Hi, I’m Mike Ferraro and I am going to talk to you today about the Ronix Krush Wakeboard. Some of the things that are really interesting and that I really like about designing wakeboards are that they are such a wide range of users. So one of the big challenges that I always pride myself in is finding features of the board or blends of features the guy his first time or the girl her first time or helping the guy do a 1260. The needs of a pro rider are different than the needs of a rider trying to determine riding style. So really to force someone who really hasn’t determined their riding style to ride a board that is designed for that riding style isn’t really fair. So coming up with a design that will allow you to determine your riding style, I think is one of the fortes of this sport.
This board is actually a third generation. A super user friendly board. We make it even more stable, so it would fit a wider range of riders from your top pro riders all the way down to your beginner riders. I looked at that as a challenge. How can I get a beginner and a pro rider to ride in a really more efficient position. So Ronix uses the same proven rocker and the reason they are doing that is to addressing people with small wakes and people with big wakes. So with this rocker with a smaller wake, you put your board on edge, it is going to you really nice and smooth and with the bigger wakes, you just have to really the wake and it is going to pop you. So we’ll talk a little bit about the difference between a heel side edge and a toe side edge. When we set a board up in a turn, you swing out wide to the boat, we turn the board and to get it to go and to keep it’s track, we tip it. So we steepen or increase the board’s edge angle. Well, if we do this toe side and then we turn and steepen it, what happens is our feet are already crossed off right toe side and then we really have to lean against the line at attack angle. What we have done is, we’ve addressed it with the Vault and the Krush with the top edge contours and also fin placement depth and length. So on a toe side edge on a Krush or Vault, you can point the board and the fin placement on the bottom and the way we have lined up the edges will allow the board to set up a lot better, so you don’t have to increase it’s edge angle to get it to go. With a typical board, you’ve got to lean it, push it over to get it to go and all that line load as soon as you hit the top of the wake, wants to open you up. Anyone who is learning to ride the wake toe side will really notice it. But more importantly, the more advanced tricks, the guys that get into the Chromo, Chromo 5 and all that stuff, they find they are able to get a better pop, because their body is better aligned, because they are not all tipped over. The center of the toe side edge, we wanted to make it nice and easy for transitions, so if we ran that real hard edge through the center of the board, the board wouldn’t transition so well. Well, when we are moving our feet from one side of our body to another or changing our edges, for example heel side to toe side, we need the board to move freely underneath us. So what we did was we didn’t run that really sharp edge through the center of the board, so it allows the board to transition smother to your toe side edge. Okay, four molded in fins. On the heel side edge, we have a shorter fin. On the toe side edge, we have a longer, deeper fin. Also on the toe side edge, weve moved the fin to the side more and what that does is most people on the toe side edge point their board at the wake, where on a heel side edge, you tip the board at the wake – What we found is by moving the longer toe side fin closer to the edge, the board will point to the wake and hold it’s attack angle a lot better. Longer and taller on toe side is for grip. It also helps for tracking too. Heel side with a shallower fin, what it is, is most of the people are sitting at a really comfortable edge, because they are sitting in a chair, but we didn’t want too much grip on the heel, because of spins. So at a beginning level of spins, a lot of people will pre-turn their board as they are taking off and that creates line load, so with a lighter and a not as deep fin, they can pre-turn it without creating that line load and popping the handle in the middle of spins. So one of the questions we get asked with two different shaped fins in different areas is will the board track true? Yeah. We played around with a whole bunch of things and a bunch of channels to get the board to track well. So what happens is, we diverted the water through the tip and tail channels, so the water flows through those and it really keeps the board on a nice true track. People talk about asymmetrical boards as beginner boards, but it’s not really true, because 3 pro tour winners were asymmetrical boards, previous generations of this board. So if you are looking for a board that allows you to deal with forces a lot better – we’re pulling with a boat, we are going East, West, and the boat goes North, South, this will allow you to do that a lot easier. It is a board that also you can ride this board and learn all kinds of tricks with it. There’s no limits to it. I’m Mike Ferraro. Thanks for listening and hopefully, you will get a chance to go out and have some fun on this board.