||03-31-2010 3:03 PM
The Sine is a VERY light board with a moderate amount of flex, but not like the strait flex boards that are out. It has a pretty decent size spine which takes some getting used to on the rails. My first hit today on the aframe, I guess I was a little heel heavy and almost fell on my butt on the up rail, but managed to hop off to the side and ride away without killing my back. You have to really make sure to get your weight over the front of the board hitting rails which is actually probably a good thing for technique because it will not allow for you to do otherwise. The flex is mainly in the tip and tails and this is the first time that I've ever gotten to really utilize flex to my advantage. On an aframe hit where I normally would have had to hop off the top (McCormicks aframe is really long and very far over) I was able to transfer my weight onto the nose and make the whole rail. I was also able to save a lot of falls that I normally would have ended up to tail heavy and just not making it, but I guess flexed out and saved the landings. I just started riding again after a pretty bad knee injury 3 months ago. This was my third time out, 3 different cables in 6 days actually lol. Hit up Rixen for a quick 30 minute set right before they closed and just hit the kicker. It popped really nicely off of the kicker and carries some pretty good speed for a wider board. My first trick was a batwing that I just wanted to go a little smaller and feel her out but end up getting booted and doing a batwing to fakie. It is pretty much what happens when I edge in too tail heavy on batwings off kickers, looks cool but is actually just an accident but fortunately easy to land. I tried a couple petes after because the pop was feeling good even though I hadn't ridden in so long, but pete's never have been a trick to hurt my knees. First one definitely got the butterflies out, missed the grab and barely made it passed 180 and the second one I booted a little to big, held the grab a little too long and under rotated about 30 degrees leaving a nice little fall but still felt awesome through the air. Unfortunately that was the last trick before the park closed. Yesterday I went to odub on my drive home from south florida for an hour sesh, and it slides very very well on the pvc sheeting, very fast and that new rail which for some reason has gotten a bad reputation I thought was awesome. Today all I did was try and figure the board out on the aframe and except for the first hit which left me weary, I really liked it. Ended up keeping the hair dry the entire set.
3 months ago is when I hurt my knee at McCormicks off the kicker. I went in for a big nuc glide, and landed dead flat on the board. I had my don joy brace on my right knee so basically my left knee did the bending for the both of them and ended up tearing the meniscus, so today I promised myself to take it easy and just have a fun sesh on the aframe without any showboating. The day before I hurt my knee I took a boat set with the Sine. Had the boat fully weighted and I just could not get a consistent pop out of the board to save my life. It was like the board had a mind of its own. Pretty much the worst board I have ever ridden behind a boat. I don't know if it was the first time riding flex or me being rusty, but everything about it I hated. It bounced on every landing and just was very unresponsive. When I weight my boat down, there really isn't much you have to do when you hit the wake. It does all of the work for you but with the Sine, it wasn't the case.
Now for a review on the Reliks. Absolutely great binding!! Felt like they were broken in after my first lap, easy/fast to get into, tighten up as much as you want, and easy to get out of. They were also the perfect height on my ankles, not to short but not to high taking a lot of the pressure off of my knees. My feet never fell asleep despite how tight I was wearing them and there were no pressure points at all. I haven't done the heat molding yet either, but I don't really know where I can get it done. The bindings were not to stiff but weren't as "flexible" as they are advertised to be. They were perfect.