Colby is a cool guy and awesome rider. I had the opportunity to witness his smooth, precise wakeboading and see him get some big air. This video is awesome but it doesn’t give you a good sense of how big he goes! He’s got talent.
Lucky for me, I got a few pointers and tips on my riding from Colby. Unluckily for me, I’m not as talented as he is. So, even with his pointers I’ve still got a ways to go. Colby Bernier is sponsored by skiers marine!
The 2014 Birmingham Alabama boat show had several excellent wakeboard displays and wakesurfing displays. Most of these were not booths oriented exclusively to wakeboarding or wakesurfing, but oriented towards wakeboarding, wakesurfing and other watersports.
Displays from Skiers Marine, Rambo Marine and Singleton Marine presented the best wake and surf-specific boats available from some of the biggest names in the business. Skiers Marine had the new Axis T22 along with Supra, Moomba and Malibu wake-specific boats. Rambo Marine had several beautiful models including the X-25. Singleton Marine had numerous Nautique models including the super air Nautique and the G-series.
Wedowee Marine also had several Centurion Enzo’s available at their display along with numerous pontoons. The Centurion Enzo is an impressive boat–their color schemes were striking and the CATS system looks very interesting. The Enzo is a large, long boat with huge mounts of ballast. While I haven’t ridden behind one of these, I hear they’re excellent for surfing.
Skier’s Marine had a small “lounge” area set aside with a couch, T.V. and some pro-shop gear. All of their 2013 gear was marked down 50% which made for some excellent deals.
Singleton Marine had a large display area with a tower-speaker display where customers could experiment with the Nautique in-dash system and stereo. A thumping sound system and a big-screen video display above the booth finished off their display.
Check out our gallery of wakeboard display and wakeboat images from the 2014 Birmingham Alabama boat show below:
While at the 2014 Huntsville boat show, one of the most eye-catching display areas was hosted by Skier’s Marine. All of the boats looked spectacular and the Skier’s Marine sales associates were friendly and helpful and refreshingly, not pushy.
The Supra SA’s looked great as did the Moomba Mojo and Mondo. However, the three most eye-catching boats to me were the Axis T22, the Malibu Wakesetter 23 LSV and the Bryant Callandra.
I’ve always liked the look of Axis boats and I’ve met one of the founders, Adam Mcall (although I doubt he remembers). Axis boats have always been very specifically targeted towards wakeboarding. Recently they have included more wakesurfing specific features while still keeping their prices low…well, low is relative in the wakeboat market…lower than most wakeboat companies.
In the past, Axis boats have suffered from a cheap-looking interior. When we purchased our new 2013 Mobius LSV (love it!) last year, we were debating between three boats: the Axis A22, the Mobius LSV and the MB Sports B52. While I liked the Axis and it had a great reputation, I didn’t want to spend 50-60K on a boat with a sub-par interior.
This has changed for 2014 and the interior is substantially improved. Not only does it look better–it feels better. They now offer colored stitching, the vinyl is sturdier and the boat has a much more solid feel.
The Malibu Wakesetter is one of the best-selling wakeboats of all time. Our previous boat was a 1996 Malibu Sunsetter VLX (the same hull as the first Wakesetters). It ran strong until the day we traded it in on our new Mobius LSV. So, I have a soft spot for Wakesetters.
Last year I rode behind a friend’s Wakesetter 23 LSV and was very impressed with the wake. The new Wakesetters improve the already plush interior and awesome styling. One of the impressive things about the Wakesetter is how clean the wake stays even at lower speeds (great for beginners) and how insensitive it is to weight distribution. While I haven’t yet ridden behind a 2014 (hint, hint to anyone with a 2014 Wakesetter), I’m sure it’s still one of the best wakes around.
I was very impressed with the prices Skier’s Marine offered on their 2014 Wakesetter 23 LSV. At the Huntsville boat show, you could purchase a Wakesetter from Skiers Marine for 20% less than a Nautique 230. If I were purchasing a new boat today, the Wakesetter would definitely be on my short list.
Lastly, though I hate to admit it since I’m a wakeboarder at heart, I was impressed with the Bryant Calandra. You have no idea how much it hurts to write those words. For one thing, it’s a stern drive. For another thing…well…it’s a stern-drive. But, this Bryant was very well-made, offered huge interior space and had some great, innovative features. One of the best features was the sun-pad with walk-through. The sun-pad can be split into two lounges and the walk-through allows you to get from the swim platform into the cabin without stepping on the vinyl.
While my personal favorites were the Axis T22 and the Malibu Wakesetter 23 LSV, the Bryant was also a very attractive boat. While Skier’s Marine has carried Axis and Malibu for years, they just picked up the Bryant line. So, If you’re in the market for a good wakeboard boat or a good runabout and you’ve missed the Huntsville show, make sure you drop by the Skier’s Marine display at the Birmingham boat show.
The 2014 Huntsville boat show is a great way for a water-loving family to spend a winter weekend. While not as big as some of the other Southern boat shows such as the Birmingham boat show, it is well supported by many of the local boat dealers.
Skiers Marine, Rambo Marine and Erwin Marine sales were all present, among others. Multiple vendors and businesses had booths with free brochures, magazines and swag.
Located in the Von Braun center, in downtown Huntsville and close to Big Spring park, the Huntsville Boat Show makes a great family weekend event. The show included a free fishing pond that excites even the biggest of kids, food and drinks for purchase and of course, all kinds of boats: weekend cruisers, wake/ski boats, fishing boats, pontoon boats and jet skis. There’s every brand name in the business including: Moomba, Bryant, Cobalt, Bayliner, MasterCraft, Nautique, Sea Doo to name a few.
After you make the rounds at the amazing boat show, make sure you take some time to walk by the pond and canal located across the street from the Von Braun center. If you’re up for continuing a short walk, follow the canal up to Big Spring Park, where you can sit and enjoy watching the spring water spout out of a rock creating a beautiful rock cliff scene reminiscent of Ireland!
After walking to Big Spring park, you may work up an appetite or feel like a sweet treat. There are many option in this great downtown Huntsville area. We ventured to Sam & Gregs Pizzeria for delicious pizza and hand-made gelato (whatever you do, don’t miss out on the gelato)!
If you didn’t make it to the boat show this year, put it on your calendar for next January. It’s fast becoming a tradition for us.