That’s a funny title, isn’t it? Wakesurfing outside the box, almost as if we surf inside a box to begin with. Actually, the concept we want to talk about is are you limiting yourself with your selection of wakesurf board?
We were watching an online thread, where a poor guy was wanting some input from folks about getting a new wakesurf board and the replies to his query were all for surf style boards. All well intentioned, mind you. Not the issue where there is so much spam you choke on it, but instead folks that liked a particular brand and were recommending that. BUT and here is the big issue, the brand made no skim style boards at all. The individual asking for help didn’t specify, as is common with most newbs they don’t really know what they want, they just want something “better” for wakesurfing.
But can you see the bias? It wasn’t intended, it was just the limited field of reference those folks had. The folks offering helpful commentary weren’t really helpful, they were just cheerleaders for the brand they had selected. Eventually someone popped in and asked – ummm, which style of riding are you interested in?
Is that you with your riding? Are you limiting your experiences and field of reference by not wakesurfing outside the box? What would your riding be like if you weren’t self-limiting?
Remember our concave deck wakesurf board? It hasn’t been that long ago, in the last post in that thread, we had the project in the vacuum bag attaching the deck skin to the project. Now it’s out of the bag and read for some final trimming.
We’re sort of partial to that industrial grey look, we may wind up doing that as a final wakesurf board one day. The wakesurf board out of the bag still has some excess material along the deck line where it leaves the outline and we need to trim that excess off. The tools of this trade are a jigsaw, to get the trim close and then a sanding block to finish it off flush.
We’ve finsihed trimming the edges and now we go back and double check to make sure that our deck concave remained true. We haven’t attached the rear kick tail, but you can see the concave is still good
We do the same with the concave forward, remembering that concave is deeper and wider.
One last check with a straight edge, and this photo is a little weird because of the angle we were shooting from, but you get the idea, the concave forward remained fine.
Thanks so much for following along on this rather wild concave deck wakesurf board build project, we appreciate it. We’re quite a bit further ahead than we’ve documented the build process, we’re heading for some traction today and hopefully will be wakesurfing it this weekend!