Ronix District Wakeboard Review

Ronix Wakeboards

We are really excited about the District’s utilities for its user friendly ride ability, easy to get used to, really works well on cable part. With a brand new 2011 District Wakeoard, all the new features make it so user friendly that it’s so predictable.  So as I’m edging out, I know exactly how the board’s going to react and that will help me throughout everything I do.  I’ll be bonding with the board and everything’s going to be simple and easy. One thing that we were really looking for in the design of the District was how can we come up with a board that will work for new riders and also work for a pro rider?  How can we come up with a board that’s going to work at slow speed and it’s going to work at fast speed?  Also, how can we come up with a board that’s going to work with a small wake and also a big wake?  That was a lot of the fun things that we played with and it took us some time to really come up with that blend that worked for all of those different needs.  Okay.  Three stage.  What are some of the really fun things with a three stage rocker? The most important part to a three stage rocker is how it takes off the wake, the poppiness of a three straight rocker really gives you that straight up pop.
A lot of people like how the board pushes up into you.  How can we take that to the next level?  What we wanted to do was we wanted still that abrupt pop but we wanted to add a little float to it.  So, what we did was we played around with how we shaped the three stage in relation to the rider’s stance and then also how width came into play with mellowing out the abrupt pop so you get more of a floaty abrupt pop.  We really like continuous rockers and so what we wanted to do was we wanted to incorporate continuous into this bottom rocker. The speed of a continuous rocker really helps me set an angle and an edge all the way through the wake and then keeps line tension throughout the whole trick and as well in the landing so I can keep drifting all the way out and not have too much of a hard impact landing. So, what we did was we blended outside of the three stage which is in the center.  We blended continuous so the board could carry speed through the wake and also through the landings for a softer landing.  We added for stability traction channels and we have six of them.  We have two in the center and then we have two in the tip and two in the tail. With the traction channels, I just felt like the board really kept me on the surface and kept me going to the outside so that I could really figure my way out and get back into the next trick, and what these traction channels do is they give you stability when you’re pushing off the wake but also if you land a little tail heavy, you still get a little more stable feel.  In the tip and the tail, the traction channels are wider.
Ronix used a lot higher speed video and we watched when the board was landing, and the board will land more tipped over to the side in the tip and tail where in the center of the board, as the board comes down, it comes down a little bit more flatter.  So, we run them a little bit narrower.  So we found it’s a more stable ride.  The bevel in the center of the board tapers down into a really sharp bevel.  And what we played a lot with was where that blend happened.  So, we go from that rounded radius bevel into a sharp bevel, but we blended it right at your feet.  So what we found is it really gave it a super clean edge. If you want a board that is not stereotyped for any kind of riding style, well, this is the right board for you.

2011 Liquid Force Watson Classic Wakeboard Review

The 2011 Watson Classic is just that. This boards is a classic. Liquid Force has been working with Sean Watson to develop this board. He wanted a magic board that everyone could like and at one point in time pretty much all the team have ridden a Classic. From Sean to Harley, now this is the board that Bob Soven rides and he just rips. The Classic features a deep double concave through the center that flows into a spiral v. By that I mean the board rolls from flat to v with a concave cut through it. This makes for a really smooth rail to rail board and then this comes out the end of the board through quad vented channels. What this does is it trips the water flow, keeps the tail loose, keeps it aerated and gives you a lot of lift off the wake. Watson was really picky about his fin set-up and he wanted the molded inside fins just right. The Classic features the crispest, most well defined molded in-fins in the entire Liquid Force line. This board offers unreal hold and it rips without the center fin. You can put the small center fin in the middle but a lot of times you just don’t need it, because the outside fins provide so much hold. It’s got a variable edge rail which gives you a catch free ride through the center of the board getting progressively sharper towards the tips.  Check out a Classic.

2011 Hyperlite Vigilante Wakeboard Review

Today we are here to talk about newest flex board in the Hyperlite line, the 2011 Vigilante. When They set out to design to Vigilante, They had a lot of input from all of their team riders. They all wanted a fun board to hit sliders with that could take a beating, and that they could nose press out. All the boys on the team wanted a good flex board on the line, so we made something that was really good for the rails, and stiff enough to hit kickers-if you want to flex board off the wake this is perfect for it. It is a wood core board, and very thin.A great all around the board thatt has an A.B.S. sidewall, meaning you can almost drop it and it will not even show a ding.They did that for cable riding, sliders, winching, or anything else you’re going to do. They gave the Vigilante a wake board profile, which gives a nice carving feel when you’re riding on the cable or behind the boat- but it also gives it a good pop off the wave. The Vigilante also has a continuous rocker so it has a smooth ride, nice and fast. It is very light, and has a very light swing weight. If you’re hitting sliders, winching, or riding the cable, you can remove all the fins. Or, if you’re riding the boat, you can put them back on and you’ll have all the traction you need for riding the waves. The Vigilante comes in two sizes for 2011; They have a 138 and a 143. It also features our Enduro Base; its a slider specific base that holds up great to sliding on trecks or pvc, and also if you’re hitting buoys. They made this board super affordable, so if you don’t have a lot of money to spend, this is a great all around board. It is good for the boat, good for the cables, and good for rails-it’s going to take the abuse. If you do have a main boat board or main cable board that you don’t want to wreck too much, this a great second board to have in your lineup. If you’re looking for a great wake board at a great price, you’ve got to check out the Vigilante. I know we have a size that will fit you. We’ll see you on the water!

2011 Byerly Monarch Wakeboard Package Review


The 2011 Byerly Monarch. The Byerly Monarch has been one of the strongest selling boards we’ve ever had. This thing’s a great shape and super user friendly and versatile for riders of all abilities. The reason why I like the Monarch so much is because not only does it have sick graphics but it rides unbelievably. Butch has done an amazing job on this with every part of the board, even the placement of the fins and everything. It’s got a nice three stage rocker that keeps the board nice and fast and it still pops off the wake really nicely. It has a fin option so it can have a center fin giving you a little more traction with it. It’s got a really wide profile that has really good pop off the wave. The Byerly Monarch has a super fast rocker line to it. It’s got a very mellow three stage rocker, two nice channels that run off the tip and tail, and real small molded in-beams. Nice wide profile; this board’s amazing. It has the highest volume of any of our boards in the Byerly line which gives it maximum pop. I’ve ridden the Assault and the Conspiracy, but each year I seem to go back to the Monarch. I love how consistent and subtle the three stage rocker is. I love the release of the fin set-up. It has been the most proven board for me and it fits my riding style the best. Also this board has an all new Byerly double lap construction. It has double the glass that wrap the perimeter top to bottom; gives you a super strong reinforced sidewall. It also has extra glass patches over the beams, super slick bottom, and super rail friendly. It’s one of the best boards out there. The Monarch is available in 56, 54, and 52 inch models. This is the board that I’ve been riding for the past few years now. This is also the board that I won my last World Title on. It’s an all around great board that’s super durable and that’s why I ride the Byerly Monarch. The Byerly Monarch has a whole new price point with the Byerly Verdict Wakeboard Bindings.

2011 Liquid Force Soven Wakeboard Binding Review


For 2011, Liquid Force is proud to work with the king of wake, Phil Soven. Phil Soven demands a binding that performs to the same high level that he does. The Liquid Force Soven Wakeboard Binding is the most supportive we make with a flex level of ten.

His binding is made on the IP6 chassis with the Liquid Force gel cell. His liner features the control liner with a full overlap, and molded j-bars. His upper features these dual velcro straps that you can ride up and down to make the binding more supportive. It has a single lace system on the bottom to keep the forefoot super tight. When Phil goes to nail his big tricks behind the boat this is the binding he rocks.

Ronix Phoenix Wakeboard Review

Hi, my name is Eric Ruck. I’m an ex-world champion and an ex-pro tour champion. I’m just someone that loves to be on the water. Back in the day, we were all together and I got an opportunity to join the Ronix team. Things just happened to work out and it’s just a blessing that I get to work and ride with the guys that most feel like family. So, kind of timing wise, everything worked out to a T, because, basically, the pioneers of flex boards were working on a new project. It just happened that I was able to work with them and we got the Phoenix Project.

 

The whole flex board thing is, basically, the direction that I have been slowly gravitating toward, just more or less the Wake Park and, more or less, a versatile way of riding. When I was riding this board, I could actually feel the transfer of the energy going from the nose of the board to the tail of the board the longer I waited as I was cutting through the wake. If you’ve never ridden a flex board before, the feeling is a little bit more of a free feeling. It’s a later pop, more of an Ollie-style board, rather than an edge-through-the-wake-style board. You’re going to kind of have a little more of a snowboard feel where you’re a little later on the pop, feeling the energy transfer from the nose to the tail. And you have more of a snappy pop, rather than creating pressure through the boat-and-rope pop.

 

The one thing that’s cool about this board when you land is it that the energy is carrying through it and also it has a lot of rigidity to it. So, you’re landing and you’re not feeling done, you’re actually speeding up. It has a lot of coast to it. Like, when you take a whip on this thing, you can feel it speeding up as you kind of get slack, rather than slowing down like a three-stage board would. One of the reasons this board has a very smooth landing is that it’s controlled flex. A lot of flex boards are super loose when you land and they get a little sketchy. This board lands and tracks and just lands like a normal weight board. One of the cool things about the blended glass is that you can actually feel the energy being transferred through the board as you’re riding it. When you’re pressing the board and you’re up on your nose, you can actually feel the balance point of where the board flexes and catches itself. Also, when you’re edging through the wake, you can feel the energy transfer from the nose through the tail as you’re loading the back of the board. It also has a unique, beveled edge which tapers into a hard, fast rail which is good for wake riding and cable riding. Well, on a normal wake board, when you’re allying up onto a rail, more or less what you feel is you ally up and kind of rock the board into position to press. You’re more or less pivoting on the board, rather than pressing. On the Phoenix what you’re feeling is, when you ally into a rail and you go for a press, you’re allying into the press and the board is flexing. You’re hitting your balance point and you’re feeling the energy of the board locking you into that press, rather than just pivoting against the rail. The proven sintered base is the most durable bottom without a lot of drag on the water. The board comes with eight fins; one set of four is a narrower profile for riding behind the boat, a little cleaner release of water. And, also, it comes with a rail fin that is a little bit wider, bulletproof on rails, and is designed for that skate-style rider. If you’re into a board that carries a lot of energy, has a late kick, and is super versatile on rails, the Phoenix Project is your board.

2011 Liquid Force Watson Wakeboard Binding Review

For 2011, Liquid Force worked with Sean Watson to create him a brand new binding that’s form-fitting and stiff but easy to get into. The Liquid Force Watson Wakeboard Binding has a flex level rating of 9, which means you can nail super technical tricks and it has tons of support. This is built on the IP6 chassis with the new gel cell technology. It has the control liner with Lycra interior and a special high-grip back panel. You’ll find that it has dual-zone lacing so you can get it super tight and an articulating cuff so it’s easy to get in and out of. Sean Watson rocks this binding; you can rock it, too.

2011 Ronix Krush Wakeboard Review

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.

2011 Hyperlite Murray Wakeboard Review

Shaun Murray here, I’m going to talk to you about my 2011 wakeboard. Greg Nelson and I have been shaping boards for a long time, I think I’m at board number 15 with Hyperlite and over the years, I’ve really gotten to spend time figuring out what I like, what I don’t like. Hyperlite is really good about translating that into these shapes. Greg and I have been hands on together working on this thing, and we got some really great features out of this Board. Something that I think about when I’m designing a board is, I want something that’s going to work for somebody who gets on a board for the first time, and I want to be able to grab that board off the shelf and go ride it at a tour stop. So it’s something, really, for everybody. Some of those basic things that I’m looking for; I want a board that has a good edge when you want it to but releases when you want it to. You’re also looking for big snappy pop. Something that we did new with this board; We’ve got three-stage rocker, which I’ve kind of stayed away from for all these years. But we didn’t go with a flat spot. We actually kept the board continuous in between the feet, so you don’t really have to sacrifice the landing, still soft landings, big air. The thing that I really like about this board is, sometimes I want to bust big into the flats, and sometimes I feel like going wake to wake. Other times, I want to stay on the surface of the water and butter the wake, do some slides. So this thing really hits a lot of areas, and I’m super happy with how this worked out. My board comes in two sizes, you can get it in the 137 and a 142, Both come in a Nova and a Bio-lite core. The Nova core is the only one that you’re going to find the Strata Track on.

Strata Track has a aluminum track where you have infinite amount of possibilities where you can adjust your stance. The nice thing about that is, I’ve really been able to dial in exactly where I want my stance as far as the width is concerned. I can really get just where I want to. I literally go out onto the boat, just gone out for a moment and said, “OK, that doesn’t feel quite right.” I go onto the boat, loosen it, just slide my foot the smallest amount, and then I go out and I can dial it in exactly where I feel comfortable with it. I’m not pinned down to the inserts of where they say you should ride. That’s great about the Stratotrack. The Bio-lite, also another great, snappy core. They’ve really got the formula figured out on that one to give you a light yet strong board that’s going to last you, and is a little bit more affordable.

Now, you know I like to have a good time, I’m a fun guy and I like to be goofy. So I figured I wanted to share some of the crazy things that I’ve got going in my life or just goofy videos, or even info, if you guys want to ask. If you look at the tail of all 2011 Hyperlite Murray Wakeboards you will find Microsoft tag. A Microsoft tag is something that you can upload to a smartphone, or download it. You just want to load it onto your phone. You scan this little bar-code that Microsoft came up with, and it’ll take you straight to the link that I post a different video to each week. Right now, I’ve just got some goofy stuff on there. So all you’ve got to do is, you’ll scan it, check it each week and see what I’ve got going on, goofy stuff.

2011 Liquid Force Index Wakeboard Bindings Review

The Liquid Force 2011 Index is the perfect binding for beginners and intermediates to progress their skills. You’ll find this binding stable and forgiving for everybody on the boat. With a Flex Level of 4, it’s supportive, but not stiff. Built on the IP6 chassis, the Index features the dual density EVA impact foam for a nice, smooth ride. The Liquid Force Index binding features the integrated comfort liner with molded J-bars and a forgiving fit for everybody. The Index features a lace lock, a single lace zone, easy glide laces, and a little pull to help you get it out of the binding easy, which is less time on the platform and more time in the water.