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After market wakesurf system


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I have an 07 LSV23. What manufacturer and approach to do people recommend for adding a wakesurf system? Is this something you can install yourself or best left to a pro?



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So my neighbor just bought a used 23 lsv, and asked me for advice about wake systems.  I read through most of the posts I could find on themalibucrew, and did some additional research.  Below is what I told him.  Note that I can't personally vouch for any of this, as I had a homemade gate for years (which I loved), and then bought a surfgate equipped boat.  


Aftermarket surf systems come in two basic levels.  The least expensive options consist of what are referred to as “suck gates” because they attach with suction cups.  Mostly, they run from about $230 to $400.  Most people think there isn’t a huge difference between the following options, all of which have been tested by multiple people on the forums I read:

Mission Delta https://www.missionboatgear.com/collections/best-wake-shapers/products/delta-2-wakesurf-shaper

Nauticurl:  https://nauticurl.com/products/wakesurfer

Liquid Force Wakesurf Edge Pro 2:  https://www.amazon.com/Liquid-Force-Wakesurf-Edge-Shaper/dp/B07PPXWMGC

Swell (four models):  https://www.swellwake.com/

Other less known models include the Flipsurf, and the Shape the Wake Wakemate.

The primary downside to suck gates is having to attach and reattach them manually, and they make slow speed turning (e.g. returning to the surfer) much more difficult, but not impossible.

Buying criteria:  Make sure the version you buy floats.  Try to find out from the manufacturer if it will work on your model boat (although I think the 2012 Malibu’s have fairly flat rear back transoms, so it probably is not an issue); check the used market – many people sell their aftermarket gates if they update to gate equipped original equipment.

The other option is to buy an aftermarket surf tab system and have it installed.  There are two primary systems:  GoSurfAssist, and Infinity Surf system.  These systems are typically installed by a dealer, but let you add fully electronic retracting and deployable gates to a boat aftermarket.  I think the GoSurfAssist probably runs about $5000 installed, and the Infinity system probably more like $3500.  People on the forum I read have both systems, and love them. 

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