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LiquidCourage

Bow ballast effects

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LiquidCourage

Looking for some info on ballast and the effects of bow ballast for both wakeboarding and surfing. I have the 25 LSV- ballast set up is- 1100 and 750 rear, 440 ski locker, 440's under the seats in the bow- probably only filling to 250 or so. I have read that filling the bow sacks narrows the wake for wakeboarding and lengthens the wake for surfing. I have been playing with this trying to get it dialed in- wondering what real life experiences people have had.

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Tao of Wake

I definitely see a difference with surfing. None of my crew is that adept at wakeboarding, so when we go, we just use the stock ballast and wedge.

I notice that when I use the wedge for surfing, I need bow ballast so that (1) the driver can see where he's going and (2) it significantly lengthens the sweet spot for the rider. It does reduce the height of the wave, but I would rather have more length to ride back and forth.

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board brained

re wake surfing - it lengthens my wake

for wakeboarding it thickens up the wake, also it takes away some of the peakiness. I ride with full rears, full belly and bow now with wedge down and I love the wake. empty the bow and the wake becomes peaky...... bow ballast seems to make the wake meatier...

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Mark57

I recently purchased a 2002 SunScape 23LSV, my thirteen year old son says the wake is not steep enough and wash out. I have a 350 belly bag and two 400 rear bags that I run about 50% full with wedge down.

I have heard putting weight in the bow will make the wake steeper is true or false?

From what I have read it sounds like to might lenghten it and prevent some of the wash out.

Your response to this new Malibu Crew member is appreciated.

Mark 57

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CumminsBu

Fill the 400 bags for a steeper wake and add a bow bag for a meatier wake

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LiquidCourage

We plan on spending the day tomorrow at the lake, so I plan to try multiple configurations- will post results.

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nemalibu

Largely - increases running surface causing the wake to get stiffer.

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LiquidCourage

Moved the 400's that were in the bow to under the seats behind the driver/observer. Going out tomorrow- we will see how it works!

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