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05-29-2006 5:56 PM

Not exactly new to the sport but am not a seasoned pro. i'd say i'm somewhere between intermediate and advanced. I picked this up rather easily in a rather short amount of time and i love every minute on the water. In my past experiences though, I have broken two kneeboards (that weren't mine, i felt really bad) and i am looking to invest in a board that can take some abuse. I weigh about 230 lbs. The two that i broke was the result of a bad landing from a wake jump. They were both Hydroslide's. one a Razorback, and the other was a much older HS from back in the day. I do believe they were both roto-molds. Would it be safe to say that i do believe i need to invest in a compression-molded board? I've been doing some research and it looks like that is the way to go. Any advice on a good board for me that wont cost an arm and a leg. I want to be able to get decent pop off the wake but would also like to have a board that doesnt sit too low in the water because i like implementing 360s in my rides. Hydroslide Kaos? i read somewhere that it is heavier but more buoyant and doesnt sit as low in the water. I am really looking hard at the top boards, Kaos, Joker, Lowrider, Rush, etc. Dont know much about the Jobe Prophecy. on the money issue, would the O'Brien Airageous be a decent choice? especially since it is compression molded? i can get one for about $170 at an Academy sports store near my home. Can anyone breakdown these boards for me and give me the pros and cons? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

tuneman 06-02-2006 11:16 AM

Definitely get a compression molded board. The roto's are old school. The Jobe has molded in fins, so it's not so great for spinning. The Kaos and Lowrider and Rush are great spinning boards.

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