Our Professional Wakeboarding Boats and Equipment
The cool thing about wakeboarding is you can ride behind anything that will pull you out of the water, and it will have some sort of wake. This gives us a variety of wake sizes and shapes. Narrow boats are easy to weight down for big wake, but those wakes are steep. The wider the hull, the softer they get, so, it's best to find a happy medium.
Wakeboarding Magazine has classified our boat as: "Dream Machine"
Ideal wakeboard boats are V-Drive, open bow and heavy. They are usually 21 feet or longer and have the ultimate wake characteristics. The same rules apply to a narrow hull, if flat in the back the wake will be steep; a wide hull which has some V, it will be a mellow transition.
About the wake
As the wake gets more mellow, you create the pop more by using your edge. Smaller mellow wakes force riders into having a very faster, edgy style, since there isn't much energy in a small wake to boot you up real high. Creating the pop is like doing tricks on the cable. You create the pop, the wake does not. Bigger mellow wakes allow a rider to create a lot of speed and edge all the way through the wake, taking moves high and way out into the flats. Mellow wakes are geared towards edgy flips and inverts due to high line tension.
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Over the last 10 years we have had the great opportunity to test out alot of Ropes. We have tested Ropes from Proline, Nevin and everybody else. What we have found is most ropes are alike. Some dont recoil back, other recoil but not that far. But does the cost of a rope justify the quality..Our answer is "No". Let me give you and example..I had the great opportunity to ride on Dave Hickmans boat, a 07 Sanger 215. Dave pulled out a rope that was of average cost, I believe under $60.00 bucks. Well, that rope preformed flawless with no recoil and an easy roll up. Wow. So this Summer 2010 we will put this $60.00 rope through the Summer test against a $120 rope and get back to you on the results.
Our Current Rope
Test Tuff this rope has 5800 pulls in one Summer. Recoil is less then 8ft. Cost is L2W recommends and backs this rope.
5800 pulls on the rope includes the Handle. We use a 17" Handle for 2 reasons. 1) a wider grips adds the comfort level. 2) a 17" handle is great for 360 handle passes. Handles take a beating from the fingernails.. Overtime the fingernails will remove the grip foam and eventually the foam grip will peal off. Not good when the rest of the handle is still good but the grip is gone. Oh and try to re-glue is impossible and embarassing
Our Current Handle
Tested Tuff this handle has 5800 pulls and still the grip is intact. The Cost is . L2W recommends and backs this handle.
Now this is a topic that I could spend hours on. But you don’t want that now. So here is our experience. Q. Does a propeller make a difference? A. Yes..The type of propeller and what your using your boat for makes a huge difference. Q. Does a 4 Blade out perform a 3 blade A. What are you using your boat for? If its wakeboarding the a 3 blade will work. If your adding weight to your boat then a 4 blade works better. If you waterskiing then a 3 blade is fine Q. O J Propellers or Acme Propeller? A. Both are great makers of Propellers and both companies have different specs. Sometimes you cant get that propeller from OJ, so Acme might be the one, and vice versa. Q. Reconditions Propellers? A. Good for back up, but never like new…
Our Current Propeller
Acme 911. This prop does 2 things. 1) get my rider out of the hole quick. 2) Saves me gas. This propeller is TESTED TUFF and has the L2W approval and backing.