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Old    Seán (sean7791)      Join Date: Sep 2008       12-04-2008, 10:19 AM Reply   
I really want to start wakeskating. I tried it once on my friends which was basically a piece of wood with a bit of rubber on top. I think i'm gonna need something with better quality than that.

I'm 5ft6 and 105lbs. I've only done it once so it would need to be a beginner board but something that will still be good as i advance. I've been looking at the hyperlite catalyst but i don't know anything about the board.

Thanks
Old    Adam Irmscher (nautiques210)      Join Date: Dec 2008       12-04-2008, 12:55 PM Reply   
The catalyst would be a great board to bet but it is more on the intermediate to advanced level....
Old    Seán (sean7791)      Join Date: Sep 2008       12-04-2008, 2:22 PM Reply   
Any other ideas. I'm looking for something that isn't mad expensive
Old    Mitch (wakemitch)      Join Date: Jun 2005       12-04-2008, 4:08 PM Reply   
get a catalyst if you want to wakeboard without bindings
Old    Seán (sean7791)      Join Date: Sep 2008       12-04-2008, 4:19 PM Reply   
I think i'm missing your point. Are you saying that the catalyst isnt a good wakeskate or what?
Old    Mitch (wakemitch)      Join Date: Jun 2005       12-04-2008, 4:23 PM Reply   
its a great board for wake to wake riding, but it is very limiting for multipurpose riding.
also it is the longest board available.

look for something in the 38"-40" range
just get a wood or composite concave deck with grip tape and you will be set to have a great time.
Old    Montgomery (lovin_the_wake)      Join Date: Jul 2007       12-04-2008, 5:21 PM Reply   
Dude if I were you I'd go to newwakeskates.com buy the mini and shred that $h|t
Old    Creighton (skateonwater564)      Join Date: Jul 2008       12-04-2008, 5:22 PM Reply   
my first board was a catalyst 112. it was nice, got me the basics down, and learnt wake to wake pretty easily, but when i wanted to learn more variety of tricks, it was hard to learn on the catalyst compared to others, i still use it for wake to wake here and there, its still a good board, but not for everything. then again, not many boards are
Old    Montgomery (lovin_the_wake)      Join Date: Jul 2007       12-04-2008, 5:23 PM Reply   
http://newwakeskates.com/mini.aspx
Old    Seán (sean7791)      Join Date: Sep 2008       12-04-2008, 5:39 PM Reply   
I don't think i'd be doing too much wake to wake stuff, mostly surface tricks.

The reason i was looking at hyperlite stuff was I live in Ireland and last time i shipped a board from the US i got killed on shipping.
Old    Seán (sean7791)      Join Date: Sep 2008       12-04-2008, 6:34 PM Reply   
Also, whats the difference between a bi-level board and a concave board?
Old    Mitch (wakemitch)      Join Date: Jun 2005       12-04-2008, 7:48 PM Reply   
since youre in ireland you probably only have access to hyperlite and Liquid force. if thats the case you should check out the Aaron Reed 40" Impulse by LF. Its a wood concave with a good shape. http://www.wakeskating.com/products_info.php?products_id=3648

bilevels give you more leverage for edging and ollieing but react and spin slow. im not a big fan, but some people swear by them.
Old    David Christman (lfrider92)      Join Date: Sep 2008       12-05-2008, 8:02 PM Reply   
i wakeboard but ill pull the skate off the board racks for some surface spins and shove its from time to time. more of a screw off set then anything. but i have the liquid force faction. its a "piece of wood with a bit of rubber on top" but it works fine for anything i can do. its the ultimate in begginer. its only 100$ thats the best part. ive been riding it for a year. probably around 40 15 minute sets and its still in perfect tact. im thinking about pulling the foam grip off the top and putting grip tape on it though. good luck
Old    Montgomery (lovin_the_wake)      Join Date: Jul 2007       12-06-2008, 6:27 AM Reply   
Seán, definitely go with griptape
Old    HH99 (headhunter)      Join Date: Jun 2007       12-10-2008, 10:43 AM Reply   
2006 GB Impala, Composite Wakeskate, like new condition, $150 shipped,
Old    Tom Adams (gunnertom4593)      Join Date: Sep 2008       12-10-2008, 12:25 PM Reply   
I learned to wakeskate on a Catalyst 2.0 107 ( i believe), I never had any problems with it, its loose for boardslides but edges well with the shank fins. I can do flip tricks and wake to wake tricks on it. Recommend it if you can get one.
Old    Toxis (toxis)      Join Date: Jul 2008       12-10-2008, 8:13 PM Reply   
I started on the LF Anthem in a 40. Great board for starting out and had a good concave. Sure it's foam top but I recommend starting with it.
Old    cosmocat (treycleaton)      Join Date: Mar 2005       12-11-2008, 2:27 PM Reply   
I second the Anthem. Not extremely durable but has a nice shape and is forgiving...
Old    Clint (lffreak)      Join Date: Jan 2008       12-11-2008, 4:31 PM Reply   
I bought an anthem and it delamed and got waterlogged then snapped after a month.
Old    Mitch (wakemitch)      Join Date: Jun 2005       12-11-2008, 5:25 PM Reply   
the 08 and newer anthems are much stronger then before
Old    Toxis (toxis)      Join Date: Jul 2008       12-11-2008, 8:21 PM Reply   
I had an 06 and it lasted over two months of me using it for 4-6 hour days, twice a week at the cable hitting sliders... barely scuffed the lam but it did start to get worn away. I feel it was too small and it had a lot of use for what I bought it for.
Old    Montgomery (lovin_the_wake)      Join Date: Jul 2007       12-12-2008, 8:18 AM Reply   
IMO I wouldn't buy a skateboard with a foam top so why buy a wakeskate with foam ? But then again if you do get a foam top deck that you like and decide you want grip you can always tear off the foam and grip it
Old    Jason Pavik (jasonpav)      Join Date: Dec 2008       12-13-2008, 4:24 PM Reply   
I got an '09 catalyst and I love it. I would definitely suggest it because it is easy to ride and the hybrid top provides soft stability and grip when you need it.
Old    John Brine (mnwakerider)      Join Date: Jun 2004       12-16-2008, 2:24 PM Reply   
Jason,
I agree, the hybrid tops are really nice. I actually have one 110 left from 2008 if you dont mind the graphics being from last year. Otherwise they are all the same. Same shape and everything.
Check it out here:
http://www.waterskis.com/Hyperlite-Catalyst-110cm-Wakeskate-p/hyperlite_catalyst_110_2008.htm
Old    Montgomery (lovin_the_wake)      Join Date: Jul 2007       12-16-2008, 2:56 PM Reply   
Besides the 2.0 I'm not a fan of the Catalyst but I think the 2008 graphic is *****ing sick
Old    Mitch (wakemitch)      Join Date: Jun 2005       12-16-2008, 5:42 PM Reply   
hybrid makes no sense. it seems like the worst of both worlds.
Old    Jason Pavik (jasonpav)      Join Date: Dec 2008       12-16-2008, 6:58 PM Reply   
Well... it's still fun to ride. No, it is definitely not the best all around board, but it is unbelievably fun to take on wake jumps. If you don't think it is capable of doing crazy tricks watch a Brian Grubb video. I guess it all depends on personal preference and what you are looking for in a wakeskate and what you would prefer to be able to do on one.
Old    Montgomery (lovin_the_wake)      Join Date: Jul 2007       12-17-2008, 11:15 AM Reply   
"hybrid makes no sense. it seems like the worst of both worlds"
Couldn't have said it better myself
Old    Montgomery (lovin_the_wake)      Join Date: Jul 2007       12-17-2008, 11:16 AM Reply   
Cat 2.0 FTW !

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