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Old    Goodwin (ridetige)      Join Date: Oct 2008       05-24-2010, 8:46 PM Reply   
I need some help picking out a new board. To be honest I have not bought a new board for 8 Years!. I got into surfing the last few years and want to get back into wakeboarding.

I am 6', 215. I get good pop and air, but want something better obviously than my old board. I have the old HL Vero.

Any way with all the new boards I am having issues picking one out. What is the advantage of a flex board or hybrid? is it needed?

apprceiate any advice.
Old    Jeremy Byrom (wakerider111)      Join Date: Jul 2006       05-25-2010, 1:14 AM Reply   
the claim for "flex boards" is that they have softer landings, loadable pop, pressable.
not everyone agrees that the landings and pop are better, but just about everyone will agree that you can really press a flex board (on rails or water)
I ride slingshot boards and personally agree with many of the benefits of "flex boards." Most importantly, i just have more fun on these styles of boards. they seem more forgiving to me too. the flex along with a featureless bottom allows me to flex and slide out of landings that are not perfect. Flex style boards are not for everyone though. like any board characteristic, they help emphasize certain styles. its something that you simply have to try to see if it is for you ar not. flex features determine how a board rides about as much as rocker type.

whatever board you get your gona want a 140cm or bigger i think.

Also you should look into getting new boots too. a nice new board aint gona be worth much if you are not comfortably attached and can controll it via that attachment.
Old    Goodwin (ridetige)      Join Date: Oct 2008       05-25-2010, 2:16 PM Reply   
Ok thanks. yes I was going to get new boots as well. I usually get a 142 or so. what about the width of the board? is that as important?
Old    Fred (fredlap)      Join Date: Jul 2008       05-25-2010, 3:46 PM Reply   
If you're not ready for a flex board (SS recoil = best board for me), go for a LF Shane. I am just in love with this board! You can't go wrong with a Shane! Pop, soft landing, loose, good edge and speed, light, etc.
Old    Goodwin (ridetige)      Join Date: Oct 2008       05-26-2010, 12:59 PM Reply   
what do you mean ready for a flex board? are they harder to ride? what makes them different when riding them?
Old    Paul Strahm (jps912)      Join Date: Jun 2007       05-26-2010, 1:11 PM Reply   
I bought a slingshot last year and found it wasn't for me at all. It wasn't that i didn't enjoy the board i just never figured out how to get good pop out of it. I get alot better pop on a foam core board. Its all depends on how you ride. It wasn't harder to ride but it was harder for me to get pop with it. I'm on a Ronix Viva now and im extremely happy with it.
Old    Goodwin (ridetige)      Join Date: Oct 2008       05-26-2010, 1:13 PM Reply   
i was looking at the LF Shane and the LF Watson. both seem like good boards. Just tough with so many choices and shops don't do Demo's any more.
Old    Nick Talsma (wakerider017)      Join Date: Apr 2010       05-26-2010, 1:27 PM Reply   
I'm a big fan of flex boards! Love how they ride..

You don't have to be "ready" for them.. Just a different style board..

You can take a look at what Slingshot & Company has to offer...

For boots... I'm biased, but Ronix is pretty sick.. Gets you lower to the board and is lighter weight!!
Old    Linz Sloatman (linz)      Join Date: Jun 2008       05-26-2010, 1:47 PM Reply   
I've honestly never ridden a flex board, but I'm not really one to press out lipslides etc. behind a boat. I'm more interested in good and consistent pop. I have been riding the b-side so far this season and just got to try out the Murray last Sunday at a demo. They both ride awesome but totally different. The b-side is a little grippier and edges slower but pops huge. The murray is quicker, looser and also pops big.
Hope that helps!

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