Every year, the American Water Ski Association (AWSA) evaluates a handful of ski boats to determine which models have what it takes to tow the upcoming tournament season. To be considered tournament-worthy, each boat must pass a series of 11 tests and subtests, focusing on factors like power and acceleration, drivability, handling and maneuverability, sound level, and engineering. Six boats made the cut for 2011, including the Centurion Carbon Pro, Malibu Response LXi, MasterCraft ProStar 190, MasterCraft ProStar 197, Ski Nautique 200 and Sport Nautique 200. Although the results of the AWSA evaluations are strictly confidential, we asked four tournament veterans to give their personal assessments of these elite, high-performance rides.
Malibu Response LXi
2011 Malibu Open Towboat
Whether I’m practicing or in a tournament, I know the LXi will perform consistently. When I’ve ridden behind other brands, the pull is often different from boat to boat, but when I ski behind a Malibu, I’m 100-percent confident the pull will be constant. I can trust its reliability in any condition, on any lake. This perfect pull combined with the LXi’s butter-soft wake always lets me ski my best. – Thomas Degasperi