Wake surfing in the yacht industry
Last updated: 29/07/2016
The age profile of yacht owners is changing and many captains now need to ensure that they can offer entertainment and fun on the water for a very wide age range, from the owner’s children or grandchildren, to their friends and colleagues. For charter captains and owners the ‘fun on the water’ requirement goes without saying.
Traditional waterskiing and the more hi-octane wakeboarding are always popular water sports, but gaining popularity is the less widely known sport of wake surfing.
It’s easier to achieve than wakeboarding, an hour or so messing about on the water should end with a reasonable level of proficiency. It’s also great fun and there’s a much softer landing if you fall than you might experience with wakeboarding. So it’s good for the youngsters, and great for adults who may prefer something a little gentler. Saying that, wake surfing is still exhilarating and there’s potential for plenty of tricks as confidence grows.
How do you wake surf?
The wake surfer holds onto a towrope initially. As the boat picks up speed and when the surfer feels balanced and is stood in an upright position, they utilise the surf wave to generate forward momentum. The surfer drops the rope before or around the 10mph mark and continues to stand in a surf position surfing the waves that the boat generates. So, it’s exciting and a lot of fun and it doesn’t hurt half as much as when you take a tumble wakeboarding.
It’s not just watersports equipment that needs to adapt… What about boat tenders?As previously mentioned yacht owners are changing and tenders need to adapt to meet their requirements, and one such way is by having a bespoke watersport tender.
MasterCraft Boats is a leader in watersport boat manufacturing and Michael Hardicker, MD of MasterCraft Boats UK commented, “We produce a luxury product and offer the bespoke finish and options that owners want. With the Yanmar inboard diesel and custom lifting solutions, we meet the requirements of the captain and crew too.”
Making life easier for yacht crew
0Whether guests want wakeboarding, waterskiing, wake surfing, towsports or tubing, MasterCraft bespoke tenders are equipped with the award-winning Gen 2 Surf System that makes maintaining a consistent speed and creating good wake conditions a simple touch-screen operation. Michael Hardicker, explained, “Yacht crew members can very quickly become expert drivers, giving a professional tow to guests. This ensures that all ability levels get the best experience on the water as the boat driver can consistently create perfect wakes whatever the conditions. And of course this is perfect for owners who want to take the wheel.
MasterCraft’s GEN 2 Surf System is specifically designed for each individual model in the MasterCraft range. Utilising the shape of the hull, along with wake shaping devices under the transom, and coupled with the use of the boat’s automatic ballast systems, yacht crew are able to create the ultimate surf waves consistently.
Going wake surfing? Check out these pro wake surfing tips by Team MasterCraft rider Josh Palma.