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Old    toolfan (toolfan)      Join Date: Jul 2003       07-29-2004, 9:43 AM Reply   
i just got mine in. the 138 has the exact same graphics as last years board. the 142 is the one with new graphics. im assuming that Ricky is now riding the 142. the 133 will have new graphics as well.

shape has minor changes. mostly to the top of the deck. the top-middle is raised where you put the bindings. the bottom has really small fins between the removable fin and the molded fin.

cant wait to ride. i'll post pics later. but it looks almost identical to the 04.
Old    r_dub            07-29-2004, 10:08 AM Reply   
Sounds pretty cool, cant wait to see. I think you should consider yourself lucky you got the 04 graphics. I wasnt real big on the "praying hands" thing. I personally think the 04 black graphic is one of the coolest graphics ever!
Old    D O double G (d_o_double_g)      Join Date: Sep 2003       07-29-2004, 2:13 PM Reply   
Toolfan, congrats on the new board. I'm riding the '04 white RG and love it!! Where did you pick up the '05... and did they have the 142 available?
Old    toolfan (toolfan)      Join Date: Jul 2003       07-29-2004, 2:38 PM Reply   
I got it straight from Gator. I didnt even ask about the 142.
Old    Damien (damienk)      Join Date: May 2002       07-29-2004, 3:01 PM Reply   
FYI...The Praying Hands are Doing the Westside Sign
Old    toolfan (toolfan)      Join Date: Jul 2003       07-29-2004, 3:07 PM Reply doesnt look like it. i maybe wrong though.
Old    slidervinny            07-29-2004, 3:15 PM Reply   
The black is the 05 graphic,we sold out of the wht and did an early release on the 04 board.hope you enjoy give me some feed back peace.
Old    D O double G (d_o_double_g)      Join Date: Sep 2003       07-29-2004, 3:17 PM Reply   
I love my white one... and the black is bada$$.
Old    toolfan (toolfan)      Join Date: Jul 2003       07-29-2004, 3:30 PM Reply   
Hey Vince, thanks for replying to my incessant emails. You guys at Gator are THE BOMB!


ps-thanx for the load of stickers too.
Old    r_dub            07-30-2004, 6:03 AM Reply   
Damien is right. It's hard to see, you have to look pretty close. But I still like the 138 Graphic the best.
Old    toolfan (toolfan)      Join Date: Jul 2003       07-30-2004, 7:12 AM Reply   
i guess its a subtle westside
Old    toolfan (toolfan)      Join Date: Jul 2003       07-30-2004, 8:48 AM Reply   
my new setup: 05 Gonzales ; 04 LF Ultras
Old    toolfan (toolfan)      Join Date: Jul 2003       07-30-2004, 8:49 AM Reply   
the small rails on the bottom
Old    toolfan (toolfan)      Join Date: Jul 2003       07-30-2004, 8:52 AM Reply   
the raised part on the top deck. this keeps the bindings planted on the deck even on the rocker line. an AWESOME idea!

Old    mango (mango)      Join Date: Mar 2004       07-30-2004, 8:52 AM Reply   
cool, that board looks the not big on the praying hands one.
Old    D O double G (d_o_double_g)      Join Date: Sep 2003       07-30-2004, 8:53 AM Reply   
Sweet setup man!!
Old    r_dub            07-30-2004, 10:53 AM Reply   
That is really sweet. I know the 04 still tracks great without the center fin, so Im sure those extra little fins will only improve on that. And they are so little I would imagine that it would still release easily. I wonder what their theory is on the rised binding area? It seemed like most companies were working on sinking them down further in the board, like the new byerly. I know that snowboarding companies have been experimenting with risers to quicken the edge to edge feel on wider boards, but that doesnt really apply to wakeboarding. Hmmm? Ok, Im done analyzing. Im sure it rocks!
And I still think that is the coolest graphic ever!
Old    toolfan (toolfan)      Join Date: Jul 2003       07-30-2004, 12:09 PM Reply   
The raised area on the top allows the bindings to sit flush on the board. Or closer to flush anyway.

Take the Parks board for instance. I had a Parks board with Parks bindings. The rocker line was right under the bindings if you rode with your bindings all the way out. This created a good amount of flex in the bindings. Mine had a 1/4 inch space between the bottom of the bindings and the board. Granted the Parks board has mad rocker, this will be present in any modern day 3-stage board.

With this raised area, the bindings manage to set alot flusher(if thats a word) with the board, allowing minimal binding flex. Gator has done their research on this one. Hell of a board.
Old    r_dub            07-30-2004, 12:38 PM Reply   
Ohhhh, Ok. Sounds like a good idea!
But, you know toolfan, I really dont think you are going to get the full advantage with those Ultra's. I think you are going to need some Zippers!
Old    zboomer            07-30-2004, 12:52 PM Reply   
Board looks awesome. Where's the best place to snag one online?
Old    toolfan (toolfan)      Join Date: Jul 2003       07-30-2004, 1:45 PM Reply   
im installing them right now. im gonna have a vinyl sheath around the bindings that hide the overlays that will encapulate the binding. the vinyl is black with a gold zipper. on top of that, will be another useless layer of vinyl to hide the zipper.
Old    r_dub            07-30-2004, 1:54 PM Reply   
And that outside layer should be like a zip lock bag. You know, like "yellow and blue make green".

Are you going out this weekend? If so I expect a full report on Monday on how it rides.
Old    toolfan (toolfan)      Join Date: Jul 2003       07-30-2004, 2:00 PM Reply   
i got to work all weekend long. the network I edit for is bustin my balls. i got behind, do to them, and now I got to play catch-up for a couple weeks. im bummin. when i'm back on track, i plan to take a mini-vacation. by then I'm sure someone else will have posted their 2cents.
Old    Matt (pittsy)      Join Date: Apr 2004       07-30-2004, 7:35 PM Reply   
that board is sick!!!
Old    bryen eng (qtybry)      Join Date: Nov 2002       07-31-2004, 7:02 AM Reply   
i want that board!!!
Old    Thane Dogg (thane_dogg)      Join Date: Jun 2002       07-31-2004, 10:48 AM Reply   
I want one too.

Old    Derek Bosia (dbo)      Join Date: Feb 2004       08-01-2004, 11:17 AM Reply   
i am selling that exact same board brand new. if anybody is interested let me know i am working on getting a new digital camera to get some pics.

Old    mango (mango)      Join Date: Mar 2004       08-02-2004, 10:11 AM Reply   
You should slap some 2004 LF Exo's on their and it would look even cooler!
Old    bryen eng (qtybry)      Join Date: Nov 2002       08-04-2004, 9:04 AM Reply   
hey derek!

how much?
Old    mango (mango)      Join Date: Mar 2004       08-04-2004, 9:15 AM Reply   
If I had to get a board in 2005, i would get the Gator Gonzalez in Black w/2005 Zues Bindings
Old    mango (mango)      Join Date: Mar 2004       08-04-2004, 9:21 AM Reply   
i think that would be a killer setup...but i don't need a gator board since i got the absolute
Old    crowe            08-04-2004, 12:00 PM Reply   
Oh so pretty!!!!

Old    HYPO (hypo303)      Join Date: Jun 2004       08-04-2004, 5:04 PM Reply   
Old    Derek Bosia (dbo)      Join Date: Feb 2004       08-04-2004, 6:56 PM Reply   
bryen check the boards for sale forum.
Old    backsplit            08-04-2004, 8:50 PM Reply   
toolfan like the set up....

o3 ultras 04 gonzales
my set up...
Old    hogfan (west)      Join Date: Apr 2002       08-04-2004, 8:54 PM Reply   
Yeah, nice setup fellaz!!

Old    backsplit            08-05-2004, 4:34 PM Reply   
i havent even ridin mine yet..... the first time will be on sat
Old    bryen eng (qtybry)      Join Date: Nov 2002       08-06-2004, 5:59 AM Reply   

will the 2005 138 gonzales have the praying hands graphics also like the 133 and 142 or it will stick to the 2004 graphics the whole 2005 season?
Old    r_dub            08-06-2004, 6:25 AM Reply   
Bryen, from what I understand, the 138's will have the other "skull" graphic. I havent seen the 133 yet. But those first pics posted from toolfan is the 05 138.
Old    toolfan (toolfan)      Join Date: Jul 2003       08-06-2004, 7:13 AM Reply   
The 05 138 will have the EXACT same graphic of the black 04. The 142 will have the "praying hands". And the 133 graphics have not been released.
Old    r_dub            08-06-2004, 7:28 AM Reply   
Toolfan, you getting out on that thing this weekend or what? Or does "Da man" still have you busting your hump again all weekend?
Old    toolfan (toolfan)      Join Date: Jul 2003       08-06-2004, 7:44 AM Reply   
Maybe sunday after The Race. I'm probably working all day saturday and sunday morning. It blows.
Old    mango (mango)      Join Date: Mar 2004       08-06-2004, 7:50 AM Reply   
Old    toolfan (toolfan)      Join Date: Jul 2003       08-06-2004, 7:54 AM Reply   
i cant wait to see what the 133 will be. hopefully a different graphic. not that there is anything wrong with the others. im sure the theme will be the same.

I cant believe that Ricky rode 136-138 for all these years. He's a pretty big dude. He deserves a 142, and now he gots it.


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