Daniel Grant Wakeboard Pro Highlight

pro-highlight-daniel-grantWakeboarding typically takes years to master, and many of the most successful professionals know how difficult it can be to make a name for yourself in the sport. That is why so many professional riders have been surprised and impressed at the reputation of Daniel Grant, who surprised the wakeboard industry by earning top-level rankings in wakeboarding and wakeskating competitions at a very young age.

Although he is only 17 years old, Daniel Grant has already accomplished what many wakeboard pro aspirers can only hope to accomplish at some point in their lives: a renowned and respected name in the wakeboarding community. His raw skill and likeable style have won him a reputation for being one of the most trendy and interesting wakeboarders to watch.

 

Accomplishments

Daniel travels quite extensively in order to compete in various wakeboard and wakeskate competitions throughout the world, including those located in Europe, North America, and Asia Pacific. He has won many awards in 2013 and 2014 alone, including:

  • Best Wake Park Rider 2014
  • Red Bull Rising High Big Air event 2014: 3rd place
  • Wakeworld: Cable Rider of the Year 2013
  • Wakeworld: #2 Wakeskate of the Year (Tao) 2013
  • Wakeworld: #2 Rail Rider of the Year 2013
  • Wakeworld: #10 Overall Wakeboarder of the year 2013 (cable rider voted)
  • Transworld: #2 Wakeskater of the Year 2013 (Readers Poll)
  • Transworld: Cable Ride of the Year 2013
  • Transworld: #10 Wakeboarder of the Year 2013 (Readers Poll)

At the pace he is currently going, Daniel is setting himself up for continued success in the highly competitive wake world.

 

Plans for 2015

Clearly, Daniel is just getting started as a wakeskate pro, and he will almost certainly continue competing to show off his hard-earned reputation as one of the most unique and interesting wakeboarders to watch during the year 2015. If you want to have a chance at meeting this multi-talented professional face to face, you may just get your chance during the 2015 Surf Expo at Orlando Watersports Complex.

Several of the world’s top wake professionals, including Daniel Grant, Tom Fooshee, Nick Davies, Kaesen Stuyderhoud, Grame Burress, Jeff Langley, Brenton Priestley, and Bob Soven are scheduled to provide attendees with pointers and on-site tips for aspiring wakeboarders and wakeskaters.

 

Just the Beginning

With such a young start and so many prime years ahead of him, Daniel is poised to become one of the greatest wake professionals in the history of the sport. If you want to start practicing some of the impressive wakeboard moves that you have seen Daniel Grant perform, a durable wakeboard tower from Big Air can help give you the pull you need to get some serious air.

Highlights of the Vapor Wake Tower

vapor-wake-tower-highlightsThe Vapor Tower carried by Big Air is one of the most attractive and sturdy wake towers available on the market today. If you need the reliability of a rigid pull in order to practice your most difficult tricks, the Vapor Tower may be exactly what you are looking for. Here are a few product highlights:

Appearance

The Vapor Tower is a very stylish wake tower, thanks to its swooped design and factory-polished finish. Made from high-quality polished flex-reducing aluminum, this is one tower that will definitely add to the overall style of your boat. The tubing is rigid and thick, which gives The Vapor Tower a strong and impressive appearance. The tower is available in polished anodized, polished, or black powder coat finishes, depending on your preference.

Design

The Vapor Tower is designed to fit any boat that is between 72” and 108” wide. This means that almost any boat on the market will be able to accommodate the versatile Vapor Tower. Product design highlights include:

• Very easy installation (normally two or three hours for installation)
• A telescoping top section makes it easy to install The Vapor Tower on any boat
• Secure design does not moan, rattle, or creek in choppy water
• Tower is fully collapsible and can lay down flat within 60 seconds for low clearance areas or for storage
• From mounting points, the tower stands approximately five feet, with an inward taper of 12 degrees
• Swivel rope head design boasts free rope movement
• Pre-drilled for wiring installation ease
• 70” front-to-back stance
• Tower flexure is reduced with the help of finite element analysis structures
• Capability of accommodating the Big Air Bimini, Collapsible Bimini, and Super Shadow Bimini
• Backing plates and mounting hardware included
• Accessories and wakeboard racks are sold separately

Warranty

The Vapor Tower offers an impressive 5-year warranty, so you do not need to worry about receiving a poor-quality tower that will not withstand heavy and frequent use. If something happens to your Vapor Tower within the 5-year warranty time-frame, you will be taken care of.

Optional Tow Point Navigation Light

Big Air offers a tow point navigation light for those who are interested in improving visibility while on the water. The light boasts a 2-mile nautical radius and is certified by the U.S. Coast Guard. It is compatible with towers that are 2013 or newer.

Learn More

If you are ready to increase your ability to perform wakeboard tricks with ease, contact Big Air to find out more about the Vapor Tower today.

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.

Can I mount a tower on my boat?

can-i-mount-a-tower-on-my-boatA classic question we get asked at Big Air is “Can I mount a tower on my boat”.

Fair question!

Here are a few simple guidelines/questions  we suggest for making that decision.

1. Is my boat large enough?

Our recommendation is that your boat be a minimum of 16 ft long and have a beam of at least 6 ft.  The reason for this is to give your boat stability when pulling with a tower.

2. Is my fiberglass hull strong enough to have a tower installed on it?

We recommend a minimum of 3/8″ of thickenss for fiberglass hulls for tower                          installation.  If your hull is thinner than this, then reinforcement can be done by                    laying additional fiberglass on the interior of the hull or installing aluminum or                        treated plywood reinforcement.

3.  My boat hull is radiused, how can I attach a tower mount that is flat to the curved surface.

Some towers come with radiused rubber inserts to help conform to the shape of your            hull.   If this is not the case, then you can often use a belt sander on the supplied                    rubber insert to shape it to fit your hull.  Extra inserts can often be supplied by                      dealers upon request.

4.  My boat is an aluminum boat..can I still mount a tower?

The answer is yes you can mount to aluminum boat gunnels.  It is recommended                   that you place extra aluminum sheet or plywood on the interior of the mount                          location to help spread the load out across the aluminum hull.

5.  There is restricted access to the interior of my hull.

This is not an uncommon situation.  Many of today’s boats use interior panels to hide any of the hull.  Typically you can remove many of the panels on modern boats by lifting upward on the panel, which will un-hook it from the hull.  Sometimes there maybe screws buried deep into the interior cushion..check closely for these.  Occasionally there will be no open access once these panels are removed.  In these cases you can use a large diameter hole saw to cut a hole in the area that the panel covers.   (Note: make sure you aren’t cutting in a critical support area or through wires or cables).

Pylons to Towers

For all those curious how this industry developed here is a short description.  Ski pylons had been on tournament inboard boats for decades.  In the ’90s pylon extenders for tournament boats came on to the market to enable boarders and skiers to get more air for tricks.  However at that time only tournament boats had this option, standard run-about or inboard/outboard boats had no option.

Universal Slip-on Pylon

Slip-on Pylon for Inboard Ski Boat

 

 

Then a couple companies realized that it wasn’t only tournament boat owners who desired bigger air when boarding.  Thus in the mid ’90s came the introduction of universal pylons that allowed users to put extended pylons in their I/O boats.  Big Air Pylons was incorporated in 1996 and began production of pylons in a single car garage in Duncan, OK.

Universal Pylon

Universal Pylon

One of the issues of a pylon is that it is in the center walk way of your boat and it was not easy to store boards or hang speakers on.

In the late ’90s the industry began to make the shift to wakeboard towers which allowed users to hang biminis, board racks, speakers and other accessories.   Once again the tournament boats had towers that were pre-fabricated and had to be shipped by freight truck.  In 1999 Big Air developed its UPS ship friendly tower that would fit virtually any boat.  The tower was made using stainless steel tubing to offer extreme strength and corrosion protection for harsh environments.

Today the market has gravitated towards towers nearly completely.  We see new designs and accessories continue to be created to work with and on towers.H20 Tower

Who knows what the future holds for towers…but it looks to be an exciting future.