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Old    Tanya (bfa)      Join Date: Dec 2005       06-19-2006, 2:03 PM Reply   
We just got a 05 V-ride and have a pretty large wake, esp. with more in the boat. I have no problem getting up (I wakeboard too) I can let go of the rope and ride for quite a while (20min or so) but I always seem too close to the boat. Quite often my tip is right at the swim grid. Am I riding in the wrong spot? To ride back further do you use a longer rope to start? We have a 6'1" landlock and I think I need a smaller board. I'm 5'5' 130LBS. We (everyone we ride with) are all new and are just learning as we go so no one really knows where we should or could be riding. Any tips would be great. Should I start with the wake smaller or go big right away.
Old    Jeff Walker (surfdad)      Join Date: Sep 2004       06-19-2006, 3:51 PM Reply   
The 6'1" landlock is a LONG board. A typical skimboard like the Phase 5 Prop or Calibrated Pintail is in the 4'6" range a full 1.5 feet shorter. Going a little faster might lengthen the pocket and with that BIG 'OL board, you could probably ride in the 11 mph range.

Your rope length shouldn't affect where you're riding AFTER dropping the rope. If you need to get further back in the pocket, put the brakes on :-) Transfer weight to your rear leg, slowly and the board will drift back, then transfer weight to your front leg to mainatin that spot or head further forward.

If you're currently riding it doesn't sound like you need to make any changes to the wake, unless you just need to lengthen the pocket, see below. You might try to visualize where 18" down from the nose would be and see if having a shorter board would feel more comfortable.

You are right that at 130 pounds you could ride a much smaller board without problem.

It almost sounds like you have TOO much weight in the back - a steep wake with a short pocket length. Possibly speeding up to about 10mph if you are running slower than that. Also, if the wake is "pretty large" in comparison to some of the pictures you see here, transferring some of that ballast towards the bow might help lengthen the pocket and reduce the height of the wake. A picture of the wake would really help us, along with the deatils of your setup (ballast and speed setting).
Old    Tanya (bfa)      Join Date: Dec 2005       06-19-2006, 7:10 PM Reply   
Thanks Jeff, as soon as we get a couple of nice days (either wind or rain here lately) I'll take some pictures. We will be on the lake all weekend so I will try playing with the speed. We were riding at 10.5mph on PP. I did try a friend's smaller board a few nights ago and it felt better. We used this board a lot last year but were riding behind a MC Maristar with a much smaller wake. Our season is just starting (only surfed twice so far) but I don't want to pick up any bad habits.

Thnks again

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