en-US Resources Wakeboard Ballast Resources, Guides, News, and Reviews Thu, 27 Aug 2015 20:46:44 +0000 http://fishpig.co.uk/magento/wordpress-integration/?v= http://www.wakemakers.com/resources/ 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

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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!

About WakeMAKERS.com

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 www.wakemakers.com.

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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

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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

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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

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Custom Ballast Bag Design Gallery 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. As always, if you have specific questions, feel free to contact us and we'll be happy to help you out.

Every custom wakeboard ballast bag is quoted individually, so download our measurement form and we'll get you a no-obligation quote within 24 hours.


Boat: Nautique G Series Rear Port Ballast Bag (1028 lbs)
Location: Port Rear Locker
Capacity: 1028lbs.



Boat: Nautique G Series Rear Starboard Ballast Bag (1028 lbs)
Location: Port Rear Locker
Capacity: 1028lbs.



Boat: 2004 Centurion Enzo SV230 without Sideswipe Exhaust
Location: Port Rear Locker / Under Seat
Capacity: 1980lbs.


Boat: 2015 Tige Z3
Location: Rear Locker continuing up underneath side seat.
Capacity: 1450lbs



Boat: 1999 Tige 2100V
Location:  Rear Locker continuing up underneath side seat.
Capacity: 650lbs




Boat: 2014 Nautique G25
Location:  Side Lockers
Capacity: 340lbs



Boat: 2003 Centurion Hurricane
Location: Under Bow Seats
Capacity: 380lbs



Boat: 2002 Malibu Sunscape 21 LSV
Location: Rear Locker
Capacity: 780lbs


Boat: 2007 Centurion Avalanche
Location: Rear Locker continuing up underneath side seat.
Capacity: 600lbs


Boat: Yamaha 242 LS
Location: Rear Storage continuing underneath side seat.
Capacity: 1,300lbs


Boat: 2005-2011 Malibu VLX
Location:  Side Locker
Capacity: 465lbs


Boat: Tige 22VE
Location: Rear Locker continuing up underneath side seat.
Capacity: 980lbs


Boat: 2014 Moomba Mondo
Location:  Rear Locker continuing up underneath side seat.
Capacity: 915lbs each


Boat: 2003 Ski Nautique 206
Location: Floor and Seat
Capacity: 1,420lbs


Boat: 2013 MB Tomcat 21
Location: Rear locker continuing underneath side seat. Customer wanted to add ballast while keeping as much rear locker storage as possible.
Capacity: 650lbs



Boat: 2010 Centurion Enzo 240
Location: Rear Locker continuing up underneath side seat.
Capacity: 1,908lbs

custom centurion enzo ballast bag

Boat: 2006 MB B52 V23
Location: Rear Locker continuing up underneath side seat.
Capacity: 1,094lbs

14069 custom wakesurf bag

Boat: 2008 MB 220 V
Location: Rear Locker continuing up underneath side seat.
Capacity: 990lbs


Boat: 2007 Centurion Avalanche
Location: Rear Locker continuing up underneath side seat.
Capacity: 1,977lbs


Boat: 2009 Centurion Enzo SV240
Location: Rear Locker continuing up underneath side seat.
Capacity: 1,870lbs


Boat: 2001 Tige port side rear locker surf bag
Location: Rear Locker continuing up underneath side seat.
Capacity: 1,000lbs


Boat: 2001 Tige 2300V
Location: Rear Locker continuing up underneath side seat.
Capacity: 900lbs


Boat: 2006 Tige 22 VE
Location: Rear Locker continuing up underneath side seat.
Capacity: 980lbs


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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.

"Bringing Phase 5 into the fold was the next obvious step for us to expand our wakesurf category. They make amazing surfers and we are excited to offer a hand-selected product mix from them in 2015". said Sales Manager, Spencer Welch.

Each board is tested by many members of our team before we decide to carry it. We've found this is the only way to see how a board will perform under real-world conditions. This allows us to give our customers a deeper perspective into how each board will ride. If we stock it, we stand behind it 100%.

At WakeMAKERS you won't find the largest selection of wakesurf boards, but you will find the best.

Why Should I Ride A Phase 5?

    - All of their boards are handmade in Venice, FL.
    - They've been designing and building surfboards, skimboards and wakesurfers for over 25 years.
    - Rider owned and operated -- the guys that make these boards also ride them.
    - 5 World Wakesurfing Titles have been won on Phase 5 boards.

Here's a look at a few of the boards we are excited about in 2015.

Phase 5 Danielo Hammerhead Wakesurf Board

Phase 5 Danielo Hammerhead- $718.99

Ridden by arguably the best wakesurfer on the planet, the 2015 Phase 5 Danielo Hammerhead is the go-to board for surfers that want a blend between surf and skim style. The carbon wrap gives the Hammerhead a snappy feel on the water and the twin tip shape makes riding revert a breeze. Get this board if you are an intermediate-advanced rider that wants a hybrid surf shape that's fast on the water.


Phase 5 Super Fish- $404.99

A new shape for 2015, the Super Fish is fast and tons of fun. This surf style board is stable on the water but it can still throw airs and big carves behind the boat. The Super Fish is designed for riders up to 165 pounds, so we like it for kids and teenagers.

Phase 5 The Vibe

Phase 5 Vibe- $738.99

The Vibe is a revamped version of the best-selling Colt shape. This is the board for bigger guys because the 56" model can accommodate riders up to 250 pounds. The Carbon and Gator Skin Layup give the Vibe a snappy and reactive feel on the water.

Phase 5 Wire Surf

Phase 5 Wire Surf- $898.99

The Wire is the thickest board in the Phase 5 line up and another new shape for 2015. The snub nose makes this board perfect for riders that like to land in reverse. Available in 2 sizes, the Wire is a great option for family's that only want to get one board for the whole boat.

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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.

Eight.3 Telescope CTN Floor Ballast Bag

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

Compatibility: Eight.3 3000GPH Ballast Pump & Eight.3 3700GPH Ballast Pump


Eight.3 Telescope CTN Bow Ballast Bag

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

Compatibility: Eight.3 3000GPH Ballast Pump & Eight.3 3700GPH Ballast Pump

Shop for 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.

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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.

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.

Find The Perfect Gift >>

Holiday Shipping Cutoff

Shipping Schedule

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!

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