Since its inception, the wakeboard tower has been an icon of the sport. Metcraft Enterprises of Sylmar, California, broke the mold in the late 1990s, literally and figuratively, with its patented cast aluminum wakeboard tower designs. In 2007, Zewski Corporation was contracted to work alongside Metcraft Enterprises to create the AlphaZ tower, project name "Sport Arc".
After developing a concept and building a scale model of the idea, Tige Boats jumped on board and over the next 12 months, Zewski Corporation worked with Tige and Metcraft to make a Tower that would define Tige's Towboats for the next-generation of riders.
In the fall of 2008, Zewski Corporation went to work on the complex Computer Automated Design (CAD) that would define the tower for the next 8 years. Building both exterior features styling and interior structural integrity the hundreds of hours of programming paid off.
From 3D CAD, using a gantry style CNC, Bob Metcalf, Metcraft Enterprises (pictured) had a MDF board, full scale model built for proof of concept. Seen here at Tige' boats, Bob analyzes the tower fit on the boat and enjoys the fruits of his vision.
In mid-2008 the first production tower was delivered. Designed to pull nearly 3000 lbs., the tower incorporated the manufacturing processes of: Casting; Welding; Injection Molding; Machining & Powder Coating.
During a review of the boats, Boating World Magazine's Alan Jones stated the tower "...looks like something designed by the Department of Defense..." and then went on to say "it's like the Batmobile of wakeboard towers."
Today, pictured here with Zewski owner, Larry Kiliszewski, illuminated with blue LEDs, and loaded with two Wet Sounds horn speakers, the tower still dominates in the high-end tow boat market.