Wednesday, December 28, 2011

MXZ Article Wins "Most Viewed Post" of 2011 on

As a result of the incredible buzz over the all-new Wakesetter MXZ, an article on the boat just landed at the top of their list of "Most Viewed Posts" with over 63,000 views.

"Few could wait to get a first look at the 2012 Malibu Wakesetter MXZ. See Malibu Boats team riders Brian Grubb and Phillip Soven ride the all-new Malibu Wakesetter MXZ and get a sneak peek at its bold new take on classic Malibu design."

Sneak Peek: 2012 Malibu Wakesetter 22 MXZ 

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Tarah Mikacich Awarded "Coach Of The Year"

Congrats to Malibu team rider Tarah Mikacich (@tarahmik), who was awarded "Coach of the Year" for the second year in a row from USA Wakeboard.

Tarah rides and coaches with her husband Cobe on their RIDE 21 in Orlando, Florida. "It's very flattering to be recognized like this," Tarah said. "It's been a beautiful winter in Florida and I have lots of good things brewing for 2012."

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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Skiers Pier Owner Selected To Elite Ski Team

Congrats to Mary Koenig from Skiers Pier, who was selected to one of USA Water Ski's 35+ teams, who will compete in two international events in 2012.

USA Water Ski Announces Selections To 2012 U.S. 35+ Water Ski Teams

POLK CITY, Fla. – USA Water Ski is pleased to announce the selections of three U.S. 35+ Water
Ski Teams that will compete in major international tournaments in 2012. The U.S. 35+ Water Ski World Championships Team will compete in the 35+ Water Ski World Championships (dates and location TBD), and the U.S. 35-44 Pan American Water Ski Championships Team and U.S. 45+ Pan American Water Ski Championships Team will compete in the 2012 Pan American Water Ski Championships, Sept. 12-15, in Santa Rosa Beach, Fla. The American Water Ski Association’s 35+ Veteran Sub-Committee selected the teams.

Selected to the U.S. 35+ Water Ski World Championships Team were: Brenda Baldwin
(Windermere, Fla.), Women 35-44; Janie Fausold (Pleasant Grove, Calif.), Women 55+; Leza
Harrison (Chuluota, Fla.), Women 55+; Tony Knight (Wentzville, Mo.), Men 45-54; Mary Koenig
(Waterford, Mich.)
, Women 45-54; Lori Krueger (Gonzales, La.), Women 35-44; Stephen Miller
(Marysville, Wash.), Men 55+; and Marc Shaw (Orlando, Fla.), Men 35-44.

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Friday, December 9, 2011

2011 Dealer Meeting

(Albuquerque, New Mexico) -- The Hyatt Regency Tamaya hosted all of today's top Malibu/Axis dealers as well as the manufacturer's leading staff in November for three days of presentations, fun events and awards recognition. The coveted "Dealer of the Year" award went to Wizard Lake Marine in Alberta, Canada.

Outside of the presentations and breakout meetings, dealers were treated to fine meals, social events and activities like hot air balloon rides, casino gaming, golf and desert tours. This event orchestrated the perfect mix of work hard / play hard that Malibu and Axis prides itself on.

Malibu and Axis CEO Jack Springer addressed the crowd with a heartfelt speech showing his appreciation of the best staff and dealer network in the world. "I am very blessed to be a part of this team. I have found myself surrounded by positive, excellent performers that enjoy each other and have one thing in mind for our products – being better every single day." Springer was also very pleased with the event, "The feedback I received was so very positive and dealers were genuinely excited about what is happening at Malibu and Axis with the entire team dynamic."

For a complete gallery of photos, go to

Active Water Sports: Exceptional Customer Service
Aqua Sport Marine: Exceptional Customer Service
Arrowhead Boat Sales: Exceptional Customer Service
Boat Country: Exceptional Customer Service
Candlewood East Marina: Exceptional Customer Service
Centerville Waterway Marina: Exceptional Customer Service
Central Texas Water Sports: Exceptional Customer Service
Central Valley Marine: Exceptional Customer Service
Chessie Marine Sales: Exceptional Customer Service
Coldwater Lake Marina: Exceptional Customer Service
Darryl Moore's Marine: Exceptional Customer Service
Deep Creek Marina: Exceptional Customer Service
East Coast Flightcraft: Exceptional Customer Service
Etco Marine: Exceptional Customer Service
Family Powersports Lubbock, TX: Exceptional Customer Service
Family Powersports San Angelo, TX: Exceptional Customer Service
Gordon Bay Marine: Exceptional Customer Service
Grandpa's Marine: Exceptional Customer Service
JC Sports: Exceptional Customer Service
Lake Placid Marine: Exceptional Customer Service
Larson Marine: Exceptional Customer Service
Madras Marine: Exceptional Customer Service
Main Channel Marina: Exceptional Customer Service
Malibu Marine LTD: Exceptional Customer Service
MarineMax Arizona: Exceptional Customer Service
Marine Outfitters: Exceptional Customer Service
Marine Sales & Service: Exceptional Customer Service
Morse Lake Inboards: Exceptional Customer Service
Minnesota Inboard Water Sports: Exceptional Customer Service
Minnesota Inboard Water Sports/Baxter: Exceptional Customer Service
Missouri River Marine: Exceptional Customer Service
Munson Ski & Marine: Exceptional Customer Service
No Wake Marine: Exceptional Customer Service
Paradise Watersports: Exceptional Customer Service
Parker Marine Nanaimo: Exceptional Customer Service
Performance Boats: Exceptional Customer Service
Performance Watersports: Exceptional Customer Service
Proshop Motorsports & Marine: Exceptional Customer Service
River City Marine: Exceptional Customer Service
Salinas Valley Marine: Exceptional Customer Service
Saskatoon Watersports: Exceptional Customer Service
Singleton Marine Group: Exceptional Customer Service
Skier's Marine: Exceptional Customer Service
Skiers Pier: Exceptional Customer Service
SkipperBud's: Exceptional Customer Service
Smith Boys - Jansen Marine of Conesus: Exceptional Customer Service
Smooth Water Sports: Exceptional Customer Service
Sporting Edge Ski & Marine: Exceptional Customer Service
Stateamind Water Sports: Exceptional Customer Service
Stuckey and Grimes Xtreme Marine: Exceptional Customer Service
Taylor's Boats: Exceptional Customer Service
The Navigation Company: Exceptional Customer Service
Tilly's Marine: Exceptional Customer Service
Tinus Marine: Exceptional Customer Service
TNT Watersports: Exceptional Customer Service
Tommy's Slalom Shop: Exceptional Customer Service
Valley Speed & Marine: Exceptional Customer Service
Waterski America: Exceptional Customer Service
Wilson Watersports: Exceptional Customer Service
Wizard Lake Marine: Exceptional Customer Service
Yacht Club Boat Sales & Service: Exceptional Customer Service

Larson Marine: Sales Achievement Award
Paradise Watersports: Sales Achievement Award
Performance Watersports: Sales Achievement Award
Malibu Marine LTD: Sales Achievement Award
Active Water Sports: Sales Achievement Award
Saskatoon Watersports: Sales Achievement Award
Gordon Bay Marine: Sales Achievement Award
Tommy's Slalom Shop: Sales Achievement Award
Arrowhead Boat Sales: Sales Achievement Award
Skier's Marine: Sales Achievement Award
East Coast Flightcraft: Sales Achievement Award
TNT Watersports: Sales Achievement Award

Wizard Lake Marine: Northwest Salesman of the Year
Minnesota Inboard Water Sports: Midwest Salesman of the Year
Waterski America: South Central Salesman of the Year
Chessie Marine: Northeast Salesman of the Year
Taylor's Boats: West Coast Salesman of the Year
Singleton Marine Group: Southeast Salesman of the Year

Taylor's Boats: West Coast Dealer of the Year
Waterski America: South Central Dealer of the Year
Wizard Lake Marine: Northwest Dealer of the Year
Minnesota Inboard Water Sports: Midwest Dealer of the Year
TNT Watersports: Northeast Dealer of the Year
Singleton Marine Group: Southeast/East Coast Dealer of the Year

Minnesota Inboard Water Sports: Salesmanship Award
Wizard Lake Marine: Retail Salesman of the Year
Wizard Lake Marine: Dealer of the Year
Taylor's Boats: President's Award
Seattle Boat Company: Rookie Dealer of the Year

Wizard Lake Marine: Sales Performance Award - Top 10 Dealer in Sales
Waterski America: Sales Performance Award - Top 10 Dealer in Sales
Minnesota Inboard Water Sports: Sales Performance Award - Top 10 Dealer in Sales
Singleton Marine Group: Sales Performance Award - Top 10 Dealer in Sales
Darryl Moore's Marine: Sales Performance Award - Top 10 Dealer in Sales
Skiers Pier: Sales Performance Award - Top 10 Dealer in Sales
Central Texas Water Sports: Sales Performance Award - Top 10 Dealer in Sales
Taylor's Boats: Sales Performance Award - Top 10 Dealer in Sales
Aqua Sport Marine: Sales Performance Award - Top 10 Dealer in Sales
Seattle Boat Company: Sales Performance Award - Top 10 Dealer in Sales

Singleton Marine Group: Circle of Champions
Family Powersports Lubbock, TX: Circle of Champions
Aqua Sport Marine: Circle of Champions
Tommy's Slalom Shop: Circle of Champions
Performance Boats: Circle of Champions
Great Wakes Boating: Circle of Champions
Stuckey and Grimes Xtreme Marine: Circle of Champions
Stateamind Water Sports: Circle of Champions
River City Marine: Rookie Dealer of the Year

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"Celebrating Life" -- Alexa Score Benefits LIVESTRONG

A bunch of today's top wakeboarders showed up at The Other Bar in Orlando, Florida on December 1 to recognize Alexa Score's 5-year anniversary being diagnosed with Leukemia. Alexa, who owns a Wakesetter VLX, took 9th on the Queen of Wake Tour in 2011. She wanted to recognize this milestone with all of her friends and family, while raising funds for her favorite charity, LIVESTRONG. Check out all the photos and video on her Facebook athlete page.

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Thursday, December 8, 2011

Malibu & Axis Announce New Director Of Marketing

(From CEO Jack Springer)

I am very pleased to announce that Nick Skally has joined Malibu and Axis as its new Director of Marketing. Nick began on December 1st and we are very excited to have him as a part of the team. He was our unanimous choice and it is very clear that he has the vision, experience and passion to lead our marketing efforts to new heights and accomplishment in the support of Malibu’s products, our dealer partners and our brands. Nick is cutting edge and extremely experienced in all marketing areas. Malibu continues to add strength to the strongest, most team oriented group of professionals in our segment.

"Since Malibu is already the recognized market leader, with the best product visionaries and developers on the planet, this is a great opportunity to push things further with a unique marketing program and cohesive brand strategy," Skally said. "This team is the strongest in the water sports industry, and they have a lot of fun. To me, that is important, because our whole mission is to create a fun and memorable experience on and off the water.

Springer said, “Nick has over fifteen years of experience in marketing, communications, promotions, graphic design and public relations for top brands such as Prince, a leader in the tennis industry. He has not only the experience, but the leadership and management skills to take our marketing strategies and execution into the new generation. I am thrilled to have Nick as a part of Malibu!”

Skally added, "In today's marketing landscape, there are some exciting avenues to explore and we're already working on cutting-edge initiatives that will undoubtedly further separate Malibu and Axis from the other boat brands. 2012 marks Malibu's 30th anniversary and we will ring in the New Year, and this important milestone, as a market leader with a proud legacy and a bright future.“

Nick will work out of the Loudon office and over the next 2-3 months will be relocating to the Knoxville area from Pennsylvania. He will also be a part of the Leadership Team. Skally can be reached at

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Monday, November 28, 2011

Malibu Dealers Make Boating Industry's Top 100

 Each year, the staff of Boating Industry magazine sends Top 100 applications to more than 3,000 boat dealers asking a series of quantitative and qualitative questions. This year, the application consisted of 75 questions divided into 5 sections, each focused on a different aspect of a dealer’s business.
After months of evaluations, including a week-long retreat dedicated to the ranking process, the editors of the magazine revealed their final selections at a black tie gala in Orlando, Fla. Here is a list of Malibu dealers who made the cut.

10. Singleton Marine Group, Dadeville, Ala.
13. Seattle Boat Co., Seattle, Wash.
48. Town & Country Marine, Lakefield , Ont., Canada
49. The Boat Shop, Tafton, Pa.
60. Liquid Sports Marine, Orlando, Fla.
61. Candlewood East Marina, Brookfield, Conn.
70. Deep Creek Marina, McHenry, Md.
75. Hurst Marina Ltd., Manotick, Ont., Canada
80. Shipyard Marine, Suamico, Wis.

Mark Watts of Liquid Sports in Orlando, Florida ( was very appreciative to make the list for the seventh year in a row. Very few dealers have accomplished this. "We approach every year -- and every customer -- with the same passion and enthusiasm we had when we started this business 15 years ago," Watts said. "It's that philosophy that has kept in business for so long -- and on 'the list' for seven years in a row."

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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

2011 Year-End Sales Event!

Malibu Boats and its participating dealer network are celebrating a successful 2011 boating season and looking forward to the 2012 season with the launch of the Malibu Year End Sales Event.  Whether looking to get a jump on the 2012 boating season or perhaps looking for a little one stop shopping for all your holiday needs, your local Malibu Dealer is ready to help.  The Malibu Year End Sales Event will run from now through December 31st and our dealer network is ready to help you take advantage of factory rebates on our most popular Malibu models.  Malibu is offering factory rebates on our award winning Wakesetter line up as well as the proven 21 & 23 Rides.  We are not stopping there and in addition we are offering rebates on the all new Wakesetter 22 MXZ and Response TXi.  There is a tremendous buzz surrounding both of these brand New 2012 Malibu models proving once again that Malibu boats is truly a “Step Beyond” and committed to “Pushing Limits!"

1.  $2500 on the award winning Wakesetter VTX, VLX, 23 LSV or 247 LSV

2.  $1500 on the All New 2012 Wakesetter 22 MXZ or the All New 2012 Response TXi

3.  $1500 off the proven performance of the  21Ride or 23Ride

50% off of up to $500 worth of Malibu Gear from the Malibu Gear Site…to get your family geared up for the season or perhaps help with your shopping needs for the upcoming holiday season.

Find your closest Malibu dealer in the search tab at

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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

MXZ Named Official Boat Of Europe & African World Championships

Malibu Boats is very proud to announce that the 2012 Malibu 22MXZ has earned the official tow boat sponsorship of the 2011 Europe and African International Wakeboard World Championships to held at the Emerald Casino in Vanderbijlpark, South Africa on February 10-18th 2012.  The cutting edge design and buzz surrounding the launch of this new model captured the attention of the International organization managing this event. This sponsorship reflects how we at Malibu are committed to becoming actively involved in competitive wakeboarding as well as supporting the organizations and athletes who progress the sport year after year.  The event will be broadcast on the South African M Net Network with an estimated audience of 1.4 million viewers with 12 repeat broadcasts throughout the year.  The 2012 22 MXZ will be the focal point of the competition while providing the athletes with a first class riding experience created by this amazing wake machine.  In addition, the 22 MXZ will be the  official towboat of the South African Pro Wakeboard Tour until 2014.

The World Championships will be covered by local and international newspapers, Television, and Radio, in addition to online coverage by Facebook and a dedicated website.  

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Sunday, November 13, 2011

Central Texas Water Sports Rallies!

Check out the Four Points Pop Warner Pee Wee squad at the Vandergrift High School homecoming parade. Central Texas Water Sports (Austin, Texas) provided the "floats" holding 27 kids in a Wakesetter VLX. Overall, there were 200 students rolling in style in the various Malibu and Axis boats provided for the parade.

Vandergrift High is a new school and this will be their first graduating class. Vandegrift was named for a marine who was killed in Fallujah, Iraq. He was the first former student from this district to give his life in Iraq. His parents were on the field at halftime to present the homecoming king and queen. For more on Central Texas Water Sports, go to:

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Friday, November 11, 2011

Dallas Friday Update

Story & Photos By Kevco

The most winningest female wakeboarder of all-time invited us over for a ride today. Dallas Friday has been on the water daily behind her pink-toned/silver flake Wakesetter VLX, after overcoming what some thought could be career-ending injuries to her legs.

Besides some visible scars left from surgery around her knees, you wouldn't think anything was wrong by the way Dallas rode her wakeboard and wakesurfer. However, her trainers at Sports Specific Rehab and coach Mike Ferraro suggested she rides mellow through the winter and saves up for the spring, when the 2012 Queen Of Wake Tour get closer. "I know I can get all my tricks back," Friday said with confidence. "I'm just so happy to be back on the water everyday and I feel great."

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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Thomas Degasperi Factory Visit

Malibu skier Thomas Degasperi, who is currently #2 on the Elite Slalom Rankings, came by the factory in Loudon, Tennessee to check out his new Response TXi. 

He also had a chance to check out the boat building process, where he showed a genuine interest. Degasperi also got to hang with CEO Jack Springer, Lani Farmer and Ritchie Anderson. Later that evening, Drew Halford (Director of International Sales) took him out on the town. "We had a great time and left a trail of broken hearts in our wake," Halford said. "I think Thomas is still receiving texts from a few local women who want to be the next Mrs. T-Gas."

Here is a recent excerpt from WATERSKI Magazine's Leading Edge about Degasperi:
There are few skiers on the planet who have the confidence to perform their best when it really matters. Thomas Degasperi is one of those skiers. This season, he took first place in slalom at Global Championships and Worlds, not to mention third at Moomba, fourth at Masters and fourth at the Malibu Open. It takes a clear mind to consistently ski well, he says. “If I start to look at the people on the banks, if I listen to music or the announcers, if I look at other skiers to see what they’re doing, then my concentration level decreases.”
So how does the two-time world slalom champion stay on his game? His aunt Mariella, a therapist who studied sports psychology, talked through several relaxation techniques, which she recorded for him to use before he competes at tournaments. “Her techniques help me relax both my mind and my body, so that I’m ready to compete when the time comes,” he explains.

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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Regina Wins Four Medals at Pan Am Games

Congrats to Regina Jaquess on her recent success at the XVI Pan American Games, Oct. 20-23, at Boca Laguna in Chapala, Mexico. Jaquess led the way for the U.S. Team, winning four medals. She also set four Pan American Games’ records and one pending world record. She has now won 10 medals in three Pan American Games’ appearances, the most of any U.S. water ski athlete. She won gold medals in women’s overall (2,955.71 points), slalom (3 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off) and jumping (166 feet/50.6 meters). She earned the bronze medal in women’s tricks (6,090 points).

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Monday, October 24, 2011

Active Water Sports goes for a ride behind the Wakesetter 22 MXZ!

Active Water Sports (@gregwaters)
left everyone on the edge of the dock with with their first MXZ teaser video not too long ago. Now, they have done it again... This time, they give everyone something to work with! Check out Greg Waters, Dan Lay, Ryan Potter and Zach Shneider shred behind the Malibu (@malibuboats) Wakesetter 22 MXZ. Another great video done by our friends at Active Water Sports! A little wakeboarding... a little surfing, and TONS of fun behind a gorgeous Stratosphere Blue MXZ! Click the video preview image above to watch.

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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Malibu Salesman Takes Gold In Canada

On August 26-28, over 80 participants rode in the Canadian Wakeboarding Championships in Kamloops, British Colombia. Mathieu Lizotte, a Malibu and Axis salesman from Aqua Sport Marine in Quebec, was the only "Frenchy" to bring home a gold medal, placing first in the Masters Division.

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Wednesday, October 19, 2011


Check out Brian Grubb's PRO SPOTLIGHT from the current issue of TransWorld WAKEBOARDING. CLICK HERE

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Will Asher Named Slalom Skier Of The Year

From WATERSKI Magazine ( "There was no award that caused more heated debate among our colleagues than male slalom skier of the year. With Thomas Degasperi banking wins this season and Nate Smith running 41 off in pro events, the choice is difficult. However, WILL ASHER’s competitive stats and electrifying skiing speaks for itself, and he continues to lead in an era where the talent pool is extremely deep. Just when it begins to seem as though any skier could win on any weekend, Asher continues to gather the majority of the titles. With four major wins in the second half of 2010 and a big victory at this year’s Malibu Open, his no-nonsense mental toughness continually takes him to the top step of the podium. With his dogged determination and unmatched work ethic, Will Asher is the guy to beat at any event he enters."
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Monday, October 10, 2011

Malibu Owner Rides For LIVESTRONG

21-year-old Alexa Score is a pro wakeboarder from Spicer, Minnesota now living in Orlando, Florida. 2011 was her first year competing in the pro division and she’s currently ranked ninth on the Queen Of Wake tour. She is passionate about being on the water and also supporting cancer survivors and those affected by the disease. Alexa was diagnosed with Chronic Myeloid Leukemia in 2006 at age 16 and is still being treated with oral chemotherapy, although there is only a trace of cancer still in her blood. She will always continue to push herself on the water while gaining support for cancer awareness.

Check out Alexa's Facebook athlete page at:

For more images and information, visit the LIVESTRONG blog:

Thursday, October 6, 2011

EXCLUSIVE: Regina Jaquess Speaks On New World Record

Slalom Champ Raises The Bar to 2 Buoys @ 41' Off

It was like déjà vu. Regina Jaquess walked into the Eddie Green Budweiser Octoberfest with fond memories. Exactly one year ago, she signed with Malibu Boats and set a world record at the same site, getting through 1 & 1/2 buoys at 41' off behind the Response LXi. This year, on the first day of October, this 27-year-old competitor would have an opportunity to top her own record and she was psyched to give it a crack behind the all-new Response TXi.

The event took place on Lake Louie, where Regina resides in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida. It's also the site where the legendary Cory Pickos runs the Pickos World Ski Center. After sailing through the full course at 39' off (something only five women have ever accomplished), Regina set her sights on 41' off. This is a totally different ballgame, because when the 34-foot rope is outstretched alongside the boat traveling 34 m.p.h., the handle is still 3.5 feet away from the skier's buoy. That's where Regina is at a slight disadvantage at 5'4" tall, compared to her other competitors with a longer reach. But she was able to combine her skill, focus and intense training to make history as she carved around both the one and two-ball, entering into a territory no other woman has ever been.

"That was a great feeling," Regina said as she climbed onboard the TXi, which has been getting rave reviews. "This boat is driving way better than any boat out there. It's not pushing as much water and the wakes are smaller and softer." She's also noticing something that every slalom skier wants more of, "When you make your edge change, you gain so much free time. It helps you swing and really maximize every inch of the course. You are always connected with this boat."

Driver Chad Scott has now towed the current world record for both men and women and knows exactly what he wants out of a towboat for peak slalom performance. "This boat drives down the course on a rail. It's glued to the water, but you still have the ability to react if you need to. There's less counter-steering involved compared to other boats because the TXi has no slide, no floating feeling. But it's still maneuverable and easy to drive. There were some really good scores behind it all weekend in every division. The TXi is the best boat I've ever driven."

On Monday morning after the event, Regina shifted gears to another focus of hers, where she is part-owner at a local pharmacy. Regardless of the inherent, lack of adrenaline around the office, she was still buzzing from her killer performance. Regina took time to reflect on the past year and values her role on Team Malibu tremendously. "Between Will Asher, Thomas Degasperi and myself, we really feel like a special crew. Malibu's staff takes time to make sure we are taken care of and you don't always see that out of a boat company. When you know they are there to back you up, you can't ask for anything more as an athlete. In the end, they are just pushing themselves to be the best boat out there. I've driven every boat on the market today and the TXi is the best… hands down."

Video:Watch Regina break her previous World Record Run


Tuesday, October 4, 2011

A day with Jake Owen

Not even a busy country-wide tour with Keith Urban could stop country music recording artist Jake Owen (@jakeowen) from riding behind the new Malibu (@malibuboats) Wakesetter 22 MXZ.

We were fortunate enough to hang out with Jake, and spend the day riding, eating, and just getting to know Jake more! There wasn't much time for talking though, as Jake was on the water, and enjoying his quick time off from the tour. He was stoked on the Wakesetter 22 MXZ and had great things to say about it! Jake loved the rampy wakes for wakeboarding and the big and tall wave he surfed behind!

Jake got the opportunity to hit his first rail and nailed it (Which is a good thing, no one would want to see him in concert with a cast on)

He claimed to have gone so big behind the 22 MXZ that we could not keep him in the camera's frame! Always fun and a pleasure to hang out with Jake and his crew!

Chad Borba (Etco Marine) | Jake Owen | Adam Perez (Malibu Boats)

If you get a chance, Check out Jakes tour stop in your area:

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Monday, October 3, 2011

Malibu and Axis Make Big Impact At Surf Expo


Surf Expo is undoubtedly the industry's biggest weekend of the year. In 2011, Malibu Boats dug deep with intentions to make a big impact. With the launch of two new models, the Wakesetter 22 MXZ and Response TXi, all eyes were on the boats and the team was psyched to show them off.

The trade show kicked off with a bang on Thursday morning, with our booth featuring a sparkling metallic, dark blue/white MXZ and a metallic Charcoal/Reuben Axis A22. Besides talk of the perfect wakes, plush amenities and the spacious bow on the MXZ, anticipation was creeping for the 8th Annual Wake Awards that evening. Malibu went big, securing an 80-person VIP list and coming on board as a title sponsor.

Excitement set in early, during the WSIA Industry awards, where Malibu won "Best Ad Campaign." Ad creative and photography was a big focus this year, and it was an honor to take home this coveted award. Special thanks to Larry Meddock of the WSIA and our incredible photographer, Tom King. Also, congrats to Chessie Marine for their hard work resulting in the "Break Out Dealer Of The Year" award as well as Tommy's Slalom shop for winning top honors as "Retailer Of The Year." "Best Promotion" went to Active Watersports, which made a clean sweep for all three retailer awards going to Malibu dealers!

Friday's action was shared between the trade show and Malibu's on-water demo day in Windermere, just minutes from Surf Expo. Team rider Brian Grubb brought his all-black 23 LSV, which is still one of the most appealing boats on the water today. Over 20 dealers showed up from places all over the world like Argentina and Poland to get a first glimpse of the new MXZ and TXi. Eddie Trogdon, an active INT League member was on hand and we also saw appearances from owners like David Henderson and his son Hunter, (8), who just took first place in the Junior Boys division at the WWA World Championships.

The Response TXi already made its mark at the Malibu Open in August, but here, the dealers got a chance to take it for a spin, including Mark Watts from Liquid Sports in Orlando as well as Tommy Phillips from Tommy's Slalom Shop in Denver, Colorado. Tommy was impressed with his continuing tests of the Response TXi. "The TXi handles like a dream, has no wake at 15 and 22 off and very little fluff," Tommy said. "All the skiers at our ski school think it's their favorite boat of all time and I would agree. The drivers seat feels secure and you have command of the boat. There is no glare off the dash like other boats and the simplicity of the operating system is a big plus."

With deep roots in wakeboarding, going back to literally day one, Tommy knows what his customers are looking for in boat design and he likes how the MXZ accommodates everyone. "The MXZ has great wakes for all levels," Tommy said. "Very rampy, clean and smooth! The bow space is maximized and we had four people comfortable up front and they could see all the action as Chad Sharpe put on a show. Deep storage allowed us to have ten people comfortably on board with lots of gear stowed. The auto pull up feature will turn new boat owners into pros at driving their family and friends."

The Auto Pull-Up feature Tommy speaks of is another unprecedented innovation from Malibu and Indmar, and implemented into the line by Danny Gasper, Malibu's Director of Product Design. It allows a rider or skier to record the rate of acceleration they prefer, and the driver just punches the throttle and you will get the same start every time.

The MXZ's Hi-Flow ballast pumps were also a hit. The hoses were enlarged to 1-1/8" with an 1100 GPH pump, which allows an increase in filling speed from 40-50 percent. The riders on hand were impressed with the wake without having to add any additional ballast. Phillip Soven actually got to take this gem home with him.

Dealers came into Saturday's trade show amping on the new boats, and it was a great plus to be able to have them share the on-water experience with others. Lani Farmer also attended the WSIA meeting on Sunday morning, where the board of directors discussed and voted on multiple issues affecting our waterways and industry.

Overall, the Malibu staff and dealers considered Surf Expo weekend a home run. The factory is busy churning out new orders and the sales team are getting geared up for boat show season. Look for new videos from demo day in a matter of days! For any questions, please email Kevin Michael at


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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Phil Soven's Reality Show Becomes a Reality on MTV

Phil & Bob Soven (and friends) are confirmed to be featured in an MTV reality show called Wake Brothers. The series is produced by Pink Sneakers Productions and MTV executives. After several days of shooting experimental footage with MTV's crew, Phil is ecstatic that the show got picked up. "I'm so happy this worked out," Phil said. "It's not only a great opportunity for myself and my brother, but it's really cool for wakeboarding to get this kind of exposure." Stay tuned to our blog for air dates.

Here is the excerpt from the article on

"Other series include Wake Brothers, which introduces viewers to the No. 1 pro wakeboarder, Philip Soven, and his 19-year-old brother Bob. The series is produced by Pink Sneakers Productions, with Kimberly Cowin and John Ehrad exec producing alongside MTV's Tony DiBari and Karen Frank. Patt Parillo is the exec in charge for the network."

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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Malibu Rider Wins Brazil & S. American Championships

Congratulations to Malibu's Marcos "Paçoca" Amato who took first place at the Brazil and South American Championships on September 17-18 at NASA Park in Campo Grande, Brazil. With over 40 riders participating, Marcos put in a lot of preparation behind his 2011 Malibu VLX.

"This contest was sick!" Marcos said. "I was the first in the final heat and I did a very consistent run, putting a lot of pressure on the others riders. I'm very happy because I did almost all my difficult tricks in my run, and landed them very smoothly. It was so great to see everybody excited. I improved a lot since I began to practice behind my VLX. I learned a lot of new tricks and I have no doubt that this great boat helped me to get better. Thanks to everyone who cheered for me and for my victory. It was really awesome to win this championship.


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Thursday, September 15, 2011


Having a Similar Name to a Unique Rehab Center Lead One NYC Resident to Attempt a World-Record for Veterans, Brain Injury Research

Over the years Mary Kocy has had to say, "Sorry, wrong number," to callers seeking the Rusk Institute of Rehabilitative Medicine rather than her similar- sounding construction company, Rusk Renovations. Eventually she investigated “the other Rusk” and uncovered a groundbreaking research laboratory that specializes in traumatic brain injury (TBI). But it wasn’t until Kocy spoke with the Institute and learned about its mission to raise awareness for the dangers of undiagnosed TBI injuries, especially among U.S. soldiers where statistics are alarmingly high, that her involvement deepened.
“I went from ‘so, what are you guys all about,’ to ‘how can I help,’” said Mary Kocy, CEO and Partner of Rusk Renovations. “After learning how much awareness and donations they needed, I got the idea to attempt a water ski stunt for charity.”
Kocy, 55 only began waterskiing last summer but fell in love with the sport from day one. Now, and with the support of friends and business colleagues, she will attempt what she is calling One Good Turn Around Manhattan as a way to raise awareness and funding for soldiers suffering from TBI. The never-been-done-before stunt will involves circling approximately 30-miles of Manhattan’s waters on water skis.
"We’re thrilled to have Mary’s support,” said Steven Flanagan, professor and chair of rehabilitation medicine at Rusk. “Today's battlefields are sending our military personnel home with significant head and upper extremity injuries--often resulting in cognitive impairment due to undiagnosed brain injury. These unseen injuries can be a significant barrier to a person's ability to successfully reintegrate into their community. Getting the word out about TBI is imperative, so we support anything that helps us do that…even if it involves water skis and world records.”
Kocy and team (friends and colleagues) hope One Good Turn Around Manhattan raises significant awareness and donations for today’s veterans suffering from TBI and helps them return to a productive civilian life.
Kocy set the date for her attempt for Sunday, September 18, after gaining clearance from the US Coast Guard. She then worked with NYU Medical to establish an easy way for people to donate. All donations through NYU Medical, via Kocy's donor webpage, will be applied directly to the program and will immediately help veterans in need. All donations are fully tax deductible and secure.
Others who have signed on to support One Good Turn Around Manhattan include: HR/NY, the NYC local chapter of the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM); Kinloch Consulting; Island Water Sports in Port Jefferson Long Island, who is lending the boat and driver for the event. Others include Pamala Skillings of Skillfully Done, Jan Arrigo Fine Art Photgraphy; Louise Fili, Ltd., PitchPoint Public Relations and Rusk Renovations, Inc.
Kocy's spouse and business partner, John Rusk, pilots the 1956 vintage training vessel that will be pulling her through history.
Kocy's unique event will not only help raise awareness of TBI but also help fund two pilot projects that will drive initial research to differentiate TBI from post-traumatic stress disorder and then create a vocational support program for veterans participating in the project.


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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

WATERSKI Mag Editor Praises All-New TXi

Making its debut at the Malibu Open in early August, the all-new Response TXi made an immediate impact, pulling slalom champion Will Asher into 41 off. Besides the TXi's proven high-end performance, the new T Cut Diamond Hull will accommodate different levels of skiers as well, by taming the flow of water to allow smoother wakes at slower speeds and longer line lengths. And customers can also expect the finest styling and plush amenities Malibu is known for. In essence, every skier will feel connected to more than just the rope.

Todd Ristorcelli, Editor of WATERSKI Magazine has skied behind every new ski boat in the last 15 years and was very impressed with the 2012 TXi. "Malibu must have had big-time confidence in their new Response TXi, by immediately launching it to the competitive scrutiny of the Malibu Open," Ristorcelli said. "The result: flawless performance. The boat's innovative running surface produces pillow-soft wakes for skiing's elite as well as for advancing longline skiers looking for every competitive edge they can get." Look for the TXi to be featured in a three-page gatefold advertisement in WATERSKI's Winter, 2011 issue, which will arrive in time for Orlando's SURF EXPO in early September.


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Friday, September 2, 2011

All-New 2012 Wakesetter MXZ

Malibu Boats Unveils Wakesetter 22 MXZ

Newest addition to Wakesetter series maximizes space, style and performance

Merced, Calif. — Malibu Boats is proud to announce the newest addition to its Wakesetter series — the 2012 Malibu Wakesetter 22 MXZ. With its super-wide, extra-deep bow, bold new take on classic Malibu style, and signature performance, comfort and quality, the all-new Wakesetter 22 MXZ is designed to maximize your time on the water.

Designed entirely in a digital environment, the Wakesetter 22 MXZ features millimeter-perfect construction and a sleek new style that commands attention on the water. The wide-open bow helps create acres of seating and storage, while the extra-deep design provides a safe and snug social space. All that room screams Malibu luxury, thanks to supple vinyl and a legion of stainless-steel grab handles and cup holders.

The 22 MXZ’s all-new hull delivers Malibu’s signature standout performance. Up front, it’s super-sharp entry into the water yields a smooth, dry ride in even the roughest water, and the big, clean wake boasts long transitions designed to take your riding to the next level.

“The wake definitely has that classic Wakesetter shape with long transitions to take off and land on and it’s nice and big without adding a ton of weight,” says Malibu Boats team rider Brian Grubb. “It also looks amazing — both when you see that bow coming at you and the rounded corners in the rear.”

It’s all topped off by a host of Malibu’s best-in-class features, from the exclusive Illusion G3 tower with swivel board racks and the touch-screen performance of Malibu Touch Command to the rear-facing transom seating, which features a stereo remote, stainless-steel cup holders and swim step-accessible wet storage.

Head to [] to get a sneak peek at the 2012 Malibu Wakesetter 22 MXZ, and visit your local Malibu Boats dealer [] to experience the 22 MXZ as well as more than a dozen additional new models that are pushing the limits of wakeboard and ski boats.

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Big Year For Phillip Soven

Congrats to Malibu's top pro Phil Soven, who took first at the WWA World Championships and also won the Pro Wakeboard Tour Season Title! He rode to a Worlds victory in classic Soven style, landing a Whirly 720, Moby 540, toeside 900 and switch crow 540 in the finals. "I'm ecstatic to capture my third world title, but with the level of riding, this one means the most no question," Soven said.


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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Malibu Owners Shine At Worlds

A big congrats goes out to all our dedicated Malibu owners, whose hard work paid off at the 2011 WWA Worlds! All of these riders have been working hard all summer and share the same common bond of our Malibu lifestyle. Read below for your chance to be recognized in the Malibu family!

Cory Teunissen -- 1st Place -- Boys Division (10-13)

What a year for Australia's Cory Teunissen, who not only won the Boys Division at Worlds, but also took home 1st at Australia's Queensland State Championships as well as 1st at the Australian Nationals. He also came in 2nd at the International Wakeboard Association Championships in Milan, Italy. Cory rides at home with his father Jeff, who owns a pair of Wakesetters in Australia. Congrats!

Shelby King -- 3rd Place -- Girls Division

With help from her father, Shawn King (also a Malibu owner), Shelby had a clean run, landing in 3rd place in the Girls Division. Watch her ride online at:

Mitch Kappler -- 3rd Place -- Boys Division (10-13)

Kappler, the only 10-year-old in the division rallied up to third place. His riding back home definitely paid off, supported by his father Brent, mother Renee and older brother Jake.

Hunter Henderson -- 1st Place -- Jr. Boys Division

9-year-old Hunter Henderson, fresh off his Wake Games victory in May, took first in Jr. Boys at Worlds. His home riding on Lake Wylie in the Carolina's definitely paid off behind his Wakesetter 24/7. He also has been riding with Cobe and Tarah Mikacich behind their V-Ride while in Orlando. Keep it rolling, Hunter!

If you are a Malibu owner who is proud of your accomplishments, please e-mail Whether you performed well at a contest, filmed a new trick or just want to submit cool photos from your day on the lake, this is your chance!