In addition to their safer setups, inboards are also better equipped for wakesurfing. Speed control is virtually universal on inboards these days, and many models boast sub-floor, hard-tank ballast systems, which produce wave-creating displacement with the flip of a switch or the touch of a button. Still, up until a few years ago, building a solid swell behind your boat was, well, kind of a pain in the butt. The need to list the boat to one side meant you had to cram all your passengers into the back corner of the boat, and if you had both regular- and goofy-footed surfers, your cockpit could quickly resemble a game of musical chairs. Then Malibu introduced its SURF GATE system and took all the work out of wakesurfing. SURF GATE and similar systems allow you to switch from wakeboarding to wakesurfing and from a port-side wave to a starboard-side wave in a matter of seconds — all with the tap of a touchscreen display at the helm.