Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Santa Sticks a Railey Behind a Malibu in Orlando

Malibu Boats (@MalibuBoats) Dealer, Liquid Sports Marine (@LiquidSportsFL) posted this sweet video on their YouTube Channel. At first it just looks like a blinged-out Wakesetter all decorated up for Christmas, but as the camera pans... you'll see why this video has the title Santa Railey. He's really doing one behind the boat. Over and over. Check it out! Merry Christmas!

If you wan to see some still shots of the Liquid Sports Christmas display go to the Malibu Boats Flickr site.

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Wakesetter VLX Honored for Excellent Design

Wakesetter VLX Earns Excellence in Design AwardMalibu Boats (@MalibuBoats) will be receiving a 2nd consecutive Excellence in Design Award from Trailer Boats Magazine. This year the judges were stunned by the design of the 2010 Wakesetter VLX. Malibu was selected as the winner in the Wakeboard Boat category after a detailed evaluation process completed by the industry’s top boat design engineers. This latest industry award represents Malibu Boats 28th received for product excellence and the second award bestowed on the Wakesetter VLX wakeboard boat just this year.

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Jim Hendricks Publisher and Editorial Director of Trailer Boats Magazine said, “It is our pleasure to announce that the Malibu Wakesetter VLX is the Trailer Boats Excellence in Design Wakeboard Boat Award Winner for 2010.” He continued, “We would like to thank Malibu Boats for pushing the limits of boat design. It is this kind of forward thinking that the Trailer Boats Excellence in Design Awards program is intended to recognize and encourage. Malibu’s achievement is exemplary...”

In 2009 the Malibu Corvette Limited Edition Sport-V was chosen for the Excellence in Design award. Although the 2010 Wakesetter VLX has big shoes to fill, it will be featured in January the issue of Trailer Boats Magazine as well as on TrailerBoats.com.

Since the company’s inception, the pride Malibu Boats has taken in its products has netted recognition throughout the industry. All told, the company has accumulated 19 Boat of the Year Awards and 28 product excellence awards. Yet, Malibu’s pursuit for perfection never stops.

Paul Singer, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Malibu Boats, explains this phenomenon, "These awards are a great pat on the back for us, but as soon as the high fives are spent, we get right back at it. There are so many more innovations that our engineers are working to perfect. They are competitive by nature and these awards just push them to develop that next industry first."

The 2010 Wakesetter VLX earned this latest award with inspired innovation and design. The available MaliView Dash System with 6.5 LCD and video capability joins the patented wake-making Power Wedge and customizable Rider Presets to accommodate different styles and levels of riding with ease. All the first of their kind, these designs have changed the water sports industry. The new Illusion G3 Tower is standard on the VLX and also poised to change boat building forever. This wakeboard tower is designed with gas spring assist to create an easy one-person fold-down in seconds. Malibu’s SV23 Wake Hull design also played a part in securing the Excellence in Design honor by creating big pro-level wakes while optimizing ride and handling. Then factor in the look of the VLX with its Corvette inspired cove in the hull and the aggressive lines that scream performance even on the trailer. The interior design is something out of a luxury sports car, but Malibu Boats designers have not compromised storage room or comfort for this look and feel. The design excellence of the 2010 Wakesetter VLX goes on and on.

Visit your local Malibu Boats Dealer to experience the Excellence in Design Award winning Malibu Wakesetter VLX in person.

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Monday, December 14, 2009

Day In The Life of Will Asher

Malibu Boats (@MalibuBoats) World Champion Slalom Skier, Will Asher (@WillAsher) spent a day with HO Sports (@HOSports) training behind his Response LXi on his HO Sports Syndicate ski. From his "rise and shine" routine to the way he winds-up his day, the HO Sports crew captured Will in his element and uncovered a few things most may not have know about this World Champion. This is a great Day in the Life video of Will Asher.

"Recently we got a chance to spend a day with World Class water skier Will Asher. What an amazing time documenting such an incredible athlete. Travel with Will through his day and meet the people he spends his time with." - HO Sports Mfg

Great video guys!

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Friday, December 11, 2009

Video: Sharpe & Errington Ridin' Ronix Behind Malibu

Malibu Boats (@MalibuBoats) and Ronix (@Ronix) Pro Rider, Chad Sharpe (@ChadESharpe) took the opportunity to grab a set with fellow Ronix Pro Rider Adam Errington (@AdamErrington1) in front of Brent Brinkerhoff's HD Cam. Check out this great wakeboarding video on Vimeo.

Brinkerhoff jumped at the chance to film two of Ronix's top wakeboarders. According to Brinkerhoff, "On the first decent day of the week, the lighting wasn't perfect, but the water was butter..." They filmed this video behind the Wakesetter VLX on Sharpe's lake in Orlando, Florida.

Great video guys!!!!

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Thursday, December 10, 2009

Great Lake Specially in a Malibu!!!

This Malibu Boats (@MalibuBoats)Bertrand Dupuis 2009 21 vRide photo on a lake in La Minerve, Quebec this summer, was taken and sent in by Bertrand Dupuis who writes "great lake specially in a Malibu!!!"

Thank you Bertrand for sharing this great photo of your brand new 2009 Malibu vRide!

If you capture or come across a cool Malibu Boats-related photo like this one let us know. We would love to post it on the Malibu Boats Blog and Flickr Channel. We will even Tweet about it on Twitter and add it to the ever-changing Malibu Boats Screen Saver. E-mail blog@malibuboats.com with links and/or images. Also make sure to include the name of the person who took the shot and give us a short description of the photo's contents. If you do not know this information and you are only forwarding a link, we can track it down. Thanks!

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Jake Owen's Malibu Wilder Than Any 8 Second Ride

Jake Owen and Dog Vern in VLXCountry Singer Jake Owen (@JakeOfficial), RCA Nashville Recording Artist, loves his 2009 Wakesetter VLX. Malibu Boats (@MalibuBoats) Louisiana Team Rider, Chad Scott, just emailed us this link to JakeOwen.net and a great video Jake did for ABC during Nashville Nights at the end of the summer.

Jake purchased his 2009 Wakesetter VLX through TNT Watersports in Nashville, TN where he lives. Jake is an avid wakeboarder. As you can see in the video he likes to surf too. During the warm months of the year he pulls his Wakesetter VLX behind his tour bus in search of any opportunity to ride. Jake puts over 200 hours on his boat every year. With an extremely busy Country Music Superstar schedule that is is no small feat!

Jake's new hit song, 8 Second Ride from his album Easy Does It, is #13 on Billboard.com's Country Music Top 30. And this song has been on the list for 27 weeks!

Great video Jake! Glad you find so much enjoyment in your Malibu boat! Keep the great music coming. Malibu Boats is listening!

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Texas Malibu Dealer Goes All Out For Christmas

I Want Big Air For ChristmasMalibu Boats (@MalibuBoats) Dealer, Family Powersports in Lubbock, TX is rockin' it this Christmas with the Malibu Boat Rockin' Christmas Event. They have gone all out on dealership decorations in preparation for their 9th annual VIP night event Thursday night (12-9-09). They've never had less than 500 people in attendance and usually plan for around 1000. The stage is set for Rockin' Malibu boats to be wrapped up for Christmas and ALL accessories (including special orders) are being sold at 20% to 75% off! Visit familypowersports.com for more information.

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Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Malibu Corvette Boat Reaches Limit

The name Malibu Boats (@MalibuBoats) Corvette Limited Sport-V always suggested that this Malibu boat wouldn’t be available forever. That time has come. The last Corvette boat has motored off the assembly line and this storied production run is officially over. Nearly two years and 50 boats later, the Malibu Corvette Limited Sport-V has earned the awards and World-renown recognition befitting a cultural icon. And while a few production Corvette boats are available at select Malibu Boats dealerships, most of these boats have found homes. Those owners have their rare piece of Americana as well as the satisfaction that comes with obtaining a true collectors item.

Check out the Malibu Corvette Photos the Malibu Boats Flickr Channel.

Produced from December 2007 through November 2009, the Corvette Limited Sport-V was the fastest production towboat ever created. The Corvette truly embodied Malibu Boats “Pushing Limits” mantra. The 505hp Corvette LS7 came standard in the Z06 Edition Malibu Corvette pushed the success of this Malibu boat even further. But this innovative performance machine is more than power and speed.

Dubbed, “the Corvette that runs on water,” this Malibu boat is truly a Corvette. It was not just styled after the C6 Corvette. Every part of this vessel screams Corvette. The Corvette Limited Edition Sport-V was the epitome of Corvette Americana with a long list of powerfully innovative features. A Patented Power Wing Windshield, authentic Corvette high-back seats, an 8-speaker Malibu-Rockford Fosgate Stereo System, rear vents styled after the Corvette taillights and designed for through-hull ventilation, the signature Corvette “Cove” and a hood modeled after the car, which opened to reveal a specific storage center and the core of the stereo system.

While in production the Corvette Limited Sport-V earned Trailer Boats Magazine’s Excellence in Design Award as well as the attention of automotive and marine media around the world. This boat was not some hokey adaptation, the Malibu Corvette Boat was a real Corvette and the amazing reaction it received befitted such a boat.

While the acclaimed Corvette Limited Edition Sport-V is no longer being built, there are a small number of Malibu Boats Dealerships who have a Malibu Vet on display. If you never experienced the Malibu Corvette Boat in person stop by and take a look at this performance water sports machine up close and personal. Or drop by one of the Malibu Boats Factories to witness the Corvette Limited Edition Sport-V each plant has. You’ve got to see it to believe it. For more information on locating a Corvette Limited Edition Sport-V near you email Chris Crysdale (chrisc@malibuboats.com).

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Great Day, Great Group, Great Malibu Boat!

GroupshotThis Malibu Boats (@MalibuBoats) 2007 Wakesetter VLX is floating on Lake Gaston in NC. This great group shot was taken by Malibu Boats Facebook friend Andy Greene who is actually swimming in about 30 feet of water to take the pic.

Featured in the pic from left to right: Boat owner Jim Walston, Leigh Herring, Terry Walston, Keith Stephens and Jennifer Stephens. Keith and Jennifer own a 2008 Wakesetter VLX. All locals at lake Gaston, NC. "We usually do early morning wakeboard sessions followed my some mid-day surfing on the weekends" Andy told us. Thanks to Andy for sharing this great shot and to Malibu owner Jim Walston for owning such a beautiful Malibu!

If you capture or come across a cool Malibu Boats-related photo like this one let us know. We would love to post it on the Malibu Boats Blog and Flickr Channel. We will even Tweet about it on Twitter and add it to the ever-changing Malibu Boats Screen Saver. E-mail blog@malibuboats.com with links and/or images. Also make sure to include the name of the person who took the shot and give us a short description of the photo's contents. If you do not know this information and you are only forwarding a link, we can track it down. Thanks!

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Mother-in-Law Snaps Pics of New Malibu VTX

Mike Henderson 2008 Malibu VTXThis Malibu Boats (@MalibuBoats) 2008 VTX is floating on Table Rock Lake in Branson, MO, where Mike Henderson and his family vacation every year. But this year was different because they had their new 2008 Malibu VTX along with his father in-laws 2001 23 LSV they normally take on vacation. Mike's father-in-law is a Malibu owner and got them hooked! Mike's mother-in-law Trish Sullivan took these great photo's with her new camera.

Check out all the photo's Mike sent us in their Malibu Boats Flickr set.

We would like to thank Mike and his family for sending us these cool shots.

If you capture or come across a cool Malibu Boats-related photo like this one let us know. We would love to post it on the Malibu Boats Blog and Flickr Channel. We will even Tweet about it on Twitter and add it to the ever-changing Malibu Boats Screen Saver. E-mail blog@malibuboats.com with links and/or images. Also make sure to include the name of the person who took the shot and give us a short description of the photo's contents. If you do not know this information and you are only forwarding a link, we can track it down. Thanks!

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University Student Inspired by Malibu Boats

Found this article on University of Dayton (@UnivOfDayton) art student, Erin Masur JR, who was inspired to pursue an education in graphics arts by Malibu boats (@MalibuBoats) design.

Written by Daniel Whitford - Staff Writer for University of Dayton Student Newspaper FlyerNews.com.

Erin Masur traces her interest in art back to family vacations to Norris Lake in Tennessee.

"My favorite type of boats are Malibu boats, and the graphics on the sides of those are awesome," she said, describing her inspiration to pursue graphic design.

"My dream job would be to live on the lake, drive half an hour down the mountain every day to work and design for Malibu boats."

As a junior visual communication design major, Masur has kept the theme of family in her life.

"We're a lot of fun," she said of the visual arts community at UD. "I know friends in the same major at other schools. They don't have the family that we have. We're supposed to be competing with each other, but we make each other better."

This has lead Masur to work toward creating an art fraternity, Lambda Gamma Tau.

While it is still in the planning stages, Masur said she is excited about its potential.

"It was going to be a graphic design fraternity, but since you have all these foundation classes the first two years and then everyone breaks off, you don't see each other anymore," she said.

She also said she sees the benefits that it will hold for the underclassmen.

"I want all the grades to be together so that people can feel more comfortable asking us questions now that we're the older ones," she said.

Masur said that graphic design is a lot of fun but also takes time and effort.

To read this entire article visit the University of Dayton Flyer News Online.

We are proud to be one of your inspirations, Erin! Thank you for mentioning Malibu Boats and good luck with school.

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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Malibu Boats Towing WWA Pro-Am

Malibu Named Official Australian WWA Pro-Am Tow BoatThe WWA Australian Pro-Am has confirmed that Malibu Boats (@MalibuBoats) and Red Bull energy drink are on board. Book your Australian accommodations soon, because the WWAA PRO AM is just around the corner. Stoney Park in NSW is going to be run off it’s feet with most of Australia’s, and some of the world’s most talented wakeboarders when the Australian PRO AM takes to the water on the 29th of Jan, 2010.

The organizers of the WWAA Pro Am are jumping out of their boots with excitement after confirming a tow deal with 2009’s Industry nominated, most popular Wakeboard boat company – Malibu. The 1st ever WWA Australian PRO AM will be starting out on the right foot, by choosing Malibu to tow their January World Title qualifying event. Malibu will be bringing three brand new 2010 VLX Wakesetter’s and will tow every division from the un-weighted <9’s all the way up to the fully loaded PRO Men and Women. The new hull design of the 2010 Malibu VLX is set to raise some eyebrows with the early response to it’s re-designed wake shape gaining unanimous acclaim with all those that have already had the pleasure of riding behind it.

In addition to our brand new tow partner, we are also wrapped to announce that we will be working exclusively with Red Bull again in 2010. For almost a decade, Red Bull have been the dominant force in Energy Drink supply for the entire Action Sports industry, and it is our pleasure to have them on-board in 2010 to support the 1st ever WWA Australian Wakeboarding PRO AM. Other sponsors confirmed to be in for the PRO AM are, Jet Pilot, Yamaha Australia, Dragon, DeJa Vu & Fluidcore.

The official website is now online and we are expecting the entry nominations to flood in with big name such as former APTW champion Dean Smith, Aussie and US Pro Tour Champion Harley Clifford, Mens 1 World Champion Sam Thomson, and World Junior Champion Bradley Teunissen all confirmed to be riding in the Australian PRO AM.

Record crowds for Stoney Park are expected for the January 29-31 weekend with Live bands, FMX demo’s and wakeboarding expo sites already set in stone for the event along with all the action expected to take place on the water.

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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Brian Grubb Firsthand Episode on Fuel.TV

Get to know Team Malibu Boats (@MalibuBoats) Pro Wakeskater, Brian Grubb (@BriankGrubb), Firsthand on Fuel TV. The full length Brian Grubb Firsthand episode is now posted on Fuel.TV. Check it out.

FUEL TV catches up with the winningest wakeskater in the world, Brian Grubb, as he spends his summer traveling and playing in between contests.

FUEL TV’s original series Firsthand brings you up close and personal with the daily lives of today’s top action sports athletes. Follow along as they span the globe in search of untracked powder, concrete bowls, and perfect waves. From the biggest competitions to laid-back free sessions, Firsthand offers exclusive footage of world class pros pushing the limits of their riding.

Nice show Grubby! Looked like a ton of fun. Keep it up man!

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Christmas Wasn't Soon Enough For Sabrina

Dustin and Sabrina Dierksen in Their 'BuWe started the tradition of sharing Malibu Boats (@MalibuBoats) Family Christmas Stories last year during the Malibu Boat Rockin' Christmas Event and we are keeping it going this year with fun family stories like this one from the Dierksens.

Sabrina Dierksen and her husband Dustin grew up boating and going to the lake. They both started wakeboarding in 2005 and they’ve been hooked ever since. As their skills improved behind a small Baja and riding occasionally behind a friend’s Malibu boat, they started dreaming of a bigger wakeboard-specific boat. So Sabrina and Dustin began to investigate the boat buying process and determine which wakeboard boat model would work best for them. They traveled to shows and talked to friends. They finally came to the decision that a Malibu boat was the wakeboard boat for them. They decided to search for something used. That task proved difficult. There weren’t many available and the resale was fairly high on the Malibu boats they did find.

Finally the drawbacks of owning a small non-watersports boat took their toll. Sabrina had had enough of not being able to bring along more friends and family. Dustin wanted to move into more advanced wakeboard moves. So Sabrina decided to buy a new boat as a Christmas present to Dustin and herself.

“I was tired of having a crappy boat!” Sabrina explained. She was making decent money and had recently paid off her car so they could more than afford the payment. And a new boat wasn’t much more than they were looking at used. So she logged on to the Wilson Watersports web site.

The Malibu Boats Dealer in Edmond, Oklahoma, Wilson Watersports, lists the new Malibu boats they have in stock on their web site. It didn’t take long for Sabrina to find her boat. A click of the mouse on the Wilson Watersports. Sabrina purchased the "Wakesetter 23 LSV” link and there it was. She picked-up the phone right then and contacted Todd Wilson about her intentions to drive to Edmond and buy the boat. Todd agreed to hold the boat for her, but was a little skeptical that he would ever actually meet Sabrina in person.

Sabrina told Dustin she was planning a trip to Oklahoma City, OK to visit her college roommate with their friends Shane and Lisa Norris. She made sure these plans were made on a day Dustin was busy. Instead of Oklahoma City Sabrina, Shane and Lisa headed for Edmond, OK to Wilson Watersports. Sabrina purchased the Wakesetter 23 LSV she saw online. Todd and Laura Wilson, the owners of Wilson Watersports were amazed at Sabrina’s plan to surprise Dustin and were really excited to be a part of the surprise.

The boat went home to Shane’s shop from the dealership. It was supposed to stay in his shop until the big surprise was revealed. Sabrina’s plan was to wait until their anniversary, which is the 21st of December, and give it to Dustin as an anniversary/Christmas gift. But Sabrina under estimated her own excitement. There was no way she could wait. She decided to surprise Dustin that same day.

Sabrina called Dustin and let him know she was staying for a pizza at Shane and Lisa’s house in Drummond, OK. She encouraged him to join her and he agreed. Dustin didn’t find this out of the ordinary, since they hung out with Shane and Lisa all the time. Once the pizza was gone Shane lured Dustin out to the shop for something he just had to see. Once Dustin saw the boat his chin dropped, but the charade didn’t end there. Dustin’s best friend pretended the boat was his. Dustin immediately went back in the house to grab Sabrina. He had to show her “Shane’s” new boat.

When Sabrina entered the shop she looked at Dustin and said, “Merry Christmas it’s yours.” He was so surprised. Sabrina explained, “If we didn’t get it now, we were never going to do it!”

Check out Dustin and Sabrina's photo gallery on Malibu Boats Flickr Channel.

It’s been a few years since Sabrina surprised Dustin with this early Christmas gift. But according to her they are still having as much fun as ever with their Malibu boat. “We absolutely love the boat. We even bought wet suits so we could extend our season.” Sabrina continued, “We enjoy every aspect of boat ownership. We even planned vacations around going to the lake.” Sabrina explained, “We take two big trips every year with both of our families and no one is crowded. Sisters, brothers and their families even my 65-year-old step dad gets in on wakeboarding action! This boat definitely brings us together!”

This is a great Malibu Christmas Story Sabrina! Thank you so much for sharing it with us.

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Monday, November 23, 2009

Malibu Boats Dealer Earns Top Industry Honor

Malibu Boats Dealer Earns Top Industry HonorMalibu Boats (@MalibuBoats) Orlando, FL Dealer, Liquid Sports Marine (@LiquidSportsFL), has done it again. For the 5th consecutive year, Liquid Sports has accepted the prestigious Top 100 Dealers award from Boating Industry Magazine. Designated as one of the best boat sales and service dealerships in the U.S., Liquid Sports jumped 24 spots to #30 on the 2009 Top 100 list and received the Best-in-Class Award for the Most Improved Dealership. The top-30 ranking makes Liquid Sports Marine the top inboard/watersports dealer in Florida, and one of only 11 award recipients in one of the biggest boating states in the nation.

“To be named one of the top 100 marine dealers in the country is an incredible accomplishment, something our sales, service and event teams set their sights on every year,” says Mark Watts, who has owned Liquid Sports since 1996. “But to be named in the Top 30, ahead of many of the boat dealers we’ve always admired and patterned our business after, that was a special moment.”

The award is a welcome surprise during a devastating economic year for the Orlando retail boating market, something that isn’t lost on Watts.

“To respond to the recent consumer uncertainty, Liquid got back to what it does best,” he said. “We eliminated some brands, added others [Malibu Boats and Axis Wake Research], overhauled our service department, focused on the business and customer base we’re best adept at serving and re-branded the business -- all in the last 12 months. This award proves to us -- and our customers -- that you’ve got to keep moving forward, no matter the external factors affecting your business.”

The Top 100 accreditation is given to those dealers who excel at every significant dealership function, including sales programs, accounting practices, marketing plans, lead management, customer service, accounting and staff training.

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Thursday, November 19, 2009

Boarding for Breast Cancer with The Edge on Black Friday

Malibu Boats (@MalibuBoats) Dealer, The Edge (@TheEdgeInc) in Portage, Michigan is doing another Black Friday Fundraiser boarding for Breast Cancer. It will involve snowboarding in the parking lot, skateboarding, and cold weather watersports. Check out this video clip shot at the 2008 Black Friday Super Sale and Fundraiser.

Black Friday Super Sale and Fundraiser
When: Friday, Nov 27, 2009
Where: The Edge. 9009 Portage Road. Portage, Mi 49002 (map)
Description: Up to 50% Off Snowboard Items Up to 50% Off Watersports 10-20% Off Skate Items Free DVD with Purchase of complete skate, snow, or water setup Doorbuster savings: $225 Complete Snowboard Packages $250 Complete Wakeboard Packages $50 Complete Skateboards $15 Shoes All Seasons Fundraiser $10 donation to boarding for Breast Cancer Snowboard Competition In the parking lot Drop in and Bungee Game Of S.K.A.T.E. Cold Weather Watersports in Austin Lake

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Malibu Christmas Boat Delivery in Illinois

Malibu Christmas Boat Delivery in IllinoisThis photo was sent to us by Matt Munson at Malibu Boats (@MalibuBoats) Dealer Munson Ski and Inboard in Lakemoor, IL.

This shot was taken just after Matt delivered this 2009 Wakesetter VLX to a customer's house so the family would be surprised Christmas morning. The VLX was purchased as a part of the Malibu Boat Rockin' Christmas Event and the special delivery was part of the package.

What a great scene! Thanks for sharing Matt. This is an awesome photo!

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The Taylor Family's Malibu Boat Christmas Story

ZacTaylor Skiing Behind His Christmas GiftWe started the tradition of sharing Malibu Boats (@MalibuBoats) Family Christmas Stories last year during the Malibu Boat Rockin' Christmas Event and we are keeping it going this year with fun family stories like this one from the Taylors.

Do you have a family Christmas story that’s told over and over especially during the Holiday Season? I’m talking about the kind of story that new friends and family members are excited to hear and then retell as a statement of their place in the family’s inner circle. Well the Taylors of Burley, Idaho have a family Christmas story like this. It’s a story they have told time and again for the past five years. They continue to tell it and those close to them demand the repeats because it is a story of true joy and family togetherness. This Christmas tale begins with a mother and father’s desire to bolster their family time with a surprise gift and it ends with a family completely surprised by a Malibu boat.

Derlin and Nancy Taylor were looking for a family activity to invest in back in 2005. They have a large family and enjoy spending time together. On a trip to Costco Derlin and Nancy were approached by a friend who offered them half interest in a Sun Valley timeshare. It definitely qualified as a family investment and they were excited about the possibility, but they quickly realized the condo would not accommodate their entire family. So that was out.

Two weeks before the Christmas of 2005, Derlin took a trip to Idaho Water Sports (@IdahoWaterSport)to rent a pair of snow skis for his son-in-law. While he was waiting in the dealership Derlin took a stroll over to the new Malibu boats for a peek. What he found was a red and white 21-foot Sunsetter 21 XTi complete with a decked-out wakeboard tower including all the bells and whistles.

Being a family of skiers the Taylors preferred a direct-drive boat and when he noticed the engine location in this XTi he was intrigued. After talking with the owner of Idaho Water Sports (@IdahoWaterSport), Gordy Hansen, Derlin also found out that this boat was one of the same models featured in the 2005 Malibu Boats brochure. It was already famous and Derlin decided to make it a star in his family too. He and Gordy made a deal for the boat that day and part of that agreement included Christmas morning delivery. The Taylor Family would be getting a Malibu boat for Christmas.

This had the makings of the best surprise ever for the Taylor family, but Derlin wanted it to be perfect. He had already set the stage for the surprising gift exchange with his wife Nancy. The two had agreed not to give each other gifts this year. So she wouldn’t be expecting anything, let alone a present like this one. Another detail that gave this surprise the making of “Best Ever” for the Taylors was the entire family was going to be with them for Christmas. Derlin explained, “My wife and I had agreed to not give each other gifts in 2005 because we were having our entire family home for Christmas which included 5 children, 4 in laws and [then] 8 grandchildren.” And this crew of 18 was completely surprised.

Gordy provided Derlin with a copy of the 2005 Malibu Boats brochure so he could place it under the tree for his wife to unwrap on Christmas morning. He marked the page of their new Sunsetter 21 XTi with a short note, wrapped the hardback Malibu book and hid it behind all of the other gifts. Derlin waited, for what seemed like an eternity, for Christmas to arrive and then even longer for his wife to get to her gift under the tree.

Finally, they had opened all of the gifts, but there was one left. Derlin handed it to Nancy and her displeased look prompted him to explain. Remember, they weren’t supposed to exchange gifts. “It’s just a book,” he said. She looked a little relieved, but still puzzled as she unwrapped the present. And now she had the whole family’s attention. Everyone was very curious. When the ripped paper revealed the cover of the Malibu Boats brochure, she screamed and immediately focused on Derlin for conformation. Did she really just unwrapped a Malibu boat for Christmas? He responded by directing her to the marked page and there she read his note, “Go look in the driveway.”

The entire Taylor family bolted for the driveway to get a look at their collective Christmas gift. Nancy and their five children, Brian, Cory, Derik, Jenny, Lindsay along with their husbands and wives converged on the Malibu. Derlin described the scene, “Everyone was screaming and yelling and when they saw the boat in the driveway they all ran out, got in it, turned up the stereo and danced. What a Christmas!”

When we asked Derlin why he chose to give his family a boat for Christmas this is how he responded. “We have been a water skiing family from the beginning and all our children ski.” Derlin continued, “Because it is such a family activity we consider our boat to be an investment in family togetherness.”

Thank you for sharing your Malibu Christmas Story, Taylor Family. Yours is one of our favorites.

If you have a Malibu Boat-related Christmas Story would like to share with us, please e-mail blog@malibuboats.com with your stories and photos.

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Monday, November 16, 2009

Malibu Dealer Braving the Cold For a Good Cause

Skier's Pier Polar Bear Ski & Open HouseSkier's Pier is a longtime Malibu Boats (@MalibuBoats) Dealer and hosting the 17th Annual Polar Bear Ski and Open House to benefit the American Diabetes Association.

Location: Skiers Pier, Waterford, Michigan
Day: Saturday, December 5th
Time: Registration Starts at 9:00 am
Riding is from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm

The Polar Bear Ski is a great community event that many in the Detroit, Michigan area have frequented for 16 years. Each participating wakeboarder or skier will be asked to donate a minimum of $10.00 to take a spin on beautiful Loon Lake. Many people attend just to enjoy the festivities without hitting the water. They simply can sponsor a rider and get in on special drawings, enjoy all the great food, entertainment and much more! All proceeds will go directly to the American Diabetes Association.

The 2010 Malibu boats and Pro Shop items are in inventory now! Factory reps and professional athletes will be on hand to help get you up to speed on technology and features for the upcoming season.

Two time World Champion, Will Asher (@WillAsher), will be in the Skier Pier Pro Shop giving clinics, tips, signing autographs and will also be available for Photos. Bring your wakeboards in to get signed by Chad Sharpe. Get tips and advice on how to pull off new tricks and be the best on your lake next year. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to get great advice from the pros!

The water skiing season is not over until you make it to the Polar bear ski at skiers Pier.

Contact Information:
Ron Wiergowski
Skiers Pier
2505 Dixie Hwy
Waterford, MI 48328
PH 248-674-8800
FAX 248-674-9549

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Sun Setting on Skippen Family Malibu Boat in Canada

Sun Setting on Skippen Family Malibu BoatThis Malibu Boats (@MalibuBoats) Response LXi is floating on the St Marie’s River. Malibu boat owner Trevor Skippen took this picture in the mid-August just off Lake Superior in Ontario, Canada.

Trevor wrote this in a an email to Malibu Boats, "We live in Chestermere, Alberta [Canda] where the boat gets most of its use. We have a 4 year old son and a 2 year old daughter that love the boat. We also have a third one that is yet to be determined."

Check out both photos the Skippen Family sent us in their Malibu Boats Flickr set. The shot with the 1000 foot ship in the background is pretty cool too.

We would like to thank Trevor for snapping these cool shots and we'd like to thank their Malibu Boats dealer, Wizard Lake Marine for sending them on to us initially. The sunset is beautiful!

If you capture or come across a cool Malibu Boats-related photo like this one let us know. We would love to post it on the Malibu Boats Blog and Flickr Channel. We will even Tweet about it on Twitter and add it to the ever-changing Malibu Boats Screen Saver. E-mail blog@malibuboats.com with links and/or images. Also make sure to include the name of the person who took the shot and give us a short description of the photo's contents. If you do not know this information and you are only forwarding a link, we can track it down. Thanks!

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Malibu Boats Pulling WaterSki Mag Fantasy Camp

WaterSki Magazine (@WaterSkiMag) announced Malibu Boats (@MalibuBoats) and Boatmate Trailers have signed on as official sponsors of WaterSki’s 2010 Fantasy Camp.

Now in its fourth year, WaterSki magazine’s Fantasy Camp offers water skiers of all levels the opportunity to ski with and learn from the best of the best. Attendees of the 2010 Fantasy Camp will ski behind the World Record-breaking Response LXi, Malibu’s premier ski boat and one of the top tournament-rated ski boats in the world. Fantasy campers will also receive one-on-one coaching from World Champion Malibu pro skiers like Thomas Degasperi, Will Asher (@WillAsher) and Drew Ross.

WaterSki covered its 2009 Fantasy Camp in its August/September issue with a 10-page feature that included a ton of camper photos.

WaterSki’s 2010 Fantasy Camp will be held on June 13-18 at Swiss Ski School in Clermont, Florida. The camp includes five nights in lakeside accommodations, first-class meals, three sets a day of coached ski lessons for four days, question-and-answer sessions with world-renowned coaches, a pro-am tournament and much more.

Sign up at waterskimag.com/fantasy-camp and pay in full by December 31, 2009, and WaterSki will give you a 5 percent discount on the total cost of the camp.

To learn more about WaterSki magazine’s 2010 Fantasy Camp and reserve your spot at this ultimate water skiing experience, go to waterskimag.com/fantasy-camp.

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Friday, November 13, 2009

Tilly's Celebrates Christmas with Customer Appreciation

A 24-year veteran of the Malibu Boats (@MalibuBoats) Dealer Network, Tilly's Marine in Ventura, CA celebrates Christmas every year with a huge customer appreciation holiday party! This party is an event that many of us look forward to. There are always a number of people who attend from the Malibu Factory. It is a great time and a wonderful opportunity to meet new Malibu boat owners. Plus, see first hand the strong customer relationships Tilly's enjoys. And then there's the food!!!

About 300 people pile into Tilly's dealership in early December. These people include Pro Riders, board company factory reps, Malibu employees and other vendors. We are all after three things, the food, the pro shop deals and the 2010 Malibu Boats! Oh and this year the Malibu Boat Rockin' Christmas Event is in full swing. Come down to set-up a Malibu Christmas surprise and help your family unwrap a Malibu boat for Christmas.

Date: Saturday, December 5, 2009
Time: 3:00pm - 9:00pm
Location: 935 E. Front St. Ventura, CA 93001
Contact Bruce bruce@tillysmarine.com for more information.

A great time is always had by all at Tilly's Christmas Party. Hope to see you there.

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Found This Sweet Malibu Response LX Photo

Originally uploaded by photo by marko
Absolutely love this photo taken by a Malibu Boats contact on Flickr! Way to go Marko! That spray, the boat... great job!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Malibu iPhone Photo: The Taylor's Perfect Day

A Perfect Day's End The Malibu Boats (@MalibuBoats) iPhone App makes it easy to share photos like this one. We received three photos from Greg Taylor through the Malibu Boats iPhone App. We love this sunset shot taken by Greg at a launch on Lake Sammamish in Issaquah, WA!

Greg describes this photo he took of his 2008 Wakesetter 23 LSV with his iPhone. The photo was shot the day we picked up our new boat in the fall of 2008. It was a perfect day on our new boat and as you can see the sunset when we pulled the boat out really topped off the day. We named our boat "TayBu" (Our last name is Taylor and it's a Malibu.) We LOVE our boat! Our Malibu is our escape from the craziness of life

Check out the other photos Greg submitted through the Malibu iPhone App on the Malibu Boat Flickr Channel.

Thanks for sharing these shots, Greg! They are sweet! And we're so glad you love your boat and find refuge in it on the lake. Take care!

These photos were submitted via the Malibu Boats iPhone App. Download this new iPhone application and send us shots of you and your Malibu boat.

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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Invest in Family with a Rockin Malibu Boat for Christmas

Invest in Family with Malibu Boat for ChristmasMalibu Boats (@MalibuBoats) and participating dealers nation-wide are celebrating Christmas 2009 with the Malibu Boats Rockin’ Christmas Event. The Rockin’ Christmas Event is helping individuals invest in their families with the gift of a Malibu boat this holiday season. During this event, which ends December 31, 2009, the Malibu Boats factory in cooperation with their national dealer network is working to pull off a string of once-in-a-lifetime Christmas surprises. They are giving huge factory incentives on Malibu boats as well as throwing in a boatload of water sports gifts, a Malibu Boats merchandise shopping spree and offering special financing. This is a Malibu Boats package the entire family will love opening on December 25th. Malibu dealers are even making the gift presentation as memorable as the gift itself by working with families to develop personalized Christmas surprises. Malibu Boats is taking the hassle out of the busiest time of the year with a total family Christmas solution that is a gift of fun, togetherness and years of priceless memories.

Additional Links
Malibu Boat Rockin' Christmas Flickr Image Gallery

Instead of giving traditional individual gifts, Malibu Boats is suggesting that you give the whole family the gift of fun and togetherness in the form of a Malibu boat. When you add up what you spend on mp3 players, gifts of money, phones, computers, trips, video game systems, clothes, gift certificates and other typical gifts that can actually distract the family from one another, Malibu thinks you will see enough for a down payment on a boat. Add a return on investment of quality time that the entire family can enjoy together and a Malibu boat may be priceless. That is where the Malibu Boats Rockin’ Christmas Event comes in.

Malibu Boats along with your local Malibu dealer is offering discounts on the boats they have in inventory as well as 2010 custom order boats if purchased during the Rockin’ Christmas Event. Malibu Boats is also providing special financing during the event. But the boat and closeness are not the only gifts Malibu can help you give your family this Christmas.

When you give a Malibu boat during the Rockin’ Christmas Event, your family will receive more to open under the tree. Boating and water sports accessories of your choice, for the whole family, will be included in your Malibu Christmas package. Malibu is also providing each family with an Official Malibu Merchandise shopping spree. The Malibu Boats Rockin’ Christmas Event eliminates the hassle commonly associated with the holiday season by doing all the shopping for you. Malibu has even taken it a step further by easing the planning that goes along with a surprise of this magnitude.

Local Malibu dealers across the country are planning amazing surprises for those families receiving boats as a part of the Rockin’ Christmas Event. You can work with your Malibu dealer to hide the boat and sneak it by your house just before the kids look outside. Or maybe you want to make a bigger production for the gift unwrapping. Your Malibu dealer can unveil the boat during your yearly Christmas get-together. You could even work with your dealer to stage the surprise at the dealership. How ever the presentation of the present goes down, you will have an ally in your local Malibu dealer. The planning for such a huge surprise doesn’t fall entirely on your busy schedule.

Visit your local Malibu Boats dealer to create a Malibu Boat Rockin’ Christmas you and your family will never forget.

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Monday, November 9, 2009

Team Malibu Jumps to World Cup Win

June Fladborg and Her Response LXiMalibu Boats (@MalibuBoats) congratulates June Fladborg (@JuneFladborg) on a stellar Waterski & Wakeboard World Cup performance. June rose to the top of the podium with a jump of 158.5 feet (48.3m). Putrajaya, Malaysia saw this Danish Team Malibu Jumper become the highest flying woman at the 2009 World Cup event. What a great way to end the season!

IWWF described the women's jump finals this way. "In the Women's Finals, Denmark's June Fladborg was first in to the arena. Having already taken both Australia's Moomba Masters and US Masters titles this year, she desperately wanted to finish on a World Cup high. Her opening score of 48.3m immediately set a new Course Record !  World Overall Cable Jump Champion, Iryna Turets BLR, got close with 45.5m. Now it was all down to Marion Mathieu FRA who  came second behind Fladborg in the Moomba Masters. With a distance of 48.1m, she was also second to Fladborg again in Putrajaya. This was a perfect World Cup conclusion for June Fladborg."

1. (DEN) June Fladborg - 48.3m
2. (FRA) Marion Mathieu - 48.1m
3. (BLR) Iryna Turets - 46.5m

You've worked hard for this June! We couldn't be happier for your success this year. Your Malibu Boats Family is extremely proud of you!

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Nick Parsons Dominates Malaysia World Cup Stop

Team Malibu Pro Skier Nick Parsons Nick Parsons took his hard work and Malibu Boats (@MalibuBoats) Response LXi training and transformed it into a huge win at the final Waterski & Wakeboard World Cup Series in Putrajaya, Malaysia.

Here's the IWWF description of the Men's Slalom finals in Putrajaya. The Men's Slalom Finals kicked off with a surprise from World Record holder Chris Parrish USA. His score of 1.5 buoys on the 11.25m line / 38off did not earn a podium position. It was Jean Baptiste Faisy FRA, who set the pace with 4 buoys on the 11.25m line /38off. Jodi Fisher GBR, World Cup 2008 season overall winner, was the first to reach the 10.75m line / 39off with a score of one buoy. However 34 year-old Slalom specialist Nick Parsons from Utah USA was in a league of his own. His score of 2.5 buoys on the 10.75m line took the title - ahead of Jodi Fisher and JB Faisy.

1. (USA) Nick Parsons – 2.5 buoys at 10.75m
2. (GBR) Jodi Fisher – 1 buoy at 10.75m
3. (FRA) Jean Baptiste Faisy – 4 buoys at 11.25m

Congratulations, Nick! We're extremely proud of you!

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Tuesday, November 3, 2009

WaterSki Mag Interviews Team Malibu Pro Skier Will Asher

Team Malibu Pro Skier will AsherWhat’s next on the list for Team Malibu Boats (@MalibuBoats) pro slalom skier Will Asher (@WillAsher)? WaterSki Magazine interviewed Will with this very question in mind. He continues to train behind the World's best selling boats, Malibu. The Response LXi is Will's boat of choice and it seems to be working. He has cemented his place among slalom skiing’s elite with wins at the 2009 Masters and Worlds. WaterSki chatted up the world’s number one slalom skier about his most successful season to date, his research and development role at HO Sports alongside Bob LaPoint and his recently acquired citizenship.

Read the WaterSki Magazine Will Asher Interview at waterskimag.com.

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Thursday, October 29, 2009

Couldn't Be Happier With My Malibu Boat... Unless

Breckh Tilden's Malibu 23 vRideAdded a sweet shot of Breckh Tilden's 23 vRide to the Malibu Boats (@MalibuBoats) Screen Saver. Received this great email and photo from Breckh Tilden the other day.

"This is my new 2009 23 vRide on Lake Koocanusa, MT August 2009. I couldn't be happier with my boat, that is unless you guys throw it in the screensaver!! Thanks in advance!! Breckh Tilden, Okotoks, Alberta Canada"

Thank you for taking the time to send us this cool shot of your boat, Breckh. It looks awesome! We love the white tower! Welcome to the Malibu Boats Family!

If you capture or come across a cool Malibu Boats-related photo like this one let us know. We would love to post it on the Malibu Boats Blog and Flickr Channel. We will even Tweet about it on Twitter and add it to the ever-changing Malibu Boats Screen Saver. E-mail blog@malibuboats.com with links and/or images. Also make sure to include the name of the person who took the shot and give us a short description of the photo's contents. If you do not know this information and you are only forwarding a link, we can track it down. Thanks!

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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Clouston Family Chillaxing in Their Malibu Boat

Clouston Family Chillaxing in Their Malibu BoatJason Clouston, Malibu boat owner (@MalibuBoats), snapped this shot of his family taking a break from a fun day of wakesurfing and wakeboarding in Eagle Bay. In this photo they are in the Shuswap Lake Area of British Columbia, Canada. The Malibu boat in the photo is a '98 sunsetter VLX with a Monsoon engine. According to Jason it is, "...tricked out to look and drive like a Wakesetter." Jason gave us the low-down on his Malibu set-up. "It has the all normal factory loaded interior features plus we have made it compete with the newer boats with a 3000lb automated ballast with wedge, stargazer PP, and nice Wetsounds stereo system." Jason continued, "We would upgrade but you guys make such great boats they last forever, anyways thanks for giving us a great boat!"

In the Clouston's photos on the Malibu Boats Flickr Channel you'll also see a great shot Jason's wife surfing behind their '98 Sunsetter. Nice wake! The '98 can still get it done for sure!

Thank you for sharing these photos with us, Jason. They're great! Looks like you and your family have a lot of fun in your Malibu boat. Keep it up, man!

If you capture or come across a cool Malibu Boats-related photo like this one let us know. We would love to post it on the Malibu Boats Blog and Flickr Channel. We will even Tweet about it on Twitter and add it to the ever-changing Malibu Boats Screen Saver. E-mail blog@malibuboats.com with links and/or images. Also make sure to include the name of the person who took the shot and give us a short description of the photo's contents. If you do not know this information and you are only forwarding a link, we can track it down. Thanks!

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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Connect With Malibu Boats on Your iPhone

Malibu Boats (@MalibuBoats) is providing up-to-the-minute water sports boating videos, photos and news on the water or off with the new Malibu iPhone® app. This free mobile application gives users direct access to the Malibu Boats factories as well as the nearest Malibu dealer with one-click contact links and Google maps. Users can also learn about local water sports boating news and events and share photos that could be featured on Malibu’s family of web sites. You can even connect an iPhone® or iPod Touch® to the MaliView 6.5 color LCD Dash System and watch Malibu Boats videos on the boat with a bigger screen view.

Additional Links
Malibu Boats iPhone App Download
Malibu iPhone App Video
Malibu iPhone App Screen Shots
MaliView Dash System

The Malibu Boats iPhone app “Home” screen is automatically populated with up-to-the-minute Malibu Boats news so you can stay in the know even when you’re on the go. The “Home” screen displays a list of Malibu Boats’ latest micro-news updates with links to additional information like images, videos and web sites. Links to the Malibu Boats Twitter feed can also be found on this screen. Scroll through updates on Team Malibu athletes, Malibu Boats events, blog post alerts, new video alerts and links to new photos uploaded to the Malibu Boats Flickr channel.

Send Malibu Boats your photos from any screen in this iPhone app. Touch the camera icon on the top right corner of any screen and share your boating photos with Malibu Boats. These submission may find their way on the Malibu Boats Blog, into a Malibu Flickr.com gallery, on the Malibu Boats Web Site or maybe even into the monthly Malibu Boats E-newsletter.

The “Media” screen offers searchable Malibu Boats multimedia content. Whether you’re looking for a specific Malibu Boats video, a particular gallery images or a detailed blog post, you’ll find it here. Let’s say you’re at the lake and need a quick refresher for loading your Malibu boat on the trailer. Que up the Malibu iPhone app, touch the “Media” button, choose the “tips” category, scroll to the Trailering video and bone-up on this skill. You’ll look like a pro at the launch ramp even if you just learned trailering on your iPhone. You can even connect your iPhone or iPod Touch to the MaliView 6.5” Color LCD Dash System in your Malibu boat and learn boat tips, a new wakeboard move or just watch for fun on a bigger screen with a sound system.

The “Dealer” screen gives you the unique ability to call, email, web surf or get GPS directions to your nearest Malibu Boats dealer in one touch. In addition to these quick options for contact, your local dealer’s micro-news updates are available on this screen. Learn about dealership promotions, pro shop specials, local events, new digital content alerts and more. Touch the “Pricing” button in this section of the app and request a pricing quote on your Malibu boat of choice as well as request a value on your trade-in. The Malibu Boats iPhone puts your nearest dealership even when can’t be there.

Do you want this same kind of unprecedented access to the Malibu Boats factory? Here you go. The “ ContactUs” screen gives you the ability to call or email the factory with one touch. Choose to visit malibuboats.com or plan a trip to one of Malibu’s two manufacturing plants for a VIP tour. Touch the address for the Malibu Boats Tennessee or California factory and get instant Google directions to either destination. Touch the “Tour Request” button and do just that, make an appointment to take a tour at Malibu Boats. You can also request an e-brochure and sign-up for the Malibu Boats E-news form this screen.

Whether you’re looking to keep tabs on your favorite Team Malibu Pro Rider, plan for the next Malibu Boats event, visit your local dealer, experience the 2010 boat models or learn to use the latest Malibu innovation, this app is worth the install.

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