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Axis Wake Finally Releases A Website

Posted on January 13th, 2009 by | posted in Boats, General

Axis Wake, the price-conscious manufacture from the brains behind Malibu Boats, finally has a website up, and although it does offer a little more information about the new brand and their first model, mostly it just confirms what we already knew; Malibu really doesn’t now how to make attractive website.

While we’re thankful to get some additional information about the Axis A22, it would be nice if there weren’t numerous errors, incomplete information and a lack of style scattered throughout the site.

Still, apparently something is better than nothing, and here’s to hoping this is only the starting point for Axis’ web experience.

Jetpilot Unveils New Website Dedicated to Their Rubber Goods

Posted on October 15th, 2008 by | posted in Gear, General

Jetpilot, you know, the guys that make the most popular vests in the wakeboard industry, just dropped their new website on us. Thankful it’s like on the jetski gear (stand-ups FTW), and instead chooses to focus on the wake scene.

Mike Schwenne gets a lot of play on the new site, as do the rest of Jetpilot’s sponsored athletes. The site features all of Jetpilot’s wake gear, and you can even purchase vests and wetsuits directly off the interwebs now if you’re that kind of shopper.

Other than almost every link opening in a new window (is this 1999?), and the fact that they spell wakeboard as wake board all over the place, it’s a solid site, and is a huge step up for the aviating vest manufacturer.

Shop for Jetpilot Vests & Wetsuits Now»

Supra Boats Pulls the Wraps Off Their 2009 Website

Posted on October 7th, 2008 by | posted in Boats, General, Industry Press Releases, Media

After releasing the details on their new for 2009 Launch 21V wakeboard boat, Supra has pulled the wraps off their new website for next year, which features specs, images, and video of their entirely v-drive model lineup for 2009.

In addition to a rich media experience, which includes video clips of Supra’s pro team talking about each boat’s features, the new website also includes a boat building tool that allows you to customize and price all of Supra’s models.

Supra continues to improve not only their product, but also their marketing and promotions, creating an even more attractive experience for potential Supra owners. If you’ve been thinking about a new boat and Supra is on your list, head over to www.supraboats.com for more information.

You can read the official press release below the fold.

Correct Craft Launches New Website Featuring 2009 Nautique Boats

Posted on September 24th, 2008 by | posted in Boats, General, Media

Correct Craft has pulled the wraps off their new updated website for next year, which features their line of 2009 Nautique boats. The overall layout of the site is the same as last year’s version, with minor updates to accommodate new options for exploring each boat, and the technology and features that make them special.

The biggest changes to the 2009 model line include the brand new 216V crossover and the strangely styled Flight Control Tower 3. Designed for multi-sport performance, the 216V features plenty of space in it’s 21′ 6″ chassis, along with built-in ballast for wakeboarding performance. Unfortunately it also features the same disjointed, segmented and confusing interior that all of Nautique’s new models have showcased lately.

Check out the rest of the details regarding the new website and a brief overview of the changes for 2009 after the jump.

WetRope Brings Social Networking To Wakeboarding

Posted on September 11th, 2008 by | posted in General, Media

Just in case Facebook and MySpace didn’t offer enough social networking options, a new company by the name of LifeFitter, has announced their new social skill numbing site, WetRope. Details are sparse, but it appears the aim of the project is to allow a way for wakeboarders throughout the US (sorry everyone else) to find other riders in their area. Different from the giants that are Facebook and MySpace, this site appears to put a focus on actually interacting with people you connect with, and not just endlessly poking each other back-and-forth.

The site is getting ready for a private Beta right now, and if you give away some of your personal information, you can even score a free shirt for taking part in their trial period. Release is set for sometime towards the end of this year, so stay tuned for more on this wakeboarder-uniting site.

2009 Malibu Boats Website About to Be Unveiled?

Posted on September 2nd, 2008 by | posted in Boats, General

2009 Malibu Boats Website Coming Soon

Imagine our surprise when we tried to check out the Malibu Boats website this morning and were greeted with the error page shown above. Sure, it could just be a configuration problem with Malibu’s server, but our bet is that they’re in the process of rolling out their new website for 2009.

The ’09 version of their web marketing tool has been delayed some what, with 2009 model year boats already being delivered to customers. We’ve heard that the new website will be a complete overhaul, not only in terms of looks, but also in the “engine” that drives the website. A fix for the buggy iSpec boat configuration tool is part of the reason for the big change that has led to a delay in the launch.

Stay tuned for Malibu’s new 2009 website, coming soon.

Sanger Introduces 360° Tour of V237 Wakeboard Boat

Posted on March 24th, 2008 by | posted in Boats, General, Media

Sanger V237 Tour

Sanger has worked hard ove the last three years to not only improve the performance of their boats, but also polish their marketing efforts to better showcase their wakeboard boats.

The latest result of that increased effort is a new 360 tour of the new flasgship V237 wakeboard boat. So far Sanger is the only company to use this kind of technology to make it easier to experience a boat over the internet. Although the rendering does distort the view slightly, it’s still easier to get a feel for what the boat is like than a couple of pictures, which is all that most manufacturers are offering.

Maybe it’s expected that if you’re seriously shopping for a boat you’ll got look at it in person, but with the richness of media on many websites today, it’s nice to see Sanger making an effort to get people in the boat from the comfort of their own homes.

Head over to the Sanger Boats website and check it out for yourself.

What do you think, should more manufacturers adopt this kind of “tour” so wakeboarders can check out their boats online?

WakeboatOwners.com

Posted on March 22nd, 2008 by | posted in Boats, General

WakeBoatOwners Online Community

There isn’t exactly a lack of websites catering towards wakeboard boat owners, but apparently there’s always room for one more. WakeBoatOwners.com is somewhat unique in that it welcomes all of the major manufacturers (like WakesideRides.com), and it also makes use of a lot of recent advancements seen on popular social networking sites.

If you haven’t found a home on one of the many other owner community sites, or want the chance to stir up the pot with your buddies that own other brands, head over to WakeBoatOwners.com and get setup with an account.

Correct Craft Redesigns Nautique Website

Posted on March 20th, 2008 by | posted in Boats, General, Industry Press Releases

Correct Craft Launches New Website

Correct Craft pulled the wraps off their new website recently, and the response from the wakeboard industry has been positive

Red Rocket Studios was responsible for the overhaul, which relies almost entirely on Flash (unfortunately). But the flash isn’t too obtrusive, and page loading time is fairly quick. In addition to the new layout is a powerful new boat building tool, which allows users to configure the Nautique of your dreams with all of the new decals, options and extras for 2008.

If you’re shopping for a new boat (or even if you’re not), take a spin through the new Nautiques website and let us know what you think in the comments.

The full Correct Craft press release is posted after the jump.

2008 Malibu Boats Website Shows Up Early

Posted on July 24th, 2007 by | posted in Boats, General

2008 Malibu Boats Website

Imagine our surprise when a routine visit to the Malibu Boats website turned up a sneak peak at the new redesigned 2008 version. Then, just as quickly as it had turned up, it disappeared again, waiting until the official launch to be released. Fortunately we were able to grab some shots of the new site while it was up. We’re not sure if the brief display was intentional or not, but here’s a review based on our brief look at the new site.

The new website features a predominantly white color scheme which lends to a much lighter feel and allows the reader to focus on the content. Additionally, navigation throughout the site is much improved over the previous versions, and it appears as though someone that actually has experience designing websites was in charge of this project. Even more impressive is the fact that the site seems to be almost completely functional under both Safari and Firefox, something that Malibu’s Internet Explorer focused designs have failed to do in the past. Whether or not that was intentional or entirely accidental is tough to say, but it’s nice to see.

This is the first public look at the 2008 model line, and together with this new platform, we must say 2008 looks to be an exciting year for Malibu. With the new website up and running far sooner than any redesign in past years, we’ll get more time to check out the changes for 2008. Accidental or not, we’re glad we got a chance to preview the new site. The official launch should be any day now, so stay tuned to MalibuBoats.com for a chance to check it out in person.

Gallery: 2008 Malibu Boats Website Sneak Peak
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