How To Max Out The World's Best Wakesurf Boats

Some of the world's top pros show you how to max out the wakesurfing wave in some of the world's best wakesurf boats.

Trever Maur surfing the Axis A22

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Axis A22

Rider: Trever Maur

Wave side: Starboard

Why it's a best wakesurf boat: Axis' Plug 'N' Play system, which lets you add on bigger ballast bags without pulling out pumps. It's all switches! Plus, the A22 is so big — 22 feet long with a 100-inch beam — the chicks have plenty of room.

How to max it out for surfing: Fill up the starboard ballast and leave the rest of the tanks dry. Load up the starboard side of the lounge with people and add Plug 'N' Play bags to both sides. This is easy to do, keeps the wave huge and makes it simple to switch sides for left-foot-forward riders.

Drew Danielo surfing the Centurion Enzo SV 244

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Centurion Enzo SV 244

Rider: Drew Danielo

Wave side: Port

Why it's a best wakesurf boat: At 24 feet and with a dry weight of 4,600 pounds, the 244 is a big, heavy boat. Plus, it has the traditional Enzo deep-V hull, which makes it easier to list over to one side and put more boat in the water, as well as Centurion's quick-fill ballast so you can fill either side in about a minute.

How to max it out for surfing: First, fill up the port-side ballast. If you have a lot of passengers, sit as many on the port side of the lounge as can comfortably fit and have the rest sit in the back. I usually ride with only three or four guys, so I add a ballast bag to the port locker and another to the port side of the lounge. Finally, go for a test run and add a little weight to the bow, if needed.

Jeff Weatherall surfing the Epic 21V.

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Epic 21V

Rider: Jeff Weatherall

Wave side: Port

Why it's a best wakesurf boat: Start with the ballast system, which at 3,200 pounds is second only to the Epic 23V. As a result, no matter how many people you have in the boat, you're always going to have enough weight without adding extra bags. The swim platform was also specifically designed to in no way tamper with the wake.

How to max it out for surfing: Fill up the port ballast completely and fill up the front and starboard ballast halfway. Set the integrated wake shape plate all the way up for maximum height or move it down by a quarter to add more length. Opt for the new surf tabs and you can add the equivalent of 500 to 800 pounds of ballast by setting the port-side tab up and the starboard-side down.

Brian Grubb surfing the Malibu Wakesetter 23 LSV.

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Malibu Wakesetter 23 LSV

Rider: Brian Grubb

Wave side: Starboard

Why it's a best wakesurf boat: Because the wave is the same shape on the left and the right, thanks to the 23 LSV's balanced hull. Plus, with MaliView, you can program a preset that will fill up the factory ballast for a left or right wave, so switching sides is as easy as pressing a button.

How to max it out for surfing: Fill up the center and starboard tanks completely while leaving the bow and port tanks empty. Add an extra ballast bag in the starboard-side rear locker and have all your passengers sit on the starboard side. That will give you plenty of weight for a great wave, but to make it stand up even taller, I put the Power Wedge all the way down.

Parks Bonifay surfing the MasterCraft X-25.

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MasterCraft X-25

Rider: Parks Bonifay

Wave side: Port

Why it's a best wakesurf boat: With 18 degrees of deadrise, the X-25's hull has one of the deepest Vs of any MasterCraft, which allows the tail to sit low in the water. MasterCraft's surf tabs, attitude adjustment plate and hard-tank and Plug 'N' Play ballast give you all the tools to customize your wave.

How to max it out for surfing: Fill the port-side tank and load up a Plug 'N' Play bag in the port locker. It's no fun to surf alone, so bring some friends and have them sit on the port side. If you want a steep wake, deploy the port-side surf tab, or drop the starboard tab for a longer wave. Next, slow down. With a big-beam boat like the X-25, you have to pull back on the throttle to let the wake come up and crest.

Shawn Watson surfing the Super Air Nautique 230.

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Super Air Nautique 230

Rider: Shawn Watson

Wave side: Port

Why it's a best wakesurf boat: The chines that come off the 230's back corner create a clean face and a steep wave that gives you a lot of push.

How to max it out for surfing: Get a boatload of people on the port side, fill up the port-side ballast tank and add a big ballast bag in the back port locker and a small bag under the back port seat. The Hydro-Gate trim tab helps you shape the wave to your liking. Put it all the way forward for a longer wave or move it all the way back for a shorter, steeper wave.

Trevor Hansen surfing the Supra Launch 242 | Photo: Bill Doster

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Supra Launch 242

Rider: Trevor Hansen

Wave side: Starboard

Why it's a best wakesurf boat: At 24 feet long and with 1,700 pounds of factory-installed ballast, the 242 throws a massive surf wake. Plus, the standard Vision system saves your favorite surf settings for you.

How to max it out for surfing: Start by filling up the starboard-side ballast completely and leaving the port and bow ballast empty. Experiment with your speed, weight and SmartPlate settings until you find your ideal size and shape, then save them into the Vision system so you can build your perfect wave with the touch of a button.

Erik Ruck surfing the Tige RZR.

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Tige RZR

Rider: Erik Ruck

Wave side: Port

Why it's a best wakesurf boat: The ConvexV hull lets the RZR settle deep in the water for maximum displacement and the Taps2 system lets you dial in either side of the wake.

How to max it out for surfing: Opt for the surf ballast package, which gives you 1,600 pounds of water weight. Fill the port-side ballast completely and the front ballast halfway. Then use Taps2 to dial in the size and shape of the wake. It typically works best on setting 3 or 4 for wakesurfing. Once you have the perfect wave dialed in, save all your settings in TigéYou.