We had hoped to bring you the co-cure build out of our test panels in our thru thickness experiement, but the weather here in Northern California has turned rainy. That’s not really a problem for “real” shops, but we are located way out in the sticks, so when the rains come (or a cricket chirps or someone flys a kite) that invariably leads to us losing the electricity! So we’ve learned on those days to simply not waste our time with building projects because the vacuum will shut down, or our electric blanket heating source will stop and the project just gets ruined!
So instead we’ll bring you a few updates and then also introduce an ongoing fued within the Flyboy Wakesurf, LLC offices! Ok, so that’s just the house or the boat, but you get the idea.
So first up is Surf Dog! James acquired a puppy here recently and well they both sleep alot! This is around 5:30 in the morning, as James is getting ready for classes…umm, well sorta. Puppies just sleep all the time!
We’ll try to get more information on the dog for you canine lovers out there.
The next thing is Josh Sleigh, the new editor of Alliance Wakesurf was kind enough to do a 12 question interview with James. He’s done the same basic thing with just about everyone in wakesurfing, but it was nice that they included James in the selection. Here is the link to the interview with James Walker.
The next thing involves a front big. Now, man we need to put a ton of caveats out here, because this ISN’T about anyone, it’s about a trick or maybe just a disagreement in what a trick is. It involves a back big vs a front big and also what has been termed a baby back big. But it’s not about any rider or how they do a trick, it’s just US and the discussions we have.
Ok, so first off lets define what those tricks are. BOTH of the members of the Flyboy Wakesurf, LLC have a skater background, but one is from the era when a skateboard was a 2 x 4 with steel wheel skates nailed to the bottom and the other, is from this century! Back in the day, there was no such thing as a back or front big. But they have been defined as a 3 shuv with a 180 body varial. The front and back, designate rotation. So a backside big spin, has the rotations away from the boat, if using the skate analogy. Frontside, towards the boat. We don’t think anyone disagrees with that.
Ok, so we’ve created a Flickr album labeled as Front Big. Click on that link to see all of the sequence shots.
So the argument goes, that the front big looks more like the description of the skate trick, 3 shuv with body varial, but the back big looks more like an air 3, with a shuv in the middle. The counter argument is they are both 3 shuvs but there is surface contact at the start of the front side 3 shuv and for the back big, there is surface contact also, but the rotation is away, so that contact makes it LOOK like an air 3.
Ok, so one shot from the front big mid front 3 shuv.
Here is the contact in question, well not in question, we just argue about it and the old timer gives the guy who can actually do it, grief!
See, contact. And it doesn’t really look all that much like an air reverse. Now a back big looks really similar to an air 3, and then wouldn’t a front big have some of the same attributes as an air reverse?
Contact at the start of a back big.
Here is another Flyboy Wakesurf Flickr album this one of a back big.
Right? They’re different, aren’t they? Ok, that would be one side of the argument and the other is, no they aren’t it’s just the perspective from the two different rotations. They are both above the lip 3 shuvs and that body varial.
Anyway, front big or back big, two great tricks and most likely we’ll continue that debate until we are done with this sport or something better to argue about comes along.
Thanks so much for following along, we appreciate it.