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SA 550

The Supra SA has earned a solid rep­u­ta­tion in the wa­ter­sports world as the of­fi­cial tow boat of the Pro Wake­board Tour and Pro Wakesurf Tour for the past five years. With up­dates both be­low the wa­ter and above in 2020, the 22-foot SA 550 stands out as one of

the best all-around wake­boats in its class.

Two big ad­vances take a prom­i­nent spot at the helm: Large touch­screen dis­plays pro­vide the cap­tain with menus that are both easy to nav­i­gate and see, and a third screen sits next to the glove box, al­low­ing pas­sen­gers to con­trol the SA 550’s au­dio and light­ing func­tions.

Set­ting the SA up for rider ben­e­fit proves easy thanks to Supra’s patented Au­towake sys­tem and pre­pro­grammed rider pro­files. Use the steer­ing-wheel con­trols for on-the-fly ad­just­ment. Au­towake uti­lizes on­board sen­sors to con­trol not only the boat’s pitch and roll, but also the shape of the wake and wave. New for 2020 is an auto-lev­el­ing fea­ture. Made for cruis­ing, Au­towake will uti­lize the surf tabs at the

tran­som to keep the boat level, no mat­ter where pas­sen­gers de­cide to sit.

Com­fort and stor­age abound aboard the SA, thanks in large part to the sub­floor ballast that holds up to 3,500 pounds of wa­ter. While most other brands of­fer plug-and-play ballast as an add-on, Supra for­goes that op­tion, claim­ing it isn’t needed. Truth be told, it isn’t, which means more room for boards, gear and all your friends. The cushy in­te­rior stays cool, even un­der the hot sun, thanks to Chill Tech Vinyl, and a flip-up back on the port­side lounge com­bined with the con­vert­ible rear bench al­lows for nu­mer­ous seat­ing ar­range­ments. Mounted to the power-fold­ing tower is an over­size Bi­mini top that not only pro­vides tons of shade and pro­tec­tion to the in­te­rior, but also hosts surf­board racks above.

The stars of the SA are the world-class wakes and waves. When com­bined with all the tech and com­fort, the SA is a boat that can cater to ev­ery­body, from top-level pros to new­com­ers.

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