This fall, Radar Skis released it's third top of the line slalom ski shape called the Vapor. The first ski they made was the RS-1 which didn't take off quite like they had hoped even though Canadian Whitney McClintock won the 2009 World Championships on that ski. In 2010, Chris Rossi and the Radar development team worked hard to release something new and fresh and they did, the Strada. The Strada was and still is one of the most user friendly high end skis out there on the water. Skiers would get on that ski and instantly feel comfortable and ski their hearts out. That ski had a great run and has now been replaced after 3 years. The new ski, the Radar Vapor is a completely new shape and design. The ski has created a lot of buzz and has already won many competitions and is just racking up trophies. If you are looking for a new ski, don't pass up an opportunity to try a Vapor.
As a fellow slalom skier that reads the forums, talks to customers on the phone and email as well as in store, I've noticed a bit of confusion about the 2014 Radar line. I will go through the high end portion of their line here to help clear some of the confusion.
The Vapor series replaces the Strada, Vice - C, and Vice. There are three editions of the Vapor ski correlating to the three skis that it is replacing. The Lithium Edition Vapor replaces the Strada, the Graphite Edition Vapor replaces the Vice - C, and the Alloy Edition Vapor replaces the Vice. The three Vapor editions are all made out of the same shape like the Strada, Vice - C, and Vice were, but the insides change. The Lithium Edition Vapor is a full carbon ski, with a PVC foam core, the lightest and most responsive core in the Radar line. The Graphite Vapor is still a full carbon ski, but with a machined Aerocore at the middle so it is just a little more forgiving that the Lithium. The Alloy Vapor is a blend of fiberglass and carbon to add swing weight and make this the most forgiving Vapor in the line.
One of our previous posts introduced you to the all new, 2014 MasterCraft ProStar boat. Now the MasterCraft site allows you to build your own, the way you want to! Take a look at the two videos below to get a sneak peak at how the new ProStar was designed, and to see the finished product in action. We will be receiving our first ProStar in November and cannot wait!
The crew here at Waterskis.com took a trip down to Orlando this past week to Surf Expo, the watersports industry trade show. We got a sneak peak at all of the 2014 products; everything from boats and skis to vests and apparel. We are really excited about the 2014 products and can't wait for those to arrive!
If you are a slalom skier or love a true direct drive ski boat, then you are in luck! Yesterday, MasterCraft Boat Company unveiled the All New MasterCraft ProStar. Gone are the days of a ProStar 190 and ProStar 197, it is simply called the "ProStar." With a convertible open bow cover, you have the option of running the boat as either an open bow or a closed bow. We will be seeing our first ProStar around October and we cannot wait!! Feast your eyes on some of the pictures of the boat!
Our apologies for the lack of posting on the blog, we have been very busy in the shop and trying to get out on the water ourselves! Just recently MasterCraft unveiled the new X-46. The X-46 is based off of the X-45, but MasterCraft has taken some of the best parts of their other boats and put them all into one. The X-46 is a big lake, entire family and friends kind of boat. You can take 15 of your closest friends out on the water with you for the day and be comfortable! We at Midwest MasterCraft should be seeing our first 46 sometime in August and are very excited! To wet your whistle on the X-46, feast your eyes on this!
Coming up soon is one of the best events this summer. The Dare to Compare in-water boat show is coming up, May 18-19 at Maynard's on Lake Minnetonka! We will have 4, 2013 MasterCraft boats on the water including the all-new, X-Star. Take a MasterCraft for a spin and experience first hand why MasterCraft's are the best boats on the water! Contact our boat sales department to schedule a test drive at 763-533-9666.
The 2013 ski season is going to be here before we know it. Take ten minutes of your day to watch the video below produced by the Radar team skiers. It really got my memory going, taking me back to the days when I first started skiing. I remember taking really short passes, in the one part of the lake that was sheltered from the wind. My family had a 1992 MasterCraft ProStar 205 that I learned behind. Boat technology sure has changed, but the sport remains the same.
MasterCraft is always trying to make their amazing products better. Last summer, they released the X-30 which is a traditional bow, 23 foot boat. The X-30 quickly became the favorite boat for many of the staff here at Midwest MasterCraft. Then MasterCraft created a game changing, 21 foot boat in the X-10. The X-10 is essentially an X-30, but scaled down into a 21 foot boat. The running surface is the same, just shorter which makes this boat quick, nimble, and an incredible surfing machine! A lot of people think you need a bigger boat and need to run extra ballast to make a great surf wave, that is not an issue with the X-10.
Some of our friends created this video of the X-10 making an incredible surf wave, with just the stock ballast and Surf Tabs. This allows you to bring all of your friends out with you, and not have them tripping over additional ballast sacs. The Surf Tabs on the X-10 make creating your perfect wave super easy with just the touch of a button.
Are you tired of winter and wish you could be out on the water? We thought so, that is why we recommend getting your winter fix of summer at the 2013 Minneapolis Boat Show! Midwest MasterCraft will have 9 of the hottest MasterCraft boats on display including the new X-Star and the all new, X-10!
Along with all of the boats, Waterskis and Wakeboard.com will be there with a full pro shop with special boat show pricing! Be sure to stop by and get an autograph from Hyperlite's Rusty Malinoski and well as a mystery guest rider from Ronix!
Stop by and check us out in Booth 2002!
With the 2012 ski season winding down, we want to remind you to have fun and try new things out on the water. Sometimes we can get tied up in getting that extra buoy and breaking our personal best. That is all good and there is a time and place for that, but occasionally we need to remember why we ski. We probably all started out skiing because it was fun! When I was growing up, it didn't matter what I was doing out on the lake, as long as I was out there. Trent and Sully in the video below are two great advocates of trying new things and taking a break from the slalom course. They are on the water trying to get a cool shot and having fun. Next time you are out with your friends, take a break from the course and have fun. When you are out playing and having fun on the water, a lot of the skills used during that session will make you much more comfortable when ripping through the course!