View Full Version : 2001 X30 wakesurf set up

01-17-2013, 11:03 PM
I just bought a 2001 X30. This is my first boat. What size bags should I use over my stock ballast to surf?

01-18-2013, 08:06 AM
You'll want at least another 400lbs in the rear on your surf side and a couple hundred up front. Check out wakemakers.com

01-24-2013, 09:49 AM
welcome to the forum. wakemakers is a good place to look. our current setup is (02 X30)

hard tanks removed
750# bags in each rear locker
stock banana bag in ski locker

each of these has its own pump but it feeds off the stock manifold.

it surf wake is ok. its nothing like some of these guys with newer 30's or 45's with tons of ballast. when my kids surf and i'm sitting in the rear corner seat their wave is much better than when i'm surfing and only my kids and wife are in the boat. my solution to this will be to replace the 750's with 1100's in each locker. i'd like some more weight up front, but that will probably have to wait till next year.

with the front and starboard bags full (we're all goofy), we'll set the PP to 10.5 for the kids and a little slower for adults.

also, if you are going to run big bags in the lockers, you will want to reinforce the dividers so they aren't being held tight against your exhaust.

08-01-2013, 02:11 PM
Two things: one brute force, the other a more interesting work-in-progress

Brute Force: We have 1100# sacs in each locker, 900# sac on floor, stock tube sac in the floor, and a 540# sac up front. Fill the 1100# sac on surf side, and move the 540# sac to surf side front seat. We have the wakemakers x-link system so can switch sides in 5-10 minutes. The 900# sac sits on floor in front of the back seat, so really just makes a nice big sitting area. Bowfiller cushion makes it pretty easy to roll the 540# side-to-side.

Goofy wake is very good, regular wake is good, will never be as good as a deep-V hull.

More interesting work-in-progress: Malibu's surfgate is very interesting because it "yaws" the hull instead of just pushing down on a corner, so I am toying with a manual fin similar to all the threads on the malibu and centurion sites.

First attempt looked just like surfgate. I worked VERY well; no more 900# sac on the floor, replicated my goofy wake, and my regular wake was the best ever. Downside, there was a lot of drag so engine ran 500 RPMs faster than usual. In addition, the regular side wake required tons of oversteering, so had to physically hold the wheel in place.

Second attempt was very different. Instead of sticking out the side, the second fin was narrow and deep. Tried it yesterday for the first time and it is VERY promising. Wake looks very good on both sides, and much less drag so no more "steering issue" on the regular side. Have not surfed it yet, so idea if the wave has any push.

More info later, probably in a new thread.

08-01-2013, 11:59 PM
check your prop also, you may want to change pitch to avoid loading your motor. Call Eric at OJ props he can help you

I have a 900 in my corner locker (port side) you need to decide which side you want to surf on or change out both sides, bought from wakemakers (talk to Spencer), took 15 minutes to pull out old and put in new. One thing I would do is extend the hose to the new bag from your pump. It will reduce the kink in hose and allow for better water flow. Did this on vacation and improved my fill and empty time.

since you are going to order items you should also get new impellers (green) change them out on your pumps. Keep the old ones for spares if needed. wakemakers also

I spent some money on vacation for lessons with my kids and the instructor said my wake was very similar to the newer boats

I received a ton of help from the forum so trying to pay it back and help others, so if you need more info let me know I just did all of the items you are looking for

04-14-2014, 02:58 PM
I'm curious about your surfgate (delayed wave convergence) trial attempts. I have the same hull and would like to do something similar. I did not see a follow up thread. thanks

06-30-2014, 10:37 AM
Does anyone know how much the weight the stock rear hard tanks hold in the 2001 X30? I'm trying to get my surf set up dialed in correctly as well. Have a 750# sac in middle locker(replaced stock bag), another smaller sac in front (not certain of size, somewhere around 350-500# I think), and I am assuming I am going to need to add another fat sac to the rear locker of the side we are surfing on. I am not sure how much additional weight I will need for that rear locker.? Would 500# be enough, 750#, or all the way up to the 1100#?

Thank you for any input.

06-30-2014, 11:17 AM
you're probably better off pulling the stock hard tanks and going with an #1100 bag in each corner. where did you get a #750 for the ski locker?

06-30-2014, 11:59 AM
It is a fly high 750# bag that came with the boat when I got it. The stock yellow bag in ski locker wasn't in very good shape, so I pulled it out and have just put the 750# sac in there for the time being. I haven't set it up to fill/empty like the standard ballast with flip of a switch, I just fill it up with the tsunami pump as much as I can with room given in the ski locker. There isn't enough room to completely fill it up in the ski locker, but I bet it is around 500# or so in there.

I have read a little bit on removing the hard tanks and replacing with the 1100# sacs, I'm just not certain how difficult that will be and how much that will cost? I know how much the 1100# sac's are, but will there be anymore cost for me to get them installed.? Is it very difficult? From what uplander has said above, it doesn't sound like it would be too difficult to get it switched out.

06-30-2014, 12:04 PM
I'm about to do the 1100 swap and it is super easy. Literally remove lines from hardtanks, remove hardtanks, hook up lines to bags. Done

06-30-2014, 12:08 PM
I pulled out my hard tanks and replaced them with 1100's. It took me about an hour to do. It was very simple I just double checked everything frist. Now I think I could do it in 15 minutes. Super simple.

I have also added two new thru hull fittings and removed the ballest manifold upgraded the hoses to 1 inch and added a piggy back setup for the front to fill a bag under the front seats.

06-30-2014, 12:15 PM
Sounds simple enough. Thanks for the help.

06-30-2014, 01:05 PM
Wonder if you could share a pic of the surf wave with that setup?

06-30-2014, 02:29 PM
This is with a rear locker, ski locker and bow full with only my wife in the boat.

06-30-2014, 02:30 PM
Very nice. Impressive wave.

06-30-2014, 05:00 PM
Thanks, nice wave.

07-01-2014, 08:48 AM
bohmer - what bag did you put under the bow seats?

07-01-2014, 09:13 AM
This is under the bow seat.


Ski locker, my factory yellow bag had a hole in it.


Rear Lockers


I asked wakemakers over the winter on how to set it the ballast they sent this back. It's very helpful.


08-02-2014, 11:39 PM
Your goofy footed surfing on the regular side of the wave. You'll have more success if you rotate the ballast to the correct side of the boat

08-03-2014, 03:01 PM
I pulled hard tanks and replaced with 750's. We are all goofy so we fill starboard rear 750 KGB full. IBS 650 bow sac full and we pull the 750 out of the port rear and place it on the floor just in front of rear bench on the starboard side. One observer when we do this. If more passengers we may not use that second 750 sac. Still adjusting everything every time we go out. It's a great challenge to obtain a better wave. Here is a shot without the 750 on the floor. Will get one with it next time out. https://vimeo.com/102467912

09-04-2014, 07:30 PM
This is with a rear locker, ski locker and bow full with only my wife in the boat.

Hi Bohmer410, I was wondering if you might be able to post some pics of your 1100lb fats acs filled in the rear lockers. I have a 2004 X30 and I'm getting ready to do an overhaul on the ballast system and bags. I've seen various posts about the 1100lb bags, some say they fit others say they don't, and even others say you can't fill them all the way. Just curious if yours fill completely and how the divider between the locker and engine is impacted.

Thanks for any help you can provide. I'm going to be adding the IBS bag as well and keeping the stock ski locker bag. I'd love to put the IBS on its own dedicated pump and switch, but not sure how difficult this would be with venting, etc.

09-04-2014, 08:50 PM
I have the same boat but went with the 900, I also fill the KGB locker.

Takes about 30 minutes to pull the stock tank and put bag in

09-05-2014, 12:27 PM
I have the same boat but went with the 900, I also fill the KGB locker.

Takes about 30 minutes to pull the stock tank and put bag in

What make of bags did you go with? I've seen a couple different brands (i.e. sumo, ronix, etc) but FlyHigh doesn't appear to sell them.

How's the surf wake with the 900's? Any pics you'd be willing to share of the bags and wake?


09-08-2014, 04:04 PM
I don't have any pictures of them full. I'll take on the next time I'm out. Which might be two weeks away, I have a couple of wedding to go to.

They don't fill up completely, I would guess around 950 or so. I thought if I purchased the 750's I would eventually pull them out and put in the 1,100's later. Since there wasn't much of a price difference, I would just go with the 1,100's.

I have not reinforced the wall. It hasn't bowed or anything. At least yet, I've had 1,100's for one season. I've seen people reinforced them. It doesn't look hard to do. I'm going to hold out until it needs it.

For IBS, I would do a piggyback system off the ski locker.

I would highly recommend, adding two 1 inch thru hulls and removing the manifold. Then run 1 inch hose while your redoing it.

I like the 1 inch premium hose from wakemakers, but you'll need a lot of hose. I believe I used 60 feet. Also, I had better luck with lowe's check valves compared to wakemakers valves.

09-11-2014, 03:46 PM
Bohmer410, What lake do you guys go to?

09-11-2014, 03:59 PM
This year we have been to Cumberland, dale hollow, cave run, East fork, Norris and the river. We go to Cumberland most of the time. Then the river on the off weekends, since it's 15 mins away. How about you?

04-18-2016, 12:34 PM
I have a 2001 x10 with stock
-250lb tanks in the rear lockers
-stock bag in the floor ski locker

I'm looking to add additional bags to make a much larger wake for wakeboarding.
I also wouldn't mind being able to switch the lay out around for wake surfing. Can some one give me some advice on what size bags to buy and where to locate them in my boat thanks.

04-18-2016, 12:35 PM

04-18-2016, 01:30 PM
your best bet in the rear is to pull the hard tanks and replace them with a single bag. i haven't seen any posts from anyone who regretted pulling them. i'm not sure what you can fit in the x10. i'd guess at least a 750. you can replace the center bag and run an overflow to under the front seats. call wake makers.