Wakeboarding behind the Malibu 20 VTX was a pleasant surprise for a 20-foot boat. The incredible feature of the Power Wedge in the boat was the biggest factor for the shape and size of the wake. This boat is perfect for the wakeboarder who is looking for the best of both worlds. Whether you’re looking for a forgiving wake with a long transition to dial in those tricks with a progressive edge, or a steep wake for your trip flips and that aggressive vertical pop, this boat does it all.
Wakesurfing Review The biggest surprise from the little Malibu 20 VTX was easily the wakesurf wave. It’s a testament to the combination of Surf Gate and the Power Wedge and what they can do to create an incredible wave. There was more than enough size and push to accommodate a variety of riding styles and abilities. The wave has a nice, solid shape with ample push for staying in the pocket, carving big turns and airing out. If you’re the family that likes to do a bit of everything, from skiing to wakeboarding to surfing, the 20 VTX is a boat that can do it all and do it well.
The Malibu 20 VTX is a 20-foot V-drive that proves you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. When you first look at it, the 20 VTX doesn’t seem like it will be great for skiing, but you’d be wrong. This crossover boat from Malibu offers a surprisingly good pull for slalom skiers. While you can’t ski the 20 VTX as aggressively as a competition-level direct drive like the TXi, it isn’t designed for that. There is more of a bump that you have to be ready for when skiing, but what’s surprising is how little it will disrupt your flow if you’re prepared for it. The 20 VTX is a great boat that is going to let you have fun doing a variety of sports, including slalom skiing.
The 20 VTX is one of the most unique boats in the Malibu line because of how much it can do well. Here are three things that stood out to us.
When you have a 20-foot boat built on Malibu’s Diamond Multisport hull you’re set up for a lot of fun no matter how you like to get towed. Add in Surf Gate and a Power Wedge and that 20-footer becomes a wake and wave-making machine with the push of a button. Wakeboard, wakesurf, wakeskate, and yes, even water ski; the Malibu 20 VTX can do it all.
In today’s world of big wake boats, 20 feet seems small. Thanks to some creative design and engineering from Malibu, the 20 VTX feels spacious with room for you and ten of your friends and family, not to mention all of your gear you’re going to be riding.
Surf Gate revolutionized wakesurfing as we know it when it was first introduced in 2012. Add that technology and years of enhancements to a boat like the 20 VTX and you get a big, solid wakesurf wave that is a lot of fun for a variety of riding levels.