Why does adjusting your wake surf wave matter?
MasterCraft is a brand that takes pride in the customizability of its surf wave, but why should surf wave
customizability matter to you?
Reason #1: Beginner riders need a different wave
The first reason it matters is because beginners learning how to surf for the very first time or trying to progress to a more intermediate or advanced level, need a different wave than a more experienced rider. Beginners should start out with a mellower more forgiving wake. This will allow the rider to fall back in the wave without being pushed out too far and make them comfortable enough to stay within the pocket of the wave. This pocket is where a rider stays within the wave and doesn’t fall back or push too far forward into the back of the boat. Most towboat manufactures today create waves that are steep and have a ton of push and while this is great for an experienced rider beginners may find this wave extremely intimidating.
Reason #2: Multi-rider customization
Kids, teens, and adults all ride different types of waves based on weight and skill level. A grown adult man is going to require a steeper wave with more push as opposed to a young girl who is just learning how to surf for the first time. With surf wave customization, you can give both riders a great experience without being forced to make one of the riders surf on a wave they’re not comfortable with. A great feature of MasterCraft’s surf system SurfStar is that you can create custom waves for each person in the family and save these presets for later on. Easily switch to each persons preferred riding style with a press of a button.
Reason #3: Wave shape
Our last reason why surf wave customizability matter is wave shape. MasterCraft’s all create a J-shaped wave and with this wave it’s easier to recover when fall towards the back of the wave. By being able to customize your wave, you can extend the wave to create an even longer pocket so the rider can recover if they fall too far back. Other manufactures don’t have this J-shaped wave so when the rider falls too far back they get swept behind. Having this customization option can really make the difference between a great riding experience or a very frustrating one.
Now let’s talk about some tips for how to customize your surf wave. Now these tips are directed to those that have older surf systems on their towboats or don’t have surf systems at all. The first thing you can do is add weight based on the rider. If you have a rider that is heavier say an adult male for example,
than you will need to add weight to the boat in order to displace more water underneath and behind
the boat. The opposite goes for lighter riders, lose the weight in order to mellow out the wave. Another great way to customize your wave is using a wake shaping device. These devices can help clean waves by making them more consistent towards the crest of the wave. For those who have boats without surf systems this is an absolute must in order to create a great wave. Click here for a more in depth look on
how to create a great wave.
Hopefully this has helped you understand a bit more about why surf wave customizability matters. If you have more questions about surfing, surf systems, or boating in general, please visit your local Action Water Sports. Until then we’ll see you on the water!
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