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electricsnow 08-26-2014 12:01 PM

NOT 2015 Gear
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Maybe more like 1986 or so? Really hard to say. I just bought this board and it's probably the most radical wakeboard in my collection..right up there with my sano, and woody. I consider this board to be very rare because I've only heard of the brand but never seen a board in any old wakeboarding photo.

I also only know very little about the brand--pro tech. If you google Ian Pitcairn you find some information and he's credited with being an early shaper in wakeboarding. Shaping. This is why I think this board is radical--it's an actual shaped board, seemingly very much like a surf board. This board also has a patent number on it, but I'm not sure what the technology specifically applies too. Again, on a search you can find other patent info with Ian being included, possibly having licensed the tech to use it.

I know this brand had an ad in waterski magazine. i'm not trying to name drop, but I would have never heard of this brand were it not for erich schmaltz, because he mentioned it to me before I ever heard of it. he saw an ad in waterski magazine and he has an old promo vid called "air animal" featuring the team.

Anyway, here are the pics.

downfortheride 08-26-2014 12:17 PM

I have a Connely Blade Runner that I don't think I can every part with. Bought new at the UT boat show some time back. Just looked at it yesterday and thought it was pretty awesome that I still had it and how far Wakeboarding has come. About 10 YRS ago I gave away my Skurfer and wish I never did...

ttrigo 08-26-2014 3:15 PM

That's pretty sweet. Looks like a pretty long single fin too. What are the dimensions on that thing? I've heard of pro tech before, but never had I seen any "wakeboards" from them. I'm jealous of your collection snow.

andy_nintzel 08-27-2014 8:52 AM

so rad!

skiboarder 08-27-2014 9:51 AM

That is a piece of artwork. Nice find.

chrislandy 08-27-2014 2:20 PM

That's a nice piece of history there, it looks like the sport has come full circle now though as you could probably surf with that!

rplogue7 08-27-2014 3:29 PM

that's so sick. looks like something you'd use for big wave surfing at jaws.

electricsnow 09-02-2014 12:22 PM

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Thanks, i'll have to measure it when i get home. I think it's close to 5 feet tall, maybe a bit less.

I think that's a pretty good point chris (the full circle comment). Looking at the past and the different names and riding styles--freeboarding, wakeboarding, skurfing and now wakeskating also...we said surfing behind boats was the start of wakeboarding, and now we fully have wakeboarding, wakeskatingand wakesurfing. Then i have this action now magazine from 84 and they called it freeboarding, but what they did was bindingless and they were popping their moves reentry. some guys were hand shaping boards that were short for the time. I thought it closer resembled wakeskating, but it's very much like wakesurfing nowadays.

Here's an ad from a waterski magazine--august 86 i think. It was the issue with tony finn riding the nose of this skurfer. A bindingless board that again, i saw as being something closer to wakeskating because of how he's blasting, but it's very wake surfey also.

Anyway, i am curious as to what boards people will want to collect down the line. Terry kidwell just re-released a version of his first sims pro model snowboard (apparently only 300 of the original were made) and people are pumped on it. I haven't been able to pull up the site, but i guess it's like 1000.00 dollars and it was made by paul schmidtt at ps stix (he also made the last cassette wakeskates).It will just be interesting to see what wake items people eventually search after...

fly135 09-02-2014 12:45 PM


Originally Posted by downfortheride (Post 1890305)
I have a Connely Blade Runner that I don't think I can every part with

The Blade Runner was my first board. Gave it to a guy from Australia to hang in his shop.

electricsnow 09-03-2014 6:15 PM

I measured it and I think that's what those numbers are about above--it's about 59 inches long and 16 inches wide.

eubanks01 09-03-2014 7:41 PM

So funny...the Blade Runner was my first board was well. My parents used to jokingly call me "The Blade Man'. Traded it for a Connelly Switchstance a couple of years later. Don't have either board anymore. :banghead:

buffalow 09-04-2014 7:48 AM

Hey naked - Can you throw those up on Wakeboarding Hall of Fame on FB? We are always looking for legit wakeboarding history.

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