The Fillin Station Grille’s Work Getaway

When it comes to going out to the lake, most Memphians travel to Pickwick for a fun time with the family! Since last year a lot of changes have been going on at the lake, this includes the opening of the Fillin Station Grille at Aqua Yacht Harbor Marina.

If you haven’t made it out to get breakfast, lunch, or dinner at the Fillin Station, then you are missing out on some great food. As soon as you walk in to the place, you are greeted with smiles. You have the option of sitting outside in the newly built deck or inside to escape the heat. The service and management are top class, and the food is exceptional. During Memorial Day, the crew at the Fillin Station was all hands on deck and worked tirelessly to serve every customer and keep tables happy during their meals. As you know, Pickwick gets busy on big weekends, but that doesn’t stop the people at the Fillin Station from working their hardest to make the customers happy.

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The Memphis Boat Center crew has become regular customers at the Fillin Station, and we love going to eat there after a long day out on the water. The food really is amazing, and if they don’t have it on the menu they can make it for you as long as they have the ingredients! We tend to order a lot of Chicken Philly Sandwiches even though they are not on the menu, and they are some of the best we have eaten.  During our dinner a few weeks ago, we began to talk to the restaurants amazing management team and came up with an idea to take their employees out on the lake on their day off for a full day of surfing as a treat for all their hard work during Memorial Day.

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The day came and we drove up to Pickwick and met the Fillin Station Crew at the restaurant on the water and loaded everyone up on the beautiful 21VLX. We stopped at the Aqua fuel dock to get ice for the water and gatorades in the cooler and headed down to the Tom Bigbee waterway. None of the crew had surfed before, but by the end of the day everyone had surfed or wakeboarded! The smiles of everyone when they got up and surfed was amazing, and they were soon taking pictures and posting them to all their social media networks!

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The day was perfect in every way, the weather was great, we were the only ones on the river, and everyone learned how to surf. Memphis Boat Center enjoys partnering up with companies and taking out their hard working employees for a day out on the water. This creates team bonding through spending time together and helping each other learn how to surf. There will always be a time for people to have fun on the water, enjoying the gorgeous lakes in our area and working together as a team learning a new sport!

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For more information feel free to call us at (901)744-4444 or email enrique.martinez@memphisboatcenter.com to schedule your company for a retreat out on the lake!

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Catching up with Raimi Merritt before Memorial Day.

Here at Memphis Boat Center we have had very little time to stop and catch our breath with Memorial Day around the corner. We are so happy to see that everyone is excited about the holiday and coming in to the store and stocking up with the best products from our pro shop. Being an exclusive Hyperlite/Byerly dealer we are proud to carry the best boards in the industry designed by the best athletes in the world.

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One of these such athletes, Raimi Merritt, is hard at work getting ready for a summer full of competitions and events. Raimi has established herself as one of the best women wakeboarders in the world, but no matter her celebrity status and fame, she remains grounded and is one of the nicest people you could ever have a conversation with. She keeps her friends close and family closer. Enjoy our exclusive interview with Raimi as we find out a little about her and her plans for Memorial Day.


Q: What is your favorite part about spending a warm summer holiday out on the lake with friends and family? Do you have any plans for Memorial Day this year?

A: My favorite part is being able to make memories with the people you love and enjoy spending time with. I grew up on the lake and spending time with my family skiing and wake boarding, so I love being able to continue to do that throughout my life. I will be competing in the Nautique Masters this Memorial Day weekend!

Q: When did you start wakeboarding? Who was your biggest influence while learning how to ride?

A: I started wake boarding at the age of 9. My dad was definitely my biggest influence because he introduced me into wake boarding and was my drive and encouragement throughout my learning process. He also was a professional barefoot waterskier, so I wanted to follow his footsteps.

Q: With the Maiden being one of the best all around boards that we have seen, what would you tell a girl who is thinking about a new board but is not quite sure what to get? In your words why is your board a cut above the rest, but yet friendly for anyone to use?

A: All of the womens boards on the hyperlite line are made specially for women riders, which is one of the main reasons the maiden is such a great board to ride. My favorite part of the maiden board is the continuous rocker, which allows me to have a consistent edge up and through the wake and it also gives me the ability to have a big pop! The Brighton system boots that are a part of the maiden series and the only womens system boots out are also awesome because they have great ankle support and include the BOA system that helps fit to any ankle. On top of all the great technical stuff the maiden series LOOKS AWESOME & FUN!

Q: Everyone we talk to has their favorite location to take their friends and family out on the lake, where would you say your favorite place to ride is?

A: I would have to say my backyard here in Orlando, fl on Lake Conway!

Q:What do you see in your future in wakeboarding? How do you want to be remembered?

A: I see my riding to continue progressing and competing. I want to be remembered all around from my personality to my riding. The more I ride the more I learn and make my own style and that is a huge reason why I love wake boarding because I can do stuff in my own way.

Learn a Trick with Raimi.

Imagine being on the boat with Raimi Merritt. You have your boots strapped on and ready to hit the water. As a beginner, you are a little nervous, but you are excited to to get out there. You look up, and there you see Raimi, who tells you the secret of how to get better and more comfortable on your new Maiden. and the best trick to learn first on the water.

Raimi Merritt: First of all always have fun! Dont beat yourself up if you dont get something the first try because once you do get it, everything else becomes super easy. One of the best tricks to learn first is wake to wake jumps. The first invert I learned was a heel side backroll.

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Memphis Boat Center would like to say thank you to Raimi for taking the time with us and we wish her the best of luck this season. For a chance to meet Raimi or watch her ride make sure to go cheer her on at the following competitions.

 The masters. Memorial Day Weekend.
July 18-20 the Pan Am Olympic Sports Festival in Mexico.
July 24-27  Nautique nationals. August 21-24 Nautique wake open in Orlando.
September 11-14 Worlds in South Florida..

If you are looking for a new set up, make sure to contact your local Hyperlite/Byerly dealer or come on in to Memphis Boat Center and ask for Enrique.

The Best Wakeboard Boat Bracketology! Let the Best Boat Win!!!

Here at Memphis Boat Center we have embraced the NCAA Mens Basketball Bracket challenge and decided that it would be  an awesome idea to let our customers engage in our own Bracket Challenge for a chance to win a Memphis Boat Center T-Shirt and Yeti Bottle Opener!

Click Here to Download your bracket now!!!

Here is how it works.

We gave our bracket to all our employees and let all of them fill it out. we graded all the brackets and compared them together. we graded each battle and the majority of each winner was put on out “Master Bracket” The Master Bracket was Finalized and a winner was announced.

The First Person To email your bracket back to us that matches our “Master Bracket” wins the Prize!

Do your research on each boat!

Which boats are the best bang for your money?

Click Here to Download your bracket now!!!

Email Your Brackets to: Enrique.Martinez@memphisboatcenter.com

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what boat was your winner?

Was it and Axis? A Malibu? If it was, we invite you to come on in to Memphis Boat Center or your nearest dealer and let us work with you and build you the boat of your dreams or choose from our wide selection of our Axis and Malibu line up that fits your budget and lifestyle.

Enrique’s Malibu/Axis Factory Tour

This week we interviewed Enrique Martinez about his experience at the Malibu/Axis Factory. 

 

Memphis Boat Center. Q.) First things first, was it worth the drive from Memphis?

Enrique Martinez. A.) What Drive? (Enrique chuckles) I honestly didn’t think anything of the drive. I left early in the morning and next thing i knew i was passing Nashville. I stopped for Fuel and next thing i know i was at the factory.  On the way back, my mind was racing the same way a kids mind races after leaving Disneyland while repeating “that was awesome!” over and over. I promise you wont even notice the drive. 

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Q.) What was your first impression of the factory?

A.) One word, Impressive!  It really is interesting seeing how much dedication each worker puts into each boat. It really impressed me how the majority if the building process focusses on quality control. The boats have to be perfect, if not, the factory will not release it. 

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Q.)  What was the biggest shocker during the tour. 

A.) Usually when you think of engineers, you think of people behind a computer doing research and development.  What amazed me about the Malibu engineers is that they are at each station of the factory making sure things are being build properly, testing, researching, and figuring out ways to make the boat better each day. The team of 12 engineers have developed the best boats in the industry hands down. 

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Q.) Can you describe the feeling of walking through the plant?

A.)  I guess  the best way to describe the feeling is to compare it to the movie Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The whole time i was dumbstruck and in awe by every station of the building process.  Suddenly you are hit with a strong urge to touch all the boats and call them “my precious”, when suddenly you remember that the tour guide is in the middle of explaining to you something and you wondered off in daydreams. You then compose yourself, wipe off the drool, and keep learning about the building process. Image

 

Q.) What was it like to see the new 22MXZ for the first time?

A.) Man, i had to play it cool, specially since there was a ton of people around. I had to sign for the boat and get all the paper work, so on the outside i looked pretty normal. On the inside, well that is a completely different story. My mind was like a Michael Jackson music video hyped up on energy drinks. There was some moon walking, loud high pitched screams, ton of jumping up and down, doing the splits (i pictured Jimmy Fallon doing the splits and completely failing), and even some Thriller action. My face still hurts from smiling so much.

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Q.) Would you recommend the tour to anyone looking for a new boat?

A.) Yes! If you ever have the chance to take a weekend trip to the Knoxville area, stopping at the Malibu factory for a tour is a must! You will never see boats the same way!

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