Jul 01

Front big and new balance tech

We know some of you folks thought the first front big was a fluke, so James decided to show you that wasn’t the case and just for fun he added the backside body varial out at the end.

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We want to point out a few things. One is that we use a public lake. Sadly, the water levels here in California are drastically low. Our local lake has 4 ramps and three of them are completely out of the water due to the low water levels. Here is a picture of the last remaining ramp. It gets crazy busy and wait times are easily 30 minutes or more both in and out of the water.

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But what that also does is create ridiculous conditions, at times it’s like a washing machine, such was the case on Sunday when James threw this front big to backside body varial out. James needs a board that works in all manner of conditions. The other thing is that James is working two jobs. It would be great if wakesurfing was paying for new houses and Ferrari’s, but lets be honest no one is making that sort of money on wakesurfing. Anyway, the point being, man that doesn’t leave much time for practice for James. When you’re paying bills and working a job(s), practicing is way down the list of priorities. So that brings us to the New Balance Tech that we have developed for James Walker and Flyboy.

So we’ll continue in a minute, but first here is that front big to body varial video.

For our mobile enabled friends, here is a link to that front big to body varial video.

Wasn’t that sweet and a lot of fun too. When James is able to master those tricks, it’s such a blast and you can hear it in the laughter and celebration in the boat. We do apologize if our language offends you. So to the point, James wasn’t born with a silver spoon in his mouth and trust us we all regret THAT! Nor is he a minor dependent he simply has to work for a living and pay his bills, just like you. So with that reduced time for practice, just like you, working all week and squeezing time in on the weekend and riding behind a boat that isn’t used in any contests, we had to develop a board that HELPED James. This New Balance tech is just that. As surf style devolves into shuv style, scoring focuses more on shuv based tricks, like the early days of skim style. The New Balance tech, provides James that assistance. It won’t do 3 shuv based tricks for you, but it will assist you and not fight you as you master them. It’s really a technology and build process that will help ordinary folks, just like you, improve their riding, not that James is ordinary by any stretch. No factory support boats, no private lakes, no 30 hours a week riding, a board designed for working stiffs with limited resources that WILL help you ride better, and laugh more!  Now, we won’t kid, James is one of the best, but he needs a board that helps him, and this new balance tech is the ticket for just that.

So for those folks that thought the first front big was a fluke and you know there was that talk, trying to minimize it, there it is a again, so please go fluke yourself! :) And for those of you that were skeptical, we appreciate that. We also hope that you’ll come to appreciate this new tech and don’t “skeptical” yourself out of riding better. And especially don’t find yourself lamenting a revised (hope this one works) pro model, when you could have a Flyboy, going strong for probably longer than you’ve wakesurfed.

Also, we need to apologize, we meant to post the sequence shots for those folks that are studying how James does this trick and want to learn it. We’ll get that up for you this week, so you can learn from James, we want to be supportive of the cause and know many of you depend upon James for that!

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Jun 30

Front big to backside body varial

So James was out over the weekend dialing in his front big and started working on a graceful exit out, via a body varial.

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Here is the result, a front big to body varial combination.

For our mobile enabled friends, here is a link to that front big to varial combination of the embed above doesn’t work for you.

Thanks so much for following along, we really appreciate it! We’ll talk some more about this trick and the tech that is assisting James.

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Jun 28

Multi density foam

As we’ve mentioned before, we haven’t really changed the basic outline or rocker of the Flyboy is close to 10 years. We watch as other pro level boards are basically tossed out year after year, because no one can ride them. If they can’t sell, gotta move on! We’ve always kept that at the fore front, basically because this is a business and it has to make money, we wish that we had dumptruck loads of money to toss at shitty designs and have manufacturers who would subsidize that, but…we don’t! So everything we do has to be profitable and that means it has to work for the broadest spectrum of people. We read a comment once about a pro level board. A regular joe purchased the board and lamented that it was slow as snot, somewhere online. A retailer jumped in saying no it wasn’t you just needed to pump it really hard. We laughed, because, of course it was slow! What board doesn’t go faster when you pump it like crazy? The pumping it like crazy makes all boards go faster, but slow boards are slow.

James has a saying, you can ride a fast board slow, but you can’t ride a slow board fast. So the point being, we are very careful about what we introduce to market. If it doesn’t work, folks will question your credibility, plus think of the tons of money that have to be spent to overcome the first failure? This (next) board is amazing! (ignore all previous iterations)

So here we are, a season or two ago and we have talked about the changes and the odd state of competitive wakesurfing. The previous mind-set was to have this definitive split in the way folks rode in the two divisions. Now, no single tour or event has any rule that actually recognizes the divisions and THAT change was never discussed, because you can imagine how heated that argument would have been. There are different divisions at contests, but no definition of how or what makes that up, nor how or what is allowed in the divisions as far as riding style, which was pretty clearly delineated before. What has happened though is that what is winning contests is a basic skim style run. We’ve talked about the issues with a fully subjective scoring system, the blended system would allow riders to develop any number of tricks, that best fit their style, the fully subjective takes that freedom away and all you can do is mimic the riders that win. It becomes a very boring, repetitive and NON-innovative format.

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As we mentioned, there is nothing you can do about the changes and the lack of fairness, so you have to ride like everyone else. That’s when we started working on this multi density foam blank. It’s been a few years in the making and we think we are THERE with it.

We are fortunate because we develop using a composite sandwich construction technique, rather than a single density foam blank. This allows us to change the density of the foam, to aid in this balancing concept, with relative ease. If we need more weight in particular area, we just grab a sheet of higher density foam and slap it in place. Also, with he ‘boo and carbon you don’t see any hidieous Franken’blank glue up underneath. For singular density blanks, the only way to shift weight is through extra length, extra width or extra thickness. Basically adding more mass out at the ends. This is where we started, by simply adding a small amount of weight out at the end and what we found, was this weird sort of flopping rotations in 3 shuv based tricks. What’s being done is the boards are just being balance fore and aft. That’s certainly a start, but it also ignores two sides of the board! Remember we talked about the gyroscope concept? The current movement of blunted boards is sort of working on this, it’s only partially correct, it tends to balance fore and aft, by making boards LONGER. We wanted and need to retain the same smaller shape as folks can ride that better. Right? If you wanted a board that rode like it was 5’4″ long, you’d have purchase a 5’4″ long board!

Back to the singular density foam blanks, how would that work if the circle were unevenly weighted, so say the 0 and 180 degrees parts of the circle were 15 times heavier than the other two sections? It wouldn’t balance very well would it? AND that’s what we found! Fore and aft was great, side to side sucked.

So in that situation, if your were kicking the board for a 3 shuv just perfectly, you could get the rotation like you wanted, but if you missed by even a hair, the board got a huge ugly wobble, sort of rail to rail. What we found, in order to prevent that, was perimeter weighting. So if you kicked the board sort of too much off towards one rail, the extra weight on the opposite side would resist that force. Now it doesn’t prevent a horrible kick from just getting UGLY, but it adds a level of foregiveness so that more of the kicks translate into smooth rotation. Skim boards with a uniform weight, pretty much everywhere, don’t suffer from this issue as much. Surf style boards are lighter, over the equivalent volume and so DO suffer some at the 3 shuv and above rotations.

As we mentioned with regard to skim style boards, their shape and general construction actually provides a very uniform weight distribution around a center point on the board. Surf style boards, for the most part, never had this. Moving forward, into more 3 shuv based tricks require this revised balancing in the weight of the boards. BUT, not just fore and aft, the balance needs to be more uniform everywhere. Changing the shape of the boards to affect increases in mass would just create crap. You can imagine 4 inch thick rails or hammerhead shaped noses to get that sort of balance!

We adjusted to this revised balance point, by using different density foams within the boards that James rides. We also did some work so as to help improve durability, so there is a higher density foam under the front foot. If you notice the contest boards that James currently rides, there is a carbon fiber patch over the rear foot, but not over the front foot location. There is a heavier and higher density foam, that helps with this weight distribution out by the front foot, and so the carbon patch over, wasn’t necessary. Also we have what we are calling a “radiating pattern” of higher density foam from the center where we want the board to spin or balance, outward towards the rails. What we are tring to achieve is a board that resists that “death wobble” during 3 shuv based tricks, and also helps the board balance not only for and aft, but also rail to rail. The other thing we tried to achieve was a better “follow along.” Skimmers weight more for the same unit of volume, compared to a surf style board.

Just increasing the overall weight wasn’t really helpful, it just makes a slow sort of dead’ish feeling board. Plus as we were working on this concept there were specific areas that extra weight simply didn’t help anything. What we did was use the weight we had to real control over, via the fins and boxes and then added weight opposite that placement in equal amounts as the starting point. From there we added weight and moved it closer so as to achieve the same balance point, while keeping the overall weight as low as possible. After several attempts we found what seems to be the best fit for James and the way he rides. It’s not quite what you’d expect. Anyway, that sort of gives you an idea as to the inner workings of that board.

In short, as surf style becomes more shuv style, we need to be more attuned to development of boards that were originally created for those tricks. We can’t really effectively just transition skimmers into a surf style design, so we have to translate the concepts, into the design of the surf style board.

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Jun 27

Balance point

You probably know that bicycle wheels are basically huge gyroscopes. We are able to stay upright at speed, because of the rotating mass. But what happens when the wheels stop moving? You’ll fall over. The pivot point of your bike wheel is exactly in the middle, which makes for a smooth ride. If you’ve watched cartoons as a kid, you’ll probably remember funny episodes which featured stone age characters riding square stone wheeled bikes with wood frames.

But there is something interesting about that concept, round objects will revolve around a center point really well, as long as there is equal distribution of weight around that center point. You no doubt have seen wheel weights on cars, that help balance out the weight so that our car wheels don’t have that odd out of balance shimmy.

Now, skim boards don’t look round, they are elongated ovals, but interestingly enough, the general shape tends to locate the mass of the board around a center point. So the wide point of the board is really close to center and the further away the ends get from that center, the narrower they get. In effect, the mass or weight of the board itself is really close to being distributed equally around that center point, even though it doesn’t look that way.

Surf style boards, not so much. They have multiple, huge-ass fins and typically a much wider tail than nose. As surf style boards have evolved, getting shorter and shorter, much of the nose has been removed. Out in the ocean, surfboards have really long extended noses, some of that is to aid in catching waves and to prevent pearling the nose, but also what does that extra length do in terms of the mass of the board? It’s putting mass way the hell out in front isn’t it? What would that do in terms of adjusting the balance point of those ocean surfboards? It’s moving it forward, some, isn’t it?

Let’s give another example. When you used to carry your school books back in grade school, did you pile them up and then extend your arms straight ahead of you with your arms stretched out? No, because they would get heavy as all hell! It’s like a lever, isn’t it? Pulling down on your arms like that would wear you out in just a few minutes, but if you hold them closer to your body, they didn’t seem as heavy. That’s the simple concept of a lever, the longer the lever, the less force is required on the longer side, to exert a higher force on the shorter side.

So, two boards of the exact same shape and weight are balanced on this balance point, now we add 1 pound in the form of a foam block to the very end of the nose of one of the boards. Where is the balance point on that board? It’s shifted forward towards the nose, isn’t it? It has more weight forward, so to balance it, now, we have to shift that point forward, which in effect puts more weight on the tail “section” from the balance point to the tail. So when we add weight or also volume, which brings weight, to one end or the other it shifts the balance point.

Hopefully we didn’t mutilate that explanation too badly, we’re sure folks understand the concept intuitively, so we’ll move on!

So what happens when you shorten the nose of a wakesurf board, say with just changing the length or chopping off the nose? You move the balance point backwards, right? Less weight further out, will cause that balance point to shift closer to the area with more weight.

Were folks doing that? Were folks shortening boards and then rebalancing the surf style boards? No, of course not. So we had some really weird shapes, and still do. Extending the nose to then blunt it off in effect moves weight further out, but they also ride like 5’4″ foot long boards.

So, like we said yesterday, we were NOT paying attention. The rules changed without anyone noticing or discussing it and we were sort of stuck back in the “giving it the good fight” days of yore. Surf style is skim style. Wake up! We want to show a drawing, it’s crappy, but you can get the talking points from it.

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In a typical skimmer, the board is basically the same thickness throughout and there isn’t much in the way of fins, usually a single fiberglass fin in the back. So for the most part, the balance point is right in the middle of the boards overall length. Maybe just a tad behind, but really close, to the center.

That’s not the case with the typical surf style board, is it? The most common outline for surf style boards have a LOT of volume in the tail, as opposed to the fairly narrow and thin noses. Also, huge fins and traction set back there, if you attempt to find the balance point of a surf style board, they tend to be further back towards the tail because of this extra weight and volume, at least compared to skim style boards.

How would you expect the surf style board to rotate on a horizontal plane? With that tail heavy arrangement? Not really very well, huh? Pushing or kick FROM the tail would tend to cause the board to rotate around that center of mass. You’ve most likely seen it where folks kick the board wildly out of control across the wake. It’s like throwing that “hammer” deal in the Olympics, it just goes in the direction of the extra weight. We have talked before about how we have engineered the Flyboy with the balance point a bit more forward, but we were striving for center point, or balance point between the feet. That was close, but it’s not optimum for this shift from surfing to shuv’ing. The skimmers have that figure out and that balance point is closer to the middle of the board, so when a skilled rider does a shuv, the board rotates more closely on that center point.

Not that it’s impossible to shuv a standard surf style board, but it’s a hell-of-a-lot easier when the balance point is more centered. That’s not really true, 3 shuvs and related tricks are easier that way, the standard 180 shuv, is probably less affected. We have likened it to that bike wheel we talked about above, if the wheel was all oblonged, it will still rotate, but the tendency is for the longer side or area to spin further out and away from center. Getting the balance point more close to the center length of the board, allows it to rotate easier and is a little more forgiving in the rotations. That is you can kick it slightly off center and it still tends to rotate like you’d hope!

So as we were thinking about this shift in scoring criteria from surf to skim, we thought about how to make our existing shape, which James has ridden for almost a decade now, more shuv-friendly. The future of surf style, will be shuv based…well at least while the current powers that be are doing their thing. The next group may return to the days of the split in the divisions, we’ll see.

One of the things, we determined, that’s needed was to add some weight FORWARD. We tried adding just a touch way out towards the nose and it moved the balance point forward alright, but had a tendency to cause some erratic spins. It was easy to offset the smaller amount of nose weight with donkey kicks off the tail! So we added MORE weight, but also started moving it back. This picture, that we showed yesterday IS NOT what we are using today, but you get the idea. Move the balance point MORE and MORE TOWARDS the center.

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What we were looking for was THIS, mid 3 shuv, probably a foot and a half above the lip.

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Nice flat horizontal rotation. AND where is it rotating? Right around the center of the board, or close to it, which makes it much easier to control.

Now again, we won’t kid you, we hate the ego-driven drivel: best boards ever! Win the intergalactic championship with this board! Oh lord spare us, right? What do you do when you read that shit? You literally ignore it don’t you? We read a great study about social media and something like 3/4′s of the respondents said social media ads had NO IMPACT on their buying decisions. So Facebook, the leader in social media starts making it harder for businesses to have their message heard, without paying for it and when it is heard, 75% of folks ignore it!!!! Anyway, James Walker is an amazing rider, easily one of the best in the world. What we’ve done here is develop a board that will help him as the contest riding shifts from surf to skim. Also, he rides behind the Supreme V226, which isn’t used in ANY contests this year. He has to be able to adapt quickly and easily to whatever the wake is during a contest. That’s ridiculously hard.

If you can develop your tricks and compete behind your boat, you are at a decided advantage, so we have to help offset that for James, so that when he goes to do a 3 shuv, he doesn’t have to sort of tame the board in this new environment, it will want to rotate and behave the same way, everywhere.

Will you be able to toss 3 shuv’s on it? Well, if you can do a 3 shuv, sure, but it won’t magically do them for you. Will this sort of construction and R&D assist you in learning tricks like that front big that James landed? Yeah, we’re sure of that.

Speaking of that front big, James mid front big with that flat horizontal rotation.

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We’ll wrap this discussion up tomorrow, thanks so much for following along!

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Jun 26

Controlling what we can

We had a revelation at end of the season, a year or so ago and it relates to the way we, as humans, tend to think about things. You may have noticed that life isn’t fair. :) It’s been several years ago that a head judge and a “select few” riders went out on a contest boat on the day of the event, early in the morning for a photo shoot for one of the contests sponsors. Does that make you upset? Lots of folks were, at the time, because it’s in your face favoritism, isn’t it? Blatant flipping you off while yelling BITE ME! favoritism. What happened next was just this huge outcry of unfair!, improper behavior!, etc, etc from a myriad of folks. But, what’s the real problem with those responses?

There are competitors that ride behind that damn boat all year long. Think that preventing those privileged few from riding it for 20 minutes will affect the outcome?  Probably not and if you think that riding it for 20 minutes is somehow equivalent to riding it for 8 months, we hate to break this to you, but that’s kinda delusional. Yeah I think we were kinda delusional in there, too! What’s happening for everyone is that we have NO CONTROL over the 8 months outside of that contest, and we know it’s unfair. We also know that hanging with the head judge is unfair, so when it’s in our face like that, the whole: F YOU suckers! We all try and control the shit out of that 20 minutes.  Stupid reactions, because it was meaningless and didn’t address the real issues.

That got us thinking about something. We, as humans, attempt to control the shit out of stuff that probably doesn’t matter, because we are bugged about the REAL deal (favoritism and bias) and can’t or won’t do anything about THAT, or it’s impossible to deal with it.  Hey sponsored rider, you have to sell your boat!  That even sounds crazy!

So, that was an epiphany for us. We were looking at our boards and thinking about how the CWSA sort of eliminated the surf vs skim criteria that existed under the AWSA rules and judging criteria. That elimination wasn’t really discussed, or at least that we remember, everyone was so busy trying to control the SHIT out of subjective vs blended scoring that the real deal, the thing that most impacted scoring was ignored! But also, what are we doing with board design? We’re ignoring the shift from surf to skim, there are no division requirements or definitions, but most of us were sort of adhering to the old rules, and guess what? They don’t exist anywhere. Right? Most of us were respectful of the battle and rules that split the divisions and the few that weren’t, changed the rules and also are a year ahead!

So everyone else is busy controlling the shit out of a surf style board for something that doesn’t exist anymore!!! Silly. We can’t do anything about the change in the rules, or the elimination of the rules and we are busy fussing over a board design that isn’t really applicable anymore. We are so focused on controlling something, anything, because we can’t control what matters!

Here is a picture of one of James early ‘boo and carbon composite sandwich boards. When you look at it, you can’t tell what’s under the ‘boo or the carbon. That wasn’t really intentional, we just stopped using some of the clear reinforcements.

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But there is stuff going on under! Here is a picture of an old failed experiment and we’ll talk about the details, as we continue this discussion and give you a short overview below.

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As you look at that last picture, it’s of just the foam, like a foam blank. You’ll notice there are three colors, the dark outside along the perimeter, the cream’ish color that makes up the majority of the board and then the sort of mixed color that is in the middle. The black color is from a dye and the cream is the natural color of the foam. This was a hand poured, molded blank and the dark colored foam is 7 pound density and the light colored foam, about 1.5 pound density, the mixed colored foam is around a net density of 4 pounds. We’ll talk more about this experiment and the results and our current development processes through the week.

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Jun 25

Centurion Mussel Mast’R

We boat and live in the Northern California area and we live fairly close to the Lake Tahoe area. Since the weather has warmed up we’ve taken a few hikes into the back country surrounding the ski resorts in the Tahoe area. This is a picture of one of the lakes up at 5 lakes, it’s located between the backside of Squaw Valley and the front side of Alpine Meadows, somewhere around 7,500 feet in elevation.

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One of the things that we noticed on the drive to this trail was a California Fish and Game check station. We have an issue here in California with the Zebra Mussel and the state is making a concerted effort to prevent their spread. There are some areas of the state where, if you don’t use your boat ONLY in that area, you can’t launch. They just turn you away. Whether you are a “tree-hugger” or not, you have to take THAT sort of policing seriously. Want to boat at a far off lake on your vacation, possibly not, here in California! There are also decontamination processes which can really make boating in those areas a PITA.

So, Centurion has just introduced a new concept in what is being called the “Mussel Mast’r.” Here is their advertisement for that device. It is part of their Eco Conscious campaign.

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Rick Lee the president of Fineline Industries, the manufacturer of Centurion, lives in the greater Tahoe area, so we’re sure he is aware of the threat to Lake Tahoe and other bodies of water within our great state, plus Merced, home of Fineline is only a stones throw away.

Simple idea right? Run all the water in your bags through a filter. It’s genius! But also for this area, it’s a boon for folks that want to be able to trailer to a different water way, or for those of us that are truly environment conscious. We tend to fall in that latter group also, we enjoy the beauty of nature and feel that we have a responsibility to protect it. Not to where we can’t use the waterways, but we can certainly make reasonable efforts to not cause harm. There is a saying on the trails: pack out, what you pack in.

There is a great article posted on the Centurion website that describes the concept and development. That article is here.

In short the WSIA developed a vaoluntary movement with it’s towboat members and they worked with a company called Wake WorX to develop this system. There is a seal on the filter, much like you’d see on your electric meter, at home, and if that hasn’t been broken, state authorities won’t require the lengthy decontamination process, according to that article.

Huge kudos to the industry for their socially responsible actions and also to Centurion for being an early adopter of the technology. It’s not often that we see a proactive stance by manufacturers, typically waiting until some regulation forces them to do anything, but here we see the towboat manufacturers leading the way and doing the right thing. It has to help an already stressed California budget, by reducing the manpower at check stations, but also this group, lead by Centurion, is taking the initiative to help protect our waterways and some of the most splendid recreational areas in this great State of California, for all of us to enjoy. Well done, folks and a grateful thanks for your efforts.

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Jun 24

Chaos C5′s

We were anxious to give the new Chaos C5′s a test spin, because the Future’s C5′s are sort of problematic. One of the issues with the original Futures C5′s are they are injection molded, which isn’t really a problem for this canard fin, except the bottom of the fin base is where the inject port is. Futures doesn’t do a good job of cleaning off that flashing and if the end user, doesn’t take a sanding block to the base of the fin, it is virtually guaranteed to split the C5 box in your board. When we were shipping this fin with our original Flyboy, we spent coutless hours sanding the lower quality C5 fin bases. We’re not sure of how many builders do this and so it’s very common to have split C5 boxes in custom boards, as the user CRANKS down the set screw.

These Chaos C5′s eliminate that problem, as the fin’s base is ground down and test fitted, there isn’t the QC issue in that that regard. They are well-made fins. Another aspect is that the set screw pushes against the sidewall of the fin base, rather than on a very thin bottom lip as on the Futures C5′s. This picture is of the two fins, the white being a C5 from off of a clients Flyboy, if you look closely at THAT C5, you’ll see the deformed bottom lip and guess what THAT does? It pushes right through the bottom of the C5 box, causing it to crack. The Chaos fin tab is simply a better engineered interface. That by itself is probably worth the investment, at the $22 or whatever per pair, you’d save close to $100 shipping your board somewhere for a repair!

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We were hoping that this would prove to be an answer for some of our clients that are using the 4 and 5 year old original Flyboys. Folks are using new fin offerings from Futures that have less cant, than the 3/2/1′s that shipped with that board. This new Chaos C5 looks like it was specifically designed for that more upright, less cant fin pod arrangement. We didn’t order the Chaos wakesurf specific fins, but we have a slew of fins and swapped out our 3/2/1′s with a more upright fin, as a test.

Here is a picture of the original prototype Flyboy and the fin pod with the original C5 and 3/2/1′s.

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You can see the DRASTIC cant in both the rail fin and the canard. One of the issues with this fin pod, this sort of C5 / Twinzer arrangement is that when it’s aligned and in the right place the board flys and is loose like it’s riding on ball bearings and when it’s not perfectly aligned, the ride is good, but not ON FIRE.

The Chaos C5′s when used with the original Futures 3/2/1′s weren’t magic for us. You can see the change in the cant between the two fins. The Chaos C5′s are more upright as they are designed for a more upright fin pod.

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So when we swapped the 3/2/1′s out for a more upright fin, the alignment matched what WE did originally and that magic was there. So if you are using one of the more upright rail fins, in your original Flyboy, you’ll want to invest in these Chaos C5′s. We really can’t speak to the other manufacturers boards, but it was obvious to us that Chaos understands the canard alignment issue and no doubt their line of custom boards has this issue addressed. If you’re riding a different board, it’s a really cheap investment to see if it works. Also if you struggle with cracking the bottom of your C5′s boxes, this is your fix, significantly cheaper than having a C5 repaired, unless you live next door to a shaper.

James didn’t get a chance to ride them, as he’s nursing a back injury that’s plaqued him through the off-season and didn’t ride, but he is coaching his mom on her 360!

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If you are in need of a great coach that’ll get you landing everything from your first 360 to a front big, be sure to give us a shout and James can travel to your locale to coach you. We all know that riding behind your own boat is the only way to properly learn a new trick. You know how hard it is at a contest, the folks that ride behind the contest boat all year long have such a ridiculous advantage over everyone else, you should give yourself that advantage when learning new tricks. Learn them behind your own boat and practice under the expert guidance of James Walker.

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Jun 23

A few videos

James Walker will be featured in an Alliance Wakesurf: Why I Ride video segment, and we have that edit below.

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Here is that short edit for Alliance Wakesurf

Alliance Wakesurf – James Walker why I ride edit from FlyBoy Wakesurf on Vimeo.

We are trying to get the youtube commands under control, hopefully, this will force the youtube player into 1080 HD.  This is the front big that James Walker landed on his Flyboy last weekend.

For our mobile enabled friends, here is a link to that front big video

We’ll talk more about the test of the Chaos C5′s and then also more about the weight distribution changes we have made for the 2014 contest year.

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Jun 21

Mish mash

We’ve got kind of a funny weekend coming up. We paid a visit to Stretch with some new concepts and hopefully that will reach fruition. It deals with weight distribution in our surf style wakesurf boards. We’ve talked about the idea of perimeter weighting and how almost all surf style boards have it, either by virtue of lapped rails, perimeter stringers or the way we do it with heavier rail material, plus the lapped rails. If you remember back to James throwing that front big, you may have seen the board get a little wobble in it, but it didn’t spiral out of control. So we think we are on track for that weighting process, but it could probably use a little refinement. Now, we should reflect on skim boards. Skimmers are what is mostly used for shuv based tricks like that front big, and they have a very uniform weight distribution; width-wise and length-wise, so that they tend to revolve around a center point more easily that normal or standard surf style boards. Surf style boards tend to be tail heavy and also have some extra weight out towards the rails that inward toward the center of the board, which is significantly different than skimmers.

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We have made some changes earlier in the year and we are going to make a few more, that hopefully will nail it down.

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We also ordered a set of the Chaos Custom’s C5 fins, we’re interested to see if they will work well with our Flyboy fin pod. We’ll give you our feedback, hopefully later in the week. We’ve unpacked them and the quality is top notch, so lets see how they perfom! It’s an innovate design, and uses fiberglass in the fin, rather than just injection molded plastic like Futures C5′s, so we’re hopeful the performance matches that ingenuity.

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We hope you have a great weekend and we’ll see everyone next week! Thanks for following along, we appreciate it.

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Jun 20

James Walker wakesurfing his Inland Surfer Flyboy

As we mentioned earlier, James was able to take the day off for Father’s Day and so he had more time to wakesurf his 2014 Inland Surfer Flyboy Division signature model.

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This is such a fun board. The change in construction to include a full carbon wrap added a touch of stiffness and that also creates a more responsive wakesurf board. Here is that little edit. We aren’t all that skilled with the editing software, we can’t really speed it up a little to make it appear more aggressive and we try to just include the tricks that were landed and we also include the tricks where James falls! We’ve seen so many things like failed back bigs that get cut off just as the rider can’t hold the board switch…why not just show the fail? Anyway, maybe what we are really missing is that manipulative attitude that is almost a requirement for wakesurf video edits. So, falls and all and pretty much just as it happened, here is the edit.

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

And a couple of stills. This first one is mid shuv

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And an air

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You’ll enjoy this board too. If you are in the market for a high performance contest level board, be sure to check out the Inland Surfer Flyboy Division James Walker signature model. Also, we’d really appreciate if you would shop at the Flyboy Wakesurf Store. That will help support James as he is an owner of that online retailer, plus you can’t get it online any cheaper or faster than the Flyboy Wakesurf Store. Thanks so much for the consideration, we really appreciate it and thanks for following along, too!

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