Wasn’t that no-handed standup 720 sweet? The variations are great fun to watch, you can see the underlying trick, but watching James Walker and his exceptional control of his Flyboy Wakesurf Board are just a joy to watch! Ok we’re a little prejudice in this regard
We wanted to show you another trick that James Walker is working on and hopefully if you attend any of the wakesurf events, this year, you’ll see some of this progression from James Walker and his Flyboy Wakesurf board! We’ll give you a brief run down on what is going on in this trick and then show you some of the pictures of the important parts. We also have a short unedited video so you can see the whole thing as we did, plus that crazy slideshow thing. We’ll look for a better method shortly, but for now this is all we have. We’re sorry for all the panning and zomming stuff!
The trick is a combination of several tricks. The first is an air 180. Now technically in surf style, there isn’t much riding the board revert. On a skim style board, they can be ridden revert all day long, but surf style boards, with their deep rail fins typically aren’t ridden revert for any considerable length. So that being said, an air 180 always has something following once the board is revert. In practice the general “next” move is a backside switch backside surface 180. We are NOT fond of the current naming convention in wakesurfing! Anyway, bringing the board back around regular on the surface
The entry into the trick is an air 180. We got the picture sort of late, but the fins are free and the board is in the air with the rider landing on the wake face. This pisture gives you an idea.
James Walker then sort of stalls that part of the trick, surfing his Flyboy Wakesurf board down the face. Not to the trough and THAT is key, but to the start of the upward part of the wake. We’ll talk about this in a minute, also, as that orientation can help your riding immensely. Here is a picture of where James Walker is stopping the surfing down to the bottom of the wake and begins the backside switch revert surface 180
It’s a little hard to see it, but the tail of James board is up on the face of the wake. The power of the wake comes from the lifting forces, but also it keeps the nose of the board out of the flats during rotations. Watch this next picture in the sequence and watch where the nose of James’ board is during the rotation. There’s easily a foot of clearance as it swings past the flats.
and one more in that sequence
That was hard to see we know, but you get the idea. There is so much misinformation about push and water flow, but if you can ignore that and just try for yourself looking at the lift of the wake, capturing the flow up the face and see if that doesn’t improve your riding. Also, it can give you the ability to progress beyond your current trick list. The point we’d like to emphasize is capturing the lifting forces on the face of the wake.
We’d also like to talk a little about the tail shape of the Flyboy Wakesurf board. It’s round or a slight variation of round with a small squash at the back. The board that James is riding here has a very thick tail for a few reasons. One is stiffness. James is a very powerful surfer and can easily over-power a thin board. You being excellent students of composite sandwich theory know that the thicker the sandwich the greater the stiffness. The other attribute is additional bouyancy. The curve of the tail pulls it out of the way for when the board is ridden revert, it provides James more control. Wider tail’ed boards give up that control focusing only only tricks going forward, so in our opinion are very limiting. Now there is something to be said for that extra bouyancy on a wide tail’ed board, but we are working with thickness. Remember all the work we did with bouyancy and how dimensionally the quickest way to greater volume was through thickness? We’ve applied that to this prototype.
Stay tuned to the Flyboy Wakesurf boards blog as we talk more about this area of the Flyboy Wakesurf board and how it can help you take your riding to the next level.
Continuing along on this wakesurf trick, you can see that James has completed the surface 180 and the board is back to regular, but he’s getting ready for the shuv. Notice where the board is on the face of the wake, throwing it off the lip is much easier, but what James is doing here is using the momentum of bring the nose around to assist in throwing the shuv. James will toss that shuv mid-face, ollie’ing much like you would a wakesurf board out in the flats.
Here are the next two photos of the Shuv being thrown
…James Walker and his Flyboy Wakesurf board in mid air.
Sick, huh? This is the evolution of James’ wakesurfing, the linking of various tricks to form new unique tricks.
We are NOT thrilled with this embedded slideshow, but if you’ll bear with us as we try and figure it out or get some alternative, this will allow you to see the sequence shots from start to finish in one place.
Also, here is a short unedited clip, it is the very last trick, so please watch it all the way through. It will show you the entire trick, discussed above, as it happened.
That’s the whole thing! Doesn’t that inspire you to work on your tricks? We really appreciate you taking the time to follow along and we hope that your reading and watching the Flyboy Wakesurf blog is bringing better riding and a new wakesurf trick or two to your summer!