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Sportster Surfing


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Hmmmmm...last thing I need is to buy a surf board now......

I don't have a wedge and am surely not going to be installing one anytime soon so I don't see it happening for me, but I'm sure it's possible!

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martinarcher

It's certainly possible. I've surfed behind my buddies Tantrum too. You'll need about 1000lbs. I was using two 500lbs bags in an "L" in the rear surf side of the boat. Plenty to run ropeless. Thumbup.gif

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It's certainly possible. I've surfed behind my buddies Tantrum too. You'll need about 1000lbs. I was using two 500lbs bags in an "L" in the rear surf side of the boat. Plenty to run ropeless. Thumbup.gif

Do you happen to know if that was with a wedge or no wedge?

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martinarcher

Do you happen to know if that was with a wedge or no wedge?

The Tantrum didn't have a wedge.

I know Scotty was running a lot more than 1000lbs last year and his wave had a lot of push for a Sporty. PM him and I'm sure he'll help you out. I can't remember if Scotty's Sporty has a wedge or not.

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i've been pretty successful with my rlx using the wedge, 5-600# starboard side of motorbox, and 200# in the bow. make sure you are EXTREMELY careful when slowing and turning.

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The Tantrum didn't have a wedge.

I know Scotty was running a lot more than 1000lbs last year and his wave had a lot of push for a Sporty. PM him and I'm sure he'll help you out. I can't remember if Scotty's Sporty has a wedge or not.

Scotty has a wedge. Not sure if he uses it for surfing or not, but he has one.

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  • 4 years later...
On 8/31/2011 at 5:51 PM, martinarcher said:

It's certainly possible. I've surfed behind my buddies Tantrum too. You'll need about 1000lbs. I was using two 500lbs bags in an "L" in the rear surf side of the boat. Plenty to run ropeless. Thumbup.gif

Martin,

First off, love your surfgate on your sunsetter. Do you happen to remember if his tantrum was a closed bow or open bow, did he put any ballast up front, if so how much. Ive tried to PM scotty but no success so far. I am desperately trying to go ropeless of my sporty

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martinarcher

It was a closed bow boat.  We only ran weight beside the engine and in front of the back seat.  Of you get the rear corner of the ribrail close to the water or wet when under way you should be able to drop the rope.  Or you could put gates on it. :)

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I don't have any experience with a Sportster, but with mine, when I added one of these home made suction cup gates, the wake got a lot larger.  This is because you can add ballast to both sides, this make a bigger hole in the water, therefore a bigger wake.

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