You’ll remember that we grabbed a set of C5 boxes and slapped them into a repaired skimmer that we had, wanting to revisit the old Walzer twin pin, twin fin design and we called it the Ultimate Surf style board. That was sort of tongue-in-cheek, we intend the design to be for James as his skimmer this upcoming season. James is a long time surf style rider and needs a tad more hold or actually FINS, as that’s what he’s used to riding with!
But we’ll repeat that no contest, no tour has any definition for what surf style is. Not in terms of riding, nor in an equipment definition, so there literally is nothing WRITTEN, or KNOWN that would prevent someone from taking this board into a surf style division. Now there used to be, but that was deleted and so NOW, there is no guidance at all.
There’s all sorts of silly talk about what “surf style” is. We live close to Santa Cruz and have surfed “the Lane” many times. You could paddle out at any break in Santa Cruz on any weekend and your chances of seeing a shuv, back big, or switch front big on a surfboard – like what “surf style”would be – are about the same as seeing a full on Unicorn. Yet that is state of the art in surf style wakesurfing. So, if the riding style isn’t the definition, doesn’t it have to be equipment that makes a board surf style?
Right? Be honest here. You recognize the difference in the divisions and the riding style, as well as a board. If the restrictions are based upon equipment, let’s just define them. Surf style MUST have at least two 4″ deep fins. See that’s easy, it probably eliminates lots of boards as surf style, but why oh why, if we have separate divisions, do we not specifically identify them?
Anyway, shuv based tricks are, plain and simple, easier on a skimmer than on a surf style board due to directional design attributes. Fins being one area.
So we grabbed that repaired skimmer and took a wild ass guess for the fin placement. After riding this board, we’re going to adjust the placement some, but this is the concept. Twin rail fins up somewhat from the tail. SURF STYLE!
We’ve put together a short compilation of James’ first 10 minutes of riding on the board. It’s something like 4 clips strung together, just so you can see how it rides. The segments include: lipslide, shuv, shuv out, ollie 3, stalled surface 180, stalled surface reverse, backside big spin, MOSTLY a switch front big spin, air, air, ollie 3, shuv, revert front shuv, shuv, revert backside surface 180.
For our mobile enabled friends, here is a link to James Walker riding that ultimate surf style board.
Great skim run, right? Now THAT’s what you’ll be ridiculed for, but just try to call it a surf style run looking in the mirror without laughing. You can’t do it for more than 12 seconds. And, you’d never in a million years see those tricks out in any sort of ocean environment on a surfboard.
Some riding pictures, mid revert front shuv and an air.
Now we used the C5’s rather than wakeboard fins, because wakeboard fins are just stupid. We’re sorry if we offended you, but double foiled rail fins are ridiculous. At the tail they make more sense, but only singularly. The C5’s are foiled with the interior cup and exterior convex or bump. It helps create drive and lift, albiet not very much.
Placement forward provides an additional amount of grip and also release much earlier than at the tail. Also, if you took the time to watch the video, first off THANKS! Second off, revert is ridiculously easy, isn’t it? We need to make it even easier, but it’s one of the defining differences between surf and skim. BUT, now that there really aren’t any differences, except for spelling (surf vs skim) design for that. Right? We are really surprised at the lack of innovation considering the complete lack of guidance or rules.
So anyway, there you have it. Switch fronts, back bigs, surface 180’s to revert…that’s current surf style folks. You’ll never see that anywhere folks actually surf, but that is surf style wakesurfing. Oh you know what? We just understood! Surf style must be the CLOTHES you wear! How silly have we been! You have to WEAR surfer styles, like board shorts and cool sunglasses! Duh!
Now, we don’t doubt that somewhere there will be “equipment restrictions” if this concept is employed at an event somewhere. Which makes sense. Don’t worry about riding style restrictions, that’s never going to happen, trust us! Maybe at the EWT, but not anywhere else. BUT if there are equipment restrictions, and they just aren’t “known” or exist only in someone’s mind, never to be spoken until they don’t like the development, this concept would at least get that out in the open. Then we can all shape and design to that weirdness. Secrets are never any fun and why shackle developers and shapers like that? Why intentionally derail and hinder progression?
Anyway, if you are a surf style rider, that just got lumped into a combined division and need to convert your riding to be competitive. You’re wanting a little more hold than a traditional skimmer, as you start landing shuv’s, back bigs, switch fronts and effortless revert riding, here is your design!
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