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Old    Marjee (ozwest)      Join Date: May 2006       08-16-2006, 1:08 PM Reply   
Just got into wakeskating this year and bought an inexpensive entry level board (2005 LF Melissa 41 on sale at a local shop). I'm hooked and want a board that won't fall apart as quickly (after just a few rides the Melissa's paint is cracking and it's just a matter of time before water gets in there and warps the board).

Moving forward...I have read many articles and discussion boards about different wakeskate manufacturers and Integrity stood out the most. Yes, they are higher priced but they are made in the USA and I'm impressed with their construction.

If you know anything about Integrity's 2006 line, please let me know which board I should consider and why based on the following:

I'm a beginner wakeskater who skateboards, snowboards, surfs, and wakeboards (although I doubt I'll wakeboard as much now that I prefer wakeskating)

Height: 5'4"
Weight: 125 lbs
Shoe Size: Womens 5.5 or 6

So far I think that the Integrity Team model 39.75" would be the way to go but I want to make sure before I pop down the $250-$270.

Also, could a beginner rider ride the Nick Taylor "Carpe Diem" and grow into it or would it be better to start with Integrity's entry level Team wakeskate and then buy a more advanced board when I get better? The pro level wakeskate is only $30 more so I want to make sure I get the one that would work best for me.

Thank you for your assistance. (BTW...I posted this on wakeboarder.com too if it looks familiar)
Old    dietwater5            08-16-2006, 2:46 PM Reply   
ask that question in http://www.wakeskating.com forums. they can help you out alot there. ive ridden the 06 39.5 nick taylor and its good. im not a fan of composite though, at all. i dont like them but the integrity is the best ive ever ridden. i ride wood. the only difference between the pro models and the team is the pro models are more durable and have PBT or whatever its called on the bottom or something to make it stronger for when you hit sliders. if you dont hit sliders then just get the teram model. they are both the same style and design. just different graphics and pro models are stronger for sliders.
Old    Marjee (ozwest)      Join Date: May 2006       08-16-2006, 3:52 PM Reply   
Thanks dietwater5. I posted there and they were very helpful...incredibly friendly too. One person even suggested checking out Omen. Those look good two. I'd like to learn sliders the 1st opportunity I get so I'll most likely go for the Carpe Diem.
Old    dtw. (notsobueno)      Join Date: Dec 2004       08-16-2006, 11:33 PM Reply   
Check out the Distortion decks as well

www.distortionboarding.com

They are very close to shipping from what I understand.
Old    Marjee (ozwest)      Join Date: May 2006       08-17-2006, 2:46 PM Reply   
Just checked out Distortion decks. Thanks. Wish there were more specs about them on their website (since I'm more into the construction and shape of the boards). If I missed a link...please let me know. Thanks.
Old    Marjee (ozwest)      Join Date: May 2006       08-18-2006, 4:57 PM Reply   
The search is officially over. My new Integrity NT 39.75 should arrive at my work this Tuesday and why yes, I will be leaving work with an unexpected illness shortly after receiving my new board.
Old    dtw. (notsobueno)      Join Date: Dec 2004       08-18-2006, 8:29 PM Reply   
Way to go Marjee. I have that same affliction quite often, year round.

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