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Old     (tgmind)      Join Date: Dec 2014       10-28-2018, 6:23 AM Reply   
I'm on the hunt to find the best 20ft surf boat but I could go up to 21' if needed but 21' even is the max. This rules out a lot of boats that are a little over 21'

I just tested a bunch and wanted to share my opinion for any others in my situation. I surfed behind the Mastercraft X20, Tige RZX20, Tige RZR(my current boat), Malibu 21MLX, and Nautique GS20 all 2018 or 2019 models.

The Tige RZX20 and Mastercraft X20 make huge waves with stock ballast. The RZR makes a decent wave with stock ballast and gets very nice with added weight. The Nautique and 21MLX both made nice looking waves but had very little push. RZX20 and X20 had the best Waves IMO. Its pretty amazing what kind of wave you can get out of a 20' boat. You do not need a huge boat to make a great surf wave. The sales reps were getting air off the RZX wave with ease and pulling off some cool tricks. The waves are going to be shorter than bigger boats but still plenty long and very fun.

With 102" Beam the RZX20 feels huge inside. The GS20 has 100" beam but feels about the same as the X20 with 98" beam. X20 is much taller and has more storage. The MLX feels plenty big too being a foot bigger than the rest and the RZR is the smallest of the bunch. The RZX and X20 are better at keeping wind spray out of the cabin.

IMO GS20 wins on quality with X20 right behind or even, then the Tige's and MLX is clearly last. Quality seems to fall pretty well in line with price and to be fair the MLX is a budget boat for Malibu but I was surprised because my old Malibu VLX felt higher in quality and the MLX is basically the same as the new VLX except the bow.

In General I really like my RZR for surfing. The only down sides for me is having to have extra ballast or lots of people to make the best wave and its a little small. It has tons of great features. The New RZX20 has all the same tech but in a huge 20' package for a lot more money. I like all the rear facing seats and 3000lbs stock ballast. The bow rides really high but so does the X20 which leads me to believe this is part of the formula for making a huge wave with a small boat. The X20 is priced similar to the RZX20, Makes an amazing wave, also has lots of really great features and then some. To me it seems higher quality. One of the things I really noticed is how silent it is when you cross a huge wake where the other boats, especially the Malibu seem to shake and rattle. I really like the 2000lbs stock ballast that is all hard tank and still has storage or room to add more weight. 2018 is the last year of X20 and 2019 is the first year of RZX20 FWIW. The GS20 is an awesome boat but its just not great at surfing. The MLX really disappointed me. I had much higher expectation because I really loved my old VLX. The Screens are very nice but thats about all I can say positive.

I would like to test the Supra SR but have not been able to find one. The auto wake feature sounds amazing!

Hope that info helps anyone on the hunt for a similar boat. This is just my opinion of test drives. Maybe the MLX or GS can make a nice wave when dialed in but why not get one that can make a sick wave all stock with ease.


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