While the Surf Gate perfects the wake, Malibu’s Power Wedge II is responsible for building much of it. Hydraulically powered, this hydrofoil features a 21 percent surface area increase on the foil, allowing it to simulate 1,500 pounds of ballast. A new angle also increases lift, ensuring that a fully loaded boat gets quickly onto plane. Both innovations, as well as the VLX’s substantial onboard ballast system, GPS-based speed control and nearly all onboard electronics are controlled via the combination of 12-inch and 7-inch touch-screen helm displays that put everything at your fingertips. Rounding out the wake amenities on our tester, the sculpted aluminum G4 tower promises low weight with exceptional strength. Go ahead, lower and raise it yourself. Only 30 pounds of force are necessary to do the job. Pivoting board racks, lighting and optional speakers make the most of the tower’s real estate.