The Hyperlite Board Review (Part 2)

My friends, we have embarked on a journey. A journey to uncover the best shred sticks that Memphis Boat Center has to offer. We are now on part 2 of our shred stick review series which means it’s time for the lady shredders to take some notes. Today we will be talking about three Hyperlite boards from their lady line: the Prizm, the Eden, and the Maiden. These boards have been flying out of our doors all summer long, but there is still time to figure out what board is right for you! Let’s get into it:


1. The Hyperlite Prizm – Ridden by Raimi Merritt

Designed by Shaun Murray and ridden by Raimi Merritt, the Prizm is one of the hottest shapes for 2016. With the exception of the satin flex for female riders, this board is identical to the Murray (with the exception of graphics.) A beautiful three stage rocker allows this board to effortlessly pop off of the wake, and with a mellow tip and tail this board is very forgiving. The smooth landings will take away some of the punishment your knees suffer when you send that wake jump into the flat water. If you are looking to take your riding to the next level, the Prizm is the right board for you!


2. The Hyperlite Eden 2.0 – The Progression Pirate

Simple, elegant, and symmetrical; those are the three words I have to use describing the Eden 2.0. This board bears the same shape as the State 2.0, but the graphics and flex have been tailored to the ladies. The symmetrical design of this board allows the rider to experience smooth transition through the fundamentals of wakeboarding, and the exaggerated toeside edge helps generate stability and control when charging through those harder edges. The moderate speed presented with this board is perfect for anyone who is looking to take their riding to the next level. If you have a heart for progression or just want a comfortable, all-around shape, the Eden 2.0 belongs on your boat!


3. The Hyperlite Maiden – Raimi’s Signature Model

Designed by a two time World Champion and ten time World Cup winner, the Hyperlite Maiden is a performance ready powerhouse. Raimi Merritt has packed all of the fundamental components for faster edges, higher pop, and stronger control into one wakeboard. The Dual molded landing features give this board superior cushion on landings, and the thinner profile commands swift board response. Whether you are spinning flat on the surface or through the air, the reduced tip and tail width allow you to nail those rotations with ease. If you love to send it this is your stick, it’s a board designed by the best, for the best!


We will list our favorite surf boards that we carry! Memphis Boat Center carries surf boards from Byerly, Hyperlite, and Phase 5, and we love every single one of them! Be sure to head over to to learn more about their amazing lady shredders, or stop by the Memphis Boat Center and ask to speak with one of our Pro Shop staff members! We hope this review was helpful to you if you’re searching for that new shred stick!

Happy Shredding!

The Hyperlite Board Review

Here at Memphis Boat Center we love the sport of wakeboarding. We love wakeboarding so much that we test each of the new board models that come through our doors, so when you come to Memphis Boat Center looking for a new shred stick you know exactly what you are getting! 2016 has been an incredible year for the sport of wakeboarding in terms of contests, the progression of riding, and the influence on youth culture. The progression of riding has pushed the progression of technology; making the wakeboards we ride today the most advanced water sticks on the market. Today, I have a review of the top boards we carry in the Memphis Boat Center pro shop for both men and women. Let’s kick things off with the gentlemen:

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  1. The Hyperlite Vagabond – designed by Trevor Maur

The newest addition to the Hyperlite family is the Vagabond, which made its debut this year. Designed by one of the most stylish riders in the game (Trevor Maur) this board is a perfect hybrid between the stability of the Murray and the fast, aggressive edging of the Marek. This board edges into the wake perfectly, and with a wide tip/tail it creates incredible pop. The tracking on this board is instantaneous, giving you optimal control over your heel/toe edge. If you want to send your tricks into the stratosphere but still save your knees, this is the board for you!

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2. The Hyperlite Murray – designed by Shaun Murray

A timeless classic created by a timeless athlete, the 2016 Murray is one of our most popular boards that we carry. The Murray has taken on a new shape for 2016 but the design has proven to be the best one yet. The base is wider, allowing control throughout the board. The tip and tail store enough energy to send you to the moon, but the mellow transition through the rocker line give this board a very forgiving feeling. Don’t get it twisted, this board likes to play fast and loose with its edges, but once locked in the Murray will build the speed that you need to fly across the wake effortlessly just like Shaun. If you’re throwing down hammers or just want to learn a simple wake to wake jump, this board belongs on your boat!

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3. The Hyperlite Franchise – designed by Jimmy LaRiche

The Franchise has become an iconic shape for Hyperlite, and being the product of one of their most iconic riders it backs up the superstar title. The Franchise combines a slightly wider base with fluid release off the wake, giving it incredible pop. Edging into the wake has never been so effortless, this board glides through the water like a knife through butter. The low profile design keeps the tail of the Franchise slightly lower in the water than most boards, but that does not stop this shape from breaking loose and giving you one of the best rides of your life. The landings are soft, and if you plan on going as large as Jimmy does go ahead and pick up the Franchise before your summer runs out!

We carry all of these boards AND MORE at Memphis Boat Center, so if you would like to know more about these products please come pay us a visit! Our pro shop staff is always on hand to make sure you’re shredding the right way. Also, don’t forget to check out for information on all of the products in the Hyperlite line. The next post will feature our top picks for the ladies, so stay tuned!

Happy Shredding folks!


4th of July Memphis Boat Center Mayhem


IT. IS. TIME!!!!!

The 4th of July is one of the greatest American Holidays that we celebrate for many reasons, one of which being the Anniversary of the United States declaring its Independence from the English in 1776.

Enough History, that’s not why you’re here..

You are here because to you the 4th of July represents much more than freedom and America, some of these things include Chinese fireworks, red meat, Roman candle fights with your brother Steve, “Freebird” by Lynard Skynard, and a one way ticket to Shredtown, USA. At Memphis Boat Center, we can relate to your visions of the American Dream, and we are here to celebrate this dream with you accordingly.

THIS WEEKEND at Pickwick, Memphis Boat Center will be on a BRAND NEW 2017 Axis T23!

Y’all remember those killer t-shirts that we were slinging around the lake during Memorial Day Weekend? Yeah, they’re coming back, but this time members of the Red Bull Wings Team will be on our boat sampling cans to whoever needs some wings!


Wow, what a beautiful piece of machinery! The 2017 Axis T23

Make sure you stay up to date with our 4th of July Plans via our Facebook Page, where we will also be posting our GPS spot tracking link as well!


Please remember to stay safe this weekend on the water.”Operation Dry Water” will be in full effect on Pickwick during the holiday weekend, so make sure the following items are in your boat:  1.) Enough CGA life vests for all passengers. 2.) A fire extinguisher. 3.) A boat paddle. 4.) Your registration and boating license. 5.) A throw cushion. 6.) A sober driver behind the wheel of your boat. 7.) A really great attitude!

Follow these rules, look for our boat, have a good time, and remember…


I’ll see y’all on the water!

From Another Perspective.

As you may have noticed in our previous post there was talk of a camping trip. Well, that trip never took place, things fell through but that did not stop the Memphis Boat Center from cutting our losses and charging forward. Instead of camping with our customers, we decided that traveling to Pickwick and hitch-hiking from boat to boat would be a fulfilling substitution. Armed with a wakeboard and no demo boat for backup, we clocked out early on Friday to start a long weekend of customer appreciation.

For me, the trip felt different from the start, but not in a bad way. It felt different in the sense that there was new opportunity and new relationships just waiting to be discovered. Leaving before 6pm and without a boat was strange, but arriving at the lake with nothing but a cell phone and a wakeboard foreshadowed prosperity. Thankfully, I had the Shepherd family with me at the cabin, so being lonely was never in question.

For me, getting out on the water is almost ritualistic. I do the same things, listen to the same songs, and think the same thoughts that I have thought since I started embracing this lifestyle. To be perfectly honest, I didn’t think there was another way to do the things that I do on the lake unless it was done my way.

How could I be so stubborn to reduce an activity that I used to praise with magniloquence and grace to something so jaded and meandering?

Stepping into the realm of another boat captain was like having the blinders removed, and it gave me such a boost on life. The opportunity to be a fly on the wall for another family while they enjoy their time on the water just as I have enjoyed mine was a joyous occasion, but I wasn’t just a fly on the wall. I was given the opportunity to help others with various water sports; whether it be wakeboarding, surfing, or wakeskating. My time wasn’t just spent with the Shepherd family, I was able to bounce around from boat to boat like a water-logged nomad helping members of the Memphis Boat Center family wherever they needed it. From driving the boat to tending the rope, I did my best to stay out of everyone’s way and keep the positive attitudes flowing.

In all honesty, this past weekend was one of the most fulfilling weekends on the water that I have had the opportunity to be a part of. The interaction with family members, young and old, will create lasting memories that serve as constant reminders to why I chose to be a part of this industry.

To everyone that has spent time with the Memphis Boat Center Lake Crew, THANK YOU! We enjoy the memories you have given us, and we are looking forward to many more!

Happy Shredding!!

Camping with the Lake Crew


Memphis Boat Center is proud to extend an invitation to you, your friends, your family, and whoever else you want to pack into a boat and travel close to ninety miles with by water. June 17th-19th will be a weekend full of exciting adventure, primitive camping, and TONS of boating. The lake crew at Memphis Boat Center will be traveling from Aqua Yacht Harbor in Pickwick all the way down the waterway to Joe Wheeler State Park in Alabama. This epic journey will take you across three state lines, down a lock, and through one of the most beautiful waterways running across the South.

You need some details don’t you?

The morning of the 17th we will depart from Aqua and begin our long journey down the waterway to Joe Wheeler. Memphis Boat Center will be piloting two boats, so you’re going to have to bring your own. We want a fleet of boats cruising down the waterway with us! Once we arrive at the campsite, which will be primitive, the fun begins. Joe Wheeler State Park is a 2,550 acre park with tons of amazing trails, waterways, and other activities to get your camping spirit fired up. If the primitive camping does not appeal to you they offer rental cabins for the weekend, but you’ll have to pay for them. Cabin rentals can be made at this number 256-685-2656 or by going to their website.

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The lakefront lodge at Joe Wheeler State park

Personally, I don’t recommend sleeping inside, the scenery is just too beautiful. We here at Memphis Boat Center hope to bring everyone on this trip together for a fantastic weekend on the water and out in Nature. If you have any questions please feel free to call us, and if you plan on joining us for this epic journey please comment on our Facebook page so we know who you are or come into the shop and ask for Houston!


Memorial Day Madness!!


Cole Heotis locking in the indy grab behind the Malibu 23 LSV.

Memorial Day was nothing short of a good time for the Memphis Boat Center lake team. The crew went to Pickwick loaded with Memphis Boat Center giveaway gear, and they didn’t come back with a single piece of it. There’s just something about shooting t-shirt stuffed koozies out of a slingshot that really lights a fire under someone, but the real fire was lit behind the Malibu 23 LSV. All weekend long the lake team pulled surfers and wakeboarders, and they even stopped to give a few lessons too.


Six-year-old Jackson Carroll used the Bb Talkin’ headset to learn how to wakeboard for the first time.

One of the best tools Memphis Boat Center has is our Bb Talkin’ Bluetooth communicators. These waterproof headsets allow our riders to communicate with the coaches in the boat, cutting their learning curve in half. One of the youngest students I have ever encountered was Jackson Carroll, a quiet six-year-old with an itch for water sports. Jackson was one of our first real tests for the communicator system. After a brief explanation on wakeboarding fundamentals, Jackson was ready to ride. Watching someone that young get up on a wakeboard for their first time and shred like he did was an incredible experience for our lake team.


Kathryn Newman shreds harder than most of the guys you know.

Kathryn Newman also got a chance to use our communicator system to clean up her wake jumps and learn some new grabs. It was really fun to hear her talking to herself while she was behind the boat. Clearly she forgot that I could still hear everything she was saying, but you could tell how much fun she was having flying through the air and slashing the wake like a hot knife through butter. The lake team is very thrilled with the technological potential our communication system possesses.


Watching Nick Longsworth surf is like watching a video game.

We made sure that our surf wake was absolutely dialed for the summer, and we put that to the test over Memorial Day weekend. There were tons of people who got up for their first time, and there were also some first time tricks landed behind the Memphis Boat Center demo boat! Will Upton landed a 360 flat spin, and also transferred between two boats while surfing. Everyone that took a pull behind our boat was smiling and having a good time, which is the number one goal for the Memphis Boat Center lake team. We hope that you had a blast on Memorial Day, and make sure you keep an eye out for the lake team on weekends at Pickwick! Go watch our video recap and check out our social media pages here and here!

bbtalkin3Happy Shredding!

Book Your Axis Rentals TODAY!!



Summer is upon us, and starting Memorial Day weekend YOU can rent our beautiful new Axis T22 towboat on Pickwick. That’s right, Anastasia has found her way home to Memphis Boat Center and she’s ready to make new friends. Visit the Memphis Boat Center website and be sure to reserve your spot TODAY. Our weekends fill up quick, and you don’t want to miss out on the opportunity of a lifetime!

We will see you at Pickwick, and remember folks,

Happy Shredding!

Pickwick vs. “The New Guy”

Despite the bipolar weather we have experienced lately, the summer is upon us. There are quite a few things at Memphis Boat Center that have changed since last year, like our lake program. In 2016 we will be offering you, the customers, a chance to rent an Axis wakeboarding boat.

We’ve discussed this previously in the blog, but you can still pretend to be excited again!!!

Among the laundry list of changes made, the face of our lake program has also taken a new form. That form is Houston Buckley; recent college graduate, former college athlete, (I’m claiming Ole Miss Wakeboarding as a college athlete experience) the writer for all your Memphis Boat Center content, and most recently the new face of our Lake Program!


Photo of Houston Buckley by Katie Erickson

That’s right folks! I’ll be in Pickwick every weekend with our beautiful demo boat hunting you down and convincing you to shred! Have no fear, our beloved Enrique Martinez will still be in Pickwick with me almost every weekend when he is not busy juggling marketing, sales, and customer service at the shop on Saturdays. We aren’t as gnarly as we used to be, but we sure do like to have fun!


Photo of Enrique Martinez by Katie Erickson

Enrique and I have been friends since our college wakeboarding days, so having someone from the same mindset he has comes with a degree of comfort. I’ve been very excited since September for the opportunity to spend time with customers on the lake and to push them as riders. I know you’re probably used to a lot of surfing, which is fine, but I cannot express how stoked I am to wakeboard with the Memphis Boat Center family.

When I was 18 years old I did not want to become a professional wakeboarder, I wanted to become a professional coach. Instead of pushing myself forward to learn a ton of new tricks I focused on helping others around me learn the tricks that I had been taught. I was blessed to have a former professional rider coach me all the way through college, and now I get the chance to share that knowledge with you guys! I am so stoked to be at this point in my journey, and I can’t wait to get in the water with y’all!

Happy Shredding, I’ll see you guys in the water!


Product Review: Ride Engine and Bb Talkin’

Here at Memphis Boat Center we carry a lot of different brands to support all of your aquatic accommodations. We have chosen the brands that we carry because we believe in the quality of their products. Since the weather has warmed up significantly, we have been back on the water and giving our gear the ultimate test. This review covers wet suits by Ride Engine and the new Bluetooth intercom system by Bb Talkin’.

ride engine Ride Engine started as a kite surfing harness manufacturer, but has since gravitated into the business of wet suits and accessories as well. Ride Engine suits are manufactured with a different neoprene than the wet suits you are used to. These suits have incredible flexibility, and the seams are stitched tactically to provide the user with unmatched comfort. Traditionally, a thinner suit would provide the stretch and comfort while the level of heat decreased, but that is not the case with Ride Engine. Using the heater top (which has a rating of 1.5 mm) left me comfortable in water that reached temperatures lower than 68. The price range on these suits vary, with heater tops starting at $99.00 and their thickest suit topping out at $459.00. However, you get what you pay for, and these suits are still less expensive than some of the brand recognizable companies. Keep  your eyes peeled for big, innovative products coming from Ride Engine in the future.

bb talkin In the past there wasn’t an effective coaching method that provided immediate feedback from teacher to student, and the learning curve still had a few hurdles to get over. Not anymore, with the new Bluetooth intercom system from Bb Talkin’, the action sports communications bar has officially been raised. These tiny intercoms have a maximum range of 1 mile and have a 15 hour battery life. The water proof housing almost looks like a tiny Gopro with an antenna, but the microphones pick up very clear sound and deliver crisp dialogue between the users. The only concern I have with these devices is high impact crashes, and the significantly decreased range/battery life if more than two intercoms are connected. For surfing, wakeboarding, and any other water sport the company offers a wakeboard helmet with an intercom mount and a surf style hat with the same configurations. This device will greatly improve coaching sessions and help stint the learning curve tremendously.

To find out more about these amazing products, come down to Memphis Boat Center and check them out or visit their individual websites!  Happy Shredding!