Malibu Boats, a major manufacturer of watersports towboats, announced that it has licensed its wakesurfing innovations to Chaparral Boats. As a result, Chaparral will manufacture and use its version of the technology to equip certain models within its product line.
Many watersports pros utilize Malibu’s Surf Gate to create their wakes. The system delivers clean, smooth surf waves on either side of the boat. Chaparral has already branded its adoption of the system as its Surf Series, which will be enhanced by Volvo Penta’s new Forward Drive system.
Randie Lewis, a wake surfing instructor from Barrie, Ontario, surfs on a wake produced by a Malibu Wakesetter 23 LSV, which uses Surf Gate to sculpt the water.
“We are excited and proud to license our innovations to Chaparral,” says Malibu Boats CEO Jack Springer. “Chaparral is a premium brand and market share leader with a 52 year history of building boats with exceptional quality. Chaparral conducted itself honourably by requesting a license to our technology.”
With this license, Chaparral can offer this premium surfing experience into market segments not directly served by Malibu or its Axis Wake Research brand.
“This license will help introduce even more people to the fun of wakesurfing, and to Chaparral’s version of Malibu’s wakesurfing technology, which produces the most amazing waves for that sport,” adds Springer.
“Building Chaparrals with our version of Malibu’s patented wakesurfing technology is a game changer,” says Buck Pegg, Chaparral’s Founder and Executive Vice President. “It is exciting to introduce wakesurfing to our sterndrive customers. Combining our version of Malibu’s innovations with the Volvo Penta Forward Drive creates an incredible wake. We have the opportunity to introduce new buyers to the sport of wake surfing.”
Chaparral Boats and Robalo Boats are subsidiaries of Marine Products Corporation.
Malibu Boats, which has manufacturing facilities in California, Tennessee, and Australia, says it has over one-third of the worldwide market share. Between its Malibu and the Axis Wake Research brands, the company employ 525 people worldwide.