Byerly Monarch Wakeboard Review

2010 Byerly Monarch Wakeboard is one of our most amazing shapes ever. It has been in the line for quite awhile and it has continued to be one of the best riding boards. This board actually came out this year and won two world titles on it. Mitch Langfield just won the Pro Junior title on it and Aaron Rathey also won the Pro Men’s title on the board this year. We did a couple of new things for the board this year. We took this board, which was only available in a PVC high-end core before and we came up with a new bio-light polyurethane foam internal to it. It has a way more basic price point now in the line versus being the highest end board that it was, but still the tried and true shape that it has always been. Mitch actually rode this exact model to win the world title this year on this board. We did do a new glass construction on this board as well. It has a double lap construction so basically the bottom glass wraps over the top rail and the top glass wraps over the bottom rail. What this basically does is reinforces the whole perimeter of the board.

All of Byerly’s glass technology, really focuses on having the main construction of the glass wrap around and support the rails. The glass on the flats actually does not add a lot of strength to the board. Where you really gain all the strength and rigidity of the board is around the perimeter of the board. We did a new graphic on this board. It is going to be available this year in three sizes — a 56, a 54, and a 52. We did a really cool new black graphic with a real tonal Byerly skull all across it. The three different sizes are going to look really similar with the main difference being the 56 is in red; the 54 is in green; and the 52 is in yellow. It has the red logo around the skull and the badging up top. We are running the same bottom graphic on all three sizes. The boys are out doing the shoot for the advertisement this year and the bottom logos show up insane on this board. We have had a really good response to it and at the new price we are really looking to make this board fly off the shelves. Make sure you go and check this board out at a Byerly dealer near you.hich essentially is the industry standard for a wood core, but at a very affordable price. We use vertical sidewall, which gives the board better edge hold. We run a radius sidecut, very predictable, very smooth, easy to initiate and exit turns, nice balanced flex pattern and a 3.3 base, which is very, almost maintenance free. It glides very well. But really the claim to fame of this board is its all mountain versatility. It really does, it rides everything very well.

Byerly Assualt Wakeboard Review

Hey, Scott Bouchard here. Moving on to the next board in the line force, we have The Assault. The Assault’s one of my favorite boards of all time in the Byerly line; it’s got a really aggressive tracking pattern, it holds insane, super fast rocker line to it. We built in the engineered fiberglass sidewalls to this board that make the sidewalls pretty much impact resistant, along with adding a lot of tortional  stiffness to the board.

This board, I can’t say enough good things about it, it’s a tried and true proven model. We’re running into the second year with the assault, we did make some big changes to it this year with the graphics and the appearance of it, but we’ve got all the same quality internals in it that we did last year. Not only does The Assault have the fiberglass sidewalls that run all the way around it, it’s got a full nylon ABS beam that’s built inside. So basically with these beams you could grind them until you’re blue in the face and you’ll never have them split and have bone showing out of them. The ABS internals will allow you to grind to a point and then you hit the ABS beams themselves; and they’ll last forever no matter what you grind them on. This board also has a raised riding platform like I like to do on so many of my shapes, it really allows me to thin out the tips and tail on this board, reduce a lot of the swing weight at the same time, add a lot of flex to the tip and tail, and will maintain your rocker line in between your feet. In all my shapes I really try to focus on having flex, but the proper type of flex. If the board’s flexing in between your feet, it’s going to load and unload out the wake inconsistently. Pretty much in all the Byerly line right now in how it’s designed and developed, the boards really tend to flex in the tip area, so they hinge, spring, load off the wake and give you a real consistent, even pop. We’re making The Assault this year in two sizes, it’s available in a 53″ that I’m showing you here, we’re also going to make The Assault this year in a 55″ length.One of my favorite boards of all time, I really recommend The Assault. A couple of changes to this board this year: we used a lighter foam construction which gave the board about a half pound weight difference, so it weighs a little less this year. I mean, it’s the board I’ve been riding all year last year, it’s probably one of the funnest boards I’ve ever put on my feet. It’s got a nice flex in the tip and tail which gives it a super soft landing, and really long beams which gives the board a super hard edge into the wake. It holds up super well on rails and I love it.

2010 Liquid Force S4 Wakeboard Review

The Liquid Force S4 Wakeboard is the fourth pro model I’ve developed with Philip Seven, and that just tells you how long Philip’s been with us and how much feedback he’s given us over the years. From a rippin’ grom to a dominator on the pro tour, Philip’s ridden a lot of shapes, and he’s had a lot of input into the kind of boards we’ve developed here at Liquid Force. Now his new board, the S4, features the progressive three-stage rocker, to give Phillip that high-popping arc off a wake, but to have the smooth transaction between the straighter midsection and the more exaggerated tip section, so the board is predictable and smooth. The S4 also features a low-volume rail, so that the board’s going to hook up and the rail’s going to set quicker, and it’s going to make the board faster, going to make it turn quicker. The S4 also features the double inside single concave, so that it displaces the water and helps soften the landings. It’s got deep edge channels that flow out through the tips, and these concaves flow into a quad V, placed between a unique quad fin setup. What’s unique about the S4 fin setup is, you’ll notice these outside fins feature a different kind of trailing edge. This is a cutaway trailing edge, and what this does is it gives you the feel of a long-base fin, once the fin’s hooked up. But this bumped forward trailing edge at the top gives you the feel of a fin that’s placed a little bit further forward, so it helps the board release quicker off the wake. Now these little small fins through the middle help the water stay attached through this center concave. And the center vent helps the water skip across this midsection V, so it gives it faster flow as it goes out the tip, making the whole board be faster. The S4 Shape comes in three sizes: a 134, a 138, and the 142.

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Liquid Force Fly Wakeboard Review

For the ultimate and lightweight pro model performance, Liquid Force offers the Fly series and what the Fly series is, is it’s taking our four pro models: the S4, the Shane, the Lyman, and the new Watson. And we make these boards with a special CNC light-weight core, a special Triax glass, and super light top sheet and base materials to give the boards durability, performance, and lightweight. We start with a CNC core that combines three materials: PVC foam, longitudinal wood grain stringers, and high density foam around the perimeter. Now this combination is CNC mild to the precision shape of each of our pro model designs. The boards wrapped in a unique Triax glass with unidirectional reinforcement, both top and bottom. The deck top sheet is the lightest material we could find and it’s translucent. There’s a window into the core so you can see the board. In order to retain all the features and all the contours inhered into the design of the pro models, the bottom skin is screen printed and vacuumed form to the precise shape of each of these riders pro models. What we end up with is a board that’s really responsive, has a livelier flex, and its 35% lighter than the standard pro model made in our standard construction. These boards are super light and super alive. Liquid Force makes the Fly’s comes in eight models this season and the S4 that come in the one-thirty eight and one-forty two. Shane’s model comes in his one-thirty eight and one-forty two. The Lyman comes in the one- thirty nine and one-forty three and Watson’s new shape comes in his one- thirty nine and one-forty three. For super light-weight performance, in a tested pro model shape, check out a Fly.

Ronix Mana Wakeboard Review

The 2011 Ronix Mana Wakeboard. The rider that is going to enjoy the Mana more than anyone, is the rider who enjoys a board that has a more immediate response. The 3-stage rocker lining the board produces an immediate snap off the wake and doesn’t get the lag time off the wake whenever you’re throwing your tantrums, front rolls, or spins. The main feature of this Ronix Wakeboard is the light 3-stage rocker line that the board actually has. The problem with most 3-stage rocker boards is that they’re slow and kick you out of control off the wake. Having such a light rocker lining this will allow you a smooth, controlled edge into the wake, allowing the board to sit higher and giving you the 3-stage rocker kick off the top. Along with being such a light rocker line through the board, it’s also a really steep 11 degree kick. This means that going through the wake you’re less likely to bust through the top of a steeper Wake.

Also, off the smaller wakes, you’re going to get a little bit more purchase. In addition to that, we can see how steep and light the rocker line is through the end of the board. The type of rider that definitely will like this board is the rider that likes an immediate reaction off the top of the wake and likes to feel the board snapped up underneath from off the top of the wake. The sharp rail from the tip of the tail allows for a more effective, consistent edge all the way to the wake. The soft bevel that we have all the way down the edge allows for a little bit of forgiveness and you’re less likely to catch edges. One of the main befits of having the 3-stage rocker lining this board is the fact that when you are going through the wake so quickly, you can generate a lot of line tension. Having such a steep rocker line will snap you up towards the handle a lot more, which allows you to get closer and minimizes line tension, which allows you to get handle pops easier. After going through several prototypes, we finally came up with a setup that really worked. What we were looking for is a board that was able to carry a lot of speed and rip when you’re landing in the flats, but still a quick enough release to take you up in the early 7s, 360s, or any other moves. We came up with two outer .7″ fins and two .4″ inside fins. Another main feature that we wanted on the board was obviously going to be softer landings. Having a flat section through the middle of the board, we had to make sure that the board still broke the water enough on landings that it wouldn’t be hard. What we’ve done is actually create a slight V through the middle of the board that increases into the center and then gets smaller to the outside. This will actually help your edge transitions at wide, and then complement that with softer lines.

2010 Liquid Force Watson Classic Wakeboard Review

The 2010 Watson Classic is a shape that’s been the Liquid Force line for a little while now. There’s one simple reason: the board works. From under the feet of Shaun Watson for many years, to now, the weapon of choice for Harley Clifford, this last season on the pro tour, winning the whole pro tour on this shape. The Classic’s delivered the goods. It features a progressive three-stage rocker – it’s a straighter curve through the middle, more exaggerated curve out the tips, and a smooth transition area between those two zones, lets this board maintain its speed through landings but gives it a straighter arc, a higher-up pop off the wake. The Watson Classic has the double inside single concave, softening the landing, with deep edge channels. It allows this board to really bite and hold when you’re even turning it off the center of the board. Now these edge channels zero out, out the end of the board, with the middle concave, flowing into a spiral V. That makes this board want to rock rail to rail, and that V works with these deep, crisp molded-in side fins. You’ll notice, the fins on the Classic have a shorter base than some of our other shapes. This allows the fin to work right off the tail, but not hook up too quick, not catch too soon. But when you want the hold, this fin’s here to do the job. Placed between the fins and exiting the tip, are these vented quad channels. This keeps the water flow free, and breaks it up as it moves across the surface, just giving a Watson more speed for more pop!

2010 Liquid Force Soven Wakeboard Bindings Review

The binding we have here is the Liquid Force, 2010 Soven Binding. It is Phillip Soven’s pro-model binding, it comes standard on the 2010 Air Ride chassis. It features our Air Ride check and an integrated piece of aluminum that prevents hill lift and locks you into your board. The Soven wakeboard binding features a low lace system here on the bottom, and features the adjustable Velcro straps at the top for comfort and adjustability when you ride. It features the Liquid Zero liner that wraps around your foot and keeps you locked in. It is a liner that does not require heat molding, you can just put it on and ride, which is the pillowtop liner as well. On the back of the binding it has the Liquid first gusset panel, which allows stretch in and out for comfort, and also ease of release.

Review: Liquid Force S4 Wakeboard

Then new for this season is Philip Soven’s fourth promo with Liquid Force S4 Wakeboard. It’s the Liquid Force S4 wakeboard. And this takes all his years of riding so many different shapes with Liquid Force, from just a little grom riding an LF Evo 128, to hopping on the Nemesis in a 131, then moving up to the PS3 in a 137, and now Philip’s wakeboard of choice is his new S4 138.
Now what Philip needed was a predictable wakeboard but a high performance wakeboard. We start off with progressive three-stage rocker. Now this gives the wakeboard an even higher trajectory than our hybrid three-stage rocker. Through the midbody, Philip’s incorporated the double-inside single-concave so it’ll displace that water and give the wakeboard a softer landing. He has an edge channel for solid tracking and a crisp, variable-edge rail, so he has a little bit of forgiveness through the middle, but getting really crisp as you move through the back third of the wakeboard, to give the wakeboard precise tracking.
As we move to the end of the wakeboard, what I call this design is a quad concave V-hole. This double concave through the center moves into a quad concave placed between two quad fins. The outside fin is a deep molded inside fin and it’s a cutaway fin. What that means is that you get the benefit of a long-based fin, but you get the option of the cutaway, which makes the wakeboard release off the wakes just a little bit quicker, a little bit sooner. Placed between the center concaves are two little blades.
Now what this does is it acts as a channel extension and controls the waterflow and gives the wakeboard a little bit more control and hold. Right through the middle is this V-slot. The V-slot’s designed to detach the water flow across the middle of the wakeboard right at the tip to allow the wakeboard to continue its acceleration and have no slowing down.
Philip’s Liquid Force S4 wakeboard also has a lower volume rail to help it set quicker and sooner and edge harder. The S4 comes in three sizes: a 134, a 138, and a 142. And don’t forget, the S4 comes in two special models: The Limited, which incorporates our slider base, and the Fly, which incorporates our hybrid core to give you a 30% lighter version of the S4.


Review: Liquid Force Index Wakeboard Bindings


So what I have here is the Index wakeboard binding. The Index wakeboard binding features a size run from 5 to 8, 8 to 12, 12 to 15. The Index is an entry level boot, it actually features a duel gusset system. Here you can see flex, it actually allows the boot to accommodate those sizes. It features an easy glide system with pull tab and side lock to help lock it in. It’s on the SI plate system which is six inch spreads with three degree increment adjustment and also features a pillow top lining and lock in heel cup.

Liquid Force Binding

Review: Hyperlite Forefront Wakeboard

Greg Nelson here with Hyperlite. I’ve got our new Hyperlite Forefront wakeboard here. It comes in as small a size as a 129 and all the way up to a 144 for the big guys. It’s a really cool design this year. We’ve got a lot of features in this wakeboard that are going to help any rider of any ability level get over that awkwardness of toe-side cutting and toe-side landing. And we’ve also, on the top deck, here, you notice these little notch-outs in the tip, we’ve tried to keep this wakeboard as thin as possible in the tip and the tail, reducing the swing weight. I always like to look at swing weight as how the wakeboard spins. Whether it’s a flip, or a spin, like a 360, this wakeboard is really light. It makes all those tricks a little bit easier for all riders.
As you guys look at the bottom of this wakeboard, notice that it comes equipped with four fins. The way it’s going to come standard is you’re going to have toe-side fins a little bit longer than your heel-side fins. This, again, is going to help that toe-side performance of the wakeboard, making your learning and your progression a lot easier. Not only did we add longer toe-side fins, if you desire, but we’ve also got these anti-slip fins on the toe-side, as well. You can see that when you compare each side of this wakeboard, this is definitely the toe-side with these features and benefits, and this is the heel-side, still nice and clean. If you look at the extension, here, on this rail, it’s about four inches longer than this rail, allowing that toe-side edge to hold water a little bit longer and make your riding a little bit easier. If you can see, right here, in the light, we’ve got a little bit of a bump, right here. What that does is, that softens the water on impact. When you land on top of the water, it spreads the water out to the sides, lets the wakeboard sink in nice and deep and allows for a nice cushy landing, when you’re going out into the flats or when you’re just landing on the other side of the wake.
As you guys progress your riding on the Hyperlite Forefront wakeboard, you can take off the toe-side fins and add the other set of fins that are equal length, to the heel-side fins. And this will give you the ability and the freedom to let your wakeboard progress with your riding. No other wakeboard on the market does that. You can also take the longer fins and put them up on the nose of the wakeboard if you want to focus on your switch stance riding. If you’ve got longer fins up on the nose, when you’re riding switch stance, which is mostly uncomfortable for people, it’s going to make the wakeboard a little bit more solid, and it’s going to allow you to learn switch stance riding a little bit quicker.
And, like I said, as you get comfortable with all those aspects of riding, you can switch out to the four shorter fins, or you can come back to the shop, get a set of Hyperlite P-Wings, the .8’s, and this wakeboard’s still going to ride really, really good. The nice part about it is, the Hyperlite Forefront wakeboard offers you all that flexibility, so as you progress your riding, the wakeboard can progress with you.