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FEATURE

THE
WET
SET
The soaring popularity of wakesurfing has driven big changes to
water sports tow boats. From mild
to wild, the 2021 model year has
something to offer at every level and
budget.

By | Craig Ritchie

M

ost people buy a new boat while
thinking about all the fun things
they can do in it. But for others,
it's all about what they can do behind the
boat that matters most. Watersports have
long been a big part of boating culture,
and that's never been more true than it is
today.
Today, it's still all about the wake. But
rather than sheer height, the focus now
is on wake shape and control, and it's all
driven by the explosive growth of wake
surfing.
Wake surfing differs from traditional
water sports in that the person having all

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the fun behind the transom isn't physically
connected to the boat in any way whatsoever. Unlike traditional wakeboarders and
skiers, wake surfers aren't pulled along on
a rope - once they're up on the board, they
chuck the tow rope back onto the boat and
ride along propelled by nothing more than
the energy of the wake itself. It's sort of
like surfing in the ocean, but on a wave
that lasts forever - or at least until the boat
runs out of fuel.
Unlike water skiing or wakeboarding
where the rider does their thing 70 or 80
feet behind the transom, wake surfing
takes place right in the prop wash, where

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the surfer can still participate in onboard
conversations and remain part of the
group. The boat moves along at a fairly
pedestrian speed of about 10 mph, so
there's no roar of the engine to shout over
when cheering for the surfer or goading
them into trying more difficult tricks. At
those docile speeds the inevitable falls are
far more gentle, allowing anyone - and
especially ageing baby boomers - to wake
surf every single day without feeling the
muscle soreness that normally follows
an afternoon of traditional high-speed
wakeboarding.



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AT THE HELM
FEATURE: THE WET SET
SAIL REVIEW: BENETEAU OCEANIS YACHT 54
DESTINATION: AHOY BY A CENTURY!
THE PORT HOLE: MAY 2021
BOATING LIFESTYLE: A MAIN COURSE OF BOATING CONVENIENCE SERVED UP WITH A SIDE OF ENVIRONMENTAL GOODNESS
TECH: ADD A SHADE - COOL COMFORT WITH CONVENIENCE
CROSSING THE LINE: DR. WINCH ANSWERS YOUR BOATING PANDEMIC QUESTIONS
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