80 Feet Back: Axis A22

When it comes to keeping your priorities straight, the crew over at Axis has it figured out. They make the best wake for your money by keeping the wake at priority No. 1. Because honestly, what more do you really need?

To set the record straight, I tested the wakes on the fully redesigned 2015 Axis A22. There were two things that really made an impression on me when I tested it. The first and most obvious was the wake — which I’ll get to in a moment. The second is actually the lack of complication involved in creating that wake. When I get into a new boat, I just want to turn it on, flip a switch, and have an amazing wake. Period. I don’t want to deal with trying to learn to adapt to some complicated screen display and sift through the settings forever trying to get oriented. It’s the dashboard equivalent to someone going from an iPhone to an Android. Fortunately, with any Axis, the toggle switches are obvious and easy to navigate. If you can turn on a light switch in your house, you can fill up the ballast in an Axis.

Now let’s move on to the wake; the A22 is just the right size: not too big, not too small. An issue common with smaller boats is that it’s easy to overburden a smaller hull with too much ballast and cause it to wash out or have a hard time getting on plane; with bigger boats it’s hard to get a nice kick out of the top of the wake without pushing your ballast to maximum capacity. The A22 is sized just right to create a crisp, beefy wake with a nice kick at the top of the transition without having to get too extreme with your ballast.


Combine the stock ballast with Plug ’n’ Play and the Wedge, and the wake shapes up nicely with a crisp, clean transition that I couldn’t get enough of. Dollar for dollar, if the wake is your priority, you can’t go wrong with the Axis A22 — no matter how you look at it.

Boat Specs
Length 21 ft. 11 in.
Dry Weight 4,000 lb.
Factory Ballast 900 lb. plus Plug ’n’ Play
Maximum Capacity 15 people/2,115 lb.
Rider Settings
Speed 22.4 mph
Rope Length 75 feet
Ballast Stock ballast and Plug ’n’ Play full
The Wedge Deployed
Crew Driver and two observers
Wake Profile
Transition Moderate
Volume High
Width Average
Rideability All skill levels

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