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Old 05-28-2010, 07:37 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Wakeboard help please

Never done it but need some input. I'm 6' 230lbs. What is a good entry level board? Size? Length of rope? And if possible where is a good place to pick one up around the GTA?(Ontario) Do they have adjustable size boots?

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Old 07-23-2010, 06:01 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I would stay away from "beginner" boards, you will out grow them quick. I'm the exact same size, and ride a Hyperlite premier 141. At your size a 141 would be as small as you can go, I've tried my brothers 137 and it rode like a log. As a beginner I would suggest a 144-145, the larger surface area will make you more stable in the water. I ride a 141 because of the lower swing weight for spins and inverts. Don't buy cheap crap, stick with the major brands, Hyperlite, Liquid Force, Ronix, Company, or CWB.

As for rope, it depends on where your tow point is, get a good 75-80 foot rope that has removavle sections. A lot depends on what boat you have, I just looked for the sweet spot in the wake (ie: no wash out, highest point) and adjusted my rope from there. I think I'm running 65' off my tower. Be sure it is a non-stretch WB rope and not a ski or tube rope.

There are 2 types of WB bindins (boots) Open toe and closed toe. If you have more then just yourself ridin the board then get open toes, they will cover a range or shoe sizes. If it's just you get closed toes, I switched to them a few years ago, and love the locked in feel.

As for Canada, I have no clue sorry. Any other questions try here Wakeboarder :: Index great forums with lots of info and laid back attitude.
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Old 08-03-2010, 10:01 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks for your help. I actually just got this message, after the 2 weeks of holidays of course. I didn't have alot of time to look around but ended up with an Airhead 143 for me and the wife and a Body Glove 122 for the kids, both open toed bindings. They worked out really well. You were not wrong tho. I do feel like I'm ready for an upgrade already. I tried a buddys Hyperlite 141 and anothers O'Brien 142. Just a way different feel. I used the fins on the Airhead but didn't feel like they were needed on the other guys better boards. They had way deeper grooves and held the edge really well even without fins. Likely next year....As for the boat it's actually a 17' Lund fish/ski model. I build a 6' pylon with some steel pipe, a couple 1/2" eye bolts, an 8' lifting sling, a 4x4, and 3 ratchet straps. The guys at the lake thought I was nuts cobbling up some stupid lookin' pole at the start of the weekend....But 2 days later they were lining up for a couple runs with it. What a difference getting up with a pole rather than the boat tie downs! No crazy tricks yet but I can consistently land jumps with 2'+ of air... Ya, I know nothin huge but the summers not over yet! Thanks for your help. Have a great season!
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Glad to hear you and the family are out there having fun Airhead and Body Glove are dept store brands, as you progress you will want to upgrade for sure. If you're landing consistently with 2'+ of air you are already at that point. I've rode several Hyperlite models, '07 and '09 Premier, '08 ERA, '08 Motive, and '09 Murray Nova core. Out of those I would suggest the ERA or Motive if you want to upgrade yet this year, these both have a mid level pop that should get you up another 1'-2'. If you ride the year out on Airhead work on proper edgeing technique and go for the Premier next year(not very forgiving with sketchy technique). I'm looking at the Murray for next season, I landed my first TS/BS 360, and tantrums demo'ing that board last year.

Edit: one more thing, I would upgrade all your bindings right away. Those dept store package deals come with really poor bindings. Low quality bindings not only suck but are dangerous. They don't lock your feet in well unless you tighten them up so much you cut off circulation in your feet. This sets you up for the worst thing in wakeboarding, a one in one out crash, this is how ACL/MCL are torn, and ankles are broken

Oh and props for the creativity on the pylon
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Old 09-05-2010, 02:23 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I tried wakeboarding for the first time this weekend. It was pretty fun. Definitely not snowboarding. It felt so sloooooooow! Unfortuntely, I was being pulled by a tri-toon that created hardly any wake at all, so I couldn't really try much of anything, but it was still fun to get back on a board of some sort.
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Edit: one more thing, I would upgrade all your bindings right away. Those dept store package deals come with really poor bindings. Low quality bindings not only suck but are dangerous. They don't lock your feet in well unless you tighten them up so much you cut off circulation in your feet. This sets you up for the worst thing in wakeboarding, a one in one out crash, this is how ACL/MCL are torn, and ankles are broken
I'm glad I read about this. Next time I go I'll be avoiding the sketchy looking bindings like the plague.

On a completely different point, I've started hitting kickers on the cable runs today and had a question for you - to get bigger air of the kickers, do you go faster or pop an ollie off the end of the kicker, or both?
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Bindings are like SB boots, they will make or break your day.

I don't ride cable, never have. From watching tons of it, I would say that a lot has to due with line tension. From what I've seen it looks like a hard edge to the bottom of the kicker, then an abrupt edge change. You could get a better answer if you posted in the trick tips at the forum I linked above. Lot's of cable riders around there.
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