Gear We Love: The Eight.3 Wakesurf Shaper
Will Eginton, Seattle, WA: The sun’s out and it’s time to prep your boat for wake season. If you’re like us, the wakesurfing fever has caught on strong over the past couple of years. There’s nothing more relaxing than a long day on the water, trading turns on that man-made swell behind your boat, and the Eight.3 Wakesurf Shaper makes it oh so much easier!
Often times, figuring out how to dial in the wake for wakesurfing is a tough task. How many people do we have to load in the boat? Who sits where? Yes, Big Kenny, you have to sit over there, we’re trying to get the wave right, dang it. Eight.3, the preeminent name in aftermarket ballast bags, has made it their mission to create a perfect wake, because let’s be honest: wave shape can make or break your wakesurfing experience. Nothing is more frustrating than a crumbly, mediocre wake that only the most seasoned wakesurfers can handle.
Enter the Eight.3 Wakesurf Shaper. This simple, relatively affordable device easily attaches by Velcro to either the port or starboard side of your boat and creates a defined, customizable wave that it optimized for wakesurfing. Gone are the days of tipping the ballast to one side for wakesurfing; simply weight the boat as you would for a typical day of wakeboarding, drop the Wakesurf Shaper on one side of the boat, and watch your boat kick up a smooth, curling, and consistent wave on the other side.
It’s that simple. The Wakesurf Shaper is lightweight, adjustable (move farther back for a steeper wave, slide it forward for a longer wave), can be switched over to accommodate either stance, and most importantly, can be used on any inboard motor boat. And when you want to switch over to wakeboarding, simply pull the Wakesurf Shaper and go. No more switching the ballast location.
Look, you could spend your days messing with your ballast, organizing your friends in the back of the boat, and struggling with a crumbling, hard to ride wave. Or, you could pick up one of these handy Wakesurf Shapers, and focus your attention on the important things: spending time on the water with your friends, enjoying the sun, and carving a perfect, consistent wave that best suits your preferences.