Loudon, Tenn. (July 13, 2012) – Malibu Boats, the global leader in state-of-the-art water sports towboats, has designed a break-through wakesurfing innovation, SURF GATE (patent pending), which promises to revolutionize the sport.
“From now on, every time you drain your sacs for thirty minutes just to switch sides, you’ll wish you had SURF GATE,” said Brian Grubb, Malibu team rider. “It’s so cool to be able to switch waves with the press of a button and transfer from left to right. The wave is perfect and big on both sides too. This is the future, and it can only be done with SURF GATE.”
The fastest growing activity in water sports, wakesurfing has evolved over the past decade from a niche activity to a legitimate competitive sport. In order to wakesurf, it is necessary to have an adequately weighted boat – one weighted to either the left or right side, which produces a larger wake. Prior to SURF GATE, wakesurfing required boaters to empty ballasts on one side of the boat and subsequently refill them, dis-placing passengers and shifting weight accordingly. SURF GATE alleviates this time-consuming process and extreme leaning of the boat is no longer necessary. Additionally, SURF GATE enables riders to switch from wakeboarding to wakesurfing in seconds and to cross the wave and perform previously impossible moves while surfing.
“To create a surf wake without leaning the boat is a big advantage,” said Dan Gasper, director of product design. “We’ve been working on ways to create surf wakes to avoid hull shape changes so as not to create a negative effect to our great wakeboard wakes. SURF GATE is the culmination of our efforts.”
Commanding over 30 percent of market share in its category, Malibu is the world’s top-selling towboat manufacturer. Surf Gate is available on all 2013 WAKESETTER models