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.

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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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