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FOREST LAKE COMPANY MAKES WAVES (LITERALLY) — Though summer is waning, there’s still plenty of time to get out on the lake to enjoy the sun and spray, especially if you’re a wakesurfer.

Forest Lake-based company Nauticurl has produced a new wake shaper to get the most out of your boat’s wake. It can attach to any boat with an inboard motor to provide a perfect wave for wakesurfing.

“It’s the first product in a line of products we intend to introduce into the boating market,” said Andy Nintzel, Nauticurl vice president of sales and marketing. “Wakeboarding is the fastest growing trend in water sports … (but with) wakeboarding in general, there’s a price to pay in learning how to get good at it. You crash a lot, pull joints and break stuff in the process of getting to a high level. Wakesurfing is the opposite: it’s low speed, low impact, and it doesn’t matter how old (participants) are, they can get up and learn to wakesurf without any pain.”

While wakeboarding often happens at speeds between 20 and 30 mph, wakesurfing is more relaxed at around 14 mph.

The Nauticurl wake shaper has been on the market since October 2016.

“Kind of a goofy time to launch a product like that,” he said. “We didn’t expect the popularity to surge.”

Nintzel said that the Nauticurl has become popular not only on Minnesota lakes, but all over the world—he’s had online orders from as far as Dubai, and the orders didn’t slow down during the winter thanks to surf enthusiasts in the southern hemisphere.

Nauticurl is a passion project for Nintzel and his two partners, who wanted to remain anonymous. All of them have jobs in “the real world”; Nintzel works in advertising for a newspaper conglomerate. He previously lived in California, where he enjoyed surfing on the big waves, before moving back to White Bear Lake.

The wake shaper was intended to make surfing more accessible to people of all abilities and income levels, since water sports can quickly become physically challenging and expensive.

“The wakesurf market has grown to the point where boats are hundreds of thousands of dollars,” Nintzel said. “If you’re an average family, and you have an old boat, it alleviates having to see if you like something by spending $150,000 on a boat. (The high cost is) alienating a ton of people from getting into a sport.”

Instead of buying a specialized wakesurf boat, anyone can attach this apparatus to boats of any age and type as long as they have an inboard motor. (Outboard motors sit underneath the boat, which can pose a safety risk to surfers).

“We have a guy running a 1962 boat,” Nintzel said. “You don’t have to have a set income level to go out and play on the water.”

Though sales have been high all over the country, and in surfing epicenters such as California and Florida, Nintzel said it was important to keep the company based locally.

“We wanted to stay Minnesota-based,” he said. “We’re manufactured in Minnesota, the aluminum is stamped out in St. Paul and the powder coating is done in Wyoming. We’re proudly made in the U.S.”

In addition to the wake shaper, Nauticurl offers other water sports products, including wakesurf boards, boat ballasts, stand-up paddleboards and more.

You can learn more about Nauticurl and its products at www.nauticurl.com, or by calling 612-998-8368.

Jackie Bussjaeger is the editor of the Forest Lake and St. Croix Valley Lowdown, and can be reached at 651-407-1229 or lowdownnews@presspubs.com.



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