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Old    David Williams (wakeworld)      Join Date: Jan 1997       07-21-2010, 11:28 AM Reply   
It's that time of year again. The Riders Choice Awards will throw down during August and we need to make sure we've covered all the bases. We need your nominations for the "Innovation of the Year" category.

This is for items that have come to market in the last 12 months and have significantly advanced wakesports. Let's hear what you've got. Thanks for you help.
Old    Alan Slabaugh (alans)      Join Date: Aug 2005       07-21-2010, 12:03 PM Reply   
"Pure Vert" ballast systems are the number one most important innovation. Sure Calabria and MB have been doing them for a while, but since it seems that other manufacturers are coming aboard, some credit is due!
Old    David Williams (wakeworld)      Join Date: Jan 1997       07-30-2010, 1:16 PM Reply   
I'm getting nothing from y'all??? Come on, there has to be some innovations that have made you say "WOW" over the past year. A couple I can think of is the new gas-assisted tower from Malibu and the Boost Box volume attenuator. Think about your favorite boat and/or board company and what they've brought to the table this year.

Alan, Pure Vert was in the running years ago when it first came out. We're looking for stuff that was introduced over the last 12 months.
Old    Dan (texastbird)      Join Date: May 2003       07-30-2010, 1:47 PM Reply   
I love my Boost Box!
Old    Trapper (canucked)      Join Date: Jun 2007       07-30-2010, 1:54 PM Reply   
mastercrafts robo-tower...lol, kidding.
Old    Ben Ax (hawkeye7708)      Join Date: Feb 2007       07-30-2010, 2:12 PM Reply   
Go-Pros?
Old    David Williams (wakeworld)      Join Date: Jan 1997       07-30-2010, 2:15 PM Reply   
Actually, that's a great candidate to lead the pack for next year's Innovation of the Year!
Old    Seahawks #1 Fan Robert T (cwb4me)      Join Date: Apr 2010       07-30-2010, 2:28 PM Reply   
Tige touch all controls in one screen.
Old    Andy Nintzel (andy_nintzel)      Join Date: Sep 2004       07-30-2010, 2:34 PM Reply   
I have to agree with Ben Go-Pros are SICK!!!
Old    Seahawks #1 Fan Robert T (cwb4me)      Join Date: Apr 2010       07-30-2010, 2:39 PM Reply   
shadow box also.
Old    CWB Board Co. (thedoubleupkid)      Join Date: May 2008       07-30-2010, 2:41 PM Reply   
Proline LGS stitched handles ..... ha
Old    Ben Ax (hawkeye7708)      Join Date: Feb 2007       07-30-2010, 3:02 PM Reply   
Yeah buddy! The Year of the Mini Cam
Old    Mario (mdaijogo)      Join Date: Mar 2010       07-30-2010, 3:14 PM Reply   
Go Pros have been out for awhile. We used them for go karting in the past 3 years. Go Pro HD is new, but I wouldn't call it "innovative".

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Old    Mitch (wakemitch)      Join Date: Jun 2005       07-30-2010, 3:18 PM Reply   
2010 Flyboy Wakesurf board's Composite Sandwich Surf construction. Super strong, super light, and stronger than all other surf boards. no heel dents!
Old    C.I.E. J-Rod (jarrod)      Join Date: May 2003       07-30-2010, 4:27 PM Reply   
Go pro cameras? They've been around for years.

I can;t think of any innovations for 2010, but 2011 should bring some great stuff.
Old    Dan (hco)      Join Date: Jun 2006       08-01-2010, 10:39 AM Reply   
cwb's updated hinge is pretty sick, maybe integrated tower cameras (Was MC the first one? I know Malibu is coming out with one next year). Other than that I cannot think of much.
Old    Jon D (jdwake1)      Join Date: Sep 2007       08-01-2010, 2:04 PM Reply   
http://cablewakeparks.com/BROintheBOX/index.html

Bro in a box, sets itself up in a few hours......
Old    Joe (ilikebeaverandboats)      Join Date: Jul 2007       08-01-2010, 2:27 PM Reply   
Tige touch system has my vote, I know others have introduced touch screens but not that integrate everything so well.
Old    McGavin (Shooter)      Join Date: Apr 2010       08-01-2010, 2:38 PM Reply   
I hate to be negative, but I don’t see any real innovation over the last 12 months except for the Shadowbox (never used it, but it looks cool). Hasn’t the Boost Box been out for years and is it a big improvement over the HSE? Most boat companies seem to be going in the wrong direction (you can keep your touch screens) and gear seems to improve slowly over time. I feel flex boards & the "hybrid" tech is innovation but it slowly gets better every year.
Old    KEVIN (kko13)      Join Date: Jul 2006       08-01-2010, 3:53 PM Reply   
I vote Tige Touch as well. Really changed how all boat companys are doing the dash
Old    benj_t            08-01-2010, 6:24 PM Reply   
Liquid Force Quick Lace System was a new innovation for boots this year
Old    Ajholt7 (ajholt7)      Join Date: Apr 2009       08-01-2010, 6:52 PM Reply   
Tige Touch!
Old    Jeremy (wake77)      Join Date: Jan 2009       08-01-2010, 7:45 PM Reply   
"Liquid Force Quick Lace System was a new innovation for boots this year"

Yeah, but that innovation gets overridden by those crappy air pockets they put in their boots. Plus, I think quick lace was on some of the 2009 LTD boots.
Old    benj_t            08-01-2010, 8:18 PM Reply   
"Yeah, but that innovation gets overridden by those crappy air pockets they put in their boots. Plus, I think quick lace was on some of the 2009 LTD boots"

Nope, the quick lace system wasnt on any 2009 boots... the quick lace system doesnt have anything to do with the air pockets (which I still think are awesome even though I go through plenty of boots)

Anyways, they were new this year, therefore theyre an innovation....
Old    Jeremy (wake77)      Join Date: Jan 2009       08-01-2010, 8:26 PM Reply   
Yeah, but an innovation should be the ENTIRE binding, not just the laces. And those air pockets are a good concept, but impossible to implement.
Old    Joe Pinkston (BigTEX)      Join Date: Feb 2010       08-01-2010, 8:52 PM Reply   
They don't even have the quick lace for next year so obviously it wasn't very innovative...
Old    AtTheLake (bmartin)      Join Date: Jan 2007       08-02-2010, 7:44 AM Reply   
Though PureVert wasn't developed this year, it seems this was the year it got a lot of buzz and is by far a more signifiant innovation over other things listed.
Old    Kyle Linsey (kyle_L)      Join Date: Mar 2010       08-02-2010, 10:40 AM Reply   
Ronix (s)Cintered fins for hitting sliders. Basically makes any board in their lineup a good slider board
Old    SamIngram            08-02-2010, 11:07 AM Reply   
Quote:
David Williams (wakeworld) Join Date: Jan 1997 07-30-2010, 1:16 PM

I'm getting nothing from y'all??? Come on, there has to be some innovations that have made you say "WOW" over the past year. A couple I can think of is the new gas-assisted tower from Malibu and the Boost Box volume attenuator. Think about your favorite boat and/or board company and what they've brought to the table this year.
I don't understand this, when Correct Craft came out with the cable-assisted tower in 2009, so my grandma could lower the tower with one finger, it was no big deal. Now Malibu does it, it's the innovation of the year?
Old    AtTheLake (bmartin)      Join Date: Jan 2007       08-02-2010, 12:12 PM Reply   
I am going to change my nominaiton to the Epic 21se and 23e hybrids. Certainly not mainstream now but they are thinking a lot bigger than tweaking a tower or changing up the display.
Old    M-Dizzle (liquidmx)      Join Date: Jun 2005       08-02-2010, 12:19 PM Reply   
Its not really a product...but 2010 was definitely the year of web-isodes and short wake vids.
Old    Matthew Bird (ldr)      Join Date: Nov 2002       08-02-2010, 12:46 PM Reply   
wetsounds 6x9 hlcd?
Old    benj_t            08-13-2010, 11:42 PM Reply   
Quote:
Originally Posted by BigTEX View Post
They don't even have the quick lace for next year so obviously it wasn't very innovative...
Yeah, and we aren't voting for what they are having NEXT year... i never said it was the BEST innovation this year. Just throwin out an idea of something new in 2010...
Old    usfhookup            08-14-2010, 12:39 AM Reply   
Sam what do you expect.. this is MalibuWorld.... For example, notice how if you read the Riders Choice Awards under "boat of the year" Mastercraft isnt listed as an example... even though its won around 6 years in a row! Hey, but at least Malibu is listed as an example
Stay classy Dave!
Old    Kevin Garner (KGar11)      Join Date: Mar 2010       08-15-2010, 9:39 AM Reply   
tige touch
Old    Georgi Petrov (georgi)      Join Date: Apr 2006       08-20-2010, 7:58 AM Reply   
Hybrid boards

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