Malibu Boats unveils Axis military-tribute boat

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Axis Wake Research developed a special, limited-time Recon edition boat as a tribute to the U.S. armed forces.

It was inspired by team rider Keith Lyman, who decided to leave professional wakeboarding to serve in the Army last year, according to the company. A portion of the proceeds from each Recon edition boat will directly benefit Jared Allen's Homes for Wounded Warriors.

The A20 and A22 boats will be fitted with the Recon package in 2013, which includes digital camouflage graphics and vinyl accents, a Recon gelcoat scheme, a charcoal tower and a branded steering wheel, swim pad and carpet.

"We were moved by Keith's decision and wanted to recognize and appreciate all the troops who are defending our freedom on a daily basis," Malibu Boats vice president of product Adam McCall said in a statement.

Lyman retired from a 10-year wakeboarding career at age 27 and joined the military after admiring service members for most of his life. Axis was impressed with Lyman's decision to give up a successful professional wakeboarding career to serve the country and decided to honor him, and all other servicemen and women, with the Recon edition.

"Both Axis Wake Research and Malibu Boats have supported the men and women who serve our country throughout our 30-year history, and we will continue to do so with special projects like the Recon edition," McCall said in a statement. "Many soldiers seem to be attracted to the Axis for its styling, simplicity and reasonable price, and this is the least we could do to give back."

The Recon will debut Sept. 6-8 at Surf Expo in Orlando, Fla.

Axis is a brand of Malibu Boats, a privately held company with about 450 employees and manufacturing facilities in California, Tennessee and Australia.

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