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Old    Bryce (brycejb328)      Join Date: Aug 2009       08-27-2013, 8:48 AM Reply   
After the surf myth thread.. I figured it would be fun to see how LITTLE ballast some of you run. Who cares about the size of the wave, if your like me, you surf every now and then and just want a surfable wave with a very small amount of set up time. Or like most families just learning to surf without the rope. But obviously surfing has gotten just like boarding where it is thought you need XXXXX lbs of ballast to simply execute the activity.

Here is my contribution. This was my standard surf set up for my old boat.

2001 Tige 21V
400 lb rear locker
400 lb in integrated bow sac (I know the fly high integrated bow sac is rated for more weigh, but I am taking a guess at how much it actually filled to)

We would run this set up with a good surfable wave with only a driver in the boat. Pic is with a driver and 2 passenger (1 in observers seat and one (pictured) on port side)
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Old    J D (jeff_mn)      Join Date: Jul 2009       08-27-2013, 9:08 AM Reply   
lol.. Smith surfed my Moomba direct drive with no ballast..

he wins.
Old    Bryce (brycejb328)      Join Date: Aug 2009       08-27-2013, 9:15 AM Reply   
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lol.. Smith surfed my Moomba direct drive with no ballast..

he wins.
lolz... I saw the video... there was more man ballast in that than I usually run in water ballast.. ha ha ha
Old    Justin Harrelson (skiboarder)      Join Date: Oct 2006       08-27-2013, 9:17 AM Reply   
My dad used to surf behind a 18ft check-mate outboard on a long board in the 70s (You surf, without a rope, way back on a longboard). I have surfed behind a closed bow direct drive with no ballast and about 4 people before. With the right board you can surf anything. I've surfed ankle-high waves in the ocean on a 12ft.
Old    TigeMike (chpthril)      Join Date: Oct 2007       08-27-2013, 9:26 AM Reply   
08 Tige Z1 no ballast, as in not using the factory ballast, just driver and one passenger.

Old    Ryan (petrie141)      Join Date: Jun 2012       08-27-2013, 9:45 AM Reply   
6'2" tall 99 vlx with only a 750# sac in the surf side rear locker

Old    Russ Constable (Midnightv10)      Join Date: Feb 2012       08-27-2013, 9:48 AM Reply   
@Tigemike - That's a pretty nice wave for no ballast..
900lb passenger?
Old    TigeMike (chpthril)      Join Date: Oct 2007       08-27-2013, 10:18 AM Reply   
@ Russ,

Nope, wife driving, son taking pics in the corner seat. He was maybe 180lbs back then.
Old    Jason Smith (snowslider76)      Join Date: Mar 2002       08-27-2013, 10:48 AM Reply   
Yep - I'd guesstimate 500-600 lbs in man ballast, direct drive on a 4'6" board. Granted I had to stay 18" off the swim platform but it was rideable.
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Old    Bryce (brycejb328)      Join Date: Aug 2009       08-27-2013, 10:51 AM Reply   
that takes a certain level of commitment from said man ballast to make sure that weight is as far to the surf side as possible..
Old    BLAIR BARHAM (jonblarc7)      Join Date: Jul 2006       08-27-2013, 10:54 AM Reply   
They look real cute together. I would rather not surf than have to snuggle up with one of my buddy's.
Old    Nauti 210 (brett33)      Join Date: Apr 2011       08-27-2013, 11:24 AM Reply   
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Originally Posted by brycejb328 View Post
that takes a certain level of commitment from said man ballast to make sure that weight is as far to the surf side as possible..
well played
Old    Shawndoggy (shawndoggy)      Join Date: Nov 2009       08-27-2013, 12:20 PM Reply   
MB TWB 23' on stock ballast and 4 peeps. No wake plate hence the ugly wash.

Old    Garon Davis (gpd005)      Join Date: May 2013       08-27-2013, 12:55 PM Reply   
This is a good thread. I just bought my first surf board and will be trying it this week on Dale Hollow in TN. I was worried that we wouldn't be able to surf with the weight we had but this is incouraging! We like to do a little bit of everything so hopefully i'll be able to report back with pics after the weekend.
Old    Alan Slabaugh (alans)      Join Date: Aug 2005       08-27-2013, 1:21 PM Reply   
1986 MasterCraft Stars & Stripes. No ballast, 3 people in the boat.

Old    Jon Hunter (hunter660)      Join Date: Aug 2007       08-27-2013, 1:54 PM Reply   
I was able to surf my '99 X10 with no ballast and just a driver and passenger, but it was not fun.
Old    John Caldwell (JoeDirtSUCKS)      Join Date: Aug 2013       08-27-2013, 2:55 PM Reply   
Does my 14 A22 with surfgate count? lol
Old    Seahawks #1 Fan Robert T (cwb4me)      Join Date: Apr 2010       08-27-2013, 3:02 PM Reply   
We took out a friend with a Tigé 24v and 6 people including the driver.We were able to surf both sides easily. The wave wasn't that long,but had good push. The goofy side was better of course.

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