Wakesurfing might be the fastest-growing sport there is on the water. Anyone can do it, if they have the right boat. Cost of entry might be one of the biggest barriers to the sport, but Axis is looking to change that. The Axis A22, the original model put out by the builders of Malibu boats, can make a wave that nearly every style of rider, from beginner to advanced, will love to surf. It’s got a great package for a more affordable price. And that is something that everyone can love.
The A22 is built to make solid wakes and waves from its hull design, and when you add in the optional Surf Gate, those waves instantly become great. The A22 we tested was not equipped with a Power Wedge, so we surfed with just stock ballast and Surf Gate, opting to leave the wedge up. Like most of its brethren in the Axis/Malibu world, the A22 just works. As is, the wave has plenty of size and push, which creates a large pocket and makes wakesurfing easier and more fun for a variety of riders. The shape has a nice moderate transition that also works for a range of riding styles and boards. If you want to customize that shape more, opt for the Power Wedge. Also consider opting for the plug-and-play ballast bags to add more displacement and make the waves ramp up even bigger.
The A22 has a great interior setup for those not in the water. The pickle-fork bow design maximizes space, and adding optional filler cushions can turn the bow lounge into a tanning bed. The main cockpit features wraparound seating with a rear-facing backrest against the port console for the spotter. A windshield protects the crew from wind and spray. The Sliding Skybox Seat array allows the crew to slide out the transom seating to create a rear-facing bench with backrests to watch surfers and wakeboarders do their thing behind the boat. Or it can be set along the transom to keep the wraparound seating intact for conversation.
Don’t think of the A22 as a one- or two-trick pony that’s only good at various tow speeds. With no ballast, the A22 topped out at 37.1 mph at wide-open throttle, delivering smooth performance and handling at the helm.
* Simple toggle switches at the helm are seamlessly integrated into the look of the boat and dash.
* Upgraded flooring makes this boat more comfortable than ever.
* Axis Performance Surf Package allows for infinitely customizable surf settings that can be accessed at the push of a button. Even a novice can create great wakes and waves.
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How We Tested
Power: PCM 409 6.0L inboard Drive/Prop: V-drive/15" x 14 1/4" 4-blade Nibral Gear Ratio: 1.72:1 Fuel Load: 22 gal. Crew Weight: 400 lb.
Axis Wake Research - Loudon, Tennessee; 865-458-5478; axiswake.com