William S. White Winnetka’s List of Best Current Boats for Wakeboarding and Wake Surfing
Wakeboarding and wake surfing are challenging and fun water sports that can bring the thrill of surfing the ocean’s waves to any inland body of water, provided you have a boat that is up to the task.
William S. White Winnetka, the co-owner and co-founder of the Montessori Academy of Chicago and an avid fan of both activities, says boats must be tailored to each, which could force water sport enthusiasts to prioritize one over the other.
In the case of wake surfing, boats must be inboard direct drive or inboard V-drive, with propellers that are underneath the boat so there is no risk of the rider coming into contact with them. As wake surfers ply the waves much closer to the boat than their wakeboarding counterparts, this is a necessary safety precaution.
In the case of boats for wakeboarding, their most distinguishing characteristic is the aluminum or fiberglass tower to which the tow rope is attached. These boats also tend to be nimbler to allow for sharper turns and bigger waves. They can also be outfitted with additional accessories to improve the wakeboarding experience.
That said, William S. White Winnetka points out that many current boats can be used for either activity when fully customized, often transitioning between the two at the mere touch of a button. Let’s check out a few of the best boats available for wakeboarding and wake surfing and what makes them so special.
Best Boats for Wakeboarding and Wake Surfing
The Axis T23 is one of several boats that can easily be transitioned from wakeboarding to wake surfing and back again thanks to its Surf Gate technology, making it an ideal option for those who enjoy both. The rider can even control the direction of the waves remotely with the Surf Band wrist gear. The Axis T23 sits lower in the water thanks to its Wake Plus hull, allowing for tighter turns and larger waves and can carry up to 16 passengers.
Whether you like to ride heavy or light, the Centurion Fi25 will fit your needs thanks to its Ramfill feature that can add or remove over 2,000 pounds of subfloor ballast. Its combined 4,850 pounds of ballast is also the highest on the market for a boat of its length (23 feet). Its Opti-V hull design provides 20 degrees of transom deadrise, as much as double that of many of its competitors, creating a more stable ride and smoother waves.
Super Air Nautique G23
The Super Air Nautique houses a powerful 6.2L, H6 Direct-Injection engine and comes with several important features for wakeboarders, including the ability to lower and stow the tower at the touch of a button. Its award-winning hull design allows for customizable wakes and waves that can be tailored for novice or expert riders. Drivers have seamless control over the G23’s features through its large touchscreen, which includes an awareness camera that provides a rear view of the vessel, so they don’t need to take their eyes off the action in front of them.
The Moomba comes at a mid-range price without sacrificing the design features that you’d expect from a top wakeboarding/surfing boat. It pays particular attention to generating perfect and customizable waves through various systems and sensors, including its exclusive AutoWake technology that automatically manages the hull’s position for consistent wakes. William S. White Winnetka points to the 4,000 pounds of ballast and seating for 18 people as having the potential to create some truly massive and memorable wakeboarding waves.