Quiksilver Japan jumped head first into the business to active wear segment with the True Wetsuit. There isn’t much worse than cramming behind an ocean front desk counting down the ticks until punch-out. Imagine being able to stride from work to water with zero transition time to change clothes. Quiksilver has done just that; created a business suit designed to give powerpoint presentations that can also snap slashes on tight barrels within the time it takes to get from the office to the beach.
Finding a perfect surfboard can take a tremendous amount of time, as does finding the flawless suit. The Quiksilver True Wetsuit is available in three killer styles. The BLK (black) and NAV (navy) suits are cut for business and surfing whereas the Tux (black) is strictly for partying and surfing.
Cut with a modern slim silhouette the pants and jacket flatter the fit, but with a 2mm thickness anyone can slide into a size range from medium to extra large. GBS (Glued & Blind Stitching) seams assist the regulation of heat while the cuffs freely filers new water throughout the single breasted double button suit.
The DRYFLIGHT 4WAY fabric that was developed in conjunction with Scotchgard and 3M makes up the water repellent and stain/dirt proof Quiksilver True Wetsuit Dress Shirt. The shirt could actually be worn on a day to day basis – it’s soft to the touch and has a firm collar to frame any well tied knot.
Sublimation transfer printing allows for bold colors on the ties. A refined finish starts as a 2mm neoprene ultra stretch jersey fabric and gracefully knots with a center dimple.
Draping over a hanger around $2,500 USD the True Wetsuit is a commodity worth its weight in gold. Whether in a boardroom or on a board the Quiksilver True Wetsuit will be rippling waves for years to come, make sure to get one before the tide dies.
There are two basic Wakesurf Boards construction styles: compression molded and composite surf style boards.
Compression Molded Wakesurf Boards
Built the same as a wakeboard
Heavier and more durable (better for beginners)
Usually thinner and shorter
Typically more budget friendly
Composite Style Wakesurf Boards
Surfboard style construction- foam core with hand layed glass
Lighter, more buoyant and more fragile (handle with care)
Performs well in smaller ,”mushier” waves
Better for airs and surf style riding
Examples of three different types of wakesurf board styles:
Surf Style– Great for bigger guys who are looking for that surfing feel. Characterized by bigger boards, surf-style wake surfing utilizes the whole wave with snaps, carves, ollies and aerials. Normally surf-style wakesurf boards have bigger fins and are longer than skim style wakesurf boards. Typical they have a fin size that is greater than 2.5” and board length of 5’2” or longer.
Hybrid or Freestyle Twin– The newest addition to wake surfing is a blend of the Surf and Skim style wakesurf board designs. The end goal is to make a board that combines the playfulness of a skim board with the feel and responsiveness of a surf-style board.
Skim Style– Typically, but not always, skim board style wakesurf boards are compression molded. They are a little wider, shorter and thinner than a traditional wakesurf board. Skim style riding includes more surface oriented tricks like spinning and shove-it maneuvers. A Skim style wakesurf board typically has less rocker and fins that are under 2.5 inches.
Directional Vs. Twin Tip Wakesurf Boards:
Unlike twin tip boards directional boards (i.e. single tip) are more difficult to ride switch (the opposite of riding naturally facing forward). Advanced riders who are looking to improve their bag-of-tricks out on the waves may prefer twin tip boards.
Twin tip boards such as the O’Brien Alias TT Wake surf board and the CWB Blackjack Wake surf board are designed to ride both ways. This allows for an increase in the boards versatility creating a more skate inspired surf session. A lot of hybrid boards are directionally shaped with a front fin to help increase stability when riding switch.
Some simple rules you should follow while wakesurfing
Only surf behind inboard motors. You could end up losing or dramatically disfiguring one of your limbs. (Warning, do not click hyperlink if you have a weak stomach. May not be appropriate for children.)
Respect others and know your surrounding effects- When your boat is weighted correctly you can turn a glassy lake into a gnarly wave pool.
Beware of carbon monoxide poisoning, if you start getting a headache or feeling light headed TAKE A BREAK! To learn more visit Boating Safety Resource Center
The first thing you’ll enviously notice staring that the Hyperlite Franchise Wakeboard is the graphic. The Hyperlite Visual Liberation is a collection of wakeboards that draws inspiration from a worldly group of desingers. The Hyperlite Franchise’s graphic was created by Theocy Design. Clap your hands with a big stance for those guys. But that’s not all…
Digging deeper into the Hyperlite Franshise you’ll see more than meets the eyes. Legendary Greg Nelson designed the shape specifically to meet the vast riding needs of Jimmy LaRiche. You don’t have to be a pro to thrash the Franchise, you can be an average Joe and still enjoy every bit of this continuous rockered lucky charm.
Like going fast and need a deck that will skyrocket you past the cables? The Tapered Channels narrow and shoot through the Dual Fin Configuration – combine that with the Enduro Base and blast yourself into the flats of next week. From the Layered Glass to the Monocoque Construction the Hyperlite Franchise is built to take a beating.
Go ahead, leap into the future you’ve never dreamed of with the Hyperlite Franchise.
Lightweight, fast and aggressive! The TC Custom Skim is what every die hard skim surfer is looking for! Tommy Czeschin’s passion has helped create it. Spin and shuv with ease with this supercharged rocket! Kapow!
Liquid Force Doum Skim
The Doum is the tougher little brother of the TC Custom Skim. Dominic Lagace “Doum” the global ambassador for L.F. Wakesurfing has created a compression molded board that he can compete on or teach a beginner. Still the same great shape with classic L.F. graphics.
New Custom Thruster
The New L.F. Custom Thruster is wake slashing machine! With a thruster fin set up this board rips through the water fast helping you find the barrel!
New Liquid Force Custom Quad
Just when you thought no….L.F. says YES! The New Custom Quad offers you 4 fins for more speed and launching potential. You and your friends will boost airs like never before with the speed and agility of a Galapagos Fur Seal!
From the Liquid Force family of wake surf boards we have the new 5’2” Noserider. Don’t let the name fool you – this is a board you can rip, from all over the board. Whether you’re standing on the nose, cruising through the middle, or driving the board off the tail, this 5 ‘2” rips. It’s made in a lightweight surfboard construction. This is a C&C’d, foam core, stringer blank cut from my original master file of the original protos that I shaped for the team, and tested extensively. It’s hand-wrapped, hand sanded, it’s a super lightweight board and it really performs. The bottom features a big concave underneath the nose, and this will give you lift and support so you can just hang out on the tip of this board and still bring it up and down. Now all of this flows to the center of the board, a slight V with a subtle concave between the two outside fins. You’ll notice this board has a removable fin system. This allows you to ride it as a tri or as a single, and the center plugs allow you three positions of the center fin, so you can make the board ride super loose, or push it all the way back where it will give you more drive and more projection out of turns. The 5’2” Noserider is just a great board, and you’ve got to try it to love it.
This is the 2011 Liquid Force Fish. Last year, we had the 5’3’’ Fish and everyone loved that board, but we had lots of response for a desire to have it in more sizes, so we’ve added two new sizes and we’ve reworked the original 5’3’’. The Fishes come in a 5’0’’, a 5’3’’, and a 5’6’’, so there’s a board for every size rider and every size wake. These are compression-molded, and they’re built to last. But they also have a lot of performance features. Now our Fishes, they have a lot of performance features built into them. We start off with a Venturi hole at the bottom. It’s got a single concave down here in the center that flows into a double concave with a slight V. This gives the board a lot of lift and drive, so you can get squirt out of your turns. The full-tail shape, the winged swallowtail, gives the board a lot of drive. This is set up so that it’s set up as a tri-fin with smaller center fin and slightly bigger outside fins, so it lets you drift back into the wake and then pump and drive the board up closer to the bow so you can really travel a good distance on the Fishes. At 5’0’’, 5’3’’, 5’6’’ — there’s a Fish out there for whatever size rider you are or whatever size wake you’ve got. You’ll love the ride.
For 2011, Liquid Force is offering two, brand new premium surf ropes. Both surf ropes are twenty feet long, and feature three two and a half foot sections. The nine inch handle surf rope features four floats and a three quarter inch diameter. This rope is comfortable no matter where you grab it. The second line, also twenty feet, is the knotted surf line, which features a T-handle, and five of these monster sized knots in a one and a half inch diameter coiled surface for gripping. These are awesome wake surfing ropes.
The Liquid Force Customs Wake Surf Board also come in two sizes of single fins. This is the single fin with the Force Custom 4’2, it’s a super lightweight shape and the smallest wake surfer we make. Just because it’s small doesn’t mean you need to be a little kid to ride it. Because of its super lightweight construction, the stringer core, and a hand laminated fiberglass shell this board has super buoyancy. The single fin allows you to drive and spin this shape. You have a beveled edge rolling through the nose which helps you to keep the nose edge free, especially that outside nose rail all that water coming off the back of the boat, this board breaks free of that and gives you a lot of forgiveness. The edge gets sharper and sharper as it runs through the tail of the board. Single concave through the center gives you lots of lift, and if you’re a bigger rider and get a smaller wake you can check out the 4’10 for all the support you need. Liquid Force also offer this board in a 4’6 thruster setup. It features a wider tail shape, gives you a wider lift, and gives you a little more flexibility of playing around with the fin setup either as a single, twin, or tri. So check out one of Liquid Forces line of wake surfboards if you true performance.
Parks Bonifay is a professional wake boarder and part owner in Ronix Wakeboards. Here we have a 4′ 6″ Koal from 2011. Ronix wake surfers are actually made in our own factory in-house. It is actually a real surfboard foam as opposed to a wake surfer that was made out of a wake board foam. It sits deeper and it is a lot more compressed. It is a lot more vibrant, a lot more life, and a lot more buoyant. It actually has a wood string up through the center, real glass hook, and is constructed like any surf board that you have ever seen or ridden and it has the same feel on the water. For 2011, the Ronix Koal comes in three sizes. It comes in a 4′ 6″, a 5′ 0″, and a 5′ 6″. I feel those are the sizes that best fit the size of the wakes so we tried to scale them down to where they would really fit with the transition of what most wake surf wakes are now today. For the fins, we’ve got a tri-fin thruster and the tail is optional. Yesterday I actually rode it with only the two side fins so it gives you more of a looser feel if you feel that you want that. If you want more of a grippier feel, you can have three fins. It has a fish tail which also makes it sit deeper in the back giving you more of a looser feel. It’s good if you’ve got bad knees. If it’s rough it is good to just have fun if you want to throw some buckets around. So, get on a Koal and get down.
So, a binding is there on your board to translate what you’re telling your board you want it to do. Something that we’ve struggled with in the past is getting something that’s comfortable, yet translates that information really well. The inherent design flaw was that you always had something hard and rigid inside a soft textile upper. So, when you want to create a more comfortable boot, you have to sacrifice support and durability. When you want to create something that’s more durable and more supportive, you have to sacrifice comfort. So, what Hyperlite has done is uncoupled the design. They have done this by moving the structure, the skeleton, to the outside.
It really marks the dawn of an era of new wake footwear. Hyperlite is not building plastic boots and bindings anymore. We’re building true footwear, specific for our sport and our application and our needs. It allows us to have the comfort of wearing just a really nice, comfortable boot, and step into your binding. It’s a new age. Something so brand new and so innovative that the wakeboard market’s never seen anything like this. And I kind of equate it to that leap when we went from sandal bindings to the very first rubber bindings. The board control and the improvement in that area that you felt was amazing. And the first time I rode the system, that’s what I felt. I had toe and heel control like I’ve never had on a board before. I felt so many different characteristics that I haven’t felt yet in my board, and it was crazy. It was amazing. I’ve never felt board control like that before. It literally made some of the tricks I was doing feel easier. I was really excited for that because of where I feel I can take my riding. Because of something we came up with. I have trouble with wake to wake toe nines, and I got on these boots. Wake to wake toe nines were easy for me, because of my consistent takeoff on the top of the wake. Once you’re in the binding, you feel like you have more control than you would ever have. You’re so locked down and so tight that you’re almost like part of the board, the binding now. At the cable, you take a bale, two ratchets, you add your bindings, walk back in boots. The most comfortable way to get back to the dock; you feel like you’re wearing your shoes. I’m running back past people, and they’re like, “Does that kid have his bindings on?” Yeah. I’ve got my boots on. It’s really cool to see everyone’s reaction when they first see it. It’s something totally different that we’ve never had in the industry before. It’s the ultimate in design: fit, function, durability, and, most importantly, performance. It’s what our athletes have been asking for. It’s what the industry needs. We’ve done it. We’ve gotten a better translation of what you want the board to do, because you have a better connection. Over the next five years, we’re going to see a new standard in high-end wakeboard bindings. It’s turned out so well. The boots are super comfortable, the bindings are awesome. I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out. I definitely think it’s going to be a game-changer for this industry and it’s sick. I mean, I’m stoked to be riding it, and I’m glad we were the first ones to come out with it. We’ve really stepped things up by getting ourselves attached to the board in a better way.