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Old 07-18-2018, 02:29 PM
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Beginner X15 advice

Just bought a 2011 X15, looking for recommendations on proper set up for wake boarding behind this boat. Has stock ballasts, center trim tab and gen 1 surf tabs.


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Old 07-19-2018, 08:42 AM
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Depends on the riders skill level but in general just fill the factory tanks, set Perfect Pass, and enjoy. Beginners are typically on a shorter rope (60') with no ballast and 18-20mph depending on their size. Advanced riders will be on a longer rope (70-75') going 22-23mph. The higher speed narrows the wake but also makes it stiffer.

No need to use the center plate or tabs. Although sometimes when teaching small kids we would shorten the rope to 25', put the center plate down and only go 16-18mph. Once they got up a few times we'd move them back out to 60'.
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Old 07-19-2018, 11:06 AM
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Depends on the riders skill level but in general just fill the factory tanks, set Perfect Pass, and enjoy. Beginners are typically on a shorter rope (60') with no ballast and 18-20mph depending on their size. Advanced riders will be on a longer rope (70-75') going 22-23mph. The higher speed narrows the wake but also makes it stiffer.

No need to use the center plate or tabs. Although sometimes when teaching small kids we would shorten the rope to 25', put the center plate down and only go 16-18mph. Once they got up a few times we'd move them back out to 60'.


Great advice, thanks a lot. We will definitely be trying it out this weekend. I was really concerned about the position of the center trim tab. I consider myself a beginner, I have wakeboarded before but not behind a boat designed for it so most of my experience is water skiing



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Old 07-19-2018, 10:57 PM
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Tommy's advice is dead on. I would start out at 60', 21 mph, and no ballast. Playing around with your speed first and see what you like. Then as you advance, start adding ballast. I've played with the rope length a lot and 60' works for me. I've been wakeboarding behind my X15 for 4 years and still haven't felt the need to lengthen the rope.
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Old 07-19-2018, 11:00 PM
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Tommy's advice is dead on. I would start out at 60', 21 mph, and no ballast. Playing around with your speed first and see what you like. Then as you advance, start adding ballast. I've played with the rope length a lot and 60' works for me. I've been wakeboarding behind my X15 for 4 years and still haven't felt the need to lengthen the rope.


Right on. Thanks for the input


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