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Old    Jeremy Byrom (wakerider111)      Join Date: Jul 2006       11-14-2011, 12:43 AM Reply   
There have been over 50 wakeboard companies! How many have you known?

I was looking up some older boards on the gear guide on wakeworld and was reminded just how many brands there have been over the years and how many sounded unfamiliar to me.

So here is the LIST, but it may not be conclusive, so help me out if there are names missing or wrong/ need removed.

WAKEBOARDS
Bad Ass
Barton
Blindside
Byerly
Company
Core
Collin Wright
CWB
CTRL
Double Up
Dynaride
Earthboard
Exocet
Fanatic
Free Motion
Fulltilt
Gator Boards
Goode
HO Sports
Humanoid
Hydroslide
Hyperlite
Iconn
Insane
J-Star / Jobe
Jolt
Joyride
K2
Kidder
Krown
Labal
Liberation
Liquid Force
Lunatic
LWA
Millennium
Mutiny
NBN
Neptune
New Schnitzel
Nirve
Nitrus
O'Brien
Origin
Phalanx
Ronix
Rope
Rusty
Sage
Serum
Sine
Slingshot
Sound
Stinger
Thruster
Tiga
Tubelite
Wake Tech


Thought id throw in the wakeskate and specific binding brands too.

WAKESKATE
Butter Boards
Cassette
Distortion
Devotid
Kampus
Integrity
Oak
Remote
Sattelyte
Verge
Water Monsters

BINDINGS
Concrete / Collective Development
Solbound
Universal
Wileys
Old    Jeremy Byrom (wakerider111)      Join Date: Jul 2006       11-14-2011, 12:47 AM Reply   
These brands i have all at least seen in person with my own eyes
Barton
Blindside
Byerly
Company
CWB
Double Up
Free Motion
Fulltilt
Gator Boards
HO Sports
Humanoid
Hydroslide
Hyperlite
Iconn
J-Star / Jobe
Liquid Force
Neptune
O'Brien
Origin
Ronix
Sage
Slingshot
Tubelite
Wake Tech

***These don't even strike a bell with me***
Earthboard
Exocet
Fanatic
Goode
Insane
Jolt
Joyride (think i vaguely remeber this one)
Kidder
Labal
Lunatic
Millennium
NBN
Nirve
Nitrus
Serum
Sound
Stinger
Tiga

All the other brands fit-in between these two lists and i just know a little from magazines, video, and from this site
Old    Jeremy Byrom (wakerider111)      Join Date: Jul 2006       11-14-2011, 1:05 AM Reply   
just realized I forgot Wakeology.
sorry
Old    Travis Briscoe (travis_briscoe)      Join Date: Sep 2005       11-14-2011, 7:33 AM Reply   
What about Nice bindings? I think Gerry Nunn rocked them.
Old    Jason Buffalow (buffalow)      Join Date: Apr 2002       11-14-2011, 8:07 AM Reply   
Funny I have rode/tested about 90% of those brands over the years. Some were great improvements and other not so much (tubelite). Still have not found one brand I don't break Thanx for the memory lane trip.
Old    Mike McMillen (Mike_McMillen)      Join Date: Sep 2011       11-14-2011, 8:28 AM Reply   
NBN and Serum were legit!
Old    Train (ttrigo)      Join Date: Dec 2004       11-14-2011, 8:40 AM Reply   
Kidder was huge in the water ski area. Nbn rocked! I am certain that colin wright and josh smith both rode for most of those brands at some time in their careers!
Old    A-dub (behindtheboat)      Join Date: Aug 2006       11-14-2011, 8:52 AM Reply   
NICE were a binding only company as well.
Old    Justin Harrelson (skiboarder)      Join Date: Oct 2006       11-14-2011, 8:56 AM Reply   
We had a Goode board at the shop in the early 2000s (long out of date by that point). It weighed 3.8 lbs (we weighed it on a scale) and was so stiff and strong that we screwed one end down to a dock and used it as a diving board. I don't know what retail for the board was, but our book value was like $600!! (Retail $800-900 maybe??!!)

Crazy technology with a crappy shape. Goode still makes killer skis from what I hear.
Old    Alex Yermolenko (alexair)      Join Date: Oct 2008       11-14-2011, 10:47 AM Reply   
What about such as Naish, Body Glove and etc. brands? Or are these ones not classified as wake manufacturers?
Old    Henry Gates (captain_vilfo)      Join Date: Apr 2007       11-14-2011, 11:03 AM Reply   
Too small of an industry to have that many companies
Old    Justin Lamoureux (lives2wake)      Join Date: Apr 2002       11-14-2011, 6:47 PM Reply   
I think I remember BIC having decks.
Serum was Colin Wright's company. I don't know if Colin Wright was the name of a brand.
The first board I owned a LASki.
Old    Jeremy Byrom (wakerider111)      Join Date: Jul 2006       11-14-2011, 10:16 PM Reply   
Quote:
Originally Posted by alexair View Post
What about such as Naish, Body Glove and etc. brands? Or are these ones not classified as wake manufacturers?
don't know about Naish (aren't they kiteboard company? maybe they dabbled in wake long ago i guess) Body glove i don't think ever intentionally set out to make anything more than entry level package wakeboards... or am I wrong. Although, another gategory could be started for "WAKE LIFE VEST BRANDS"

There are many brands that (have) supplemented their pre-existing watersports gear with cheap, low-end, entry set-ups (airhead, rave, etc.). They are not really pushing the sport in a professional way; no pro riders and no significant innovation. I decided to leave these guys out except for Hydroslide. I think Hydroslide honestly tried to give wakeboarding a push (like with that first parabolic design), but in the end just refocused on kneeboards and such. AND if wakeworld has Hydroslide listed than they ought to be worthy enough for the list.

speaking of what is listed on Wakeworld, some were not on it that i had to remember such as a with a few newer/ smaller brands CTRL, Wakeology, Sine, LWA, Rope, and even an older brand, K2 for the rare and ever so elusive "K2 Woody" i hear about from time to time

Last edited by wakerider111; 11-14-2011 at 10:18 PM.
Old    Jeremy Byrom (wakerider111)      Join Date: Jul 2006       11-14-2011, 10:30 PM Reply   
I forgot to mention that while cruising the gear guide i noticed that 1999 was a Banner year for Brand Diversity.
Over 25 brands were alive in 1999! Crazy! who would have thought eh?
Old    Joe Umali (dakid)      Join Date: Feb 2001       11-14-2011, 10:55 PM Reply   
i don't think serum was colin wright's, per se. serum was owned and operated by robin roberts.
Old    Alex Yermolenko (alexair)      Join Date: Oct 2008       11-14-2011, 11:42 PM Reply   
Quote:
Originally Posted by wakerider111 View Post
Body glove i don't think ever intentionally set out to make anything more than entry level package wakeboards... or am I wrong. Although, another gategory could be started for "WAKE LIFE VEST BRANDS"

There are many brands that (have) supplemented their pre-existing watersports gear with cheap, low-end, entry set-ups (airhead, rave, etc.). They are not really pushing the sport in a professional way; no pro riders and no significant innovation.
I agree with you about name of this category but my guess that these brands make good job for accessability this sport. And one more - these boards setup (many seems like Trip style) were pro level shape 10-12 years ago only.
Old     (yeahhh)      Join Date: Feb 2011       11-16-2011, 9:09 AM Reply   
its ok you forgot wakeology.
Old    John Anderson (fly135)      Join Date: Jun 2004       11-16-2011, 9:56 AM Reply   
LULE 135

I have no idea who makes this board (ROPE??) or where you get it, but I want one.

Old    Alan Slabaugh (alans)      Join Date: Aug 2005       11-16-2011, 10:19 AM Reply   
KD made boards for a while.
Old    Brad Birlew (bradb)      Join Date: Oct 2003       11-16-2011, 11:25 AM Reply   
I recognize most of these, coming from a waterski background. But no mention of skurfer?

Or am I showing my age again?

My first ride was on a skurfer 'rage'.
Old    Alex Yermolenko (alexair)      Join Date: Oct 2008       11-16-2011, 12:26 PM Reply   
Most legendary DinozaWAKErous have started on skurfer

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