2011 Hyperlite Forefront Wakeboard Review

Hey, I’m Trevor Maier, a coach at West Coast Camps, and today, I’m going to be riding the hyperlite forefront. Being a coach at West Coast Camps, I’ve noticed that the majority of campers really struggle with their toeside edge. This board is going to help you out with that. It’s got toeside footbed risers, anti-slip fins, and a longer toeside rail. Greg knows to put a lot of thought into this design to help you out as riders. Go check it out. It has a lot of sick stuff on it. Try it out and give it a whirl because I think you’re going to like it.

2011 Liquid Force Groove Wakeboard Review

The Liquid Force Groove is a shape developed with Collin Harrington. This board is suited to an all-around rider. If you’ve ever seen Collin’s style, he does everything from unreal rail riding to killing it in the wake lab events to just some of the most fluid wake slashing you’re going to see. One of the features that Collin wanted in his board to suit his style is a progressive continuous rocker. A progressive continuous rocker means it’s a little more exaggerated than say the rocker on a trip. But, it’s still a flowing curve through the center of the board that gives Collin those really fluid carving style that he has in the wake slashes and also just a really predictable ride but still a higher arc off the wake than say a trip. On the bottom, Collin wanted a clean bottom through the center, something that would be smooth and wouldn’t hang up on rails. You’ll notice, the Groove has no edge channels. This gives Collin a really clean bottom surface, something that won’t hang up, something that allows the board to slide but still has a nice crisp edge and a great fin setup for control off the tip but looseness through the center. The Groove has a double inside single concave through the middle. Again, this gives that board smooth landings, displacing the water.

But, on the Groove, the double concave, it flows into a quad concave out the tip and this quad concave focuses the water flow and vents it through this fin setup. And this molded fin setup on the Groove is large outside cupped fins with little quad fins inside, closer to the tip. And the V between the center concave is accentuated by little teeny baby keel. This just keeps the water flow attached to one of the two sides and gives the board acceleration and thrust out the tip. Another thing Collin wanted in his board is he wanted the tips to really thin out. He wanted the board to be responsive. He wanted it to have a lively flex and pop and like all the spring. If you notice, the Groove gets really thin in the tips. This makes the board feel alive. The Collin’s board comes in three sizes: a 134, a 138 and a 142. So, go get your Groove on.

Liquid Force Shane Wakeboard Review

Liquid Force Wakeboards, Wakeboard Bindings, Accessories, Wakeskates, Wake Surf Boards, Hoodies, Rashguards, BoardshortsThe Liquid Force Shane is the fourth pro model developed here at Liquid Force with Shane Bonifay. From a ripping grom to two-time rail rider of the year, Shane’s always been a leader in both pushing the sport and board styles as well as graphic styles. Shane’s new pro model features unique bottom contours, combined with great graphics. Shane’s board starts with a progressive three-stage rocker, the straighter arc through the middle for speed, accelerated arc through the tail for increased lift and a higher trajectory off the wake. His board has low-volume rails, which makes it set deeper, makes it set quicker, makes the board turn quicker on edge. Something that Shane ahs liked in all his boards has been a catch-free area through the middle. You’ll notice there’s no edge channels on this board, so ti makes this board hang-up free on rails. Shane’s board features the double inside single concave through the middle, to displace the water, make the water flow clean and uninterrupted, but to help the board land softer. Now what’s unique in Shane’s shape is this double concave, flows into a triple concave, and this triple concave gives you a focused sweet spot. That sweet spot is right behind the back of your back foot, so it gives this board the unreal ollie pop that Shane really wants in his shape. If you notice, placed on either side of this center concave, is a set of fins, molded-in fins. Shane’s board flows into a quad-fin setup. The outside fins are deep, cup-side fins, giving you superior hold with minimal drag and clean water flow. These inside fins act as extensions of that center concave, concentrating that water flow and accelerating the water through the tip of the board, to give the board increased speed. Combined with an original graphic, from one of Shane’s buddies, this board comes in three sizes: a 134, 138 and 142.

Liquid Force Plush Womens Wakeboard Binding Review

For 2011, the Liquid Force Plush Wakeboard Binding. Just as the name implies, the Plush is the perfect, comfortable binding for all the gals on the boat. Featuring a flex level of four, the plush is a forgiving binding for everybody. Easy to get in to, you’ll spend less time on the swim platform and more time on the water. Built on the IV6 chassis, the plush features the dual density EVA impact foam cushioning system, the integrated comfort lining with molded J bars, and a single zone lace system–easy to get on, easy to get off. The Plush: Just a perfect women’s wakeboard binding.

2011 Hyperlite Franchise Wakeboard Review

What up, guys. I’m Jimmy LaRiche, sitting here with my Hyperlite 2011 pro model, the Franchise.  I’m super pumped with how it came out. Me and Nelson worked really hard last Winter on coming up with a board that was good for someone that was starting out or someone at a pro level. We knew right away that we wanted to develop a ride that was friendly for everybody, and so we went with a continuous rocker on this Franchise for 2011. The unique part about the Franchise Board is our tapered channels. The channels and the fin that sits on top of that channel narrows toward the tip and the tail of that board. And as the rider approaches the wave, with that channel and the fin kicked up like this, it pulls it, tail to board, deeper in the water, giving you a bigger pop off the wake, no matter what size wake your riding behind. A good smooth ride and super poppy. When you’re edging really hard into the wake and you’re landing really hard in the flats, you’re going to have the dual spine under the board that’s basically going to break up your landing and make it soft for you. And it’s not going to slow down when you land in the flats, it’s going to keep its speed through the wake and through its landing. That was one of the big features I wanted to hit on, and we nailed it.

From tip to tail, on the Franchise, we went with a sharp edge, and what that does is, it keeps the board nice and fast on top of the water, and then, on the bottom of the board, we’ve got two raised landing areas.  When I was watching Jimmy ride or should I say fly, he never landed dead-flat on the water. He was coming down off of his tricks, he was either landing on one edge, continuing to edge outside, or the other edge. So what we did was, we put a soft landing spine on either side of the board. So no matter what edge he was landing on, he had a nice soft landing. Jimmy definitely wanted a slider base on the bottom of his board. he hits a lot rails these days and he wanted something that would hold up. We went through a lot of testing with different bases, and we ended up with the Enduro base. It’s perfect, you don’t even know it’s there. You can hardly feel the texture on it, but it works really well. It doesn’t slow you down on the rails. After a full day of riding rails, you barely even know that you did, there’s no scratches on the bottom. It holds up really well. Overall, the Franchise is a very simple board, easy to ride. It has a lot of features that are going to make riding really fun for you, great pop off the wake, soft landings, an increased edge hold with our tapered channels. And overall, the board has a very thin profile, so the swing-weight is reduced greatly and you can spin as fast as you want to spin. We are stoked with how this board turned out this year, and we love the graphic. We know you’ll love it, it rides like a Cadillac! Click here to check out our full line of Hyperlite Gear.

Liquid Force Comps Vests

For 2011 Liquid Force is offering a complete line of life jackets for men, women, and children in both CGA and COMP styles. The first vest we have here is the men’s Cardigan which is the ultimate in flexibility and range of motion. It has super thin padding and super flexible, stretchable neoprene. The men’s Cardigan comes in four colors. The women’s Cardigan with a v-neck comes in two colors. Both vests are reversible. Offering a little bit more flotation and a side zipper is the Watson Mens Comp Vest. This comes in two colors, has the same segmented design for flexibility and ease of entry, and comes in both men’s and women’s colors.

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2010 Liquid Force Grind Witness Wakeboard Review

The Liquid Force Witnesses are shapes developed with Ben Greenwood. Now one of the key characteristics that Ben wanted in his board, was a board that was going to give him a higher arch; a more of a straight up pop off the wake. But he also wanted to be able to have the board carry its speed through the landings.

And in order to give him that, this board has a progressive three stage rocker. And what I mean by that is, although it’s a straighter curve through the center of the board and a little more exaggerated lift in the tip, the transition between those zones is made smooth. So it makes this board, makes the Witness, ride less twitchy, a little bit more predictable, but still giving you the arch off the wake while maintaining the speed through the landings, by a strained rocker lying through the middle.
Now the Witness hull starts off with a double inside single concave run through the center. Again, this displaces the water and helps the board maintain its speed. What’s unique to the Witness is how this flows out through the tip. You notice a really exaggerated V so this concave rolls into deep-V at the tip, and what this does , combined with the molded inside fins, is it gives you a lot of surface area on the inside face of these fins, for unbelievable hold. But if you look at the fin in profile, it’s a fairly low profile. So you have less hang-ups. Less hang-ups if you’re on a rail, and a faster line, makes the board really fast off the tail. The V also, really makes this board really want to rock rail to rail.

Now on the Witnesses, you have the option of putting on a removable center fin, but the unique feature about the board with its deep V which exaggerates the inside surface area of the outside fin face, it gives this board unbelievable hold. This is a board that you really surf off the back edge, you don’t really edge it through the whole middle of the board, you edge it off the corners. And what it does is it gives you unbelievable hook-up and unbelievable tracking hold, even without that center fin. And without that center fin, the Witness also becomes an unbelievable machine for destroying the cable parks. And that’s why we offer this board in a grind series.

This has become, the board of choice for the King of Cable, Tom Fooshee, and so the grind version of the Witness is Tom Fooshee’s pro-model. It’s the same shape developed with Ben Greenwood, offered in the same four sizes. But it features durable bulletproof grind base and a unique graphic. Now the Witnesses in both series come in four sizes:  132, 136, 140, and a 144.

2011 CWB Faze Edge Wakeboard Review

This is the all-new 2011 CWB Faze, and this is a great package for guys getting out there and getting ready to start riding, and taking all their buddies too. Part of that is because it’s got four molded-in fins, and a nice center fin. You can actually ride it without the center fin if you want, but as a beginner leave it on there so you get some more traction. If you get a rough water day, you can use the fin to help you track across the water. We use a big center spine in the middle here, pushes the water out, gives you a really really soft landing. This is a real clean bottom design so it’s nice and fast, so you’ll be able to approach the wake with more speed, and it will help you get air a lot easier. The other cool thing about this board is that it comes with the Edge boots.

The all new CWB Edge Wakeboard boots are real nice, it’s has the hinge systems that opens up and is super easy to get your foot into. One set of laces for easy adjustment. It’s a great boot if you want to put all your buddies in, too – you can get up to a size 15 in this boot. It’s got a solid EVA toepiece instead of some of the floating toepieces out there, so it’s more supportive, and it’s a great inexpensive boot that that you can put on the Faze and rock it on the lake.

2009 Liquid Force Witness Wakeboard Review

This shape is the Liquid Force Witness. The Witness was a design inspired by Ben Greenwood. Ben has been with Liquid Force for quite awhile and he has had the opportunity to ride a lot of our different shapes. He wanted to take the feelings of a couple of different boards and integrate them together in this new shape. What the Witness does is it takes some of the design features that used to be inherent in the Helix, which was a really aggressive three stage rocker board, and integrates them into a more mellow, hybrid rocker that was like on the Omega.

Putting these two ideas together takes some of the twitchyness out of the radical three stage rocker that was in the Helix but gives you the solid tracking that the board had. He also combined the variable edge rail which makes the board real forgiving through the midsection; no more of that toe side eyelid peel back. It also just makes the board a more forgiving rail to rail through the midsection but getting progressively sharper as you move towards the end of the board so you get really solid hold. Through the mid-body we have the same double inside, single concave. That displaces the water and softens the landing. As this moves through the tail you get a really aggressive vee and what this vee does is it gives you extra depth on either side of the inside face of the fin. It also helps the board rock rail to rail really quickly. You end up with a board with a lot of straight up trajectory but a predictable hold; a board you are going to want to surf off of the tail. You are going to want to ride this board off of the tail because that is where all of the bite and hold is. It has fairly neutral handling through the midsection.

Byerly Conspiracy Wakeboard

Hey. This is Scott “Butch” Bouchard here, going over the new 2010 Conspiracy wakeboard. The Conspiracy board was developed around our new team rider Aaron Rathy. I worked with him quite a bit in the off season with the shape and design of this board. We added a lot of new features to this board to make it the most unique board to date in the line. Starting off, the Conspiracy has a really, really, blended small three stage rocker. Made a very blended rocker running out of the three stage rocker, and then really exaggerated the amount of kick in the tips. This board’s running 2.7 inches of rocker which has as much rocker as any board that I’ve shaped in the Byerly wakeboard line to date. But, at the same time, in how it’s blended out, it’s the fastest rocker yet. To make this rocker even faster, I added some internal concaves to this board. So, basically, the water is going to flow through where I dished out the concaves. It flattens the rocker though the belly. So, the belly of this board runs almost a 12 inch flat spot in the belly. But, at the same time, you only have two inches of flat on the rail. What this does is it allows the water to flow to the bottom of the board when you’re riding on the flats, way more so. It let’s the board be really, really fast when you’re on the flats. But, at the same time, when you lay it on rail, you have the three stage rocker that gives you that big buck off the wake, without the drag that you normally have if you run it all the way through the center line. On this board, it actually has a double set of concaves. You have an outer concave with another concave blended into it. So, between the multi ridges of concaves, it lands really soft. It does a great job of breaking the water. Also, when I was working with Aaron, he really wanted a board that was super loose, that released off the wake really easy but still tracked really well, and I did a couple of different things to make this happen for him this year. It’s the first board to date where I’ve actually pulled the beams away from the tip of the tail and moved them forward. I also used one of the smallest, shortest, beams to date on this board, which is going to make it really loose and real easy and free on the water. But, at the same time, I’ve added some super exaggerated channels that really grip and add a lot of extra traction. Also, to make this board track even better, it’s the first board to date I’ve ever done this with. I ran a curvature through the belly of the board. That curvature allows you to get on a rail easy. Once you get on a rail though, from almost your boot point out to the tip of the board, the outline almost runs completely straight on this board. And what this allows the board to do is once it gets over on a rail, with the curvature of the belly, it walks on this rail line and wants to hold that line real easy. If a board has curvature going all the way up a tail, once you get it on a rail, it wants to keep turning the whole way in. Well, this straight line is something new that I developed this year with Rathy, and what it does, it allows the board to lock an edge and hold an edge so much better.

The Conspiracy, for me, tracks just as good as the assault. The main difference being it’s so much looser on the water. Its way more of a free ride, drifty board, but once you lock it on edge it maintains and holds it rail super good. Also on this board, we did a lot of different things on the deck to make this board as thin volume as possible. This is going to make this the lightest board to date for Byerly with a PU core. We actually developed a brand new foam for this board and it is our lightest polyurethane core yet. It has super, super, impact resistant sidewalls. We did the full fiberglass sidewalls all the way around on this board which we developed last year. We were the first people in the industry to ever utilize it which some of our competitors have jumped on and already imitated us with. We also, for this year, ran a solid fiberglass stringer that runs the whole way around the platform that’s built into the foam. So, when this board’s glassed, the outer glass bonds with a fiberglass stringer that wraps around the deck perimeter and the fiberglass sidewalls. So basically, you have a seamless technology here. Your sidewall is solid fiberglass. There is no seam to split open on this board. It’s the most impact resistant board, and also, at the same time, it adds a lot of torsional flex. We made this board so thin in the tip and tails that it’s got a ton of flex in the tip and tails. But with the stringers in the deck platform and the sidewalls, it keeps the board from twisting torsionally. What this does is it allows it to flex more tip to tail, really springing load off the wake. Where most peoples flex boards right now in the marketplace tend to twist from rail to rail. And when they twist from rail to rail they pop off of the wake inconsistently and you never get that same response and that same snap off the wake. So, I wanted to develop a board for Aaron that had a lot of flex but, at the same time, had a really consistent, solid, ride. We offer the Byerly Conspiracy in two sizes this year. It comes either in the 54 or the 56