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Old     (wakebum8488)      Join Date: Jan 2004       12-30-2006, 9:14 AM Reply   
i keep hearing about how 3-stage rockers give the best pop yet some of the most explosive riders use continuous rockers like sharpe and rusty. ne input on preferance and what i should look for in my next board?
Old     (blind)      Join Date: Jun 2006       12-30-2006, 9:41 AM Reply   
continuous rockers have much more predictable pop of the wake,
Old     (dakid)      Join Date: Feb 2001       12-30-2006, 9:45 AM Reply   
predictability isn't found in boards. it can be accomplished by applying proper fundamentals each time.

3-stage = more up than out, generally slower, harder landings

continuous = more out than up, softer landings
Old     (awl)      Join Date: Feb 2006       12-30-2006, 9:55 AM Reply   
When I was first learning a salesmen sold me Parks (latest and greatest. Whatever!) I didn't know the difference between 3-stage and continuous. It took me forever to get used to that board. Then I bought a 3DS and progressed faster in several months than I did in two years on the Parks. IMO you can't take advantage of the pop you get with an abrupt 3-stage until you have good fundamentals. IMO you will get there faster on a continuous.
Old     (fuller313)      Join Date: Oct 2006       12-30-2006, 10:58 AM Reply   
IMO you might wan't a mixture of both. A 3 stage but maybe not an aggressive 3 stage. I have been riding murrays board since 96 and just this last year I switched to the premier board and loved how much more it popped. I had bought the first hyperlite parks board but didn't like how it felt like I was plowing threw the water instead of being on top. Just my two cents.
Old     (wakeriderixi)      Join Date: Jan 2004       12-30-2006, 11:25 AM Reply   
Continuous = predictability only because there is a much larger area to pop off of that will allow you to land your trick instead of popping all off-axis and on your head. But in a technical sense, Joe is exactly right when he said "predictability isn't found in boards".
Old     (wakedad33)      Join Date: Oct 2005       12-30-2006, 11:29 AM Reply   
Joe breaks it down in the most simplest terms & is correct. That said, an aggressive 3 stage as in the 04 to 06 Parks board even for a fundamentaly sound rider does tend to at times have a mind of it's own.
Old     (harryhog)      Join Date: Mar 2003       01-02-2007, 1:19 PM Reply   
continuous is great alround, i just switched from premier to 3ds. so i agree with the predictability being in the rider, but everyone has their off days, so the continuous absorbs this! having said this, a sweet day on a 3stage, is pretty d4mn sweet!
Old     (woohoo)      Join Date: Jun 2006       01-02-2007, 1:23 PM Reply   
What's the difference between a progressive 3 stage and a normal 3 stage?
Old     (magellan)      Join Date: Feb 2003       01-02-2007, 2:20 PM Reply   
Old     (woohoo)      Join Date: Jun 2006       01-02-2007, 3:05 PM Reply   
That's what I guessed.
Old     (wakedad33)      Join Date: Oct 2005       01-02-2007, 5:37 PM Reply   
Dan, the flat spot is narrower on a abrupt 3 stage.
Old     (wakeboarder2687)      Join Date: Aug 2004       01-02-2007, 7:11 PM Reply   
do you mean shorter on a subtle/progressive/blended/etc rocker?
I understood it as the aggressive 3 stage had a longer flat spot, so rocker was crammed into a smaller area. I've been wrong before
Old     (wakedad33)      Join Date: Oct 2005       01-02-2007, 7:31 PM Reply   
Patrick, you are correct. I didn't pharse it right in my post. A lot of it depends on the board. A shorter abrupt 3 stage like the 133 Parks has a very narrow flat spot.


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