As the tow boat of the Supra Boats Pro Wakeboard Tour for the past five years, the SA already carries a distinct pedigree. With updates both below the water and above, the 22-footer stands out this year as one of the best all-around wakeboats in its class, not to mention one of the most versatile.
Comfort and storage abound aboard the SA, thanks in large part to the subfloor ballast that holds up to 3,500 pounds of water. While most other brands offer plug-and-play ballast as an add-on, Supra forgoes that option, with the claim that it isn’t needed. Truth be told, it isn’t—which means more room for boards, gear and all your friends. The cushy interior stays cool even under the hot sun, thanks to Chill Tech Vinyl; a flip-up back on the portside lounge, as well as the convertible rear bench, allow for numerous seating arrangements. We also loved the optional flip-up backrests on the engine-cover sun pad—great for relaxing when you’re beached or at anchor. Of course, the premium JL Audio system only ups the entertainment factor, whether you’re in the boat or riding behind it.
Two large touchscreen displays highlight the dash, providing the captain with menus that are easy to see and navigate. A third screen sits next to the glove box, allowing passengers to control the SA’s audio and lighting functions so that the captain doesn’t have to.
Setting the SA up for riding is a breeze thanks to Supra’s patented Autowake system and preprogrammed rider profiles for beginners to pros, while adjustments can be made on the fly via steering-wheel controls. Autowake utilizes onboard sensors to control not only the boat’s pitch and roll to optimize the shape of the wakes and waves. This means you don’t have to worry about moving passengers around to keep a consistent wake shape for the riders. New for 2020 is an auto-leveling feature. Made for cruising, Autowake will utilize the surf tabs at the transom to keep the boat level, no matter where passengers are seated.
With world-class performance and high-end comfort, the Supra SA 550 offers loads of fun and versatility, whether your family is new to watersports or home to aspiring pros.