Which Wakeshaper Is Right For You? | MISSION Boat Gear

April 19, 2019 4 min read 8 Comments

Which Wakeshaper Is Right For You?

Deciding which wakeshaper is right for your aquatic shenanigans doesn’t have to be harder than trying to pick your next binge-athon on Netflix while your dinner gets cold. We know the feeling. It’s called “decision paralysis.” You just want to find a wakeshaper that’ll help you drop the handle and ride, but you don’t know which wakeshaper will fit your needs and your riding style.

The good news is that you came to MISSION Boat gear, where we practice the buddy system – no surfer left behind! So, no matter which wakeshaper you choose, you’re gonna have a killer time shredding wakes with your friends and family.

What Do Wakeshapers Do?

Let’s take a step back and talk about how wakeshapers enhance your wakesurfing experience. All wakeshapers disrupt the stream of water that collides with the surf-side wake on the opposite side of the boat. They introduce turbulence that diffuses the power of that stream and allows the wake on the other side to produce a surf wave with a clean, undisturbed, face that’s perfect for surfing. There are three styles of wakeshapers: wedge-style, which have a more laid-back front face; steep-angle, which obviously have a more pronounced angle; and Extra Large shapers, which are just giant versions of the other two styles.

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Difference Between Wedge-style, Steep-angle, and Extra Large Wakeshapers

Wedge-style

These are the eager younger siblings of the wakeshaper family. They’re shaped like over-sized door stoppers and do a pretty good job of disrupting the wake and creating a wave that’s surfable. Generally speaking, they can struggle to create a clean-faced wave that produces enough “push” to allow the surfer to drop the rope, but we’ve changed that with the ECHO. Be aware that due to their larger footprint, wedge shapers will fit on fewer boat hulls.

Steep-angle

These are the wakeshapers that wedges want to be when they grow up. Their steep angle and design creates more turbulence in the water, diffuses the non-surfside wake, and creates a competition-class surf wave that everyone can ride all day long. These style shapers also allow for more flexibility in mounting locations on the side of the boat. This is what sets the DELTA 2.0 apart from every other wakeshaper on the market.

Extra Large

These can improve wave performance for boats over 24-feet but come with some serious downsides. Extra Large wake shapers create a ton of turbulence, which does not clean up the wave any more than steep-angle shapers. They put a ton of stress on the boat which impacts the handling and leads to significant increases in fuel consumption. Your wallet will definitely notice the difference.

Which Mission Wakeshaper Is Right For You?

ECHO (Wedge-style)

Maybe you’re new to wakesurfing and you want to dip your toe in the, uh… water. Maybe you’re a more casual surfer with an older, flat-sided boat who only gets out a couple times a year. Or maybe you’d like to have some money left over after buying a wakeshaper to buy some food and pay your rent. If any or all of those sound like you, then the ECHO is what you need.

MISSION ECHO Wakesurf Wedge Shaper

ECHO Features

  • HyLoft™ suction cups deliver more grip and can be repositioned to get the wave you’re craving.
  • XL EXTRALIGHT®foam construction (the same kind that we use on our SENTRY fenders) that’s extremely durable and easy on your boat.
  • Lightweight, compact footprint fits into smaller spaces than other wedge-style shapers without sacrificing performance.
  • More affordable than competing wedge-style shapers.

ECHO Is Perfect For:

Surfers who want an entry-level wakeshaper that delivers “drop-the-handle” wave performance that other wedge-style shapers can’t offer. We also recommend ECHO for surfers with older-model, flat-sided boats (made in 2000 or earlier).

Check out our ECHO wedge-style wakeshaper >

DELTA 2.0 (Steep-angle)

Close your eyes and think about the perfect day for wakesurfing. Is the water cool and calm? Check. Is the sun shining? Double check. Are you wearing sunscreen? Good. Safety first. Now think about your boat. It’s not throwing a tasty wake, is it? That’s because it’s not rocking a DELTA 2.0 wakeshaper.

The DELTA is the pinnacle of wakeshaping technology, and we’ve spent over a thousand hours designing it to create the perfect wave for any riding style.

MISSION DELTA 2 Wakesurf Shaper

DELTA 2.0 Features

  • EnhancedRipFlow™ technology induces more turbulence than other steep-angle shapers without feeling like somebody tossed the anchor overboard when you weren’t looking – a major problem with other large, flat-panel wakeshapers.
  • HyLoft™ suction cups deliver more grip, even on curved surfaces and complex hull shapes, and can be repositioned to get the exact wave you’re craving – no permanent mounts.
  • Reversible design lets you mount the DELTA 2.0 how and where you want to get the best performance and accommodate every riding style.
  • Plays nice with both direct-drive and v-drive boats.

DELTA 2.0 Is Perfect For:

Surfers who want a competition-class wave and the most versatile shaper on the market.

Check out the industry-leading DELTA 2.0 wakeshaper >


If you’re still not sure which wakeshaper is right for you, give us a shout. We’ll help get you out of decision limbo so you can grab a board, catch a wave, and enjoy your time on the water.

Happy Surfing!


8 Responses

MISSION Boat Gear
MISSION Boat Gear

July 10, 2019

Hi Robert,
The DELTA 2.0 has yet to be tested on the MasterCraft MariStar 280. However, we have had a few customers that used the DELTA 1.0, but had to add quite a bit of extra ballast.

Most boats don’t come setup great for surfing as they are initially designed for wakeboarding and skiing. The reality is you need to add weight and a fair amount of it to get surfing. DELTA does its job by shaping the wake, but you still need ballast to give the wake enough energy or “push” to surf on comfortably.

For a 23-27 foot boat, we usually see people running with around 800 lbs in each rear corner and 1000-1200 lbs in the center/front of the boat. Remember people count as ballast too! Although these are very generic numbers, we generally say we want to achieve a 60/40 split of weight in the boat (60% in the back 40% in the middle/front).

We do offer a 30-Day return policy so if you would like to try out the DELTA 2.0 on your boat and it doesn’t work you are more then welcome to return within 30 days of purchase.

Cheers,
MISSION

Robert Sorrentino
Robert Sorrentino

July 10, 2019

Mastercraft MariStar 280 – will 2.0 work?

MISSION BOAT GEAR
MISSION BOAT GEAR

June 19, 2019

Hi Mark!

The DELTA 2.0 will fit your 2005 Mastercraft X10 without any problems. We haven’t tested the ECHO on that model yet but it looks like it might be a tight squeeze. Feel free to give us a call at 612.355.1289 if you have any questions.

Cheers,
MISSION

MISSION BOAT GEAR
MISSION BOAT GEAR

June 19, 2019

Hi Les!

Yes, the DELTA 2.0 will definitely work on your 2014 Mastercraft X55.

Cheers,
MISSION

Les Corieri
Les Corieri

June 19, 2019

Will the Mission 2.0 work on a 2014 Mastercraft X55?

Mark
Mark

June 19, 2019

Looking to improve the surf ability of our 2005 Mastercraft X10. It’s been tough finding a wave shaper that fits the hull of our boat.with the changes to the New 2.0 version. Would you be able to advise if the new model would be appropriate…. Thanks in advance

MISSION Boat Gear
MISSION Boat Gear

May 23, 2019

Great question! While DELTA and ECHO wakesurf shapers work well on almost any single engine watercraft, it’s not recommended to surf traditional inboard/outboard boats for safety reasons.

Inboard/Outboard (I/O) engines otherwise known as Sterndrive combines inboard power with outboard drivability. The engine’s drive unit lies just below the swim deck with the motor mounted under the transom.

In wakeboarding or waterskiing, the surfer/skier is typically 25-30 ft from the prop, whereas in wakesurfing the surfer is 6-8 ft from the prop. Unfortunately in the case of an I/O and wakesurfing the surfer is just too close to the prop and we do not recommend attaching any wakesurf shaper to your boat type.

Cheers,
MISSION

Donald Rosati
Donald Rosati

May 23, 2019

We have a 2013 27 regal fasdeck…could we put one of these on there?

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