What a great time. About the most fun you can have with all your close on. Great group of guys and about 20 boards or so, it was nuts how many boards we had to play with. We will def do this again, mark your calendars for 10/23.
We took stills but mainly video. I had 5 HD cameras out there shooting what was going in each of the 3 boats, plus one on a waverunner getting action all day from everywhere. I will be posting everyones notes and video over the next few days, and I hate to do this to you, but I am leaving for that funeral in about 5 hours from now. So I will post some pics now, but have to take a break for a couple of days to deal with family. For those that attended, feel free to post your thoughts here. I started this thread since the other was getting nuts.
Special thanks to all of the manufacturers and CMS for the boards to demo. This was VERY valuable. It was valuable for the consumers, and we will provide you with some great feedback. I will also contact you and get you any video we have for you to use.
You know what was great about this demo? It wasn't limited to just one or two board makers. Normally you demo boards from one manuf. So you may say I like the A model, but the B model works better for me. But with several manuf. you could compare side by side how one board works for you over the other. I watched the guys, especially frank and roger when I was on the boat with them throw out board after board and compare side by side and get a great demo. I heard things like "Hey, this props EZ-1 is working good as a twin", and then "but this lakewakes board is really fun more responsive than I woulda thought", and then "Wow, this TWP Big Guy Prototype is REALLY fast." So even though all 3 boars worked, the rider could pick which worked BEST for him. It was great to see.
So, to hold you over til I get some video done later this week, here are some pics:
The 44' party barge was a HUGE hit, and is a must for this type of thing. We are loading up.
This was us getting ready to go. We had 2 tige's setup goofy, and frank's sanger setup regular. We would wakesurf for about an hour then come in, compare notes and move boards around. I think there was about 20 boards.
The conditions? Almost as good as the incredible Halloween Tige RZ2 demo. About 60 deg in and out of the water, sunny with calm to 5mph winds. We were in an area where the boats could go in 3 directions without disturbing each other, and we all had walkie talkies to comm.
So we don't have many pics of surfing, mostly video, but here is one of clay on the IS Red Woody from CMS.
After some surfing, Amy setup some snacks at the "bar". Bre smiling as usual.
Back to surfing, here is RJ on the chili pepper. RJ really liked this board, light and fast.
Maddie on the lakewakes grom, light fun board and a great value.
(don't worry, lots of big guys surfing on video soon)
Between runs we all discussed what we liked about various boards as you see clay and roger doing here.
ok, so for some fun....
The barge had a slide with a lake water pump on it, and I dared dennis to hit it. Clay went first.
Then dennis, these pics crack me up.
SlimJim was NOT to be outdone. I thought "SlimJim" was a funny nick name for a big guy. He really was slim, he was 6'6" and 240lbs.
RJ will not be schooled by dennis.
Maddie suited up, just to do this.
Clay goes head first.
OK, I have to set this picture up. I was on the boat with frank and roger. Great guys, I enjoy their company. So frank puts on his life vest. He is nuts, no wetsuit. He surfed without one all day. So on goes the vest, and since he has lost a bit of weight, the front overlaps a bit. But the funny part is that his nipples perfectly pop out of each side. On top of that, it was COLD. Frank could of poked someone's eyes out. I was laughing so hard. It almost looked like his vest was designed to be specially REVEALING. What a crack up. So frank posed for me and I snapped this with my iphone.
Anyway, great time and then we headed to Chico down the hill and filled up on some great pizza and wings. I had to search slimjim on his way out the door, I thought he was going to try to walk off with my Jesse.
More to come.