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girlwhoboards 04-28-2004 6:59 PM

I know this has been talked about but do I need shoes and if so what kind? I like riding barefoot but I think if I wore shoes it would help me ride better/have better trick performance. I'm about ready to get some wake specific shoes (Reef or Epic) but I don't know if I should and/or where to buy them...I'm in the Seattle area (Lake Washington)...suggestions please <IMG SRC="http://www.wakeworld.com/MB/Discus/clipart/happy.gif" ALT=":-)" BORDER=0>. <BR> <BR>Thanks, <BR>-Kim

wkbrd134 04-29-2004 4:56 PM

get sum reef byerly's and u can get them at pretty much any store online. Try boarders paradise, good stuff

girlwhoboards 04-30-2004 11:37 AM

Thanks...the problem is finding them in my size let alone who sells them in person cause my foot is hard to fit cause it's narrow. I'm a size 7 in women’s which ends up being a 5/6 in men’s. I went to Adrenaline in Redmond...they carry Reef but not Epic cause they had problems with them. I guess I just need to either figure out another solution or perfect wake skating barefoot <IMG SRC="http://www.wakeworld.com/MB/Discus/clipart/happy.gif" ALT=":-)" BORDER=0>.

junkee 04-30-2004 2:29 PM

old skate shoes are cost effective. <BR> <BR>just drill some holes in the bottom for drainage. <BR> <BR>

jamie_lamar 04-30-2004 3:58 PM

Kim – Get some Byerly Reef’s!!! I got a pair and started wearing them all the time and plan on getting a 2nd pair to wear at/in the lake. They are super light, drain &amp; dry quickly, and aren’t thick like skate shoes are.

girlwhoboards 05-10-2004 12:06 PM

I was told there isn't a water shoe made small enough for my foot...although DVS, DC and the likes are starting to make shoes for people to snow skate in...hence more manufactures of water shoes that can be used for wake skating...maybe there is hope in the long run but until more girls skate and/or demand the product...I'll have to go for the "old skate shoe/drilling holes" method...thanks all <IMG SRC="http://www.wakeworld.com/MB/Discus/clipart/happy.gif" ALT=":-)" BORDER=0>.

jamie_lamar 05-11-2004 7:18 AM

Kim - Get some indoor soccer shoes!!! That is what I used last year and they worked just as good as my reef Byerly’s I have now. Adidas makes some that have mesh sides with a rubber on the sides &amp; toes that work great. The also come in kids &amp; women sizes. You might try local soccer stores or sporting goods stores in your area.

masonwakerider 05-11-2004 8:54 PM

Check Out Wileys they are in south seattle, they have tons of wakeboarding gear. Their prices are cheep too. the website is <a href="http://www.wileyski.com/" target="_blank">http://www.wileyski.com/</a>, also Ride On skate carries them in redmond, and i bet extreamly board in kirkland, and boarderline sports in bellevue would have them too. <BR>Dave <BR>

girlwhoboards 05-12-2004 9:20 AM

JAMIE...do you know the model for the Adidas? I used to play soccer...before I took a bad hit to my MCL <IMG SRC="http://www.wakeworld.com/MB/Discus/clipart/sad.gif" ALT=":-(" BORDER=0>. DAVID...Ride-On carries them...I'll check it out. I've looked at Wiley's and Boarderline already...nothing. Thanks! <BR>-Kim

jamie_lamar 05-12-2004 11:59 AM

Kim – I will need to double check, but I think they are Adidas “SALSA”. They are black with white &amp; silver on the sides, with a rubbery surface on the toes, and flat gum on the bottom. I didn’t drill them because they really didn’t need it.

girlwhoboards 05-12-2004 4:45 PM

Thanks <IMG SRC="http://www.wakeworld.com/MB/Discus/clipart/happy.gif" ALT=":-)" BORDER=0>

devastate 05-15-2004 10:15 AM

Does drilling work? doesnt it weakn the shoe?

txwkbrdr06 05-22-2004 11:25 PM

Hey try the classic Addidas Sambas. Totally comfy and grip to a flat surface like no other. <IMG SRC="http://www.wakeworld.com/MB/Discus/clipart/happy.gif" ALT=":-)" BORDER=0> Academy and other athletic stores carry them.

jamie_lamar 05-24-2004 8:42 AM

Sunday I went out with the in laws on their pontoon boat. To kill some time I rode the skate and found my adidas soccer shoes gripped better that the Byerly Reef’s did. Didn’t have much of a wake to play on so was getting out in the flats and kicking some shuv-its and trying so trick I don’t know the name of. It was much easier and the board spun faster when I had the soccer shoes on. <BR> <BR>Name this trick… Start riding with lead hand on rope, and then switch to back hand. Before you start to slide sideways ollie and kick your feet around where you’re riding switch and your back hand you were using becomes your lead hand. Grubb did this back to back towards the end of his run in Welcome. <BR>

wakeskate247 05-26-2004 3:44 PM

Body Varial - you ollie and spin your body a 180 either FS or BS but the skate doesnt spin at all

afxsguy 05-27-2004 6:51 AM

"Does drilling work? doesnt it weakn the shoe?" <BR> <BR>No John O... you dont need big holes. just maybe 3/16" or 1/4" max.

girlwhoboards 05-27-2004 10:04 AM

I like the Adidas shoe idea. I used to skate in my Gazelles before my car got broke into and they were stolen. I liked them because they had a flat bottom with real grippy soles beyond fitting my feet well since they are small and narrow.

jamie_lamar 05-27-2004 10:52 AM

Cody - Thanks for the info. Now it sounds cool when I tell people what all tricks I can land. List isn’t all that long (yet) but I’ve never had a bad day on the water, and that’s something I can’t say about work!!! <BR> <BR>Take it easy… <BR>

rocketman 06-22-2004 1:47 PM

I never wear any type of shoe and walk on marine vinyl, but some people do. How are the Adidas soccer shoes on marine vinyl?

jamie_lamar 06-22-2004 3:24 PM

Most soccer shoes have a flat gum sole, so I don’t see any problems as long as you keep the bottoms clean.

rocketman 06-23-2004 7:06 PM

Jamie, <BR> <BR>So the soccer shoes work good with your foam top. Have you tried riding them on the grip tape?

jamie_lamar 06-24-2004 6:49 AM

David – I have been on one wakeskate that had grip tape and they worked fine. I did notice one thing about the Adidas “salsa” soccer shoe, the material on the toe &amp; part of the sides has a grippy rubber feel and not leather feel to it.

rocketman 06-24-2004 12:51 PM

Sweet. I'll check into buying a pair. I love finding less expensive options that work better. It's one small way to beat "the man" at his own game.

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