en-US Resources Wakeboard Ballast Resources, Guides, News, and Reviews Sun, 25 Jan 2015 12:16:11 +0000 http://fishpig.co.uk/magento/wordpress-integration/?v= http://www.wakemakers.com/resources/ 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.

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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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WakeMAKERS product available at the WakeWorld Holiday Auctions WakeWorld Holiday AuctionsWakeWorld Holiday Auctions

We've been lucky enough to participate in the annual WakeWorld Holiday Auction that benefits underpriveleged kids for the past few years. It's been an awesome experience and we are excited to help Dave and the rest of the crew at WakeWorld raise funds once again for those in need.

Normally, all the profits made from the fundraiser go to the Toys 4 Tots program. This year they've decided to split the profits equally between Brad Smeele, Matt Manzari and the Toys 4 Tots Foundation. Brad Smeele, a pro rider for Ronix, severely injured his spine in a wakeboarding accident and Matt Manzari was electrocuted and suffered severe burns. Both Smeele and Manzari have extensive medical bills and their road to recovery will likely be a long one.

Auctions will run from 12/2 until 12/9 and we would highly encourage you to take a look at them and help support these great causes.

WakeWorld Article about the Holiday Auctions

WakeMAKERS Product available at the Auction

WakeMAKERS Engine Divider Panel Saver Kit - Bid Now>>

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Eight.3 400lb. Ballast Bag and Eight.3 3000GPH Ballast Pump - Bid Now>>










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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.

Each WakeMAKERS Custom Ballast Bag is handmade in the USA to match your exact specifications. This means you get a bag that fits perfectly, maximizes your wake, and minimizes the amount of space it takes up in your boat.

*Free US Shipping on orders over $99 and Discounted Worldwide Shipping.

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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.

Anyone that runs additional ballast in the rear locker of their boat knows that bowing and warping are an all too common problem. The solution in the past for boat owners has meant a trip to the hardware store and a not-so OEM look once it's finished. Our new Divider Panel Saver Kit addresses both of those problems. Now you can get a OEM fit and finish without having to leave the comfort of your couch... until the installation.

WakeMAKERS Engine Divider Panel Saver

This kit was developed by our team of in-house engineers and each one is handmade in Bend, Oregon. Built with a thick 6063 aluminum u channel bar and stainless steel hex hardware, these kits are designed to withstand a harsh marine environment. Each 19" bar is precisely cut, finished with radius edges, and then powder coated flat black for a factory appearance. After installation they are virtually invisible, and most people will think they came stock from the factory floor.

*Note: You will need to purchase two kits if you want to upgrade both sides.

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Helpful Tools: 3/16" SAE Hex Head Wrench & 3/8" SAE Drill Bit, Measuring Tape


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Difficulty Level: Easy


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Completion Time: 30 minutes (estimate)


Installation of the Engine Divider Panel Saver Kit is relatively quick and easy. You only need the tools mentioned above to complete the install.

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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.

At first glance, the 2015 graphic really stands out with it's clean lines and sharp carbon wrap. Another difference between the new model and the 2014 carbon board is the concave top deck and lighter weight. Once we hopped on the board it was apparent that this surfer is a completely different animal than the 2014 PowerTail... which we also liked a lot.

We spent most of our testing time on the 4'5" model even though our rider weight range was 170-210 pounds. One common misconception we hear quite often is that bigger riders need a taller board. This isn't entirely true, the surface area of the board is actually the biggest factor besides wake size and push. The wide PowerTail design gives these boards a massive amount of surface area. The 4'5" model has 959 square inches of surface area and the 4'11" board has 1067 inches. By increasing the surface area, Ronix was able to deliver a board that has the float and push of a longboard with the turning and slashing ability of a shorter, thruster style wakesurf board.

2015 Ronix Carbon PowerTail

We ran this board with a few different fin options, but found that a single center fin was the favorite setup for the group. A single 2.9" surf fin placed in the center gave us enough grip to pump in and around the wake without making it feel too "locked-in".

The concave top deck is another new feature for 2015 that's designed to give riders better board control and overall feel. The 16 degree late rocker line is fast and when you combo that with the hard edging rails you get a deck with rail to rail slashing ability that is hard to match. The PowerTail feature gives this board a ton of push for huge airs off the top of the wave. If you want to live above the wake this surfer has everything you need to progress your boat surfing skills to the next level.

Key Technical Features

  • CNC  Core - Handmade by robots
  • Carbon Wrapped
  • Fast, 16 degree rocker line
  • Concave topdeck
  • 3 - 2.9" surf specific fins
  • 3 - 2.3" surf specific fins

Spencer: "The Carbon version of the Power Tail is way lighter and a lot faster allowing me to push myself every time I am behind the boat."

Bryan: "Best all around board for feel, push and speed"

The Bottom Line: This should be on your short list if you want a fast and stable board that has good speed on the face of the wake and excellent airing ability.

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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.

1. Being cold is no fun.

Based in the Northwest, we've had our fair share of cold water riding experiences. Cold, wet, and numb isn't the most enjoyable way to spend your day out on the water. The O'Neill Boost and Assault Drysuits keep you warm and comfortable in water and air temperatures as low as 40 degrees.

2. You can ride in your street clothes.

Randall the Vandall Harris is the only rider we know of that can wear street clothes behind the boat and get away with it... up until now. The O'Neill Boost's full baggy shell gives you the option to wear your street clothes underneath. Can anyone say: Lunch break wakesurf sets?

3. You can ride during the winter, while everyone else is dreaming about being on the water.

O'Neill designed both of these drysuits to keep you comfortable in water temperatures that would otherwise be unbearable. Stop re-enacting the Polar Bear Plunge every time you want to take a ride and get back to enjoying your time on the water.

4. You stay completely dry.

The O'Neill Boost's full baggy membrane is 100% waterproof. Aside from a few drops of water coming through a seal during a massive wipeout, this suit will keep you completely dry.

5. They're easier to get in and out of than a wetsuit.

Don't get us wrong. We love a nice stretchy wetsuit, but they can be a huge hassle to get on and off. O'Neill drysuits are simple to put on and quick to take off.

6. You can share it with other riders that are close to your size.

The Boost Drysuit's full baggy shell makes it so that you can fit almost any article of clothing underneath the suit. This also makes each of the Boost sizes versatile enough to fit multiple riders on the boat (assuming they are around the same size).

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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.

First, lets talk about what both of these fittings do for your ballast. The Fly High 1" Quick Release Connect #W743 is designed to integrate Fly High Ballast Bags to a factory ballast system. This fitting easily screws into your Fly High ballast bags for a quick, water tight seal. The Flow Rite 1-1/8" Barbed Elbow Quick Connect Fitting is designed to make a secure and water-tight connection with the Fly High 1" Quick Release Connect

Many of the major wakeboard boat manufacturers like Mastercraft, Supra, Moomba, and Axis Wake Research all use these fittings for their factory ballast system. *Add links

The most common question we get is this "How will my 1" hose work with a 1-1/8" fitting?" Lucky for us, the high quality marine grade hose we use is flexible, so the two fittings end up working together. If you are having any issues getting the hose onto the fitting we recommend trying to heat it up with a blow dryer so the vinyl material has a chance to soften.

If you would like more information on the Fly High Quick Connect Fittings please read our Fly High Quick Connect Fittings Explained Blog Post.

Fly High Quick Connect System

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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.

The X-Link Ballast System utilizes one drain port on each bag in your rear lockers. If you plan on installing the X-Link into an already existing ballast system, make sure that the bags located in your lockers each have an existing free drain port that the X-Link can connect to. If the ballast system you are installing is a new system with new ballast bags, make sure that each bag has an extra port that the X-Link system can connect to. Click here for a list of X-Link Compatible Bags. 

WakeMAKERS X-Link Ballast Transfer System

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How It Works

When you are ready to switch from regular to goofy or goofy to regular riders, hit the custom X-Link switch on your dash to start moving water at 100 lbs. per minute. Once the bag is close to full, switch off the X-Link and let your factory ballast system fill the remainder. Congratulations! You just switched sides in half the time.

Boat Model Example

We've seen a lot of Mid-2000 Malibu owners use the X-Link to get a similar result to what they would achieve with a 2013 Malibu with the SurfGate system.

If a customer uses the Malibu Piggy Back Kit with the Straight Line or Fly High 750lb. bags they will see fill times of 10 to 13 minutes and drain times of 15 to 18 minutes. If the port side factory ballast and 750lb. bag are full switching riders would take 15 to 18 minutes to complete. We hit fill on the starboard factory ballast, drain on the port factory ballast and port to starboard on the X-Link. In under 5 minutes the transfer from port to starboard will be completed as the X-Link pump can move 100 lbs. of water a minute.

What's Included

The full X-Link kit comes with a Johnson Ultra Ballast Pump, all the electrical wiring, fittings, and 1" ballast hose.

Installation Time

1.5-2 hours

Tool List

  • Screw Driver
  • RotoZip for the switch to mount behind the dash.
  • Tool to cut dash.

View our selection of  X-Link Compatible Ballast Bags>>

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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.

Straight Line Sumo Open Bow Bag 500

This SL Bow Bag is designed to fit underneath the seats of most 19-21 foot boats that have under seat storage in the bow. The Open Bow 500 is compatible with our factory ballast upgrades and Straight Line's Launch Pad and Super Sumo Pumps.

Malibu VLX Sumo Bow Bag63"L x 48"W x 8"

500 pounds of weight

1" NPT ports (1 LINK fill, 2 fill/vent, and 2 drain)





Straight Line Sumo Open Bow Bag 750

Straight Line designed the Sumo Open Bow Bag to fit underneath the seats of most 22-25 foot boats that have under seat storage in the bow. The Open Bow 750 is compatible with our factory ballast upgrades and Straight Line's Launch Pad and Super Sumo Pumps.

Malibu247-Sumo-Bow-Bag75"L x 56"W x 8"H

750 pounds of weight

1" NPT ports (1 LINK fill, 2 fill/vent, and 2 drain)




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