The word compact can immediately conjure feelings of small wakes and cramped interiors, but it doesn't have to in the case of the Axis A20. This 20-foot wake-maker is similar to the A22 in its stand-up ramps and no-frills functionality, but at a full 2 feet shorter, the A20 is easier to trailer and store, and is welcome on size-restricted waterways the bigger boats can't touch. Another fringe benefit of having a small boat: The A20 has premium handling and power. Take a small hull like this and throw a relatively big power plant in it with the standard 350-horsepower engine, and you've got a sports car on the water. With its relatively small hull, you might start assuming the A20 throws a small wake, but in reality it generates a pretty solid swell with the maximum upgraded ballast, the Autoset Wedge and a few passengers. The great thing about the Axis line in general is the wake is legit straight off the dock. You don't have to do a lot of tweaking to get these boats to throw a solid wake because the Malibu-inspired hull design is just so good. The A20 is also one of the best small-boat surfers out there. Opt for Surf Gate, and you can get a solid wave on either side without changing your weighting configuration from wakeboarding. Flip the switch at the dash and you've got a wave on one side, then signal the driver to switch to the other side and cross over the rooster tail for a midsession transfer.