In this post we have a video that we shot doing something we have never seen done before. We are showing you the surf wave, wakeboard wake and ski wake behind the same boat – all in one take; completely unedited, untouched and shot on an iPhone7. This hopefully shows you the performance of the new Opti-V hull as well as the speed and versatility of the Ramfill ballast system.
When showcasing the “crossover” performance of other wake boats you typically see something like this: -The ski wake with one driver, no passenger, and no ballast. Typically these are shots of the skier outside the wake and never showing the skier going through the wakes. -A different set of shots of the wakeboard wake with 8 passengers, full ballast and a pro rider with camera angles designed to make it look bigger and cleaner. -Another set of shots of the surf wave [...]
In the 2017 Centurion line there are a few different motor options to choose from and we get a lot of questions about which one to pick. In particular there are 2 different engines available in the Centurion Ri Series that are each excellent options depending on what you are looking to achieve – the PCM H6DI and XR7. Here we will dig into the details so you can determine which one would be right for you.
At face value the motor specs are pretty self explanatory: PCM H6 = 450 HP and 465 ft. lbs. of torque PCM XR7 (Supercharged) = 550 HP and 570 ft. lbs. of torque As you can see the XR7 delivers significantly more horsepower and torque, however there is a bit more than meets the eye when it comes to these engines and their performance. While horsepower is important when looking at the performance of a boat engine, the [...]
On June 24-26, 2016 we had the opportunity to participate at the 2016 Utah Wake Surf Fest. This is a fantastic event that allows people to surf on and review surf boats and waves from nearly every boat manufacturer. The best part for anyone reading this is that the results of the event, including detailed scoring of every aspect of the boats tested, is published for everyone to see. In this article we are going to break down the reviews for each boat and take a closer look at what people thought about each of the boats.
THE EVENT Before jumping into the details, it is important to understand how the event worked. A total of approximately 30 riders tested a number of boats and boards at Jordanelle reservoir, getting to spend approximately one hour surfing behind each boat over 2 days and spending considerably more time hanging out inside the boats while others [...]
In the attached video I show you a very basic setup for the Centurion Ri237 Goofy side surf wave. Before we get comments on how your surf setup is so much better etc, please remember that this is a very basic example. The Ri237 can make a bunch of different wave shapes and sizes and this will help those of you new to the boat get a good starting point and show you the basics of how to change the wave. Just for reference I weigh approx 220lbs and ride a Phase 5 Danielo Diamond skim style board.I like the wave steep but not verticle. To make the wave steeper just do the opposite of what this video shows. We get a bunch of questions on this subject and I hope this helps to get you a starting point to develop the type of wave that works for you and those you ride with.
This is one of the most common and interesting questions we get at our dealership. I am sure that, if you have been looking for a new boat, almost every sales person you have spoken with has told you, in so many words, that the boat they sell has the best surf wave.
Here at BoardCo we find the answer to, “What boat has the best surf wave?” to be way more involved than the expected answer, “We do.” I often respond to this question with a question, “Will you please define for me what the ‘best surf wave’ means to YOU?” Without this information I cannot even begin to answer the question. This usually makes people stop and think as well it should. What the best wave is very much a personal opinion. I know that the surf wave that I like is different depending if I [...]
Over the past few years we have seen a whole bunch of “Surf Systems” hit the market. With so many options to choose from, a lot of people are left asking, “Is one better than another?” In this post we want to talk about the systems, what makes them different, and to try to cut through the marketing rabble to take a serious look at how they compare. I am going to apologize in advance; this topic gets pretty deep, and covering it is necessarily long. So sit back, grab a drink and forgive me for taking up a chunk of your day – I will do my best to make it worth your while.
Before we jump in, it is important to note that you should take some of the information with a grain of salt because we are not just comparing the systems, but comparing the systems on the boat that they are [...]
You know those yellow stickers on the boats that say something like “16 Persons or 2350 lbs?” One of the most common questions we get is, “Is ballast factored into those numbers?” or, in other words, “How many people is the boat rated for when the ballast is FULL?” This is an important question – probably more so than you might expect.
First, let’s talk about those ratings and where they come from – bear with me, this will all come together here soon. Most people think that those ratings are established by the Coast Guard,; however once a boat goes over 19 feet, the Coast Guard no longer gives specific ratings for capacity. The capacity ratings are, in most cases, established by a body referred to as the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA). The NMMA is a governing body that ensures that boats built by participating manufacturers are up to certain safety standards, one [...]
Over the past several years I frequently hear the comment from potential boat buyers, “My family and I want a boat mostly to wakesurf behind, but we are not professionals so we don’t need a pro surf wave.” Well, I can say, from personal experience teaching hundreds of people to surf, that this idea is a misconception. I do agree that for a beginner to intermediate level wakeboarder’s perspective (90+ Percent of people), a professional level wakeboard wake is too big, very intimidating and limits progression. However, for a beginner to intermediate level wakesurfer’s perspective, a “professional-level” surf wave leads to much easier and overall much better experience. With the right wave progression is much faster, and easier. In fact if you weigh over 190 lbs. learning to really surf (throw in the rope and ride) is just about impossible without a good quality surf wave .
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There is No Replacement for Displacement.
We are often asked why Centurion boats create such awesome surf waves. There are multiple factors that combine together to make a world class surf wave, one of which is experience. Centurion created its first surf boat hull way back in the 1990’s, way before surfing was the cool thing. Additionally, there are things like CATS, Quicksurf and trim tab shapes that allow for wake customization and tweaking. But the most important factor, by far, is displacement. There is no replacement for displacement.
What do I mean by this? Well, it’s simple; physics really does matter. There are natural laws that apply to wave/wake size and shape. The wave or wake of your boat (what you surf on) is created by your boat displacing water. So, in basic terms, with all things being equal (the hull shape, size, etc. of the vessel), the boat and ballast combination that weighs the [...]