The 2014 Minneapolis Boat Show was a success for Midwest MasterCraft and Waterskis.com! We had professional waterskiers and wakeboarders from Ronix, Radar, and Hyperlite! Brooks Wilson of Radar Skis and MasterCraft Boats was up from his home in Florida, getting skier's on the latest and greatest skis from Radar. Danny Harf from Ronix Wake was here, promoting his line up of Ronix One boards, boots, and vests! From Hyperlite, Rusty Malinoski was here signing autographs and promoting his pro model board, the Marek. We have a boat show special containing a 2013 Hyperlite Marek Nova Core with Hyperlite Team Open Toe Boots for a killer deal! Fun was had by all and we are officially put back together here at the shop. Stop by and say hello and get a little taste of spring here at the shop!
Brooks can be found teaching at The Boarding School just outside of Orlanda, FL skiing on Radar Skis and being towed exclusively by MasterCraft Boats.
It's that time of year again...the 2014 Minneapolis Boat Show is right around the corner. Midwest MasterCraft as well as our sister store, Midwest Watersports will be there in full force. We will have all of the new boats on display as well as the new MasterCraft Gen2 Surf System. We will also be bringing our mobil pro shop with products from great brands you love including Radar Skis, HO Skis, Ronix Wake, and Hyperlite Wake. Professional skiers and riders will be in attendance so stop by booth 2002 as well as 2001B and get your picture taken and an autograph! The 2014 Minneapolis Boat Show is located at the Minneapolis Convention Center in downtown Minneapolis, MN. The dates of the show are January 30- February 2.
We here at Waterskis.com and Midwest MasterCraft want to wish you all a safe and happy holidays. We are located in the frozen tundra of Minneapolis, MN so we will be seeing white snow and ice for a while. So if you are travelling to somewhere warm, take a set for us! We are looking forward to the 2014 Minneapolis Boat show where we will have all the best boats in the industry on display!
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.