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Old    Jeremy Byrom (wakerider111)      Join Date: Jul 2006       12-31-2008, 11:13 PM Reply   
Looks like they finally got a big name girl to join the team. Neat! and congrats!
Old    Joe Umali (dakid)      Join Date: Feb 2001       01-01-2009, 12:18 AM Reply   
"finally?" they've been in business a few months.

good for company and nicola!
Old    Matthew Hartley (matteoh)      Join Date: Jul 2008       01-01-2009, 1:16 AM Reply   
wow that sucks for hyperlite. She's the best. Like she doesn't even compare to any girl in the king of wake competitions.
Old    pierre dandrimont (pierem)      Join Date: Sep 2008       01-01-2009, 2:44 AM Reply   
it looks that a lot of good riders left hyperlit....
Old    Philip (n00b)      Join Date: Mar 2006       01-01-2009, 7:38 AM Reply   
Lf to hype to company in 2 can't buy that kind of loyalty. ;p
Old    Jeremy Byrom (wakerider111)      Join Date: Jul 2006       01-01-2009, 8:15 AM Reply   
I don't mean for my use of "finally" to sound as if it has taken a long time or anything, especially since it is winter and all. It actually happened quite fast considering. And i say this with just an f.y.i. tone, not an argumentative one, again, just f.y.i. hehehe ;)

at least it proved to be humorous ;)
Old    Jim T (wkbrd)      Join Date: Mar 2006       01-01-2009, 11:44 AM Reply   
Philip- It's nice to see people run their mouth about loyality when they don't know a single fact! Congrats to Nic & her family.
Old    Philip (n00b)      Join Date: Mar 2006       01-01-2009, 12:17 PM Reply   
I was poking fun Jim, hence the ;p at the end. Maybe I'll use <sarcasm> tags for you next time.

Of course I don't know the ins and outs of the deal, all I know is that Nic kills it every time and is a better wakeboarder than I could ever hope to be. Congrats to Nic.
Old    Jim T (wkbrd)      Join Date: Mar 2006       01-01-2009, 12:46 PM Reply   
Sorry didn't read it that way.
Old    Toby yeo (toby_yeo)      Join Date: Feb 2006       01-01-2009, 3:19 PM Reply   
me neither..
Old    VLX Envy (cavlxenvy)      Join Date: Aug 2007       01-01-2009, 3:23 PM Reply   
Hyperlite cannot seem to keep any of their girls on their team.

Emily Copeland Durham left.
Shelby Kantar left.
Heather Johnson left.
Nicola has left.

I have many sources that have confirmed they do not put a lot of stock into supporting their ladies.

Kinda sad.

Good luck to Nicola though I don't think she needs it.
Old    kyle (lfxstar)      Join Date: Jul 2001       01-01-2009, 3:31 PM Reply   
Nicola was on hype before she dominated the tour. I'm sure her contract reflected her pre-tour status as just pretty much an up and coming rookie versus the best rider on tour getting paid real $$.
Old    Josh Busby (joshbuzz)      Join Date: Sep 2007       01-01-2009, 4:12 PM Reply   
Why is it when almost all company threads come up some people get really offended when people make remarks, but in other cases, talking about other things are always the first to point out fault??


See the river from both banks...
Old    Taylor M (lftaylor)      Join Date: Mar 2006       01-01-2009, 4:43 PM Reply   
VLX I believe Hyperlite resigned Heather is what Chris (nicola's dad) said
Old    Kaesen Suyderhoud (kaesen)      Join Date: Jan 2007       01-01-2009, 5:42 PM Reply   
nope, heather is still slingin.
Old    Nick Tomsyck (sidekicknicholas)      Join Date: Mar 2007       01-01-2009, 6:55 PM Reply   
Heather is awesome.
Old (wakeboard19)      Join Date: Apr 2005       01-01-2009, 7:09 PM Reply   
It's crazy to see company signing big names when they haven't really started the profit side of things yet. Especially when some board companies are hurting in this economy.
Not saying this is a bad thing. It will help by having big names on-board.
Old    VLX Envy (cavlxenvy)      Join Date: Aug 2007       01-01-2009, 7:33 PM Reply   
Last I heard Heather was with Slingshot.
Old    scott clark (snwmot)      Join Date: Sep 2006       01-01-2009, 7:59 PM Reply   
just wait company just needs some time to get the ball rolling and there gonna come out swinging hard they have some big things in store! i know i'm excited.
Old    Chris Butler (xistential)      Join Date: Jul 2007       01-02-2009, 6:28 AM Reply   
Heather is on Hyperlites website???
Old    Billy (woreout)      Join Date: Aug 2006       01-02-2009, 7:06 AM Reply   
I think Anna Hajek is with Hyperlite now.
She is one to watch this year for sure.
Old    gangstar (joe_crawley)      Join Date: Jan 2007       01-02-2009, 8:30 AM Reply   
Heather is on slingshot's website on the front page riders list
Old    HH99 (headhunter)      Join Date: Jun 2007       01-02-2009, 8:44 AM Reply   
No wonder the Women can't get paid! No loyalty...
Old    Jim T (wkbrd)      Join Date: Mar 2006       01-02-2009, 8:57 AM Reply   
hh please explain??? If they are not getting paid then why even bother? Would you be loyal if you are not getting anything? If budgets are getting cut wouldn't it make sense to take the best deal you could get? How loyal would you be to your employer when you do not get what you are promised from your employer? Loyalty is a two way street!!!!
Old    HH99 (headhunter)      Join Date: Jun 2007       01-02-2009, 8:59 AM Reply   
How do you know what had been promised?
Old    Randy Scagliotti (wakedad33)      Join Date: Oct 2005       01-02-2009, 9:03 AM Reply   
No Loyalty for women???

All have been with with their board sponsers for a long time.
Old    Jeff Baker (innov8)      Join Date: May 2005       01-02-2009, 9:11 AM Reply   
Congrats to both Company and Nicola!!
Old    jb (rico80)      Join Date: Aug 2002       01-02-2009, 9:17 AM Reply   
I doubt this is anything more than athletes searching for the best contract, and good for them. Rider endorsement is really nothing more than advertising expense, a start up needs more advertising to gain recognition and market share than an established company does. They are probably willing to bid higher for a big name then.

I know nothing about the situation, hopefully Chris can enlighten us, but that is my guess.

I'm sure its tough for the ladies to get paid because wakeboarding itself isn't a huge sport, ladies sales are a pretty small % of that, then divide by the number of companies... the money generated by ladies sales can't justify much. Hopefully the sport and business grows to change that.
Old    RileyBangerter (steezyshots)      Join Date: Feb 2008       01-02-2009, 9:19 AM Reply   
Heather Johnson is back on Hyperlite!
Old    Travis p (travisp)      Join Date: Apr 2002       01-02-2009, 9:31 AM Reply   
To clear it all up, Heather Is still riding for Slingshot for 09 and is very stoked on it !

Travis Propst
Old    VLX Envy (cavlxenvy)      Join Date: Aug 2007       01-02-2009, 10:43 AM Reply   
Check out the Hyperlite Girls team... daddy likes.
Old    Jason Callen (westsidarider)      Join Date: Feb 2003       01-02-2009, 11:14 AM Reply   
we got kaesen who rides for sling sayin heather is with them.

then we got riley who works for hyperlite saying that heather is with them.

-calling heather- where are you. hahahahah. sounds like a little double agent ridin is goin on. hahahahhaa
Old    jb (rico80)      Join Date: Aug 2002       01-02-2009, 11:34 AM Reply   
Haha, Heather is listed on both Hyperlite and Slingshot website's Team page. Someone has some explaining to do.
Old    RileyBangerter (steezyshots)      Join Date: Feb 2008       01-02-2009, 12:20 PM Reply   
Maybe she is a spy?
Old    jb (rico80)      Join Date: Aug 2002       01-02-2009, 12:23 PM Reply   
or has an evil twin
Old    RileyBangerter (steezyshots)      Join Date: Feb 2008       01-02-2009, 12:30 PM Reply   
oooh I bet that's it! Evil Twins are always causing ruckus!
Old    jb (rico80)      Join Date: Aug 2002       01-02-2009, 12:36 PM Reply   
how do you know which one is the evil one though, that's the trick of it
Old    Ozark King (onthewatermo)      Join Date: Jan 2008       01-02-2009, 12:36 PM Reply   
This is a bad love triangle...why can't she ride Hype when she is in the mood and Sling when she gets bored of Hype?
Old    Travis p (travisp)      Join Date: Apr 2002       01-02-2009, 12:46 PM Reply   

As a Slingshot rider and Heathers significant other it is FACT she resigned with slingshot !

and to the original topic: Congrats Nicola !

Travis Propst
Old    jb (rico80)      Join Date: Aug 2002       01-02-2009, 1:00 PM Reply   
Travis how do you know your significant other isn't the evil twin?

I dated a twin once. I secretly always hoped she would try a switch one night with her sister. I could tell the difference but I would have played dumb anyway. They never did though, maybe because I was already with the evil one.

(Message edited by rico80 on January 02, 2009)
Old    Ozark King (onthewatermo)      Join Date: Jan 2008       01-02-2009, 1:03 PM Reply   
Now is that "resigned" or "re-signed"?
Old    Kyle Marriott (kyle_m)      Join Date: Aug 2007       01-02-2009, 1:03 PM Reply   
Back to the original post congrats to Nicola and to Company they are going to have a team full of heavy hitters and i am sure they will be around for a long time to come
Old    Chris Butler (xistential)      Join Date: Jul 2007       01-02-2009, 1:52 PM Reply   
With regard to the loyalty thing. At the end of all the discussions money was NOT the deciding factor in Nicola going to Company.
We found them to be the nicest people to deal with. They are also really excited to have Nicola on board and she is as excited to have signed with them.
We parted amicably and remain on good terms with Hyperlite.
Old    Travis p (travisp)      Join Date: Apr 2002       01-02-2009, 2:53 PM Reply in riding for slingshot again for 2009 !

sorry..that wasn't clear

I'm a rookie when it comes to posting. I usually just read ha

Travis P
Old    Randy Scagliotti (wakedad33)      Join Date: Oct 2005       01-02-2009, 3:15 PM Reply   
Chris, good to hear Nicola left on good terms with Hype, never good to burn bridges in this industry, Congrats to Her.

Travis, did you do any filming with Spencer when he was in Orlando the last couple of month?
Old    Travis p (travisp)      Join Date: Apr 2002       01-02-2009, 5:36 PM Reply   

I did a very little ! I wish I could have filmed a lot more. Spencer is awesome and his videos are getting better and better every year. I was out of town quite a bit while he was down.

How are you guys ? Alex making his way down here this winter ?
Old    Randy Scagliotti (wakedad33)      Join Date: Oct 2005       01-02-2009, 5:56 PM Reply   
Travis, yeah Spencer's new trailer is sweet. Alex is going to school and coaching snowboarding this winter. I think he's heading your way the first of March for a couple of months. If you see Jones tell him I said what up.

Sorry for the hi-jack
Old    Nick Tomsyck (sidekicknicholas)      Join Date: Mar 2007       01-02-2009, 5:57 PM Reply   
Chris, when you say "WE" are you like a manager or just like a family thing?
Old    Adam Balon (adam_balon)      Join Date: Jul 2003       01-02-2009, 6:14 PM Reply   
i agree... do you also ride for company chris?
Old    C.I.E. J-Rod (jarrod)      Join Date: May 2003       01-02-2009, 8:03 PM Reply   
Its her dad dood. Where have you been?
Old    Bryan (westsiderippa)      Join Date: Dec 2006       01-02-2009, 8:07 PM Reply   
^^^^lmao^^^^ congrats Nicola!
Old    Jeremy Byrom (wakerider111)      Join Date: Jul 2006       01-02-2009, 8:30 PM Reply   
since i am seeing Travis P. on here a bit i hope no one will mind me asking (him) what exactly is the situation on the binding inserts for '09 slingshot boards. It looks like the traditional inserts are moved closer together on the pics and might be "best" for the 6" base plated boots. or has the 4-hole inserts placement changed? of course ALL traditional insert styles "accommodate" 8" and 6" plates, but which will it accommodate BEST?

I am sure many wakeworlders will want to know the same for Company boards too. I have a feeling that both Slingshot and Company will have the same measurements on inserts?

sorry if i have missed the answer for this in the past somewhere
Old    Joe Umali (dakid)      Join Date: Feb 2001       01-02-2009, 8:34 PM Reply   
those are things you should already know, jeremy, as an off-the-record sales rep for slingshot.
Old    Jeremy Byrom (wakerider111)      Join Date: Jul 2006       01-02-2009, 8:36 PM Reply   
i am trying joe

maybe one of you few readers with a limited board or '09 SS board can get a ruler out and measure the darn thing

(Message edited by wakerider111 on January 02, 2009)

(Message edited by wakerider111 on January 02, 2009)
Old    Roddyrod (wakeslife)      Join Date: Jul 2005       01-02-2009, 9:35 PM Reply   
I've wanted to know the exact same thing... Damn binding configurations, there's too many these days
Old    BIZZ (bizz)      Join Date: Jun 2008       01-03-2009, 12:34 AM Reply   
I know I am not Travis P but just wanted to clear things up.

First off just wanted to say we are stoked to have Nicola on the team and part of the family. As far as the bindings go all Company boards run a 6" binding hole pattern as well as the 4 hole pattern. The boards should be able to be used with pretty much every newer binding on the market. I hope this answers your question. If you have any more questions please let me know or e-mail us at
Old    phil symonds (symonphilip)      Join Date: Jan 2009       01-03-2009, 2:48 AM Reply   
Firstly as a UK rider let me congratulate Nic.

Secondly let me congratulate Nic & Nick, two awsome uk riders killing it on the world stage. as any of you other uk riders well know, its a very very difficult thing riding in the uk, with the fuel prices and cost of kit. so well done. i hope that they both show some of the other riders a thing or two. hopefully nicks playfull style will rub off on a few people. after all it is a fun sport..... and every time nick straps in you can see that boy smile!!!!!!!!
Old    Chris Butler (xistential)      Join Date: Jul 2007       01-03-2009, 4:41 AM Reply   
Adam & Nick, Nicola is 16........
Old    kyle (lfxstar)      Join Date: Jul 2001       01-03-2009, 6:36 AM Reply   
Chris, they are just trying to sound cool...
Old    brutto 76 (brutto_76)      Join Date: Feb 2005       01-03-2009, 9:15 AM Reply   
Hey Chris! Congrats (again) to Nic. Do you happen to know if anyone is bringing Company wakeboards to the UK?
Old    Chris Butler (xistential)      Join Date: Jul 2007       01-03-2009, 9:29 AM Reply   
Yeah,me Lol. Don't actually know. I will find out and let you know on UK Wakeboard.
Old    RJ Flake (deltawakerider)      Join Date: Feb 2004       01-03-2009, 12:55 PM Reply
new footy of nic on Co.
Old    Travis p (travisp)      Join Date: Apr 2002       01-03-2009, 3:17 PM Reply   

this year the inserts are 1 1/2 inches further apart than last year. Making "all the way out" about 28 1/2 inches I think.

for non slingshot bindings we changed to a 6" hole pattern that is standard for all companies for 09 I believe. 8" will still work though!

hope that was helpful and yup like BIZZ stated companies inserts are the same as ours

Old    Jeremy Byrom (wakerider111)      Join Date: Jul 2006       01-03-2009, 3:39 PM Reply   
thanx a bunch bizz and travis. i know a lot of people have been wondering this.
Old    Jeremy Byrom (wakerider111)      Join Date: Jul 2006       01-04-2009, 1:40 PM Reply
Old    Zach Coppinger (zachcopp)      Join Date: Sep 2008       01-04-2009, 2:51 PM Reply   
Why do you guys think she is riding the Severance verses the Recruit? She used to ride the Tribute which is an Abrupt Continuous is it not? Seems like from what she rode in the past the Recruit would be more her style of board?


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