Malibu Wakesetter 23 LSV

Boating World Magazine’s executive editor, Alan Jones, tests the new Malibu Wakesetter 23 LSV.

In 2012, Malibu rocked the world of wakesurfing with SURF GATE, which uses two vertical paddles to sculpt a surf wake without having to stack ballast primarily on one side of the boat, causing it to ride on tilt. The latest delivery system for this innovation, which was granted a patent in 2013, can be found on the Malibu Wakesetter 23 LSV. With SURF GATE, you can also shift surfable wakes from port to starboard, allowing a surfer to change sides on the fly, and this year the actuators that control the system are faster, for a seamless transition. A new feature notifies riders of an impending switchover using a horn and lights. And when the next rider wants to go wakeboarding instead of surfing, there’s no loading or dumping of ballast to even the wake. To build a launching or surfing wake, owners can use the 1,000 pounds of standard ballast, the 1,350 pounds of optional weight or the Power Wedge to create a monster. If slalom is your thing, the 23 LSV is available with a Diamond Hull option.

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