In this picture, you can see the Walzer at the far right. The Composite X prototype is the black one second from the left.
It's a little hard to see, but the differences between the boards is rather significant. I had to check them last night. Now, I still have yet to see the board pictured above in person, but from the prototype the differences between the Composite X and the Walzer, minimally are:
Nose outline and hip - they match at the pin - as does virtually every other board
Nose & tail rocker
Rail shape (Composite X is 60/40)
Fin placement, including toe-in.
It would also appear the materials used in construction are different as the Walzer is about 1/2 the weight.
About the only thing the two boards share is the use of the C5 boxes. Which is a commodity through Futures Ocean Air. It was certainly an innovation associated with Walzer, but...if the use of commonly available fin boxes was considered theft or stealing then every single wakesurfer would be guilty of that, right? Shouldn't there be some outrage at Shred Stixx and Inland for using the standard Futures boxes, or Shoreline for using FCS's? Really, even the Walzer would be guilty of stealing the idea from quads in the ocean, right?
There doesn't appear to be much in the way of proprietary design that is shared between the two boards - at least in the prototype I have and the Walzer I have.
I don't mean to minimize the Walzer or even the concern expressed by Sean and his sister...but I don't think it's a theft of proprietary info as Critter would suggest.
Sean, I still think the Walzer 1" is the best board I've ever ridden behind the boat. Can you offer airbrushing?
(Message edited by surfdad on April 13, 2007)