When electronics make your waves: here’s the Volvo system optimized for wakeboarding

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Among the big nautical trends of the moment, a prominent place is held by water sports such as wakeboarding, water skiing and wakesurfing. These disciplines are cross-cutting and proselytizing among both kids and adults, and to ride this wave of adrenaline the motoring giant as
Volvo Penta
did not miss the appointment with innovation. Thus was born a new generation of control and display systems optimized for water sports.

Simplicity is the key

But how do these new systems work? Everything is in your hands, or rather, in your finger; in fact, with the Glass Cockpit display you can set up boat management for wakeboarding, wakesurfing and water skiing. Once activated, the system keeps the boat at the desired speed and and helps create the right wave depending on the chosen specialty. Settings can be adjusted at any time during the run using the touch screen or manual control levers on the side. Another absolute first is the integrated screen that captures live what is happening aft where you surf. In this way, those who are leading the boat can keep their eyes on the bow, on what is in front of them and at the same time check who is behind. For safety, it is a simple but very important expedient. The idea is to offer fun and adrenaline, the two elements at the heart of these sports, in a simple and entertaining way, but with an eye to what might be possible dangers. In this scenario with a focus on “wake” disciplines, the first units that will feature “Volvo Penta Water Sport Control” are Regal Boats’ 25RxSurf and LS4 Surf, two boats that were created with water sports in mind.

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