Re: Wakeboard Selection and Design Questions
- I would say that no matter how hard you try to figure out which
board you want to buy with your head, including all of our well
meaning advice, the only way to really know what board you are going
to be happy with is to ride it. So if you are not in a big hurry to
buy the board, seek out the shops and people that will let you try
the board before you buy it. It doesn't matter if it is a TT,
wakeboard, or directional. What matters is that you like the way it
rides, and are comfortable on the board. What I like, you may hate,
so there is no one board that is perfect for everyone. If you ride
several boards you will have a better idea of what you want a board
to perform like. I wouldn't be too concerned about getting
the "right" board that you will not want to replace in a year.
Chances are if you get catch the same addictive behavior pattern that
most of us share about this sport, you will want to change the board
in a year anyhow. By then your riding style will have
changed/improved, so even if you are totally stoked on a board you
want this year, by next year that may all change. So if you want to
keep the cost down find a board you like and buy it used. Then take
every opportunity you can to try out other boards. In a year of
riding / improving, and trying other boards, you will know exactly
what board you will want to buy new by the next year. Hey I even have
a board that you may want. It's only 5 months old and I will sell it
cheap. E-mail me if you are interested. Anyhow that aside; The board
flex, weight, tail cut, and bottom design will of course change the
way a board rides, but there is no single design characteristic that
you can point to and say; If a board has a Dominatrix concave bottom,
a square tip/tail, and the flex is rated at 8.5 lbs that it will be a
great board. It's the whole board and all of it's characteristics
that make it ride the way it does. It would be interesting if there
was a way to have people try different boards without knowing what
they are, sort of like the blind Pepsi / Coke taste test challenge.
I think we would find that people would choose boards that are not
necessarily the custom high dollar boards at all, but would instead
choose boards on the way they feel on the water, and not whether they
are the name brand that is suppose to be the best thing going. We
have the ability to make almost any board work, so find one that
instills a sense of confidence in you by the way it works with your
riding style. There is just no substitute for riding the board you
are interested in.
--- In kitesurf@y..., tgaunce@b... wrote:
> For all the gearheads and designers out there ...
> I'll be obsessing about selecting my first wakeboard over the next
> little while. I got my first ride on one at a REAL Kiteboarding
> a few weeks ago and am hooked.
> My stats:
> 180lbs riding the NC Coastal flat waters.
> Starting to get some jumps. Maintain my ground. Making some of my
> turns. I will go with full bindings. Other board is an F-One TT
> with sandals.
> There seems to be a lot of changing designs out there. The only
> board I've ridded is a 139cm Jimmy Lewis Custom VulcanII Dominatrix.
> Sweet board! Would I be able to tell the difference between
> board and this one? Say the Naish 140? Pitbull 148?
> How big a factor and what advantages to the following design
> parameters offer:
> Board flex?
> Board weight?
> Tail cutout (pickle fork, slight fork, squared off)?
> Dominatrix (concave) bottom?
> I've noticed that the new Wipika Inferno has the JL Dominatrix
> as well. Will we see more boards with this concave bottom and
> increased flex?
> Big question ... is the JL Custom worth the $$premium over a
> production board?
> Would I notice the difference?
> If $$ was not an issue I would be all over the JL.
> I want to keep costs down but don't want to invest in a board I'll
> want to replace in a year.