Jul 24

Skim skin

We want to skip ahead on our R&D skimmer build, to talk about a concept we wanted to try. We had this idea of creating a multi-density foam skim board, not like on a surf style board with a low density core material, but with a normal higher density core and then an even HIGHER density skin on the deck side, thermoformed over the rails and bonded over the entire surface.

Our thought was that we could improve the durability of the deck side where most heel dents and the like occur, plus by wrapping the skin over the rails where it would curve, we could increase the stiffness our along the rails. We’ve talked about how “grab rails” are actually a means of stiffening the rail out along the perimeter similar in function to the folds and indentations on your cars door skins.

So…we didn’t do that! We’re sorry! We had PLANNED to, but never got around to buying the material and supplies we would have needed to make that deck skin. Part of the planning for that build, was that the remainder of the core is about 1/8″ thinner than the final overall thickness that we wanted to achieve. So we had to add something to structure to get it back up to the thickness we want. We opted out of the more difficult wrapping the rails, since we are going to be using the same density material for this skin, as the rest of the core. So wrapping would have just increased the complexity without really giving us a true test of the increase in stiffness out along the rails due to the wrapping. So, instead we will just glue the skin to the bottom and call it good.

We want to go off on a tangent for a moment. There are, in our minds, six sort of pillars of ethical behavior: Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring and Citizenship. We are pretty sure that most folks would agree that ethical behaviors are preferred, what’s the opposite? It’s better to be unethical?! No one would publicly say that, although their behaviors may indicate otherwise. So we all sort of publicly or openly confirm: Be honest, don’t deceive, cheat or steal. Treat others with respect. Play by the rules, don’t take advantage of others. So when we show you stuff like this, where we wind up changing something because we forgot to order materials or just got impatient or lazy, we’re being straightforward. It’s not some test of how this arrangement would work compared to the deck skin arrangement, we just got lazy. There you go! So, we do that, because…well it’s easier and also, it’s honest and ethical. AND that gives you reason to trust what we are saying elsewhere. We’ve seen unethical behaviors and you simply can’t ignore them and think those folks are ethical elsewhere. If you lie, cheat, steal, mislead elsewhere, you’re pretty likely to do it everywhere. We really value your ability to trust us, so when we say we’re lazy it’s honest!!! :) And you can trust the rest of what we are saying, too.

Ok, so back on track.

Since we needed to increase the thickness and we didn’t want to mess with wrapping the rails on the deck side, that really only left gluing the skin to the bottom. We’re kinda hoping that adding the skin to the bottom with help the flat sheets retain some of the rocker that we’ll glue in, but as we’ve mentioned before, it really takes 3 layers of “whatever” to achieve that.

So the first thing we do is trace the outline of the core onto the skin, flush around the outline.

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This skin is 3 mm divinycell H80. It’s a 5 pound density, as opposed to the 8 or 10 pound we wanted to use. It’s relatively stiff, but at this thickness cuts with a pair of scissors, somewhat like heavy construction paper.

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Then we sort of match it to the outline of the core, which we haven’t shared with you as yet, but we’ve shaped the outline and also the rails.

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Had we gone ahead with out original plan, we would have cut the outline 1/4″ narrower than planned, so that when we added the deck skin, the structure would have filled out to the final measurment.

Ok, so that was what we wanted to share, best laid plans, huh? We’ll most likely back up and start where we left off before this post to bring everyone up to speed. Thanks for following along and being patient with this convoluted presentation!

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Jul 23

Wakesurf athletes taxation

We were just talking about the most recent contest in Texas and a question came up about deducting the various expenses associated with these contests. As we got involved in the conversation, it became obvious that some folks may not be aware of some of the reporting obligations or what can be deducted.

So first up, is filing requirements when you are away from your tax home. Remember a few years ago when the WWSC was held in Arizona? Well, if over the course of the year an athlete had more than $5,500 from Arizona sources, they should have filed a non-resident income tax return for that state. To further complicate the matter, each state seems to have different filing thresholds and many cities have filing requirements also. The best thing to do? Keep track of your winnings and expenses by event and then do some quick research to see if you have a filing requirement in that state. It’s not uncommon for professional athletes in various sports to file 10 and 12 individual state and jurisdiction returns.

Yikes, huh?

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The next question that comes up is the deduction for the various costs of competing. Some are really clear, the entry fee for a contest where you can win money is a direct expense of your income as a professional athlete. What about the travel to and from? There are a myriad of rules surrounding the cost of travel. One of the factors is your tax home. For IRS purposes that is usually your regular place of business. Uh oh, huh? Most traveling athletes don’t have a main place of business. This is one reason James established the Flyboy Store, it clearly establishes his place of business. Anyway, the IRS hates travel expenses and if you don’t have a main place of business they can consider you an itinerant and as such, you have NO deductible travel expenses! A little planning can really help here.

Also, the question the IRS always asks regarding travel expenses is whether the main purpose of the travel is business related. You ride for 2 minutes and there is no pay out, think those travel expenses are deductible? What if the vast majority of time you are out sight seeing, or just having fun, unrelated to winning money? Yeah, the IRS is probably going to tell you that your primary purpose of travel was to go have fun! Not the 2 minutes of riding. The primary purpose of a trip is determined by looking at the facts and circumstances of each case. An important factor is the amount of time you spent on personal activities during the trip as compared to the amount of time spent on activities directly relating to business. If the trip is primarily personal in nature, none of your traveling expenses are deductible. This is true even if you engage in some business activities while you are there. Oh and if someone PAYS for your travel and you just show up, that’s still income to you. The IRS considers that to be just like you were paid and then used the money to buy the travel. Are you recording that income? Most folks don’t!

In front of all taxing authorities, YOU have the burden of proving your deductions are allowable. It’s not like criminal law where you are presumed innocent, you are presumed GUILTY until you can prove yourself innocent. The IRS doesn’t need to do anything more than say – prove all of those deductions are allowable. If you can’t, kiss them goodbye, along with your tax dollars.

There are ways to help insure your deductions are allowable. Contractual provisions from sponsors, ridiculous amounts of documentation showing you’re selling products or fulfilling the requirements of sponsor/clients and, of course, actually doing business!!!

Not making money? That’s not uncommon and it’s a hobby. The IRS has limitations on Hobby Losses. You may have enough allowable deductions to offset your income, but the IRS won’t allow you to deduct a loss on your taxes.

What about the cost and operation of the boat? Is it yours? If you’re a minor, it’s probably your parents and so those expenses aren’t yours! Not deductible. But there are ways to take those, within reason, and insure they are deductible. Training is a huge expense and shouldn’t be overlooked, but you have to structure them and make sure they are obligations OF and paid by the person/entity that has a business operation. Mom and dad, typically don’t.

We’ve also seen a lot of contests that don’t issue 1099′s. Does the mean you don’t have to report it? Nope! The failure of the contest to issue a 1099, doesn’t exempt that income, you still need to keep track and report it. The contest may be in for trouble for failing to issue information returns, but that doesn’t change your basic requirement to report the income.

So, lots to think about in there. Your status as employee or self-employed or as a corporate/LLC owner, your tax home, the winnings in various states and cities, are you doing business or just having a blast (check your FB posts!) and do you have piles and piles of documentation to support your deductions. You’ll certainly want to consult with your tax adviser and get those transactions structured appropriately.

Thanks for following along, we really appreciate it!

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Jul 22

James Walker hits 11 years of contests

James Walker with his Flyboy, made another podium at the TWS – FFDI held at TSR. It marks 11 straight years of contests and podiums. James is one of the pioneers in competitive wakesurfing, back when there weren’t any tours and the only thing available was the amateur INT League contests. He’s continued on in the competitive wakesurf contests for over a decade! Something like 77 podium spots.

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The NWWSA event will be held behind a Supra with their surf system, on Lake Tye which is a nice lake that has fairly good depth across the majority of the lake. James will be in Texas for a few more days before heading up to Washington, hopefully he’ll get the chance to get a few days of practice in before the NWWSA event! Also, the folks at Inland are attempting to schedule a big boat surf trip that we are hoping James will be fortunate enough to participate in.

Congratulations to James for yet another podium and for being the most decorated pro male surfer in the history of the sport!

Thanks for following along, we really appreciate it.

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Jul 21

James Walker and Flyboy compilation

James is away for the next two weeks at contests, this weekend he attended the TWC – FFDI held at the TSR in Austin and then next week he’ll be in Washington at the NWWSA.

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We normally post some raw footage of James Walker wakesurfing his Flyboy from over the weekend, but we don’t have any and won’t for another two weeks, so we put together a few clips to tide everyone over for a few weeks.

For our mobile enabled friends, here is a link to that Lucky 13 video, if the embed above doesn’t work for you.

Thanks so much for watching, we really appreciate it.

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Jul 19

Skimmer build, the core

James is off in Texas staying with the Montgomery’s. He will be there for the week before heading to the NWWSA event in Washington, next weekend. They are all at the Texas Wakesurf Championship this weekend. Early reports from the Texas Wakesurf Championship at TSR are less than favorable. This is a picture of the new Centurion “mushball” hull, estimates are of a pocket length in the 1.5 foot long area. :) Oh! and the course has a shallow spot that is 3 feet deep…wait for it…right smack dab in the middle. Well it will be fun at least and for James it’s better than working two shifts each day! Good luck with that James, we feel for you son!

We’re teasing, somewhat.  It sounds like folks are having a good time, despite the ski lake being used for the contest. We’ve heard the depth ranges from 4 feet to 8 feet, which can mess with the wake. The TSR does have a cable park, not sure if it is running. We did see pictures of folks on kneeboards wearing helmets. Man why does looking at that tall frothy wake make us want a beer? Anyway, after the first day we understand only one of the pro riders can actually ride it successfully! Guess what boat WE aren’t getting! That FX44, that seems to only work for one rider in the world! :) Man, that really is a good barometer isn’t it? We’ve mentioned that a bunch last year, if some of the best riders in the world suck behind the wake, it’s the WAKE not the riders. AND a good wake would allow everyone to ride well, not just those that practiced behind more than anyone else.  I sounds like there were also issues with extra practice sessions for a select team rider, and the weather has been crappy with rain and hail.  No doubt all of that contributing to a rather lack luster competition.  Anyway, we hope that today that the environment affects everyone equally and hopefully some of the other pro surf riders can land some of their tricks.

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So lets turn our eyes away from that so they don’t get all teary and bloodshot! :) We mentioned that we would be using a production quality rocker table and apparently; we lied! We had planned to build a separate table, but honestly we got lazy! We have a gorgeous rocker bed that is the correct rocker and we just opted to use that. This is an off cut from a early skim project that we glassed over and we will add a layer of mylar on the top to help us with the finish of the final board.

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We also are really loving the general shape and rocker of this old IS skimmer, so will use that as sort of the general shape. We will be adjusting the nose rocker some and then also the tail shape.

This next picture shows a few things. One is the core material that we are using. It’s Divinycell H80, which is a high density 5 pound density foam. It’s also closed cell so it won’t uptake any water in case of a ding. Most high end skim style boards use this material or an equivalent to make their boards. You’ll also notice a fun little modification we made to that IS skimmer, we cut off the kick pad on the original board and placed an after market kick, that is about 2 inches further back on the board. It gives a ton more leverage for any IS board with a kick. The lastly, we trace the outline of this board, because we really like it. We are going to be reworking the tail area some, but want to get the general shape down on the foam. We use a sharpie and just run it around the existing board.

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We are using a smaller section of the H80. It’s 4 feet long, so a little shorter than the length of our project board. We place the outline sort of diagonally across the length of the foam to get the full length in. We run the outline way out towards the edge of the section of foam so that we can get the whole length in!

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Ok, so we have the foam marked up, but we are going to rework the outline at the tail, so our next step will be changing those lines before we finally start cutting.

Thanks so much for following along, we really appreciate it!

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Jul 18

The world is a dangerous place

Are you familiar with that quote attributed, by some, to Albert Einstein? The world is a dangerous place to live, not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it. It’s disputed that Albert ever said that. And we get that, it sounds a little too new age’y for the brilliant scientist. And lord knows the internet is filled with crap. BUT there is wisdom in there, nonetheless.

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Recently a local bank was robbed and there was an ensuing violent chase and at least three people are dead from the incident. Two of the dead were “the suspects” and isn’t that just awful how we bend over backwards for what is obviously a criminal? Spent shells in the car, live ammunition strapped to their bodies, a dead hostage and we must call them “alleged” bank robbers. Anyway, in short three men hold up a small branch of Bank of the West and take three women hostage. Two of the hostages escaped, it seems they were thrown from the getaway vehicle and at least one had some form of wound caused by a bullet. The robbers, c’mon we know this already, attempted to ambush the police and during the ensuing high speed chase and final shootout two of the robbers were shot and died from their wounds and one survived, but was wounded. The final remaining hostage was used as a human shield by the robbers and was pronounced dead at the scene. A 41 year old mother of two and a wife.

Tragic and senseless.

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We sometimes try to make sense of crazy stuff like that, so that we can move along with our lives. So we say, gang affiliations or what do you expect in that neighborhood. But the reality is that wasn’t rational! Who wakes up and says man seems like a good day to strap a few hundred rounds of ammo to my body, rob a bank, take a few hostages and lead the police on a wild high speed chase! Who’s in?! AND then have two buddies jump on that opportunity! So when you don’t posses the faculty for rational thought, you probably also feel invincible, like you can outrun 30 police cars and a helicopter, or kill all of the officers chasing you. The reality is it’s just crazy and we really can’t make any sense of that.

So we sort of have this denial, it’s really the only way that we can leave our houses in the morning. If we stopped and thought about the fact that we could be taken hostage by three men with semi-automatic weapons who think it’s a good idea to rob a bank and lead police on an hour long high speed chase, we just would stay indoors!

We really feel for Misty Singh-Holt, the mother of two and wife that was killed in the incident, no words can describe the tragic nature of that event. We’re also sort of glad that two of the robbers didn’t survive the incident. It’s probably politically incorrect, but there you have it, we’re glad. You used a young innocent mother as a human shield and tried to kill police, you deserved to die. Maybe that was part of their mindset? We are sure grateful for the police effort, that two of the hostages were saved and hopefully folks will not choose this community for their crimes. We’ve read spoiled kids talked about excessive police tactics, easy to say when you are living a charmed life far away from the realities of the world. That’s the worst job in the world, protecting a community from desperate criminals, while trying to save the lives of hostages and really the entire community where this chase took place. We’re damn glad we have folks that step up like that!

The lone surviving bank robber is a 19 year old, kid really. Gang affiliation and we’re sure soon to be a long time member of a correctional facility somewhere. We think of the juxtaposition of our wakesurf community and the one where this young man came from. One where your future is to die in a hail of police gunfire or spend the rest of your life inside a prison. Also, where there is some form of acceptance of taking innocent people hostage to do something. Perhaps we are blessed, where our 19 year old’s biggest problem in life is if the lip is solid. Certainly better than facing being shot or shooting and killing folks. Nothing wrong with that sort of naivety.

And how do we as a society, sort of develop these people that can dehumanize a wife and mother so much as to turn her into nothing more than a shield?  There is a theory of disenfranchisement that the “haves” and folks in power have so much more opportunity and special treatment, so of course the “have nots” will steal from them and kill them.  Do we as a society have a responsibility to develop opportunities so that folks don’t feel helpless?  We’ve talked before about how life isn’t fair and we see examples of special treatment, all the time, but the vast majority of us don’t rob and kill.  We also can’t ignore the facts, something needs to be done.

In that opening paragraph, where that quote talks of folks that do nothing. Perhaps that is our lesson in all of this. We all have been impacted by folks with a mindset of it’s easier to ask forgiveness after the fact than to ask permission before the fact. Maybe our job in this crazy world is to not allow those folks to terrorize the rest of the world. Where we acknowledge that there is craziness in the world, folks out for their own personal agenda, to the point where they don’t even consider other folks, and the rest of us need to recognize their craziness and take action?

We wish we had an answer. We know that we are thankful, as that chase and the gunfire went by our office, within 50 feet. We witnessed the chase and at least one gunshot. Blessed that there wasn’t an errant bullet that hit our office. Shaken and angry that a local resident was used as a human shield and died in a senseless crime. We are saddened that children have lost their mother, a 12 year old witnessing the abduction and a husband and father will now finish raising his daughter alone. May we all find solace in the knowledge that criminals didn’t escape and at least for us, we find some solace that two criminals didn’t survive their heinous acts of violence. Also may we find a way to heal this community, may we focus on stopping crazy people from destroying the lives of innocents and preventing self-focused individuals from using or destroying communities for personal gain.

Thanks so much for following along and if your life was touched by this senseless tragedy, we feel for your loss and you will be in our prayers.

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Jul 17

Ollie 3 tutorial

We grabbed a short little snippet of a video that shows James Walker landing an Ollie 3, and we’ll use that as a basis for a short tutorial on this trick. We also have a small Flyboy Wakesurf Flickr album on the Ollie 3, that you can use to study the sequence shots. It’d a great process if you can compare your own set of sequence shots to the ones that we publish, so that you can self-diagnose. If you have someone in your boat do the same thing, then sort of compare frame-by-frame, you can often really quickly see what your’re struggling with on this trick.

So first up is the video.

For our mobile enabled friends, here is a link to the Ollie 3 video, if the embed above didn’t work for you.

This will be one of the tricks you’ll want to work on AFTER you have two other tricks on lock, a surface 3 and either an ollie or an air.

We started the sequence shots a little late, but if you watch the video at the onset you’ll see James carving to the top and bottom of the wake. You’ll need some speed in order to do this trick, and the up and down carving is the process that James uses to create that speed. There isn’t any push that drives you and your board at 12 mph, we are always falling down the face of a wake in some fashion or another and by repeatedly climbing and falling, James is able to generate the speed needed to perform this trick. So from there, we can start the individual steps.

The entry into this trick is what will make or break it, once you land from the ollie part of the trick, the rest will be your surface 360 out. Now if you have your airs and/or ollie down, the entry will be very similar, but you want to turn your body and the board in a backside rotation, as oppossed to the frontside rotation you are used to. It takes some getting used to, but just keep your body closed to the wake at the beginning of the entry.

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You can see that James’ shoulders are still closed to the boat and wake.

The next step is very similar to an ollie or an air, push down with your rear leg and pull up your front leg, while driving the board up and off the lip. Remember, shoulders closed to the boat!

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You can see James is starting the rotation in this next shot, it’s before the board is completely free of the water, so that will become key, your timing for the start of the rotation is BEFORE the board is fully in the air.

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The next step is your regular part of an air, where you pull your rear leg UP and sort of push the front foot out to bring the tail of the board up. The only part of this that is weird is that you are spinning away from the boat, so your refernces are different than with an air.

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You’ll want to land with about 3/4′s of the board on the surface of the lip. You’ll have almost no forward momentum and there isn’t any push forward or laterally in the wake that will allow you to continue hydroplaning.  If you miss this trick, by sinking off the face, stuff more of the length of your board into the face. Those forces will give you enough energy to help spin the board around.

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Virtually all sports recognize the concept of falling to gain energy and speed. We drop in to waves in surfing and on a half pipe on skateboards and snowboards. Half pipes are designed specifically to generate that speed and energy, you want to use the wake in the same manner. James is a master at very slowly sliding down the face of a wake, but it’s always falling down using gravity and the act of falling to generate speed for the hydroplaning effect we need to prevent sinking! You can see it here in the next 3 shots, if you compare James location on the wake.

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You can see the drop in elevation, if you will, as James starts the spin out of the ollie onto the table.

The rest is really pretty much just the second half of your surface 3, you’ll bring the board and your body around into the pocket of the wake.

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So there you go! That will give you the information and resources to get you on the road to landing your first Ollie 3!

Thanks so much for following along, we really appreciate it.

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Jul 16

Rollers

We found a meme sort of poking fun at our wakes by the folks at CIE and we thought we’d answer back with a fun video.

First the meme

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If you’re a wakeboarder, especially in NorCal, you probably laughed, if you’re a wakesurfer not so much.

Next the video, we think that wakeboarders that don’t like our wakes, need to adjust their attitude and view our wakes as an opportunity. Wait til the end.

For our mobile enabled friends here is a link to that front roll video if the embed above doesn’t work for you.

Anyway that was fun! Front roll over a roller. BUT, we are making excuses on our skimboard project. We got busy gathering all of James equipment and the hard case and didn’t get to our project! We promise we will! You can also see how busy our lake is these days, rollers and boats everywhere! We should be aware of the secondary roller that we throw that sort of disturbs the water in a linear pattern down the boats path. We can all share the water and probably not wakesurf Vics.

Thanks for your patience.

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Jul 15

Skim project background

As we mentioned over the weekend, we had hoped to get several weeks worth of videos that we could post, while James is away at some contests, but he was feeling poorly while fighting a nasty cold, so we are going to augment the small amount of video we got with a skimboard build project. We want to sort of talk about the background of skimming as it has migrated over to behind the boat in wakesurfing. Also, we want to wish James a speedy recovery hopefully he is rested and well for the two contests coming up.

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The concept of skimming started with folks running down the beach and throwing a piece of wood, usually plywood, out in front of them on the thin film of water left by a breaking wave on the beach and jumping on the plywood!!! It sound really easy but if you’ve ever tried it you know that it’s harder than it sounds and you tend to fall on your ass a LOT the first few times. But all of that aside what is happening is the small wooden disk is hydroplaning on that thin film of water.

As you run you gain speed and the tossing the disk in front of you, gives it even more speed. You know we should stop here for a moment. We don’t think you’re stupid, nor do we think we’re smarting than you are. We won’t patronize you and we’re sorry if we aren’t as clear as you’d like, we know that we aren’t presenting anything here that is earth shattering and no matter how poorly a job we do (and we’ve gone back and reviewed some of our posts and they are bad, at times!) we know you’re smart enough to decipher what we’re trying to communicate. Ok, so that said, lets move on!

In physics there is a concept called momentum. It’s defined as mass times velocity. There is a really easy way to visualize it. The momentum of a kid on a skateboard vs the momentum of a freight train with say 30 box cars. For discussion purposes lets assume that both the train and the skateboarder are traveling at say 8 mph (we think a skateboard can go that fast). So which one would get to that 8 mph fastest? The skateboarder right? The train has a gazillion tons of “mass” so it’ll take a lot longer to get up to speed. Is the same true in reverse? Going from 8 mph to 0 mph? Yeah of course. The kid steps off the skateboard and probably grabs it with his hands! The freight train with all that “mass” is going to take forever to come to a stop. So we have this concept pretty clearly in our mind of momentum. Faster and heavier will equate to more momentum. Lighter and slower will equate to less momentum.

So that was the early days of skimming on the thin film of a wave break, you’d run and toss the wooden disk onto the water and then run and jump on the disk. Your momentum would carry you down the beach for a little while, or even out into the ocean.

We want to share a short video from MonkeySee.com it features Morgan Just, who is a professional skimboarder out in the ocean.

For our mobile enabled friends here is a link to that skimboarding video if the embed above doesn’t work for you.

It’s a little long and kind of hard to follow, like so many of those videos, but watch for two sequences. One is where Morgan skims out across the inward flow of water to the first liner and then wraps the board around and comes back to shore. The other is where Morgan skims across the inward flow, sort of perpendicular to that flow.

How is it that Morgan is able to skim across the water at all? He’s hyrdoplaning isn’t he? It’s really similar to how your car hydroplanes across a puddle or a stream of water possibly running across the road. Anyway, it’s where water is forced between the road surface and the tires of your vehicle at certain speeds.

Does hydroplaning happen at say 1 mph? No, at least not in a car, there isn’t enough speed and there is too much weight to really effectively get up on plane, isn’t there?

So, there is a speed where at a specific weight our cars will hydroplane when they go across some water.

Ok, so back to that video, what did we observe about the hydroplaning? Morgan can run ridiculously fast and with a properly sized board is able to skim across the water, regardless of the direction of the water flow. Did you notice that? He was able to skim out against the flow of the breaking waves and although he wrapped the liner, he would have just gone over it if he hadn’t turned. Then also perpendicular to the flow of the waves flow, both in and out, without really affecting the direction of travel of the board, nor was that water flow required for him to skim or hydroplane.

The take away from that is that once the board is hydroplaning, it’s pretty much unaffected by the flow of water around it. That makes sense right? It’s skimming across the surface, like a rock being skipped, not flowing with it like a canoe that is half submerged, right? When Morgan was skimming out against the inward flow of the breaking wave, his board wasn’t pushed backwards was it, up onto shore? If you watch closely, you can see that he skims in all directions sort of around and over it. That’s the beauty of hydroplaning with board sports, we are independent of the flow of water which allows us to turn and go forward and backward, unlike say a canoe which is pretty much dependent upon the flow of water.

Ok, that’s all for today! We needed to get that background out there. It’ll feed into the design elements of the skim board project we are working on, but will also give you an idea why they are shaped the way they are.

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Jul 14

Nasty cold!

So James Walker has a nasty cold, his nose is all red and raw from sneezing and blowing all that gunk out! We had planned to get a ton of videos from over this weekend, because James is heading to two contests. The first is in Texas and then the following weekend up in Washington. With James feeling so poorly, we didn’t get the volume of videos that we had hoped for. So if you’ll bear with us, will probably be breaking up the videos so that we can spread them out for the two weeks before we get some more!

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For today, a short fun little clip of James Walker landing a shuv to revert, a K3, a switch surface 180 to revert shuv out and finally a front shuv attempt.

For our mobile enabled friends, here is the link to James Walker wakesurfing with a severe cold if the embed above doesn’t work for you.

For the next few weeks we’re going to bring folks some short specific trick tutorials and then we are also working on a skimboard project. We’ll be creating a rocker table that would be suitable for a production environment and we’ll also delve into the concept of hydro planning as it affects our wakesurf boards and their interaction with our wakes.

Thanks so much for following along, we really appreciate it.

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