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Jun 17

Spinning in place

Well actually it’s spinning forward. We’re going to let you in on some of the shaping changes we’ve made to the ’14 Flyboy James Walker siggy model. These concepts aren’t earth-shattering and for most folks reading this, you’ll graps it straight away, but we really have to undo lots of pre-conceived info from that spammers trying to sell you on boats.

Have you seen those silly statements about how much push a wake has at the back? Who surfs back there? Right? Fat old men and people who such knd are falling out the back? Is that what those wakes are for? Failures and fat old men? We’d guess so. Anyway, if you’re back there, we’d guess you got there because the front of the wake sucks or you’re posing or you’re failing at some trick.

So lets concentrate on the area that matters, the meat of the wake where we ALL surf! That flow is upward, it’s being generated by your boat hull plow through the water, forcing the water down as it goes through and then the water rushes back up to regain it’s equilibrium.

Ok, so we know there is TONS of power forward on the wake and if we can harness that, we can design a board that is much more efficient. That was our task. Here’s a picture from that video of James Walker landing a 2160. We think this is the second revolution.

Snapshot - 8

If you look at the water on the spine, you can vaguely see the ripples indicating water flow up the spine and we all get that. If it’s coming from way down below the transom to way up a few feet above, guess which way that way is FLOWING to get UP there?! It’s not being pushed from behind, it’s flowing UP from below. You know what else? That section or that area of the wake will stay that way for as long as your boat will travel in that direction at that relative depth.

Surfboards in the ocean are designed to rip along the face, because you can’t stay in that one spot, so to speak. That wave breaks and you’re done, so boards have to rip down the shoulder and use the length of the wave to their advantage.

We don’t have that. So all of those design elements that come from surfing that allow boards to haul ass down the line, well they aren’t used. Like we said the other day, how much drive do you need to go 12 feet? We simply aren’t in the ocean running out 100 yards. So why do all those elements come over to wakesurfing?

Well some of that has to do with the cool Unicorn graphic that’s attached! OMG! It’s so cute! You know, we shouldn’t poke fun at those folks, if that’s your joy good for you. But if you’re looking to land a 2160, Unicorns painted on the bottom of your board aren’t going to help.

So lets look at an edited version of that picture above.

Snapshot - 8 edited

The red arrows are areas we want you to focus on. Let’s look first of all the nose. James’ pro model has about 2.5 or so inches of nose rocker, but look at the effective nose rocker in this picture, it’s close to 12 inches. How much do you need??!! If you’re pearling, that’s YOU. We do understand that not all wakes are as well shaped as our Supreme V226 and we also know that if you’re riding a Unicorn Log, you’re most likely overweighting your boat to give you decent power from your wake and also creating a crappy transition and too steep face. We feel for you. Just take solace in knowing you can go straight!

Anyway, back to the discussion, look at the contact area of the Flyboy board with the wake. You can see where the water is being disturbed and coming off the rails. From that point back, is where the water contact is.

You know all of those theories about water flowing down the length of the board to make it faster? Channels and concaves and fin pods? How are all of those concepts functioning in this picture? Pretty crappy, aren’t they? Because all of those design elements require that the board be flowing water down the length of the board. That’s not happening here is it? The board is actually perpendicular to the direction of travel and all of those dumbass design elements that are taken from a board going 100 yards as fast as possible simply don’t work behind the boat and worse still, is that they hinder doing tricks like this.

Can we just state the obvious? You just are NEVER, ever EVER going to blast down the shoulder of your wake at 30 mph and come spitting out of a tube as the wake breaks. You just aren’t! It’s not a physical possibility. So why would you ever EVER! consider buying a board that is designed for that? Or that steals elements from boards designed for that???!!! Because it’s a damn Unicorn graphic is why! And some smooth talking salesman said – this will make you go fast! (in that 12 feet! Whatever!)

So the first thing that you’ll notice about this board, this ’14 Flyboy is that we’ve shaped it to surf in the reality of our environment. We’re only using a fraction of the board at any one moment, and those fractions have to allow for water flow UP not out the back through the fins. The bottom shape that is most critical is that area in contact with the wake and anything that hinders that capture and flow, prevents you from doing tricks like a 2160. What would channels through that back do in that picture? Slow the rotation down wouldn’t they? What would long fin pods do? Same thing. What would odd shaped trailers for a quad do? Same thing, but perhaps less so than full on fins.

We get that not everyone wants this level of freedom or responsiveness, this board isn’t for you, there are plenty of boards that don’t have this level of responsiveness.

One more picture and we’ll wrap this discuss up for today.

Snapshot - 9 edited

You can see there’s still a foot of effective nose rocker! But, look at the back of the board, where the red line crosses over. THAT’S the contact area with the wake. Everything else is water that is flowing off that contact area in this chaotic distribution. Like when you squirt a hose against the ground, the water has to go somewhere and it’s basically everywhere! But once that water makes contact, in an upward flow and contacts the bottom of the board, it loses all it’s power, it’s just garbage at that point.

What good is the set of quad trailers doing in that picture? They are only causing drag aren’t they? They are still at about 60 degrees to the direction of travel. AND do you pick up on the fin placement here? It’s hard to see, but the outside fin the non-wake side fin is out of the water. Well mostly out of the water, but on the ’14 Flyboy, we’ve designed the bottom so that in rotations, the outside fin, which ever one that might be, is not obstructing your rotations like ordinary twinzers, quads, thrusters or even twins.

Cool, huh? More about those design elements in the coming weeks, including the wakesurf fin placement and why you need to be concerned about that.

Thanks so much for following along, we appreciate it!

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