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Old    David (tparider)      Join Date: Aug 2003       02-20-2004, 6:08 PM Reply   
If any of you have any experience with this, please add your comments.

My gf has been riding about 10 times in her life. She can carve around regular and switch, and get some tiny little air on 1-wake jumps.

Before this summer (when she'll be able to ride a lot), I'd like to get her a board (and bindings?) to call her own. Can anyone offer their opinion on a good first board for a new rider?

btw - she's 5'11" and goes about 145 or so.

Thanks in advance.

(Message edited by tparider on February 20, 2004)
Old    CBrown (powdrhound)      Join Date: Nov 2002       02-20-2004, 6:25 PM Reply   
prem 135 or trip 133
Old    wakesurge17            02-20-2004, 6:43 PM Reply   
I would say the Hyperlite Motive 134. I used this board over the summer. It was a good learning board. I wanted a 3-stage rocker though so I got the parks. The motive is an all around good board, and it is easy to ride and progress on.
Old    Small Light (stephan)      Join Date: Nov 2002       02-20-2004, 8:14 PM Reply   
I'd say the CWB Sol 134/139 or the Nirvana. both good solid boards that would let her advance and won't hold her back for awhile.
Old    David (tparider)      Join Date: Aug 2003       02-21-2004, 12:52 PM Reply   
Good input folks - thanks a lot.
Old    English (kristian)      Join Date: Nov 2002       02-21-2004, 1:08 PM Reply   
2003 HL premier- 2004 era- 2004 NYX 135.
2003 HL belmont
HL Motive 134- Divine 134
LF Diva- evo 134
LF team 134
GB Mary Jane
Jobe Lyman 136
DU Soul 135
Old    David (tparider)      Join Date: Aug 2003       02-21-2004, 2:31 PM Reply   
Just out of curiousity, why is everyone recommending 135cm board lengths? At 5'11", don't you think 139-141 would be better? What would be the benefit or detriment of going with a longer board?
Old    Mike Dick (seedickride)      Join Date: Jan 2001       02-21-2004, 3:31 PM Reply   
Based on her weight, a board in the range of a 133-138cm length would be what I'd recommend. She really wouldn't need to go any bigger than that. A longer board is going to be somewhat more difficult to control the way she'd like when she wants to get more aggressive on the water. It will work fine at first, but feel a bit too big as her abilities progress. You can get a really nice package deal on a Trip 133 (or 138) with Alpha bindings that would be an excellent setup for her, but the recommendations above are all good, too. It depends on what style of ride you think she'll like best. Will she want a board that has pretty solid tracking ability, or a little looser feel?

Mike Dick
See Dick Ride Wakeboards
Old    bross            02-21-2004, 4:40 PM Reply   
My wife is about the same size and weight and I ordered a 138 Temet this morning for her. We will probably put med. Hyperlite ERA bindings on too. Good luck
Old    David (tparider)      Join Date: Aug 2003       02-22-2004, 9:19 AM Reply   
Thanks again for the comments. I'm thinking that something that tracks well would help her in the beginning stages, and if I could gradually swap out the center fin for a looser feel, that would be ideal. I'm going to check out the LF boards and bindings since I have always heard good things and haven't owned any of their products before.
Old    c_dub_bizzle            02-22-2004, 9:32 AM Reply   
cwb sol 134 w/ the mobe bindings. Good beginner setup right there.
Old    Mike Dick (seedickride)      Join Date: Jan 2001       02-22-2004, 11:37 AM Reply   
The best LF package deal you'll get will be with the Trip and Alphas. If you want a board with more aggressive tracking, I'd recommend the Litmus 136 or Team 134. The Alphas are an excellent inexpensive option, or you could go with the Evo for more adjustability. Let me know if you need any prices, or have particular questions about the way these boards ride.

Mike Dick
See Dick Ride Wakeboards
Old    Small Light (stephan)      Join Date: Nov 2002       02-22-2004, 10:56 PM Reply   
If you want ride adjustability I'd go with a board with molded in side fins. Start with a big fin and gradually work it down as she gets comfy. I recommended a 134/139 because that's about the size that will work for her. She's right on the cusp with the 134 and I always lean small, the 139 might seem a little large. Have fun.


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