XTi for Wakesurfing

    Weighing a Malibu XTi for Wakesurfing

    The Malibu XTi can be a tricky boat to weight for wakesurfing based on the amount of room we have to work with. We have had many customers that actually produce great wakes behind the direct drive Malibu's so it is possible. The most common setups are to either buy the Fly High V-Drive Sac Set or the Fly High Fat Sac and the Fly High Tube Sac. The sac placement is further explained below. Unfortunately, the XTi does not allow the sacs to be hidden.

    Port Setup

    Fly High Pro X Series V Drive Sac SetOption 1: Fly High V Drive Bag Set - One on the side of the motor compartment and the other rear seat. This will give you around 800lbs. of ballast on the surf side but it will distribute the weight evenly.

     

     

    Fly High Pro X Series Tube SacOption 2: Fly High Tube Sac - The best placement is along the side of the motor compartment with a Fly High Fat Sac on the rear seat. You can use the tube sac to support the extra length and this configuration will give you the standard weight distribution for surfing with the majority of weight in the stern of the boat.

     

    Starboard Setup

    Fly High Pro X Series V Drive Sac SetOption 1: Fly High V Drive Bag Set - One on the rear/side seat and the other in the middle leg room on the floor. Because Malibu has a left hand prop rotation coupled with the extra weight of the driver the starboard side surf wake is usually cleaner with less ballast.

     

     

    Fly High Pro X Series Tube SacOption 2: Fly High Tube Sac - Placed in the walk way next to the driver for added mid ship weight with a Fly High Fat Sac on the rear/side seat. This option will produce a tall and long wake for surfing.
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    Please let us know if you have any more questions or ideas about turning your crossover Malibu into a wakesurf machine. To get in touch with one of our ballast experts call (888)-338-6085  or send us an email sales@wakemakers.com

  • Mastercraft NXT Video Series | 50K ALL DAY

     

    Mastercraft NXT Wakeboard Boat

     

    The "official" Mastercraft NXT Launch is here. Watch Travis Pastrana, Parks Bonifay, and the frog take the newest boat from Mastercraft through all sorts of highly scientific performance test at Lake Ronix. If this boat comes equipped with all the features shown in this video with a price tag around 50k, we can definitely see this becoming another game-changer from Mastercraft... think X-Star in the early 2000's and the ProStar OB in the 1990's. Our only question is this: When will the NXT 22' and NXT 24' come out?

    Drop by the new NXT micro-site to build your own, and even calculate your monthly payments.

    Once you have your new NXT all picked out,  head over to our Mastercraft Prop Finder to grab an upgrade or spare.

  • New Product Release: O'Neill Slasher Wakeboard Vest

    O'Neill Slasher Comp VestO'Neill Slasher Wakeboard Comp Vest $129.95

    One of the most talked about vests in 2014, the O'Neill Slasher has been making waves in the wake industry all season long. They've been so popular that we haven't been able to keep them in stock and it seems that no one else can either. There's a good reason for that... the Slasher vest is plain awesome! If you've been waiting for a lightweight and flexible front zip vest from O'Neill, the wait is finally over.

    The Slasher is lightweight, buoyant, and quick drying making it a great option for wakeboarding, wakesurfing and waterskiing. The difference between a Slasher or any other O'Neill vest made with Nytrolite Foam and a typical PVC Foam vest is night and day. The front zip design makes putting the Slasher on and taking it off a breeze. When you combine all these features together with O'Neill's signature styling, you get a vest that looks great and feels even better.

    The Slasher has clearly been a team favorite as well with Scott Byerly, Aaron Reed, and Collin Harrington all switching over to the new design.

     

    Nytrolite Foam Technology

    New for 2014, most of O'Neill's wake vests feature Nytrolite Foam. It's more buoyant, lighter, drier and offers more impact protection than conventional foam found in PFD's. Nytrolite Foam is also available on the redesigned Gooru and Revenge Comp Vest.

    Lets get a little scientific: Nytrolite Foam is constructed from a cross linked polyethylene, which is expanded by Nitrogen... hence the name Nytrolite. It's up to 3x lighter than traditional PVC foam which can make a big difference when you're spending a substantial amount of time on the water. “I couldn’t believe how light these new vests with Nytrolite were.  They practically levitate in mid air!” said Scott Byerly. O'Neill Nytrolite Foam

    Technical Features 

    • Front Zip Design
    • Segmented Foam Core
    • Anatomical Flex Points
    • Strategic Armhole Fit
    • Absorbs 15-20% Less Water Than PVC Foam Vests
    • 3x Lighter Than PVC Foam Vests
    • 100% UltraFlex DS

     

     

     

    O'Neill Men's Wakeboard Vest Sizing

    O'Neill Men's Wakeboard Vest sizing is the same for both USCG Approved and Competition Style Vest like the Slasher.  To obtain the proper vest size, you will need to measure around the widest part of your upper torso, below your arms. *Please note: neoprene does stretch, so 100% accuracy is not necessary. O'Neill Mens Wakeboard Vest Size Chart

  • 2014 MasterCraft NXT Wakeboard Boat Video Showcase

    Sit back, grab your favorite bevy, and spend the next 40 minutes letting Insane Zane tell you all about the new 2014 MasterCraft NXT wakeboard boat. This could be the best boat in the market under $50K. The new automated Gen2'ish surf tabs and factory ballast system will have this hull displaced and leaning.

    There are three factory ballast tanks in the rear port, rear starboard and mid ship area. They all weigh 300lbs. for a total capacity of 900 lbs. Since MasterCraft is getting back to the basics they have done away with reversible ballast pumps and instead are filling and draining the ballast with dedicated aerator pumps. This will provide a boost in flow speed and should have all of the tanks full in less than 3 minutes.

    The engineering and production department at WakeMakers are already developing the NXT Factory Ballast System Upgrade Kit. Their mission is to provide the optimal weight to get the most out of the NXT20 hull.

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  • Nautique G Series Added to the Prop Finder

    Nautique G21, G23, G25 Prop Finder

    It's been almost two years since Nautique unveiled their latest performance driven boat, the G23. Since then, multiple riders have landed 1080's behind its massive wake and a ton of surf sessions have been enjoyed with the assistance of the Nautique Surf System (NSS). The increase in demand for bigger, better performing boats has helped elevate the G Series to the top of our sport.

    With more Nautique G21's, G23's and G25's cruising the local waterways, we decided it was time to update our Prop Finder to include this boating behemoth.

    ACME 2247 4 Blade Prop2013 Super Air Nautique G23 & G25We recommend the ACME 2247 for Wakeboarding and Wakesurfing. We've found that this Prop delivers the best blend of overall performance, fuel economy, and more consistent speeds. The ACME 2315 is our pick for High Elevation and Heavily Weighted Applications.

    *The 2013 Models feature the 1-1/8" shaft, so the prop options are different from the 2014 model boats. 

     

     

     

     

     

    ACME 2261 Prop

    For 2014, Nautique expanded the G Series with the addition of a 21' boat. They also started offering multiple engine options (343HP, 409HP, 450HP, and the 550HP) which in turn changed up some of the recommended props. The 2014 boats feature a larger shaft size (upgraded from 1-1/8" in 2013 to 1-1/4" in 2014) and an industry first 17" prop, the ACME 2561.

    We recommend the ACME 2561  Prop for Wakeboarding/Wakesurfing on the 2014  G21's, G23's, and G25's with the 409 or 450 Engine. For High Elevation or Heavily Weighted Applications we recommend the ACME 2569  Prop.

    The 2014 G Series boats with the XR 550 HP Supercharged LSA by PCM require different props for Wakeboarding and Wakesurfing and for Heavily Weight and High Elevation Applications. We recommend the ACME 2261 for Wakeboarding and Wakesurfing and we recommend the ACME 2309 Prop for High Elevation and Heavily Weighted G-Series Boats.

     

    Having the right propeller for you boat and application is important because it can increase your fuel efficiency, maximize engine life and improve the overall performance and handling of your boat.  You don't want to ruin a great day on the water by not having a spare prop in case something unfortunate happens to your current one.

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  • Jeff Langley Joins Malibu Boats Pro Wakeboard Team

    Jeff Langley Joins Malibu Boats Pro Team (2014) from Malibu Boats on Vimeo.

    JEFF LANGLEY JOINS MALIBU BOATS PRO TEAM

    LOUDON, Tenn. – Malibu Boats added wakeboarder Jeff Langley to its pro team of world-class athletes, announced today by CEO Jack Springer. Langley is a highly respected, stylish freerider who was the first to land a mute double roll behind the boat, leading to a surge in popularity for that move on kickers at cable parks worldwide. He also ranked ninth on the King Of Wake series in 2013, proving he is much more than just a freerider.

    “We are always looking for people who have great character and extraordinary talent to represent Malibu as the leading manufacturer of performance towboats,” Springer said. “Not only is Jeff a great representative of the Malibu brand, he’s also a great ambassador for wake sports as a whole and that’s why he is such a great fit within our well established, current team of world-class athletes.”

    “In my opinion, Malibu is the best boat company on the water today,” Langley said. “I have always admired Malibu Boats for their versatility – from hitting double ups, to wakesurfing and just hanging with friends on the water doing what we love. I’ve also respected Malibu’s team riders for a long time, so I’m really inspired to ride with guys like Chad Sharpe, Phil Soven and Brian Grubb. This is going to be an awesome year.”

    For more information please visit the Malibu Boats Website.

    Jeff Langley Signs With Malibu Boats
    Jeff Langley Rides Malibu
    Jeff Langley Wakeboarding
    Jeff Langley Headband

  • Liquid Force Rider Reactions | Daniel Grant Interview

    Daniel Grant Rider Reactions Series

    Daniel Grant took some time out of his busy schedule to chat with us about life, gaming, and his favorite Cable Park. He may not be able to drive a car yet, but he's already one of the most talented riders on the planet. Don't forget to enter for a chance to win a Liquid Force Mesh Wet Bag, T-Shirt, and Sticker Pack below.

    (WakeMAKERS) Do you have your drivers license yet?

    (Daniel Grant) No, have to be 18 in Thailand :( .

    (WM) How many air miles have you put in this year?

    (DG) Just checked my Tripit account, it's only February, so not much, 26,000, but I am in Australia and Europe in the next month. Since I started travelling for wakeboarding, (4 years), I have done 44 trips, 638 days, 640,000kms, 87 cities, 25 countries.

    (WM) When did you start wakeboarding?

    (DG) About 8 years ago, I was 8 years old.

    (WM) Wakeskating or Wakeboarding? You can only pick one, Daniel.

    (DG) I cannot pick one. Sometimes I just wakeskate for weeks on end, then get bored so turn to the wakeboard. Or Vice Versa. I would like to win a stop on The Wakeskate Tour though.

    (WM) Bangkok or Phuket?

    (DG) Is that a question? Bangkok of course.

    (WM) Take us through a typical day in the life of Daniel Grant.

    (DG) When home, wake up, grab my motorbike and head to TWP (Thai Wake Park), ride, chill, skateboard, eat, ride. A couple of days a week, I will head to the city, go to the Flow House to ride, skate a bit in the city and hook up with my friends. If it’s a good night, then more chilled the next day (We can game through the night) If I am travelling, which is pretty much 1⁄2 the year, it really depends where I am, but pretty much the same stuff.

    Buy the 2014 Liquid Force Super Trip(WM) What’s your current cable park wakeboard setup? We’ve seen you riding the FLX and Deluxe this year.

    (DG) Since Expo I started on the Liquid Force Super Trip but at the moment with the Liquid Force Deluxe and riding my pro model Deluxe Limited. My full pro-model will be released this year, it will use the TAO name same as my wakeskate (Thai meaning is Turtle) It’s going be something really special ;) 

    (WM) What’s your favorite cable park contest?

    (DG) Definitely King Of Kicker at Thai Wake Park. The competition format is always a bit different every year. We take the good parts of WWA formats but always play around with new ideas. There’s always something special happens in the event.

    (WM) What’s your favorite cable park to ride at in the States and what’s your favorite one in the world?

    (DG) I would say TSR (Texas Ski Ranch) in the U.S.A and of course my home cable, Thai Wake Park is the best. Parks have to have a good vibe, and both those places are awesome.

    (WM) Are we going to see you riding at any boat contests in the near future?

    (DG) If you're lucky! Maybe I will try a few wakeskate comps. Lets see.

    (WM) Who has the best style in Wakeboarding right now?

    (DG) You cannot name one, depends on the format and the event. You see the podium positions are always moving around between riders and there are so many riders that are not competition riders. It’s impossible to name one, but I try to progress my riding of a whole bunch of different riders.

    (WM) Who is the most underrated wakeboarder right now?

    (DG) My buddy at TWP, Im San (A.K.A Chow).

    (WM) Who is the most underrated wakeskater right now?

    (DG) I was going to say Clement (Clement Depremonville) but he’s just got voted skater of the year. Right now I would say James Harrington.

    (WM) What’s your power animal?

    (DG) What does that mean?

    (WM) What’s your favorite Monster Energy Flavor?

    (DG) Monster Energy Javva Coffee, can that be my power animal?

    (WM) Any Shoutouts?

    (DG) For sure, all my sponsors. Liquid Force, Obscura, Monster Energy, Spy Optic, Rip Curl, Thai Wakepark, Razer, Sesitec.

    (WM) Where can we find you online?

    (DG) Yeah my webpage, www.waketao.com. It links also to my facebook, instagram and twitter page.


  • 2014 Ronix Frank Wakeboard Bindings | Tech Tuesday #12

    Tech Tuesday Ronix Frank Bindings

    One of the most popular boots in the Ronix line is back and smellier (in a good way) than ever. The 2014 Ronix Frank Bindings are Adam Errington's signature pro model footwear. Adam likes to ride with a bit of flair and his pro model setup from Ronix is always pushing industry boundaries. A tropical scented tongue and water droplet embossed toes set these wakeboarding boots apart from the rest. If you want to stand out on the waterways this summer, the Ronix Frank bindings can help you assert your individuality and style.

    The Frank bindings have a medium flex and form fit that appeals to a lot of different riders and riding styles. It is truly a "custom-fit" binding without the big price tag of some of the other pro model bindings on the market. When you match the performance with the price tag you get a universal wakeboard binding that's perfect for Intermediate-Advanced riders.

    New for this year, the Double X Lacing System features improved wear resistance and tensile strength. The low friction eyelets give the 2014 Frank the best durability to date and they help increase the life of the binding. The Medium flex and custom fit option make the Frank binding a great choice for cable and boat riding. Ronix Lace Handle system helps you tighten up the bindings and get a snug fit. It also snaps into place and keeps the laces from flapping in the breeze while you're out riding.

    Made from a wakeboard specific last -- the built in J-Bars improve heel-hold down and the Heat Moldable Intuition+ Foam Liners give you the best fit in the industry. The Frank boot offers a lot of similar options and fit the the best-selling Ronix One Series binding on a budget that will leave you some money for Mai Tai's and sunscreen. Frank gives you the pro model performance you want at a price that only the locals can get.

    Binding Technology

     Ballastic NylonThe best wear resistance Ronix has ever produced. This material is applied on the tongue and it's designed to prevent the laces from cutting and long term abrasion, increasing the life of your boot.

     Intuition+ LinerThe most comfortable liners in wakeboarding. Frank's Intuition+ liner is designed to mold to your foot giving you the perfect blend of comfort and control. These liners are designed to pack out less and give you that custom fit Ronix has become famous for. *The Frank is also the least expensive boot in the 2014 line with an Intuition+ liner.

     Baseless HardwareThe original low-profile design from Ronix delivers superior board control and a lightweight foundation.

     Eco InnovationRonix eliminated the use of PVC solvents and replaced them with more expensive and sustainable materials. Friendlier for humans and better for the environment -- we think it's a win-win situation.

    Ridden By Adam ErringtonOne of the best all around riders in the sport, Adam is at home boosting behind the boat and hitting obstacles at the cable park. The medium flex and custom form fit of the Frank boots gives him the option to tweak out his grabs at the cable park, but still gives him the support he needs to hit double-ups behind a Nautique G23.

    Ronix Frank Binding Base

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  • Tyler Higham | 14 Year Old Wakeboarder from Bend, Oregon

    Tyler Higham spends his time between Bend, Oregon (our hometown) and Discovery Bay, California. From the looks of this video, riding with Josh Twelker and the rest of the Discovery Bay crew is paying off -- Tyler has great style and he's only 14!

    Tyler Higham from Alex Glass on Vimeo.

  • 10% Off Ballast Upgrades | Save Money and Build a Better Wake

    Save money and build a better wake with our 10% off sale. From now 4/18 until 4/21 at midnight we are offering 10% off Factory Ballast Upgrades, Ballast Combos, and Ballast Systems.

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    Mastercraft X-Star PiggyBack Rear Factory Ballast Upgrade

     

    Factory Ballast Upgrades are designed to increase the capacity of your boats built-in ballast system quickly and easily. We've worked with boat dealers and boat owners to develop the best factory integrations on the market today. Another bonus of using one of our Factory Ballast Upgrades is that not a single one requires drilling through the hull or modifications to your electrical system.

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    Fly High 750x2 Bag and Pump Combo

     

    Our Ballast Bag & Pump Combos are the perfect introduction to additional ballast. We've combined the most popular ballast bags with a high speed 12V ballast pump and all the fittings. Save even more money off our already low package pricing.

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    Complete Impeller Ballast System

     

    WakeMAKERS Wakeboard Ballast Systems offer everything you need to install a dedicated ballast system in your boat. We've done all the legwork for you by designing these systems that feature Johnson or Jabsco impeller ballast pumps, thru-hull intakes, hose, and more. These systems give you the option to perfectly tune your wake based on the activity and preferences of your rider, all from the drivers seat.

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    *Valid on all orders placed between 4/18/14 and 4/21/14 when full price ballast products are purchased. Not valid on prior purchases, may not be combined with other offers, excludes Eight.3 and Straight Line.

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