First off I have only been riding 2 seasons but have picked it up well, 2nd I'm middle aged, 46 but having a blast. Started with a begginner crap board that was the wrong size which I later learned, sold that, then got a hyperlite solution 139 3 stage subtle rocker which has been a great 2nd board. Have mastered wake jumping well out into the flats TS and HS, ollie, surface 180 and ride switch extremely well.
Last week I crash landed hard and ripped the binding off the top of my hyperlite, threads came out of the board and cracked the top of the board. Called hyperlite, no receipt, no questions, exchanged it right away for a brand new one in the shrink wrap and I had the new setup in 2 days. Sold it to my friend who is on 1st season and doing well.
Was at Ambush and was going to get the Watson 138 but the guy said at 190lbs and 5'11 I really should go with the 142. When I got home I read the specs online again and the site states you can run 1-2cm shorter using the watson. My question is at my size and weight am I really better off with the 142 vs the 138? It has me curious since the my hyperlite was a 139... Any thoughts, recommendations would be helpful, I can still take the board back and exchange it.
Heading out again today, hope I don't end up with another purple eye like the other week or knocking the wind out of myself and ending up with a sore rib cage... Todays will work on wake jumping in the switch riding position so that I can do 180's next.... Wish an old man luck, I'm going every weekend I can until I can't do it any more!
(Message edited by rob_s on August 17, 2008)