In Depth: Nautique Surf System

First, a quick explanation of what wakesurfing is, so that I can set the stage as to why a boating related activity is being mentioned in a technology blog.

Wakesurfing is a water sport in which a rider trails behind a boat, riding the boat’s wake without being directly pulled by the boat. After getting up on the wake, typically by use of a tow rope, the wakesurfers will drop the rope, and ride the steep face below the wave’s peak in a fashion reminiscent of surfing. Wakesurfers generally use special boards, designed specifically for wakes. But you also need boats that have ballast in them. Such as water, lead weights, concrete, or other heavy objects in different sections of the boat in order to weight the boat down and create a larger wake. The best weight configuration for wakesurfing is to place the majority of the weight near the back corner side on the side you’re surfing on. The deeper the boat is in the water, the bigger the wake will be overall.

Sounds very cool doesn’t it? But the coolness factor doesn’t change the fact that this is on the complicated side for many people. When something is complicated, it doesn’t catch on very fast. Nautique is out to change that with the Nautique Surf System. Here’s what Nautique has done to make wakesurfing accessible to the masses.

For starters, Nautique has put control of the wave into the hands of the surfer with the Nautique Surf Switch for one-touch transfers exactly when the surfer desires. For total customization, the Nautique Surf Select app for the Pebble Watch features the ability to fine tune the behavior of the boat to get the wake that you’re looking for. That way, the surfer can make the wave as challenging as they want. And it happens instantly without the need to offload ballast. Oh yeah, the app also controls the music in the boat too. So let me recap, you as a wakesurfer can control every aspect of your wakesurfing fun via a Pebble Watch in almost real time without needing a Phd. Impressive!

Speaking of boats, you of course need a both that supports the Nautique surf system. Fortunately, Nautique has five of them to choose from. Starting with the G21, and moving up to the G23, G25, 210, and 230. That way you can choose a boat that fits your needs.

So, how does all of this come together? The best thing to do is to show you what kind of fun that you could have. Perhaps this video may make you want to look at adding wakesurfing to your summer activities:



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