View Full Version : New to wake surfing and need help selecting a boat

08-08-2013, 06:16 PM
My family is new to wake surfing. My kids are young teens and everyone in the family skis and wakeboards and we want to learn to wake surf. I'm looking at a 2008 Mastercraft X15. I can't find any info on wake surfing with this boat. Can I surf with it? Is it a good choice?

08-08-2013, 06:20 PM
From what I've read an x2 fits your description very well. I don't know much on the x15 though

08-08-2013, 06:28 PM
We have an X15 and mostly wakeboard and surf. We have skied a couple times but it isn't something we do regularly. With the trim tab you can get the wake smaller but it isn't going to be the same as a direct drive.

We aren't pro wakeboarders or surfers by any means but the wake for both is good.

If you search for the X-15 only thread on here it will give you lots of info on the boat from a number of people

08-08-2013, 06:31 PM
I have a 2012 x15 which is the same hull you are looking at. In order to get a good surf wake from this boat you'll need to add a lot of weight. We are currently adding 750 in walkway, 400 in port locker, and 400 on port seat at back corner. This is in addition to stock 450 KGB and 250 stock port. (Don't think stock is same in 08). That's a total of 2250 and I'd almost add another 400 on the observers seat but I don't have it and my wife will stab me in the throat if I buy anything else for the boat. The guy I ride w/ has a 12 x-30 and his is still better w/ equal weight but mine is really good.

08-08-2013, 06:46 PM

08-08-2013, 06:53 PM
In my opinion the X15 is MCs best boat if you want to be interchangeable between skiing, wakeboarding, and surfing. Skiing is really the one that screws the equation up... There are a couple boats - x25 and x30 - that do a better job wakeboarding and surfing, but they aren't as good for skiing (30 isn't bad, but the 25 would be awful). That's not to knock the 15 for wakeboarding or surfing at all - it's quite good... Just not as good as those other two. The X15, however, is a jack of all trades.

I used to have one but sold it - bought it thinking I'd do all three sports but in 5 years only one person ever skied behind it. Replaced it with a 25.

08-08-2013, 07:56 PM
Loved out X-15 and surfed (both sides) behind it all the time. It isn't going to give you anything like the loaded down boats that you see on here do as far as a wake, but we surfed regularly with factory ballast, no tabs and only additional people in the boat. Left side was surf-able by my teenage son and my wife with only me in the boat. I had a harder time trying to surf on the right with only the two of them in the boat, but it was do-able. We boarded and surfed regularly and had a friend who skied (recreational slalom) behind it and he said it was good. LOVED the X-15! It is a great boat - if what you state is what you really want in a boat, you'll be happy with one.

08-08-2013, 10:39 PM
I hear the new Prostar is a great surf boat!

08-08-2013, 11:08 PM
I hear the new Prostar is a great surf boat!

You really don't like the new PS do you lol

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08-09-2013, 12:00 AM
I hear the new Prostar is a great surf boat!

Don't fall for it.... Troll LOL

depends on how much money you want to spend.

08-09-2013, 06:22 AM
The X-15 surfs quite well, goofy that is in our case, but regular even better, not that I'd care about regular though...
That said, we got our 2012 X-15 weighted down with complete stock full (400+250+250 I think) also got a 1100 piggy backed in STBD and 2x350 piggy backed on the center under the front seats. Depending on the day, water depth and people on board we play around with another (tsunami filled) 400 in the front walkway and another 750 behind the drivers seat. We used to deploy the port surftab 100% but are now down to around 60%, running around 9-10mph which feels slow compared to others, but satisfies us quite well...

Wake sizes and shapes are always hard to grasp on images...