Yamaha also introduced a new technology that changes the game for wakesurfing. The new Yamaha Surf Package includes the Yamaha WakeBooster™, which attaches to the stern tie down and can be outfitted on either side of the boat to accommodate riders on both sides of the wake.
In contrast to other wake systems that push water down or away from the boat, the Yamaha WakeBooster pulls water energy in to the center of the wake, creating a larger, cleaner wave for surfing.
Also part of the Surf Package is a Yamaha tow rope and a custom wakesurf board that was co-designed with Slingshot®
“To develop this new surf technology we had to approach it from an entirely new standpoint, searching for ways to best capitalize on the advantages of jet propulsion in ways that had never been tried before,” continued Ricciardi.
“After years of testing, we began to realize the possibility of pulling water into the center of the wake, via a “scoop” design, where the influx of water combined with the power of our jets, created a larger surf pocket that extends further behind the boat, with a clean face, plenty of push and wave size to surf with ease.”
“The Yamaha WakeBooster totally changed the face of surfing behind Yamaha’s wake series boats for me,” said pro wake rider Danny Hampson. “With quick and easy installation, the WakeBooster shapes not only a surfable wave but a wave that lends itself to more progressive surfing. No longer are you worried about staying with the wave but instead, you can focus on what your next maneuver will be. This is surfing as it should be.”