Liquid Force Melissa Women’s Wakeboard Binding Review

For 2011, Mellisa ask Liquid Force for a new binding that would match her riding style. Depending on what she’s doing, she can set the flex level between 6 and 8. With the unique Velcro closure system on the top and bottom, and the control liner, she can set the flex whether she’s hitting rails or going for big air. The Melissa binding is built on IP6 chassis with a dual-density impact foam cushioning system. This binding has a style unique to Melissa with her bandana in the back and her cool colors inside. You’ll find the Melissa is a fun binding for all the gals.

2011 Liquid Force Trip Wakeboard Review

Starting off our 2011 line of wakeboards, is a Liquid Force Trip. Now the Trip, it’s a signature board for Liquid Force. We first introduced this type of a shape in 1997. Brought it out at the X-Games. It was the first wide-tailed multi-fin board. Since that time, this board has gone through a couple of design evolution, because we have learned how to make better boards and how to update this shape. Still keeping the wide-tipped back tail shape, we’ve added more rocker. It’s got what we call an aggressive continuous rocker. It’s still a smooth predictable ride, but just lifted more in the tips to provide for today’s bigger wakes. Also new, is what we call a double inside concave bottom. What that does, is it displaces the water. It helps the board land softer and then all that water funneled out through the ends through a deep double concave, placed between two molded end warped side fins. These side fins help the board really grip and have a solid hold, but without causing too much drag. You can ride it with or without the center fin. It is removable. It comes in five sizes, from 130 all the way up to 146, so there is a Trip for everyone. Then we round out this with this insane graphic. It is combo-ed with our Liquid Force Index Binding. It is one size fits all… fits most, in case you are size 15 or bigger, you might have to get a special binding. This graphic once again comes from an original piece of art done by Drew Brophy. Drew did the original piece of art for our first Trip. This year if you put all 5 Trips together, all 5 of them, you can see the continuation of the giant original painting that Drew created for us. So check out a Trip. It’s a great fun ride.

2011 CWB Absolute Wakeboard Review

Here’s a couple things about the all new CW Absolute. We dished out the tip and tail to give it strength and to make it a little bit lighter. It’s also got a dish top, so you get a more positive toe-and-heel contact from the boot. On the bottom, these little Chevrons help speed the board up, and they make it a little bit looser. They cut down the water tension coming right off the edge of the board, so it releases off the wake even better than before. If you’re on a rough day and a beginner rider, you can ride this board with the center fin onboard. It’s great for you. We do a big center spine through here that’s bellied out. It’s a little peaked up under the bindings to give you a softer landing, and a little more bellied out in the middle, so it doesn’t get beat up on rails. If you like a board that cuts really hard, and you like to cut hard into the wake, it’s a great board from CWB.

Along with the absolute wakeboard we have the CWB Faction wake board boot, it is awesome and light-weight. A lot of mesh panels are built in to give it that light-weight, but still gives it the strength that we want. We also went with a little softer EVA through here, so it’s a little more flexible. Over the toe, we’ve got a dual lace system that goes all the way out over the toe. It has a 6 inch bamf plate, heel shock absorption, and, of course, the heel lock, which keeps your heel from pulling up out of the boot. On the inside, it has Achilles pads that lock in your heel. It’s an awesome boot. Go get one today.

Ronix Cell Wakeboard Boots Review

I’m Chad Sharpe. I’m an owner/rider of Ronix Wakeboard. In my binding I like it stiff and responsive. When you want it to do something, it does it. Growing up playing ice hockey, the skate was responsive and when snowboarding you want it as responsive edge to edge. Just like in my wakeboard boot I want it to respond when I make an action. The Ronix intuition plus is not going to pack out. After you’ve had it heat molded to your foot a size 6 won’t turn into a size 8. On top of the structural integrity this boot is lighter than ever. Our new liner has a new last. It’s based off a wakeboarder’s foot; we’ve made some tweaks since our first go around. It’s built for a wake boarders foot with the forward-lean and the toe ramp and that is the building block of the intuition liner. On top of that we’ve created a new last for the shell of the binding to ensure a proper fit between the liner and the shell for no hot spots or dead space. A couple of years ago we developed the first basis boot that bring you closer to the board and gives you better control and we are improving on that. All of our bindings are pvc free and if you need a more custom fit we have J bars that you wrap around your ankle to take up extra space. If you have a skinny ankle it will take up any space and give you a custom fit. I’m Chad Sharpe for Ronix and I hope you get a chance to try out my boot; I really think you’ll enjoy it.

2011 Liquid Force Vantage Wakeboard Binding Review

For 2011, the Liquid Force Vantage Open Toe returns. You’ll find the Vantage is the perfect binding for riders that require smooth, supportive binding. With a Flex Level between 6 and 8, it’s easy to adjust the Velcro shafts, depending on what kind of riding you’re going to do.
Built on the IP6 chassis, the Vantage features the Impact Foam dual density cushioning system. This Liquid Force binding also features the control liner with a full overlap, for a smooth comfortable fit that’s very supportive. You’ll find this binding is smooth, responsive, whether you’re a beginner or advanced rider.

2011 Liquid Force Shane Wakeboard Binding Review

For 2011 Liquid Force worked with to Shane Bonifay to create a binding perfectly tuned for his smooth riding style. His binding features a flex level rating between 5 and 8, and how Shane makes that rating is by using this dual lacing system or using the top strap. So you can leave it open at the top or you can crank it all down super tight. Shane’s lining is based on the IP6 chassis with a gel cell. Notice the cool gray paint and the black anodized teeth. The Liquid Force Shane Bindings have a control liner with black Lycra inside and a green high friction panel. Again dual lacing, super smooth binding, lots of flex options, perfect for Shane’s style.

2011 Liquid Force Prima Binding Review

The Liquid Force has the perfect binding for girls looking to improve their skills. The 2011 Liquid Force Prima binding has a flex level rating of five, which is supportive enough to help you progress to the next level. Built on the IB6 chassis, the Prima features the dual density EVA impact foam, and has the integrated comfort liner with molded J bars. The Prima will fit every girl on the boat.

2011 Ronix One Wakeboard Review

Ronix Wakeboards

Ronix One Wakeboard

Hi, I’m Danny Harf. I’ve been a pro wake boarder for ten years now and designing board shapes for ten years as well.  This is my 2011 One pro model and I’m going to tell you about its features. So, I guess basically why we call this board the One collection is because I was the first to call Paul and Brian and tell them that I was in to ride for Ronix. So, this is pro model “numero uno” for me and I was also the first Ronix team rider officially. So, one collection here it is: rider number One. What I look for in a board is a board, that’s going to have a nice mellow turn to it. I like a board that can break loose and I definitely like a board that can hold an edge when you want it to. So, what I’ve done is you know, coming from having a surf background and basically just liking more of a free-ride style board. I went to an edge that has real surf style edge and I think that’s one of the main features of my board that gives it a distinct ride. Depending on where you shift your weight on the board, whether you’re more tail-heavy or more front-foot heavy, it really changes the board reacts in the water. So, I feel that if I’m coming into the wave more for a spin or I want the board to release, I can come in more front-foot heavy and really use that rail to help me release and load into a spin. Then if I’m going for a bigger trick into the flats or going for more of an edge-style trick, then I’ll come in a lot more tail-heavy and really drive that edge through the weight. I always kind of thought I liked slower three-stage board that sat deep in the water, but when we decided to start Ronix August 1, 2006, I really decided to reinvent the wheel on this three-stage rocker board. I think what we came up with was a three stage board that still has a lot of top-water speed and still has a lot of high performance features with still that free-ride shape. Basically one of the main features of this board is this surf rail and basically all that is, is the rail is a lot more rounded out compared to the edge and the tip of the tail. So what that does, is it gives you a real forgiving mellow turn when you get on edge and also gives it more of that surf feel as the board can break loose more easily on the water. As that surf variable edge moves into the tip and tail of the board, it actually goes to a sharper edge. Basically right under your feet so, you can shift the board onto that hard edge by leaning back and onto that soft edge by leaning forward. This board’s bottom design is realclean and simple. The center of the board is completely flat, other than this gentle, beveled up edge into the round rail, and then, as that round edge start to transition into the harder edge, it becomes a cup rail in the tip and tail and there’s also a small molded in fin here that helps stabilize the board as its transitions from that round edge onto the hard edge. So, now the board can carry even more speed coming into the wake for a three-stage board without losing any of the pop. This board is made in our exclusive Ronix factory using an imported European mob core foam that’s lighter and stronger. This board has what we call the Krypto cable and basically that goes around the perimeter edge of the board, which reinforces not only the edge, but also the torsional flex that the wakeboard gets. As one foot works one way, and one foot is working against that, the board can actually get a torsional flex, that strengthens the whole board and also, keeps it from dangling on the rails, or docks, or whatever you might drop your board on. This board is also reinforced with a carbon that runs through the center of the board, stiffens the board, and actually helps to keep the rocker line intact. Because as you’re riding, and landing, and cutting over chop, and through the wake, the board is going to flex so that carbon basically keeps that board as stiff as possible.

Ronix One Atr Edition

New for 2011 is the new Ronix ATR edition altering ride. Another cool feature of this ATR edition is the sintered slider base, which not only holds up better on rails than any other slider base out there but also, holds the same speed as the board rides on the water. So, you’re definitely not losing any speed on rails or on the water surface with our sintered slider base. Another cool feature of this ATR edition is the fact that it comes with four slider fins, which are a thicker broader fin. So, not only does it hold up better on rails and most cable parks will let you use it, but also it will give your board “skater” feel. For anyone who doesn’t like the one inch fins tighter grip on the water, throw on the slider fins and it will give the board a totally different feel. I’m Danny Harf and this is my new 2011 One board part of the One collection. Go support your local pro shop and take it for a test drive.

Liquid Force Luna Womens Wakeboard Review

The Liquid Force 2011 Luna. The Luna, another staple board in our line, is on the PS3 shape. This board features a three-stage hybrid rocker, so it’s a little different trajectory, a little different arc coming off the wake then the Angels. It has a straight up pop, but still a user-friendly ride. It has a beveled rail on the side so it takes that variable edge rail concept a bit further giving you a little more forgiveness. It helps the board to roll onto rail easier. There is a double concave through the center to help soften the landing and the water exits through these tip exiting slots giving you a little extra controlling surface and a little more bite and hold and some lift. Lunas have a deeper long base molded inside fin for a little extra bite and hold. The Lunas also come as a grind. The 2011 Luna grind wakeboard has all the same features but coming with our LF grind base. This is a center P-tex base so it will work both behind the wake and hold up to all the cable and park and rail abuse you can throw at it.

Ronix Vault Wakeboard Review

Hi. My name is Mike Ferraro and I’m going to talk to you today about Ronix Vault Wakeboard. Some of the things that are really interesting, and that I really like about designing wakeboards, are there’s such a wide range of users. One of the big challenges that I always pride myself in is finding features of a board or blends of features that will allow a guy’s first time or a girl’s first time, or helping a guy do a 1260. The needs of a pro rider are totally different than the needs of a rider trying to determine their riding style. Really to force someone who really hasn’t determined their riding style yet to ride a board that is designed for that riding style isn’t really fair. Coming up with a design that will allow you to determine you riding style, I think is one of the fortes of this board.

This board is actually a third generation, a super user friendly board, making it even more stable so it’d fit a wider range of riders from your top pro riders all the way down to your beginner riders. So I looked at that as a challenge. How can I get a pro and a beginner to ride in a really more efficient position? So we’re using the same proven rocker and the reason we’re doing that is because we’re addressing people with a small wakes and we’re also addressing people with big wakes. With this rocker, with a smaller wake, you put your board on edge it’s going to pop you really nice and smooth. With a bigger wake, you just have to really stand up against the wake and it’s going to pop you.

We’ll talk a little bit about the difference about a heel side edge and a toe side edge. When we set a board up in turn, we swing out wide over the boat, we turn the board, and to get it to go and to keep its track, we tip it so we steepen or increase the board’s edge angle. Well if we do this toe side and we turn and steepen it, what winds up happening is our feet are already crushed up to ride to the side and then we really have to lean up against the line to keep our board back angled. What we’ve done is we’ve addressed it with the Vault and the Crush with the top edge contours and also fin placement, depth, and length. On a toe side edge on a Crush or Vault, you could point the board and the fin placement on the bottom, and the way we’ve lined up the edges, will allow the board to set up a lot better so you don’t have to increase its 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’s learning how to jump the wake, I can really notice it. But more importantly the advanced tricks, the guys that get into chromos, chromo fives, and all that sort of stuff, they find that they’re able to get a better pop because their body’s better aligned because they’re not all tipped over.

The center of the toe side edge, we wanted to make it nice and easy for transitions. If we ran that real sharp, hard edge through the center of the board, the board wouldn’t transition so well.  When we’re moving our feet from one side of our body to another or changing our edges, say for example heel side to toe side, we need the board to move freely underneath us. What we did was we didn’t run the really sharp edge through the center of the board so it allows the board to transition smoother to your toe side edge.

For molded in fins, on the heel side edge, we have shorter fin, on the toe side edge we have a long, deeper fin. Also on the toe side edge, we’ve moved the fin off to the side more. What that does is, most people on their toe side edge point the board at the wake, where on a heel side edge you tip the board on the wake. What we’ve found is by moving the longer toe side fin closer to the edge, the board will point to the wake and hold it to pack angle a lot better.

Longer and taller on toe side is for grip. It also helps with the tracking, too. On the heel side with a shallower fin, what it is is, most of the people are setting at a really comfortable edge because they’re sitting on a chair, but we didn’t want too much grip on the heel because of spins. At a beginning level of spins, a lot of times, people will pre-turn their board as they’re taking off and that creates line load. So with a lighter fin, or not as deep fin, there you can pre-turn it without creating that line load and popping the handle in the middle, it spins.

One of the questions we get asked, with two different shaped fins in different areas is, “Will the board track true?” Yeah, we’ve played around with a whole bunch of things and channels to get the board to track well. What happens is we’ve diverted the water through the tip and heel 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 not really true because three  Pro Tour overall winners were on asymmetrical boards previous generations of this board. If you’re looking for a board that allows you to deal with forces a lot better, we have a boat pulling us, we’re going east west  boat goes north south, this board will allow you to do that a lot easier. It’s 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. Hopefully you’ll get a chance to go out and have some fun on this great board from Ronix.