Why choose the Articulating Mirror?

big-air-articulating-wakeboard-tower-mirrorWindshield mount mirrors are so yesterday, am I right?
OK, no. We actually love windshield mount mirrors. However, when you have a wakeboard tower you have the ability to bring that mirror higher up and give you better views of your riders.

With so many styles to choose from, why should you choose the Big Air Articulating Mirror?

Let’s start with the most important part – the articulating arm! single-versus-articulating-wakeboard-tower-mirror-arms
This is key to getting you the perfect spot. Most aftermarket wakeboard tower mirrors use a single piece arm. This means that you mount it to the tower and there is no adjustability to it. Where you mount it is what you see.
When using an articulating arm, you have so many options for adjustment. Since we use a 2 piece arm, there are actually more points that you use for adjustment. We explain that in the video below.

The next feature of our articulating mirror that we like to showcase – the size! Reflection_Of_Light_On_Convex_Mirror
We use a tournament style, 7″ x 13″ convex mirror. That is a HUGE mirror! All that area to look at and additional field of vision, yes please!
Convex mirrors enable to you see larger areas, showcased in the image to the left.
You know the little notation on your cars rear view mirrors, objects in mirror are closer than they appear? That is because they are convex too. This allows you more visibility of your rider when they are cutting in and out of the wake. Not only do you have the ability to adjust the arm, but you find that absolute sweet spot by using the ball joint on the back of the mirror head.

Finally, easy installation!
With a large 2.5 inch clamp we can accommodate not only all Big Air towers, but other manufacturers as well. We provide liners to accommodate down to 2.25 inch and 2 inch tubing as well. Install your mirror higher or lower on the tower, the choice is yours. You can even mount on the top of the tower onto the Top Bar or H-Member. Installation is so simple, and we know you’ll love that!

Not sure how to choose the liner you might need? Check out our helpful video – Liner Selection

What are you waiting for? Get yours ordered and on its way to you today!

Tips to Choose Your New Wakeboard Tower!

Some of the best compliments that we get from customers is when they tell us, “it (wakeboard tower) totally changed the look of my boat” , “adding the tower to my boat took years off of it” or “the new tower definitely turns heads!”


Finding the right wakeboard tower for your boat can seem like a task, we understand. There are so many to choose from and many options with each model.

If you are still deciding on a purchase, or know someone who is we are here to help.

First things first – PRICE!
Determine your price range and let us know what it is. Does that price range include accessories too? We can find a tower in your price range that you’ll love.

Next – DESIGN!
If you have a certain style or design you like, let us know. We can work with that.
Some prefer a standard windshield mount style like a stainless steel H2O tower or an aluminum Vapor tower, while others like the more modern look of aluminum billet plating shown on the Torrent and Wave towers. With over 10 different models to choose from, we are sure to find a wakeboard tower style you like.

Finally – BOAT
Our towers are extremely universal. This means that almost every wakeboard tower will accommodate almost every boat. We do not make one certain tower for one style of boat. We make several styles for all boats!

Best of all, we urge you to research.

With several different manufacturers out there, we try to maintain the best record. With over 20 years under our belts, we have set the bar high and expect you to expect that from us.

Here is hoping that the new year brings you much joy and many blessings, on and off the water!

3 Obscure and Fun Water Sports

obscure-and-fun-watersportsWakeboarding is a popular water sport that attracts more attention every year due to incredible athletes and average Joes who are finding out how fun the sport can be. As fun as it is to go wakeboarding, here are three more obscure water sports that might be a little more fun (and crazy). If you ever want to make your wakeboarding excursions a little more memorable, give one of these weird and obscure water sports a try.

 

  1. Underwater Hockey

This sport is definitely not for the faint of heart, because it involves a significant amount of underwater composure and control. Two teams of six players each play hockey six to eight feet underwater, at the bottom of a pool. Apparently hockey is simply not challenging enough when it is played with skates on ice.

If you ever feel the need to chase a weighted hockey puck around the bottom of a pool while holding your breath and avoiding the swinging sticks of other players who are chasing the same puck, then you should give water hockey a try. There are approximately 50 underwater hockey clubs in the United States, so you may be able to find one near you.

 

  1. Glacier Surfing

Surfing glaciers might possibly be one of the most dangerous water-related sports out there, which is why it is also one of the most obscure water-related sports in the world. Very few individuals have had the nerve or the patience to attempt this sport.

In order to glacier surf, individuals must first wait for a large piece of glacier to break away from its wall and create a huge wave as it crashes into the water. Surfers position themselves to ride the large waves resulting from falling glacier slabs, which requires them to wait within dangerous range of falling glaciers. If surfers are too close to the falling glaciers, the consequences could be disastrous. This is one obscure water sport that you may not want to try for yourself.

 

  1. Underwater Rugby

Rugby is challenging enough when it is played on dry land, but a few crazy souls decided to turn it into a water sport. Underwater rugby is a contact sport that is played by two teams of six players. The goal of the game is to get a water-filled plastic ball from one side of the pool to the other side. The team with the most goals and points wins the game.

If you would rather stick with a less-weird sport like wakeboarding, we don’t blame you. Here at Big Air, we offer a wide variety of wakeboard towers and accessories that will make your wakeboarding experience as convenient and fun as possible.

How to Perform a Heel Side Backroll

how-to-heel-side-backrollMost wakeboarders expect to receive a little friendly competition and perhaps some snide remarks from their friends regarding their wakeboarding skills. Even if you are a really great wakeboarder, it can be difficult to come up with moves that will really impress your friends and give them newfound respect for your dexterity and talent. If you are getting a little tired of the constant arguments about who is the best, you need to have a few wakeboard tricks up your sleeve that can be used at a moment’s notice to establish your position as The Alpha Wakeboarder.

All joking aside, learning one or two impressive tricks can be beneficial in a great deal of situations, including winning a bet against your buddies, impressing your girlfriend, and even seeing if you have what it takes to go pro with your skills.

 

Choosing the Right Trick 

If you are going to take the time to learn a wakeboard trick, it is a good idea to come up with one that is universally fun and capable of winning you some serious respect. One such trick is the Heel Side Backroll. This is an intermediate-level trick that can get you familiar with how inverts work. Here are the individual steps:

  1. Begin on the outside of the wake (but not too far out)
  2. Enter the wake while making sure you are edging all the way through in order to get the right amount of lift
  3. As you leave the wake, shift the bulk of your weight to your back foot while keeping the handle tucked in close to your hips with both hands
  4. For normal stance, start to look over your left shoulder while rotating your body in the same direction. For goofy stance, look over your right shoulder and rotate in the same direction.
  5. Your body will begin to swing into an upside-down position, and it is important to try and spot your ideal landing while you are in this position
  6. Prepare for a smooth landing by softening your knees and preparing for impact

 

Safety First

It is important to note that safety is of paramount importance when it comes to learning new tricks on your wakeboard. Never try a new trick until you have mastered several easier tricks and have naturally worked your way up to more difficult tricks.

If you want to make it easier than ever to practice new wakeboard tricks, Big Air offers attractive and sturdy wake towers that are designed to give you a steady, rigid pull. Check out our impressive selection to find a wakeboard tower that will look amazing on your boat.

How to Perform a 360 on a Wakeboard

how-to-perform-a-360-on-a-wakeboardAre you ready to take on the Heelside 360? This classic trick demands respect and also allows for some creativity on the part of the rider. This move is used by riders who want to advance to more difficult and complicated tricks. It’s also a favorite when it comes to making personal tweaks and touches to a routine.

Before You Start

If you want to conquer this move, you’ll need the proper equipment and preparation. A high-set wakeboard boat tower will allow you to achieve the big air you need to successfully complete this trick. You ‘ll also need to get a few skills firmly under your belt:

  • Successfully jump from wake to wake with ease.
  • Accomplish a solid Heelside 180 – then do it again!
  • Get comfortable passing the handle behind your back.

Before you try out this trick on the water, give it a few trial runs on a trampoline and on land with a rope handle.

Ready to Go?

Step One: Set yourself up just outside of the wake with slightly bent knees and the handle in tight. You’ll want to execute a relaxed cut that can carry you through both wakes in a consistent, controlled progressive edge.

Step Two: Wait for the moment when you stand tall and pop off the wake, with the handle still in tight, and then begin moving the handle around to your back. This will start your rotation. Don’t try to rush this move. When executed properly, you’ll be able to stay on axis up in the air.

Step Three: Stay focused on holding that handle in tight. Don’t release the handle with your back hand until you have firmly grasped it with your front hand. With your head up and your shoulders on axis, you can start looking for your landing AFTER you’ve successfully passed the handle.

Step Four: Spot your landing with your head up. Slightly bend your knees and remember to keep that handle in tight. This is particularly important at this point because that jerky line move isn’t going to help your performance appeal!

Take It Up a Notch

Once you master this move, you can change it up a lot with new grab methods, by learning to switch, and moving off axis, among other variations. You’ll also be well-prepared for several new and harder tricks!

Big Air Wakeboarding Music of the Month: July 2015

wakeboarding-music-of-july-2015Wakeboarding isn’t the same without some great tunes to listen to while you ride. The right music can give you the energy and confidence you need to complete some of your more challenging tricks, while the wrong music (or a lack of music) can make you feel less energetic than usual and can cause you to lose steam more quickly. Here are a few of our top wakeboarding music selections of the month for your enjoyment with a killer set of wakeboard tower speakers:

 

AC/DC 

There is nothing new about AC/DC, but despite the fact that they have been around forever, their songs are always able to pump you up and make you feel invincible while riding. “Thunderstruck” is especially effective at inducing energy and should be included on every wakeboarder’s playlist. “If You Want Blood (You’ve Got It)” can help restore your resolve and courage after suffering from a particularly painful failed stunt.

 

Fallout Boy

Fallout Boy has some great older music that can make a day on the lake more enjoyable, but we have found that “Centuries” is particularly inspiring for wakeboarders who are working hard to earn a name for themselves in the sport. If your goal is to make sure you are remembered for your skills and perseverance, crank “Centuries” while you practice some of your more difficult tricks.

 

Metallica

Every wakeboarder should have at least one Metallica song on their playlist, and some of our favorites for their ability to get us motivated include “And Justice For All” and “Seek and Destroy”. Of course, Metallica has a very large selection of heavy metal music that can get you pumped up and ready for a day of riding.

 

Foo Fighters

If you want energetic music that is a little less loud than some of the other selections listed here, Foo Fighters is a great option. Some of our favorite selections from them include “Stacked Actors” and “All My Life”. Whether you prefer their older or newer albums, this versatile band has a song that will resonate with almost any wakeboarder.

 

Jake Owen 

For wakeboarders who are also fond of country music, Jake Owen offers some laid-back tunes that can help you enjoy the sunshine from the back of a boat or wakeboard. He also loves wakeboarding, which may be a big reason why we like his music.

 

Make Sure Your Music Can Be Heard 

No matter what type of music motivates you while you are riding, you need to make sure it can be heard. Check out the selection of high-quality speakers we offer at Big Air and get ready to rock your favorite tunes the next time you go riding.

Top 10 Best Places to Wakeboard in the US

10-best-places-to-wakeboard-in-the-uswakeboard destinationThe only thing better than wakeboarding is knowing the best places to wakeboard. If you’re thinking about testing your wakeboarding skills out in new waters, then Big Air Wake Towers has come up with this list for you of the top ten best places to wakeboard.

1. Colorado River, US Southwest

The cool and still water combined with the hot weather make the Colorado River one of the most popular water-ski locations in the US. The summer is an especially good time to go since there are so many activities going on. If you’re so inclined, you may also want to check out the annual speedboat races.

2. Lake Shasta, CA

Lake Shasta has long been considered to be one of the absolute best wakeboard lakes. There are four arms, each with a separate lake as well as a main lake near the dam. While you’re here you’ll also have thousands of inlets and coves to explore.

3. Lake Havasu, AZ

Lake Havasu stretches 45 miles long and expands across roughly 19,300 acres. This particular lake is also one of the most popular in the southwest for boating enthusiasts. Not only that, but with its warm water, weather, size and location near Las Vegas, the lake is one of the most popular water-skiing locations in the West.

4. TSR Extreme Sports Complex, TX

One of the best things about the Texas Ski Ranch Complex is that you don’t need a boat for wakeboarding. The cableway is perfect for wakeboarders of various skill levels. A coach, professional driver, Mastercraft towboat and wake-free waters all combine to make you feel as though you’ve arrived in wakeboarding paradise.

5. Lake Lure, NC

You can’t help but mention the Chalet Club when you talk about water-skiing sports. Recently, the Chalet Club has taken steps to become the premiere destination for wakeboard lovers by upping the wakeboarding ante.

6. Coble Ski Camp, NC

Coble Ski Camp has become one of the most comprehensive and foremost wakeboard training centers in the entire world. Here you’ll have access to ten private lakes, but only a single boat is allowed on each lake at any given time.

7. Bow Lake, WA

Bow Lake has attracted beginning wakeboarders and professional wakeboarders alike. For the most outstanding wakeboarding experience, make sure that you visit anytime between April and October during their spring and summer seasons.

8. Lake Powell, AZ/UT

Lake Powell is the second largest manmade reservoir in America and is a fantastic looking lake. You’re sure to find some primo riding spots if you decide to make a trek to this particular wakeboarding destination.

9. Lake Michigan

Not only is Lake Michigan a great spot for wakeboarding, it also boasts some of the best parties for boaters. Imagine wakeboarding with the Chicago skyline sweeping by.

10. Blue Lake, FL

Wakeboarders who are looking for a more private spot may want to check out the waters of Blue Lake. Something else that this particular destination has going for it is that the crystal blue waters make you feel as though you’re in the heavenly Caribbean.

The wakeboarding experts of Big Air Wake Towers have all of the equipment that you need to enjoy the top ten wakeboarding destinations in America. Let us know if you’ve got an upcoming wakeboarding trip and we’ll get you completely set up.