That is interesting VegasHawk. I have certainly seen a surge in the wake/surf type boats showing up at my local lake, 2 to 3 times as many as even 2 years ago. I talked to some young lads as they were setting up just across the street to go out on a new Super Ski Nautique (Uh, Holy Crap nice). They said they just surf now, owner said it was his new "old man" sport, the other said the wakeboard hurts too much! They had not hit 30 yet, sigh.
The Bryant brand went through that same rebirth or whatever it might be. In 2012 or so John Dorton, I think from MasterCraft, bought or bought into Bryant and made Ben Dorton, son, design manager. The influence was almost immediate as their layouts all started to show the seating options from the dedicated ski boat world. Ballasting options showed up along with the rear platform arrangements that made the surfing work, then later specific "WS" wake surfing models that use the VP forward drive.
Sometime after 2013/14 the HeyDay line of Wake Tractor boats began with Ben Dorton as president. Wake Tractor boats are designed to meet a price point for surfers, and at first they were produced at the Bryant factory but not related to Bryant brand at all. Then production moved "nearshore" to Hermosillo, then at some point in recent past Bayliner/Brunswick bought HeyDay.
Then earlier this year Correct Craft purchased Bryant in whole.
Have to watch what Malibu does after the acquisition is finalized, see if new lines or brands show up, "might get loud"