Monday started early with a 6:00 AM plane ride from San Diego to Atlanta, Georgia. The ultimate goal was Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, site of the annual Nautique Masters Wakeboard and Water Ski tournament. This week it was the site of the annual Nautique Dealer Meeting where over 300 Nautique dealers gathered to learn about the latest product from Nautique. The most notable of those is the all-new 2020 Super Air Nautique G23 Paragon!
The Super Air Nautique G23 Paragon is Nautique's latest and greatest wake and surf boat. Despite the fact that the Super Air Nautique G23 has been chosen as the WakeWorld Riders Choice Wakeboard Boat of the Year seven times and Wakesurf Boat of the Year five times, Nautique didn't just rest on their laurels. They started over with a new hull and came up with a new masterpiece, the G23 Paragon.
They call it the next level in luxury and performance and that title seems to ring true. From top to bottom this boat is pure class with amazing attention to detail. The design utilizes all kinds of facets to give the boat an angular feel not only on the hull, but also on design elements throughout the interior.
One of the first things you'll notice is the massive telescoping tower. The tower can be put up or down with the push of a button. The bimini stays in place since the tower goes straight up and down and does not tilt. The tower can be used in the fully raised position or in the fully lowered position, but not in between. When all the way down, the bimini does not come low enough to interfere with the rearview mirror on the windshield, so it does not go as low as the current G23 tower does when folded. It's designed so that you can use the boat in the fully lowered position. I was not able to get a measurement on the total height of the boat on the trailer, but I suspect it's quite a bit taller than the current G23.
Also quite noticeable is the configuration of the rear area of the boat. What was formally known as the swim pad is now an area fully made for walking with traction pad all over it and a walk-through down the middle. In addition to the two transom seats at the rear of the boat, the top of each storage compartment folds out into a lounge style seat for the ultimate in relaxation while the boat is not underway. They even offer an option to add an extension to the bimini that covers the rear and/or the front of the boat in order to provide as much shade as possible (again, when the boat is not underway).
Once you jump into the boat, you're surrounded by luxury...and a whole bunch of Seadek traction. The rear-facing seats have been improved and the center bench has two position settings. When set all the way back, the bench lines up with the two rear-facing passenger seats for a full bench that spans the width of the boat. The dash features dual screens in order to keep things more organized. One screen is more of a gauge screen that is non-interactive and the other is a touch screen from which everything can be controlled. Above your head are four 8-inch JL tower speakers to go along with the four 12-inch subwoofers, two in the passenger area and two in the transom. There are also eight passenger area speakers. They worked hard to create a separate stereo experience for the boat passengers and the rider. The bow is completely redesigned with more width and a couple of different options for the flooring down the middle.
As you can imagine, the real magic of the G23 Paragon is the wave and the wake put out by the newly designed fully-adjustable hull and wake/wave system. I had the opportunity to watch Nautique pro rider Noah Flegel hit the wakeboard wake for the first time and his reaction seemed pretty genuine as he explained how he had to adjust how long he had to wait to pop because the face of the wake was so large. He quickly adjusted and was blowing our minds with the amount of air he was getting.
When it comes to the wave, I not only got an opportunity to watch Nautique pro riders John Akerman and Jodi Grassman tear things up, but I also was able to try the wave out for myself. The newly redesigned surf system seems to be doing the trick because it was the biggest wave and largest playground I've every surfed. In fact, there was so much push that I had trouble falling back in the wave. It just kept shoving me into the boat. That's a good problem to have and I eventually figured it out and I was able to utilize the gigantic area that was surfable.
I could go on and on about this amazing new Nautique, but you might just want to go check it out at Nautique.com to get all the little details and see all the pics and videos of the 2020 Super Air Nautique G23 Paragon in action.