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Wakeboard towers are an evolution of the pylon and extended pylon. An early version of a wakeboard tower was first patented in 1996. In general, boat companies do not make the towers and outsource to wakeboard tower manufacturers, but there are a few that make their own. In most instances, boat dealerships and other authorized dealers sell the towers and buyers can then purchase other things, like tower accessories, as well.
There are aftermarket wakeboard towers that are made by companies that do not have a contract with a boat manufacturer. This usually just means the manufacturer is small or doesn't have a large enough network of dealerships to sell to.