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.


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!


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.


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.


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.


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.




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.


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


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

wakesurfing vics

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.


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!


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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Jul 12

James Walker rescues drowning hat!

This is just a fun little snippet of James Walker from last weekend.


We lost a hat overboard but didn’t quite know where. So we are retracing the route and James is looking for it and spots it! He drove out from way back in the pocket and grabbed the hat and tried to pump back in, but didn’t quite make it.

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

We hope you all have a great weekend and get a chance to do a few sets. Thanks so much for following along, we really appreciate it.

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Jul 11

Blender tutorial!

We are starting this tutorial for our good friend Greg out on the east coast. They have a whole slew of Flyboy’s and like many folks, Greg is working on learning some of James’ tricks.

2014 has proven to be a sad year. Innovation in the surf style division has been killed by the current broken judging systems and the lack of differentiation in the divisions. In past years, we’d have seen a number of completely new tricks in the surf division by this time of year, but all we will see is tricks that have been a staple in the skim division sort of “ported” to the surf division. So, innovation and progression are dead, substituted with copying old tricks done years ago on skim boards. Dead and killed by stupid scoring, bias and favoritism. 2013 and 2014 will go down as a turning point, either in destroying the surf division altogether or driving a new force to revitalize surf style, eliminating or severely restricting skim influences.

One of the most fun surf style tricks that James Walker created on his Flyboy was the Blender, it is a sequential combination of a surface reverse into a surface 360. It’s a great carved sequence of tricks and it’s one that many advanced level riders can accomplish. Of course you’ll want to have two tricks under your belt, the surface reverse and then also a surface 360.

We have two resources for you, one is the Flyboy Flickr album of the Blender and then also a trimmed down video of just the Blender over on YouTube. We should also say, we freely share these pictures and the other resources, because we are in the business of selling boards! We want you to learn and ride better and guess what board you’ll see those tricks performed on?! A Flyboy! We are just ridiculously supportive of the wakesurfing community. We understand you can’t always travel for lessons and hiding all your tricks until some contest with the idea that somehow you’ll win, man we guess is a good strategy of you are in the business of winning, but we aren’t, we sell boards. We support riders and the wakesurf community we WANT you to ride better and we understand that virtually everyone watches James’ videos. We want that! James wins a lot, but he is far more supportive of the community and his customers and potential customers to be so self-focused as NOT to help folks out.

Ok, so with that editorial out of the way, we’ll continue with the Blender tutorial. Let’s introduce the resources. First up is the video.

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

Here is a link to the Flickr Flyboy album for the Blender. It has sequence shots of the trick from start to finish. If you are having trouble in a particular area, this is a great resource. Find where you are tripping up and compare your board and body position to the pictures.

You’ll want to study those two resources carefully, as we pointed out earlier, and compare them to the your riding and where you are having trouble.

Ok and now for some pointers.

The first part of the trick is the surface reverse, you want to hit this part FAST and HARD. You’ll need to come out of the reverse fairly far forward, you have to understand that you’ll scrub all of your speed off once the board is sideways and to do this trick correctly, you’ll want it to be continuous. We understand that folks will sort of start this trick by splitting it into 180′s, which is ok, but it’s a cheater version of this trick. Your ultimate goal should be to make them smooth, flowing and continuous.


The next pointer is to spin it on the spine, not on the face or way back on the lip. Remember your positioning as you come out needs to allow you to hit the trailing 3. Check James position on the spine, as he is coming through the rotation. Also treat it like rotating to blind, look where James is focused, so that he is in position to rotate out.


One last pointer, the board will slide down the face, you want that and you want it to rotate past 360, so the first part of the tricks is really a surface 450 (it won’t score well in a cotest because only 10 year old skate tricks that have been done for ages and ages score worth a shit in the surf division) but you will use that extra 90 degrees to generate the speed you need to spin out with the surface reverse. Also, BURY your hand so that you can pull yourself through the final surface 3. At this stage, your board will be dead in the water, you’ll have no forward momentum, so you need to fling it into the surface 3, if done correctly. Jam your hand into the wake and turn hard into that final 3. You’ll also notice where James is, in relation to the wake, he’s pretty far forward so that he’ll have adequate time to spin out.


Then exit out of the 3 as normal, just remember that you’ll be traveling really slowly, so be prepared to pump down the face or forward in case you are at the back of the pocket.

There you go! If you are really wanting to improve your riding and want to start developing your own sense of style, this is a great building block. Trick combinations will always have some form of surface rotation and combining frontside and backside rotations will be killer for your bag of tricks!

Thanks so much for following along, we appreciate it and hope this short tutorial helps! Start landing Blenders!

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Jul 10

Throw Back Thursday

We were looking for some old pictures and happened to run across this creation, which was one of the early R&D boards that we made prior to launching the Flyboy Wakesurf brand.

tbt flyboy

That’s from back in 2008, when James was riding for TWP. We were sharing much of the construction techniques and findings with TWP, but this composite sandwich construction was really not a good fit for their business model, at that time. As you read yesterday, we are loving it as it’s helped us sell out all of our production each year we’ve been selling boards. We don’t want that to sound like we are selling thousands of boards, obviously we’re not and we are a very conservative business, we don’t have the resources to throw 10′s of thousands of dollars at a POS design hoping people will buy from the hype alone! Anyway, as you can see in the dated picture, that’s circa 2008, and the design and construction was ALMOST finalized at that point. :) We literally had close to 5 years of testing and refining before we sold any boards. Thankfully, we haven’t had to change the board completely every year, which seems to be all the rage in professional wakesurfing, these days.

We understand if the board doesn’t sell because it sucks out loud, you have to go back and start over, we just did all of that work up front, rather than introduce a crappy product for some quick bucks. We respect your hard earned dollars and we know we’d never be able to gain your respect back if we lost it selling you junk. You’ve seen our advertising, our budget is like $14 a year! :) We couldn’t come back from the introduction of a POS board, like other folks who can afford to spend their way back into acceptance. Ours had to be right the first time and quite frankly that’s our business philosophy, we want to be trusted, not suspect because we sold crap. So we’ll probably always be the smallest tiniest little brand and we’ll probably never generate enough income to make it a full time career, but we really do love the sport and developing boards that folks enjoy riding.

This is a picture of hairboy…errr James Walker airing out the R&D board in a full wettie, it looks like it was a clear day, but in late November it was probably high 50′s air and low 50′s water temp! James would have been in his teens in that picture, poor kid was the R&D rider! Come on, we need feedback, go suit up and ride in that frigid water and tell us what you think! :) You definetely didn’t want to fall!

tbt flyboy 2

We wanted to talk about the graphics on that board, it was all hand painted. The flames are overlapped, so you’ll see there is a bottom set and a top set. Each flame had a yellow pinline around it and the flames had a great fade from red to orange to yellow to white at the tips. If you look close, the top overlaying flames have grey to black shadows in the left hand curves to give the look of depth. Plus we painted over everything! You don’t see any fin boxes because they are painted over! We used catalyzed polyurethane car paint for this project and we had wanted that to become the calling card for Flyboy’s. Sort of custom hot rod car paint schemes. It proved to be really impractical in a production environment. This paint scheme took literally a few weeks. The entire board was painted yellow, hold on we’ll explain.

After the yellow was cured, we laid down the pin lines using 1/8 inch tape and then from there laid down the fades, taping over the areas that were done, before moving on to the next group of flames. It took forever, as we had to allow each layer of paint to cure before we could tape over it. It’s a great look and maybe someone could develop a printed lam, but we were interested in the one off creations that mimicked the custom car scene. Needless to say, we abandoned that idea! BUT, this was such a great creation to come out of our garage!

Thanks so much for listening to more of our history and sharing in our Throw Back Thursday!

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Jul 09

Thank you

We have sold the last of our Flyboy inventory, for 2014 and it’s our understanding that all of the current years production has been spoken for, so in effect the Flyboy James Walker signature model and the Fyboy Bigboy from Inland are sold out. No doubt there are some retailers with inventory in stock, or waiting on the last shipments, but we can’t get anymore and if retailers haven’t already placed the order, they will be unable to acquire them also.


We want to be careful here, we’ve read so many “THANK YOU!” notes and posts that then go on to say thanks for making us the best ever and supporting the best of everything, ever! They have more spam than a Global MyWake/Warfare submission. It’s hard to find a spammy “thank you” as heartfelt. We know we aren’t the best of anything, and don’t want to come across like that. Hell, we’ve reached stock out at the first week in July! Production and sales forecasting is obviously not an exact science for us. :) With all of our faults and shortcomings we really are appreciative of all of you. The folks that have purchased flyboy and bigboys in the past from us, you folks rock! For all of our loyal readers who come back to curse us, or applaud us, we are seldom neutral on that scale. :) We really appreciate you taking the time out of your busy days, we hope at times we’ve motivated you to talk about issues, or at least gave you a chuckle.

There is so much information that we are bombarded with each and every day. If you’ve taken the time to read us here we really do appreciate you taking that time. If you’ve shared it with friends or colleagues, thanks for that too! We also want to reach out and say thanks to our fellow retailers. We appreciate all of y’all pushing the flyboy and bigboy to meet your customers needs and demands. Without those efforts and expertise we’d never have reached this point. Everyone in the retail channel, you folks really are amazing. Also we need to thank the entire gang at Inland Surfer, from Jeff Page in taking the risk on us and investing all of that capital to get this rolling. We appreciate that you were willing to take the risk and we consider ourselves fortunate for being part of the Inland operation. Also to the entire backend of Inland Surfer, most notable Lance who goes out of his way to take care of us. The support and commitment to consumers, the Flyboy division and of us, personally, is greatly appreciated. Also Todd, Mark, Caitlin and all the rest that make up the Inland gang.


To the young rippers like Zane “Zman” Montgomery, Parker Payne and Pete Lange, that watch and follow along with James’ tricks, using James’ influence in your own creations, that’s so great for us to watch! James is pleased to be part of your influence and to watch as you shape the future of wakesurfing. Huge thanks to Zane and Pete for ripping on the Flyboy!

We also want to thank the young folks that have reached out and asked for Flyboy stickers! We’re proud to be on your laptops, skateboards and bedroom walls!

And to everyone along the way, love us or hate us, we’re thankful because it’s shaped us, perhaps motivated us and at times caused us to think. We’ve hated a few sorry asses back, we’ve never wanted to be like those folks and that has helped shape who we are today! So here we are at the beginning of July, sold out! We guess it’s a good place to be, at least better than having 300 unsold units in a storage facility somewhere or 50 of them spread at retailers all over being offered at cost! But we’ll still go back and work on refining projections for next year.

A huge thank you to everyone friend or foe, customer or not. We have appreciated your support or the insight imparted that has allowed us to underestimate demand! :)

Back tomorrow, thanks for following along.

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Jul 08


We’re sure that you’re faced with the same issue we have over the long holidays like the 4th. The weather here was really gorgeous, highs in the 100′s and nothing but refreshing cold water on the lake, so of course everyone joined in at the lake! We are facing another year of drought conditions here in Northern California, folks are being asked to not water their lawns and to cut back on all water consumption. Our home lake is in bad shape. It was originally just this tiny little fishing lake and later a larger dam was build that caused the reservoir to cover the old dam when the lake filled. Now that our water level is lower, the top of the old dam is showing…big concrete pilings and you can visibly see how far down teh water level is. As we mentioned before, it caused 3 of the 4 total ramps to wind up out of the water and so drives all of the launch traffic to the last remaining ramp. It also tends to make everything really REALLY cozy!


About the same number of boats as in a normal year, only in about half the amount of surface area! Ok, not quite that small, but everything is a lot tighter these days. The other thing that we’ve noticed is the bottom structure of our lake. Lots of islands we didn’t know about! That also has created some really weird wake issues in areas that we have been surfing over for years. We wanted to share this quick video from over the weekend, it’s unedited and you’ll notice just about at the end that there is a huge hesitation between the tricks, somewhere in there the boat started racing, we were caught in a roller and the bounce back off the shore and it also seemed to be getting shallow. It was really wild! So here is that video of James Walker riding his Flyboy and landing: ollie 3, full air reverse, stalled air reverse, front shuv to revert, K3, switch surface 180 to revert shuv out, then the huge delay as the boat races!, backside big spin.

For our mobile enabled friends, here is a link to that July 4th video of James Walker wakesurfing, if the embed above didn’t work for you.

Wasn’t that a great run, well save for waiting for the boat to settle down. We’ll do our best to try and bring you solid wakesurfing, but from here on through the rest of the summer, it might be a challenge! Thanks so much for your understanding!

Towards that end we wanted to share with you the sequence shots from the front shuv to revert included in that video. Here is the link to the Flyboy Wakesurf Flickr album for that front shuv.

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

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Jul 07

July 4th big spins

Did you have a great fourth of July weekend?


We braved it and went out on the water, it was wild! Jet ski’s jumping our wake, even a crazy jet boat was playing on our wake! Needless to say the conditions weren’t ideal, but it was great fun to be out on the water! James was able to nail a few big spins, so we quickly edited those together for you.

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

Big spins front and back!

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

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