by Dom Wiseman

Volvo Penta has entered the wakesurfing, wakeboarding and waterskiing market, developing a fully integrated, automated water sport control system that will make the perfect wave with the touch of a finger.

The control and display system is the ultimate solution for boat builders. The Volva Penta water sport package is fully integrated with the Forward Drive, Electronic Vessel Control (EVC) and Glass Cockpit systems.

“Wakesurfing is one of the fastest growing trends in today’s boating market, and we’re seeing even more boatbuilders bringing to market a new class of boats optimized for water sports enabled by Volvo Penta’s Forward Drive technology,” says Ron Huibers, president and CEO of Volvo Penta of the Americas.

“The Water Sport Control is the latest in our long line of innovations that reflect our Easy Boating vision, applying new automation technologies to make it easier for more people to have fun on the water.”

volvo penta ballast control screenThe console-mounted touchscreen is super intuitive, with users controlling the wake profile to create the perfect wave. By maintaining a constant speed from the touch of a finger, and using the automatic trim option, users can sustain a beautiful wake.

It is possible to adjust settings at any time. The Volvo Penta Water Sport Control system can store optimal settings for up to three users. The live video display allows boat drivers to monitor and control, whilst saying focused and concentrated on what’s coming in front.

The first boatbuilder to introduce the Volvo Penta Water Sport Control system is Regal Boats. It is currently being offered on both the 25RX Surf and LS4 Surf models.

“Volvo Penta has hit another home run with the new Water Sport Control,” says Paul Kuck, director of product development and marketing at Regal Boats.

“Now we’re able to offer our customers a new way to enjoy the excitement and fun of wakesurfing. Most importantly, with Volvo Penta we can deliver a total wakesurfing experience as part of a fully integrated helm-to-prop propulsion package that’s supplied, warranted and supported by a single trusted partner.”