Our staff’s wakesurfing experts were amazed that a boat this size can throw such a long and powerful wave, but, like Malibu says, the truth is on the water. We were really impressed with the length of the pocket on the 21 VLX. We were able to drop back so unbelievably far and the wave still had a ton of push, an uncommon trait for a smaller-size boat. But because of the Surf Gate, combined with the Power Wedge II, all the boats in the 2017 Malibu lineup throw clean, consistent and massive waves. And with Surf Band, which you wear on your wrist while surfing behind the boat, you can control and tweak the wave to your liking while out on the water. The driver can easily command all settings from the 12-inch in-dash touchscreen display, as well as the smaller 7-inch display at the helm.