So we are going to be talking about some theoretical constructs that we used to build the current version of the Flyboy Wakesurf James Walker signature model. The Flyboy Wakesurf branded version. As we delve into these topics, we’ll relate them to the underlying construction or shape. The first thing we want to talk about is the concept of water flow up the wake face. Here are two pictures and we’ll be referring to them a LOT during this discussion, we’re sorry to make you jump back and forth and we don;t blame you if you don’t!
So the first picture, we will just label Picture 1. This was from that air 3 to floater to submarine video we showed earlier in the week.
The second picture, which is how we’ll refer to it, follows:
Those pictures are presented in the sequence order they were taken. That is to say, the first picture happened before the second picture.
If you look closely you’ll see a change in the orientation of the nose of the board to more vertical in the second picture. If you will, the board is rotating very slightly in a clockwise orientation. It is due to the board capturing more of the lifting forces off the wake face and actually creating lift in the nose.
Now we don’t care if call those forces in the wake “sweaty monkey balls”, as long as you understand the flow is upward and it interacts with the bottom of the board, it’s NEVER EVER from behind the board flowing forward. Look at the water flow that is visible off the nose of the board, it’s all straight up. Any directional flow forward would show spray forward. It doesn’t, ever.
Now if your wake has sweaty monkey balls going forward, this board won’t work as well with your sweaty monkey balls, but for everyone that has water flow UP (everyone) the wake face, your board should be optimized to work with that flow.
Current surf style design either completely ignores the need of wakesurf boards to ride revert, OR elongates the design and stumps off the ends to give more surface area engaged in the wake.
So first off, how do you think a stumpy nose would manage the submarining above? It would just act like a shovel, wouldn’t it? But, more area, longer boards with a straighter outline will capture more of the sweaty monkey balls forces traveling up the face of your wake.
We are NOT fans of the stumpy nose for a few reasons. One is this, we like the ability to recover. We also think that for most folks, it makes it harder to get tucked in tight to the wake face. There are others, but for now, that is the concept. Stumpy noses are basically longer boards, hacked off. We like shorter tighter riding boards.
So, now we have this weird sort of issue. Surf style divisions, require that the boards be ridden like non-directional skimmers, to score well. It’s not the way the boards were designed to be ridden, so it’s just odd. NOT that it can’t be designed for, but ONE of the major differences between surf and skim is directional vs non-directional. Skimmers and shuv based tricks are non-directional and surf style boards with huge ass fins out the back are directional. Somewhere someone thought forcing boards to be ridden against their design was state of the art, which is really dumb. Like taking your Ferrari out in the mud. Sure maybe you can do it, but it’s not designed for that! Why would you even consider it? Anyway, if we ruled the world things would be different! But we don’t so you just have to build for the dumbness.
Ok, so now we have to make competition level surf style boards more non-directional. A longer nose, as is achieved with stumpy boards, then places the fins further out away from the wake face when the board is revert.
We took a different approach, not wanting to go the stumpy route and instead worked on the nose area of the bottom of the board. Recognizing that the wake energy is flowing upward on the face of the wake, it was a fairly straight forward adjustment to create a bottom contour that helps create lift in the nose, when it’s actually the TAIL! Control surfaces along the rails are added also, so as to allow this most current Flyboy Wakesurf banded board to be ridden revert better and also as a fun side benefit, reduces your sinking ability!
Normally the nose area on the bottom of a wakesurf board is just flat and it leads into concaves of some kind. This new Flyboy actually has a bottom shape in the nose. Channels in the nose don’t do anything. Sorry, that isn’t how your sweaty monkey balls are working. The water flow is up, capture MORE of that and you’ll gain lift.
It’s straight forward, really, but for the most part all surf style manufacturers were manufacturing surf style boards that rode like surf boards (huh imagine that?!), no one realized they had to ride like non-directional boards, because no one said that and in fact most probably were fearful that they’d spend countless hours developing one and then be told, NOPE can’t use that! So development sort of stagnated.
Anyway, you get the idea, we’ve change the bottom shape in the nose area to better capture the water flow up the wake face and to create lift in the nose, when it is being ridden revert. When the nose is actually the tail it’s pulled in more, away from the upward flow of the wake, so we had to redesign the bottom to work more effectively when the board was being ridden revert.
Ok, that’s the first of many design changes and attributes that we created with this newest version of the Flyboy Wakesurf branded James Walker signature board. As we go to shape the board, you’ll see that we extend the shaping through the nose, rather than stopping at the nose. It also creates this funny looking two sided bottom structure. One for riding like surf style boards are supposed to and one for when they are forced to ride like a skimmer!
We’ll share more as we get into the actual shaping of the board in a future installment.
That’s all for today, man that was a lot of typing! Thanks so much for following along and even more if you stayed awake for the whole post! We appreciate it.