Regal’s LS2 proved to be a stylish bowrider with the company’s patented FasTrac hull design and an inviting transom layout. The LS2 Surf adds the builder’s popular Surf System to the mix, safely boosting the wakes for close-quarters wakesurfing.
Volvo Penta’s Forward Drive, a key component, repositions its dual propellers to the front of the drive where they’re safely tucked below the hull. Side benefits include less exhaust and the ability to do something V-drives cannot—trim to both further shape the wave and make everyday cruising more comfortable.
The LS2 Surf hull offers many of the same characteristics of Regal’s 2300 running surface, what the company considers its best hull design. For the Surf, designers worked to clean up the water coming off the hull and added both surf tabs and ballast. Tabs are from Wake Worx, modified to Regal’s specs. Ballast, totaling 1,800 pounds when full, is spread between a pair of bags in the aft storage compartments and one in the ski locker. Tabs, ballast and speed are easily controlled via Volvo Penta touchscreen displays at the helm.
For a 22-footer using Forward Drive with only a few passengers, the LS2 Surf put out a solid and fun wave, impressing our test crew. Like any surf boat, add more passengers, and the wave will only grow. Regal has obviously put time into refining the surf package, and we found it both easier to use and more effective than previous iterations.
When it’s not dishing out the endless wave, the LS2 Surf impresses with creature comforts. The bow cockpit is squared off to create more usable space.
Double-wide social seats await captain and mate. Flip their seatbacks over, and they adjoin the U-shaped cockpit bench for a conversation-friendly layout. Transom rumble seats are like mini sun pads; pivot forward cushions up to create backrests.
Performance? With 300 horses at its disposal, the LS2 Surf uses its tabs to plane almost instantly. Top speed peaked at 49.4 mph.