Apr 18

More surface

Above the lip airs are really limited. It’s regular or switch and then any other variation is strictly some form of embellishment, like a grab or a bone. The skim-based tricks are just as limited. It’s a shuv, frontside or backside with or without a body varial and possibly switch or regular. Maybe a variation is 180 or 3 but guess what? You can count the variations, they are definitely finite.

If you were to think about that as a job or investing, there’s a ceiling after you get to that limit there isn’t anything more unless you start stringing stuff together. Right? Airs will be regular with whatever grabs there are and then switch with those same grabs. The end. Basically two tricks with different hand positions. The shuv based has a few more options, but it’s the same dead-end. Backside and frontside shuvs, regular and switch. Four variations, throw in a 3 shuv, maybe you can get to 6 variations. Then you need to start doing stuff on the surface! Can we be REAL for a minute, we just are never going to get to 8 seconds of hang time wakesurfing, so that means riders have to do stuff on the surface. The powers that be were and are ridiculously short sighted. They started diminishing surface tricks as soon as they discovered they could manipulate results and at the same time, instilled the single biggest limiting factor in competitive wakesurfing.

When you starting breaking down the tricks, where there are basically only 2 air variations and realistically only 4 shuv variations, OF COURSE everyone is going to ride the same, there are only 6 tricks!!!! That’s not rocket science! Everyone is going to learn the same damn 6 tricks (at least in a surf style division). SURPRISE! What did you expect?!

So we wanted to share with you another tricks sequence, James didn’t quite land it, but you can clearly see what he was after. It’s this ridiculously slow standup no handed surface 3, into a shuv and then into a K3 to wind up switch. Sort of all backside rotations, but one regular and one switch. Here is that video

For our mobile enabled friends, here is a link to that crazy surface sequence, in case the embed above didn’t work.

So how many variations on surface tricks are there? Now lets be fair. Your never going to do two shuvs in the air. Where you go up and do a shuv and then mid air, shuv again. OR do an air and then in mid air, go even higher. They are basically, one trick, hit the surface and move on. THAT has been what the powers that be have done to severly limit surf style wakesurfing, they force everyone to do those same 6 tricks and devalue everything on the surface. And at the same time created one of the most boring sports to watch. Every single wakesurf competition scrambles to find stuff to do, because watching competitive wakesurfing was turned into a vast wasteland for viewers. It could be amazing to watch, but it doesn’t support the predetermined outcomes. Such a freaking mess. Anyway back to the question, surface rotations, when combined and extended down the wake length are really limitless. It turns a 93% NOTHING run into an almost 100% active run.

For the sake of the sport, just get out of the way and let the riders ride and be creative. Let the sport return to it’s glory days when it was amazing to watch and we saw different styles and all manner of new and innovative tricks. Stop manipulating valuations for the sake of predetermined outcomes.

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

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Apr 17

Something NOT above the lip

OMG! Did we just speak blasphemy against all things sacred?! Doesn’t everything in wakesurfing HAVE to be above the f’ing lip? It’s sad that the powers that be have completely DESTROYED all creativity in wakesurfing. We’d see lots more interesting tricks and far more creativity if everyone wasn’t forced to ride identically.

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We want to show you something, and it’s historical on a surf style board. See if you can find it, it may take you a bit because you’ve been forced to think of all surf style tricks as a single iteration above the lip. Almost like brainwashing! Anyway, ignore all those yahoos and watch this video and then think about the components.

For our mobile enabled friends here is a link to that NEXT historical wakesurf video from James Walker on his Flyboy if the embed above doesn’t work for you.

Did you see it? Switch, revert, backside 3. Now we understand that the full trick wasn’t landed, but that component surely was. Another issue within the sport is a lack of consistent naming convention, so everything gets muddied and there is no easy way to effectively communicate…really anything within a trick. We’ll try, though! After the air 180, the ACTUAL air 180 part, James is riding switch revert and then he throws and lands a switch revert 360. The stop in the middle of that indecision, creates the switch revert backside 360. We want to call that the Blasphemy! :)

Here is a link to the entire set of sequence shots on the Flyboy Wakesurf Flickr page.

Here we have trimmed the video down to just the switch revert 3 on a surf style board.

Again, for our mobile enable friends, here is that snippet, if the embed above didn’t work for you.

What would your surf style riding be like, if you could do surface rotations like that? If you could start and stop frontside and backside rotations like James does in this video, or throw in a switch revert 3? Or if you were able to start thinking about tricks as NOT above the lip? Right, it’s the change in perspective that will probably be the hardest thing!!!!

You’ve been mislead by all the hype trying to sell you boats or boards. The myopic influences of a closed minded competitive environment prevents progression, prevents creativity or an expansion of the tricks that YOU can do. Have you been suckered into that? Where you still think of tricks as being a single iteration, like another aerial and a different trick would be a different hand position? Or that a trick HAS to be above the lip and ONLY above the lip?

Throw THOSE shackles off and lets start making wakesurfing fun again. Mix up frontside and backside rotations on your surf style board, or like James just did above, throw in a switch revert 3. Here is a trick suggestion: a frontside surface 180, into a switch revert surface 3, into a switch revert frontside 180. The variations are endless and you’re using all of the wake!!! Speak your own blasphemy.

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

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Apr 16

Superlative widowmaker

We wanted to show everyone a few things. The first is a back big…one of the favored tricks by the powers that be. If it contains a body varial and a shuv above the lip it’s amazing! Yawn. Not that the trick isn’t great, but give us a break, there are like 4 variations and after you’ve seen those done 85 times, it’s boring.

A quick picture of what poorly designed board owners/shapers call a hybrid (translation: my board sucks so we’ll call yours a hybrid) Maybe that’s the definition, a hybrid doesn’t suck out loud?

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Ok back on task! Do you remember when we posted up this crazy short edit of a back big? We shortened it to JUST the trick for this purpose, here it is:

For our mobile enabled friends, here is that a link to that shortest edit video, in case the embed above didn’t work for you.

Now the actual meat of the trick times out at about 6/10′s of a second. It’s crazy short. This is the sort of trick that riders are being forced to perform to be competitive, it’s what’s being heralded as the end all in surf style divisions…super old school skate tricks from the 80′s. Now you have to understand that a competitive wakesurf run is about 2 minutes, plus or minus. If a rider doesn’t fall, they can, on average, crank out 15 tricks in the entire run. So in a fairly average competitive run, there is about 9 seconds of actual tricks and the rest, the extra 111 seconds is pumping and fading back, or doing nothing at all.

Did you catch that? 9 seconds overall. That’s what the powers that be have created, 9 seconds of riding and 111 seconds of NOTHING! Do you want to know why outsiders look at our sport and walk away shaking their heads? Beacuse it’s 93% NOTHING!!!!! It’s like watching folks play chess by snail mail! What’s worse, mind you, is that the 7% that’s ISN’T nothing is the same crap that every other person in that division is doing. ALL THE SAME damn thing.

Somewhere along the line the concept became we should stuff MORE of the same boring crap in there. Boring + boring still equals boring. Boring squared is still freakin’ boring as all hell!

All the same tricks, all the same format, all the same boring is the current start of the art in competitive wakesurfing.

So here is a trick we are calling a Superlative Widowmaker. It’s an air 3 to a surface 10.

For our mobile enabled friends, here is that a link to that Superlative Widowmaker video, in case the embed above didn’t work for you.

Did you notice something there? That’s all backside rotations, one in the air and the rest on the surface, but it’s also about 10 seconds of trick. That’s MORE than the current state of the art RUN!!!! It also uses the entire length of the pocket, front to back. Current state of the art is 1 iteration and the end. Then nothing to fade back, or maybe a slash 15 times. It’s like folks got stuck in a wakeboard contest and determined wakesurfing had to be exactly the same! Make it one thing only because wakeboarders do it that way! Dear God folks, set aside that closed mind and look at what we have available! Get out of the way of trying to manipulate specific results and allow riders to be creative. Don’t force everyone to do what some YAHOO! deems is the superlative and never, ever, EVER create anything new!

That’s the way you want to ride isn’t it? Forget the out-of-touch powers that be, stuck in some time warp and in a different sport! You want to use the entire wake, you want to be able to air, and rotate and do ancient skate tricks.

You need the flexibility and the throw-off-the-shackles-that-bind design of the Flyboy. For the way YOU want to ride, not how those YAHOOS! want to dictate that you ride. Ridiculously tight turns and spins. Crank out 4 in the length of your wake. We’ve also shown you mutiple frontside rotations. Change it up! Airs, surface rotations, shuvs anything you want AND MORE than is being dictated as superlative.

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

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Apr 15

Old school air

We’re still slammed at work, so here are a few pictures of James Walker on his Flyboy doing some old school grabbed airs and a short snippet of a grabbed air.

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Here is that short snippet of James Walker landing an old school air.

For our mobile enabled friends, here is a link to that short snippet of video of James Walker on his Flyboy landing an old school grabbed air, if the embed above didn’t work.

One more frame grab from a video, with James doing just a ridiculous stale fish, tail whip aerial.

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It’s funny, we’ve read folks talk about “hybrid” boards, because they aren’t stupidly slow “surf” style with 8″ of rocker!!!  You know the kind, they look like the rocker was taken from a child’s rocking horse. The kind that you can barely do a 360 on, let alone a 1080. The kind that suck the very life out of you when you ride them.

Hybrid, really is a euphemism for: my surf style board SUCKS OUT LOUD and yours doesn’t, so I’ll call yours a hybrid.

You don’t need stupid slow rocker to do airs or a gazillion huge ass fins either.

What YOU need is a flyboy (Oh! and be sure to shop at the Flyboy Store). So you can do ridiculous aerials like James does above, plus the painfully old skate influenced above the lip shuv tricks that the powers that be are so infatuated with, or the far more progressive air and surface rotation combinations that allow you to use the entire wake. You need this board so that you can ride the way YOU want to. Oh and BTW, we have a great little sequence for you tomorrow, so tune back in.

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

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Apr 14

The Bundy Ranch

Have you followed any of the happenings of the standoff between the protestors in Nevada and the Bureau of Land Management? It’s hard to even know the positions or the accuracy of the two sides because they are so wildly divergent, but you can tell that the BLM sent in armed Federal Rangers and they were met with armed militia members. Some reports claim Clive Bundy, the patriarch of the Bundy Ranch, to be a deadbeat and others a folk hero.

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Interestingly enough, the vast majority of Nevada’s land is managed by the Federal government, something like 87% and Nebraska, which became a state in the same year as Nevada has only 3% of it’s land managed by the Federal government.

Nevada Senator Dean Heller stated:

“I believe it’s in the best interest of the State of Nevada for Nevadans to control their own lands. Back in 1864, when we became a state, Nebraska became a state at the same time. The difference is 87 percent of the State of Nevada is federal land, only 3 percent of Nebraska is federal land. Why did that happen?” Heller asked. “It’s going to take someone back here in the Senate to point that out and try to move this and come to some grips on this.”

Another issue that came up was that the BLM set up First Amendment areas, that is; designated areas where protestors could exercise their first amendment rights. That was met with a great deal of criticism, as Ryan Bundy said: “Whenever you designate an area, then you’re restricting it everywhere else. When you designate an area like that for first amendment rights, you [don't] give the people any rights. You [take them] away, at every other location”

Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval voiced his concern about so-called “First Amendment Areas,” designated locations set up by the BLM where citizens can protest the removal: “Most disturbing to me is the BLM’s establishment of a ‘First Amendment Area’ that tramples upon Nevadans’ fundamental rights under the U.S. Constitution,” he said in a statement Tuesday. “To that end, I have advised the BLM that such conduct is offensive to me and countless others and that the ‘First Amendment Area’ should be dismantled immediately,” he said. “No cow justifies the atmosphere of intimidation which currently exists nor the limitation of constitutional rights that are sacred to all Nevadans. The BLM needs to reconsider its approach to this matter and act accordingly.”

You have to respect those folks, it would seem the BLM may have been trying to establish safe areas for protests, but what a horrible implementation. What it does point to, is that there is a huge gap between understanding our freedoms and what folks that govern, believe their control is. We’ve even read members of our sport recommend a complete removal of freedom of speech, that there be NO First Amendment rights or freedom of speech in our sport as a good thing. There are countless folks that have given their lives to insure these freedoms and it seems governments and oversight folks feel they can just remove it as it suits them. Luckily for most of us, there are folks that are willing to stand up to what they believe is tyranny. Not that we would recommend armed militias or federal rangers, but we do support not giving up your voice to terrorists or a limited subset of a governing body that isn’t representative of the people involved.

Below are some of the links to the stories about this event. Many are pro-Bundy, a few are anti-Bundy and at least one that tried to be impartial. We had to laugh, because that is the epitome of subjective scoring, isn’t it? Whomever you like best, whomever shares your viewpoint, or is positioned as such, whomever has the most money behind them gets the nod. The first two links are opposing positions and it’s worth a read just to see how the same set of circumstances can create such divergent opinions…because of whom they like best.

The Feds withdrew and released the cattle over the weekend, so we have a peaceful end to a volatile situation. Many claim victory and others note that that this will embolden more militia activities and protests. We’re sure they are right.

One thing we are certain of, it’s hard to balance the interests of many different groups simultaneously. Also many folks in the media, such as it is, have a distrust for Harry Reid of Nevada. Money, by itself isn’t an issue but money combined with no disclosure or intentionally hidden is ALWAYS a problem and done for reasons that won’t stand the light of day.  Lets be honest, if someone is in need of the money, of course they’ll protect that source and do favors once on power.  We also know what doesn’t work is dictating what people WILL DO and telling them to shut up about it.  Certainly if you hope to govern someone, you need to respect and address their perspectives, not just those you prefer or those who fund you.

Thanks so much for following along, we really appreciate it. The appendix, if you will, is below.

Links to articles:

http://danaloeschradio.com/the-real-story-of-the-bundy-ranch/

http://www.politicususa.com/2014/04/12/lawbreaking-rancher-cliven-bundy-wins-victory-embolden-domestic-terrorists.html

http://pvtimes.com/news/heller-supports-takeover-public-lands.html

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/apr/9/feds-surround-nevada-ranch-latest-standoff/?page=1

http://news.yahoo.com/u-agency-ends-nevada-cattle-roundup-releases-herd-003456278.html?vp=1

http://townhall.com/columnists/kevinmccullough/2014/04/13/why-the-feds-chickened-out-on-a-nevada-ranch-n1823838

Saturday Morning withdrawal

http://benswann.com/breaking-deal-reached-between-blm-and-clive-bundy/

 

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Apr 12

Work!

We are super busy for the next week with our day jobs! We’ll share a short little clip from a GoPro video that we were obviously struggling with the proper placement!

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Here is that little snippet of James Walker airing out his Flyboy

For our mobile enabled friends here is a link to that GoPro video of James Walker doing an air on his Flyboy.

Thanks so much for following along and your understanding during the next couple of days.

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Apr 11

Hydrofoil

It’s been a bunch of years ago that we played with a hydrofoil attachment to the bottom of a wakesurf board. The results were not really clear with the majority of the crew present that day saying: NOPE it didn’t work. So we got to thinking yesterday about a number of things. One of them was that it sure seems that EVERYTHING wakesurfing has become a promotion for someone or something. Everyone is trying to make a buck or control some aspect of the sport. It’s really tiring and kinda boring. Do you have TIVO? Do you sit and watch the commercials with wild eyed intent? No, we all hate being sold too or forced to endure that sort of stuff.

We thought we’d remove ourselves from that for a bit. It feels like an onslaught of advertisements from all sides. So we decided to return to this hydrofoil wakesurfer. You can’t buy it, you’ll probably never be able to buy it and we aren’t completely sure that we can even get it to work like we want! BUT, it’ll be a fun project as we work through it and maybe we can inspire folks to try some similar project at home. Maybe not a hydrofoil, but perhaps some idea that you’ve been tinkering with for awhile.

Ok, so here is our project from a few years ago, this is the bottom of the board and you can see what we had hoped would be the wing part of the hydrofoil.

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That’s pretty different from the hydrofoil that we are all familiar with on the bottom of airchairs and the like. The concept of those types of hydrofoils, where they have two wings, is that the front wing provides LIFT and the trailing wing provides control. Now we are NOT hydrofoil experts and so if you are reading this series and decide to following along, add the preface “as we understand it” to EVERYTHING! Lets go back to that trailing wing concept and how that impact control or maybe stability is a better term. The front wing provides lift, it’s very similar to flying your hand out the window of a moving car, point up and your hand goes up.

The problem with that is that there is a tendency to porpoise with the relatively narrow wings. Changing the angle of attack without a trailing wing, causes the hydrofoil to change direction so dramatically, that most folks can’t effectively react in time to control it. So, a second trailing fin helps stabilize those directional inputs, by slowing down the response time. So we can gather from that observation, if you will, that we can possible impact the responsiveness of the hydrofoil, by changing the distance of the trailing wing away from the main wing. Further away, less responsive, closer more responsive. OR that is how we understand it!!!!

We are going to change the shape of our hydrofoil such that it looks more traditional to what we all know as a hydrofoil. Here is a rough drawing with some questimated measurements.

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Holy wings, Batman! We doubt we’ll get that intricate in our shaping of the wings, but we thought we’d explain what we are thinking.

Most hydrofoils are used in mostly static fluid environments. Not that they can’t be used in a dynamic fluid, but mostly what we see is they are used out in the flats being towed by the boat. They can hit a wake, but they don’t need that to catch air. The rider loads the rope and develops “pop” by changing the angle of the foil until the whole thing leaves the water.

We obviously can’t do that on a wakesurfer / hydrofoil. Our only source of power is the lifting forces of the wake and then falling down the face aided by gravity.

One of the things we discovered from our first test, was that the wing of that original foil, just wasn’t larger enough. It’s a function of area, and more is better…well lets say that planing starts at slower speeds with more area. We’d like to have our little wakesurf / hydrofoil experiment start planning well before our 11 mph terminal velocity! If we can get it to plane the board out of the water at say 5 mph, we should be able to balance a rider above the surface at 11 mph and hopefully stay with the boat for a bit.

As we’ve been saying for a bit, now, the wake face is water rising. There is a decided about of force from the water as it comes off the bottom of the boat and rises above it’s normal level. We should be able to harness some of that, to continue to power our hydrofoil. Our expectation is that in order for it to continue forward we will have to sort of do a swimming motion up and down the face of the wake. It’s possible that we’ll develop a wing that is large enough that we can sort of balance the lifting forces and falling down the face, but only time will tell!

One concern we have is that as the wing exits the surface of the water it will lose “power”. That’s not normally a problem if you are being towed with a rope, but it’s pretty substantial for wakesurfing! It’s also a design concern, because of the width of the wing.

You may remember we did all those wild under the board gopro videos and there isn’t all that much contact between the wake and the board. With the shape of the wake, the further UP the hydrofoil rides, we expect that it will run the risk of the outside part of the wing exiting the wake face and causing a loss of “power”.

So that should be fun if we can get it to work!

Thanks so much for following along, we appreciate it.

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Apr 10

Open and closed cell foam

We wanted to touch briefly on the concept of open and closed cell foams and also try and tie it in the potential to use 3D printers to create a “foam”.

We hope that this will be sort of informative, we’ve become rather jaded at all of the advertising going on, on social media sites and various forum based websites. It seems like everything is an advertisement at this moment, spammy videos and facebook also, everyone is a freakin business! #buymystuff! Lordy, it’s exhausting.

Anyway, this post isn’t trying to sell you anything! What we want to talk about is the concept of open and closed cell foams. You’re familiar with them even if you don’t know the terms.

The iconic example of an open cell foam is the sponge in your kitchen. A little background, a foam is created when air or some other gas is trapped inside a solid or liquid. So like we stated earlier, your kitchen sink sponge is a foam, but also so is the foam on the top of your beer. The gas bubbles are trapped in that liquid at the top.

In a closed cell foam, the gas forms discrete pockets, each completely surrounded by solid material. In an open cell foam, the gas pockets connect with each other.

Here is a wonderful graphic representation that we did for just this purpose!

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You get the idea, closed cell foams are basically solid chunks of “stuff” with air bubbles trapped inside, whereas open cell foams are solid chucks of stuff with pathways that are interconnected here and there.

This is important from a wakesurf standpoint if we ever get a ding. In a closed cell foam, if the ding intersects a trapped air pocket, we might get some water in that one air pocket, but it’s sealed off from all the rest of the air pockets, so we don’t really need to worry ALL that much about a ding.

What about open cell foams? That’s not true is it? It’s possible that a large number of the trapped air bubbles are interconnected, so a ding that allows water to enter one of the trapped air bubbles, could very possibly allow water to enter a large number of those interconnected air bubbles.

The most common type of foam used in wakesurf board construction, today, is EPS. As we mentioned in a previous post it’s a plastic made from Polystyrene. In an oversimplification, EPS foam is made by creating thousands of tiny beads which individually have a single pocket of gas trapped inside. It’s possible to term a single EPS bead as a closed cell foam. The problem is that it’s maybe 1/8″ in diameter. So while THAT is a closed cell foam, it’s not very practical for use in anything.

So, EPS foam boards are made by MOLDING (hot damn!) thousands of tiny EPS beads into some shape. The EPS beads are expanded with heat and then “fused” together to make a final finished shape, like a coffee cup or something…or a wakesurf board!

So we know that EPS can be used to make coffee cups and they hold steaming hot liquid, so they must be CLOSED CELL!

Technically it’s still an open cell foam, BECAUSE there are often microscopic little pathways in between all of the squished beads of EPS, BUT practically speaking those pathways are often smaller than the individual molecules of the liquid that are used by the foam. So in our coffee cup example, there are actually little tiny pathways all in between the squished beads of EPS, but they are so small that water can’t get through them. This is true of epoxy and polyester resins also. They aren’t a solid barrier, but the little tiny holes are so small that water can’t migrate through them.

So we’ve talked about closed cell foams although we failed to mention any, divinycell is one and it is used in the construction of most skim style boards. Open cell foams like your kitchen sponge and then open cell foams that are, practically speaking, closed cell like EPS foam.

Remember that we talked about plastics a few posts ago and then we basically said virtually ALL of your wakesurf board is made from plastic? The one misconception that folks typically have is that the interior foam of their board ISN’T plastic, but polystyrene is a plastic.

EPS foam is really interesting in that while it’s a plastic it’s principally all air or gas. Inside those little beads are trapped gas and that is the largest part of the bead itself. LOL! It just struck us that what we should be saying is that our wakesurf boards are mostly GASEOUS!

The EPS beads are sort of randomly oriented, but if you could look at the structure on the interior of the board, the plastic walls of all of the beads form this intricate, if random, honeycomb. That is to say, there are all these walls made of plastic and then inside of those walls is trapped air.

The key point is that it’s PLASTIC and AIR.

That got us thinking (more) about the concept of a 3D printed board. We know that current technology prints plastic easily and it would be very easy to print some geometric shape in which thousands of little…we don’t know, sort of “tetris” like shapes that fit together, but inside was trapped air. So rather than solid geometric shapes, they are hollow geometric shapes. Guess what?

That’s a plastic foam isn’t it? We have no idea how long that would take to print, or if the cost would be prohibitive, but it’s possible to 3D print a wakesurf board with the basic identical structural makeup as one that uses EPS foam as it’s core.

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

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Apr 09

Shortest edit ever!

We are doing our missing summer series for 2014 / 15 as we go along, hopefully we won’t be so rushed next year! One of the things we’ve wanted to try is trimming the tricks down so they are really super fast. You’ve probably seen a bunch of action video edits with that sort of format. So we experimented with a back big (more on that name in a minute) and got rid of all the pumping in and all of the recovery after and it’s down to 1.5 seconds! Crazy fast. It was such a small edit, Instagram rejected it!!!

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Here is that 1.5 seconds of back big!

For our mobile enabled friends, here is a link to that short back big edit if the embed above doesn’t work for you.

We aren’t sure that we can do 60 seconds worth of stuff like that, or find a BUNCH of tricks that aren’t all the same that we can show in rapid succussion, but we’re going to try!

So did you notice something about that trick? It’s referred to as a backside big spin. There is a frontside big spin also. If we were trying to use the screwed up naming convention that plaques wakesurfing, we’d call it a backside 3 shuv with a simultaneous body varial (anything with a body varial always wins!). Have you ever EVER heard it called that way? No of course not. It’s a trick that’s migrated from skate and wake skate, so they have a fairly consistent naming convention and it’s carried over to wakesurfing…where we name things based upon folly, or whomever is the most favorite.

Do you know what is the basis for any community, anywhere at anytime? It’s communication. It typically evolves into a language where everyone understands it and so when you say, back big everyone knows what that means. They don’t have to sit down and do a calculus equation to figure out what you meant. We teased yesterday in that video with the backside shuv to revert backside surface 180 to switch. Right? When you read that the very first time can you picture it? If you’re being honest, no of course not, you have to read and then say – ok, it’s s shuv in, then what? Ok, the board is revert and the rotation is backside…wait, what now?

Now you’re a judge, write that down in a meaningful way and continue judging the next trick. You can’t can you? What do judges do? Well most do nothing, just look and make no notes, or if they do make a note it’ll be wow! Or some shorthand, like shuv to revert.

So we have back bigs and backside shuv to revert backside surface 180 to switch. It’s creates a few issues, one is obviously an impossible situation for judges in a competitive environment. There is just no way to accurately take notes and so guess what smart riders do? Single iteration tricks, because folks can remember that and note it. But also, it forces all tricks to be single iterations of some or maybe add a body varial in there. Complex tricks are currently being diminished by the powers that be.

The other thing is that it makes it impossible for folks to come together on a particular trick. If it’s disregarded, left to be the string of descriptors, how does anyone agree on it’s difficulty? You can’t, no one can and you want to know what takes over? Advertising budgets. Everything becomes a popularity contest, rather than how well you rode.

We need some infrastructure, some consistency and a lot less favoritism and bias.

Thanks for following along, we really appreciate it.

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Apr 08

Leg lock!

It’s getting warmer here in Norcal, but it’s not WARM by any stretch of the imagination. It’s funny, none of your muscles of joints work quite right. This is a fun video, about 3 tricks in James knees just STOP working! We also like the start of the video, James does an ollie 7 and then swims the board forward into a blender. It’s very active and a fun sequence. It’s sad that wakesurfing is stuck where it is, where EVERYTHING has to be a single iteration of a single trick. It’s so predictable and severely limits wakesurfing. Imagine if every other sport had such relentless control and narrow focus. Wakeboarding would have never seen a speed ball, not to mention a 10. Or in snowboarding Shaun White’s double McTwist 1260. We’ll always be stuck in the dark ages while the current folks in control prevent progression for the sake of pre-determined outcomes. Single trick above the lip and maybe a body varial. THAT is the current state of professional wakesurfing. It’s boring, predicatble and the furthest thing from progression possible. Blah!

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Here is that video with James Walker on his Flyboy landing; Ollie 7, blender, indecision, leg lock!, air reverse, shuv to revert backside surface 180 to switch (with a tip of the hat to the complete failure in consistent naming) to a switch backside surface 180 to revert shuv.

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

We’ve also created a Flyboy Flickr album for the Blender that James lands in that video. It’s a surface reverse to a surface 3.

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

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