How To Get A Killer Wakesurf Wave Surfing Behind A Boat | MISSION Boat Gear

May 23, 2017 3 min read

How To Get A Killer Wakesurf Wave Surfing Behind A Boat

Creating a killer surf wave for your boat is about striking a balance between your ballast weight, your ballast location, your boat speed, and the location of your DELTA 2.0 or ECHO wakeshaper. This video will walk you through the four elements that make a great surf wave:

  1. A clean wave face.
  2. The size and shape of the wave.
  3. The length of the wave.
  4. And the “push” of the wave.


1.) A Clean Wave Face

Your boat’s hull design, prop size and rotation, and the location of DELTA 2.0 or ECHO will all play a part in creating a clean, surfable wave.

Your boat hull and prop aren’t going to change anytime soon, so changing the position of DELTA 2.0 or ECHO is the best way to fine-tune things until you find what works best for your boat. The goal is to find a flat, smooth section near the back of the boat and position DELTA 2.0 or ECHO so it runs just below the surface of the water when you’re at “surf speed”. This puts the wakeshaper right in the center of the stream of water rushing past the hull and introduces the turbulence you need to reduce the strength of that stream. As you're adjusting the location of the DELTA 2.0 or ECHO, watch the top of the surf wave. If it’s looking crusty, move your wakeshaper up, down, or further back on the side of the boat until things smooth out. The less crust the better.

2.) Size and Shape of the Wave

Once you’re getting a clean wave, you can start shaping of the wave. After hull shape and prop influence, the biggest influences on wave shape will be your ballast setup and location, and your boat speed.

Start the process by evenly weighting the boat left to right. Listing the boat is not necessary and can reduce the effectiveness of DELTA 2.0 or ECHO because you’ll end up lifting the wakeshaper out of the water. Add about 60 percent of the ballast in the rear, 40 percent in the front. Keep in mind that if you have a center engine boat, you need to add more ballast to the rear. Also, if you're only running stock ballast tanks only fill the rear tanks. This gets the back of the boat further down in the water, preventing the boat from planing, and will keep DELTA 2.0 or ECHO fully submerged.

To increase the height of the surf wave, add a little more ballast in the rear of the boat. This digs the back end of the boat further down into the water, resulting in more displacement, which in turn increases the wave height. NOTE: the more height you add to you wave, the less length and push it will have. Remember that it’s about finding the right balance between height and length.

3.) Length of the Wave

When you’ve got your ballast and boat speed dialed in, you'll get a nice little tube forming at the back of the wave. Increasing the surfable length gives the surfer a lot more room to play, which allows the surfer to recover from tricks without falling off the back of the wave. Create a longer wave by increasing the boat speed and adding more ballast to the FRONT of your boat.

4.) Wave “Push”

Push is the amount of energy contained in a wave. This is what propels the surfer forward and keeps them in the wave. The vertical height or “rampiness” of the wave definitely helps with this, but boat speed is what generates the most push.

DELTA 2.0 and ECHO enable you to run at a much faster speed than you could if you were listing your boat – 11 to 12 miles an hour, versus nine to 10 miles an hour. By increasing the boat speed, the water becomes firmer so that wakesurf board planes out, which generates more lift and less drag. This gets the board out of the water, so it becomes much more forgiving when dropping the handle and doing tricks.

BONUS TIP: Wakesurf Board Length

The length of your wakesurf board also plays a role in how much push you feel while on the wave. Longer boards generate more lift, so they’re good for smaller waves or larger surfers. But they're less maneuverable, so tricks are more difficult. Find a board that fits your weight range. We've noticed that many of the published weight ranges seem to be calculated with smaller waves in mind. Now that you have a larger wave with more push, you may be able to drop down a size or improve maneuverability doing tricks.

Check out the MISSION Wakesurf Board Lineup or give us a shout to find out which board is the best fit for you.


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