Iím an intermediate rider looking for a board entirely for boat use. I used to wakeboard all the time when I was a lot younger but donít get out too often anymore. The last board I bought, which is my current board, is a 2006 Hyperlite Parks. Those of you who know the board know how aggressive and unforgiving it is. Plus, itís like riding with cement blocks on my feet compared to how lite todays boards and bindings are. Iíve been wanting a new board for years but couldnít justify it since I donít ride too often anymore. However, I recently tried a friendís 2013 Ronix Quarter Til Midnight and loved it. It fits my riding style so much better than my old Parks board. After years of saying I need a new board Iím finally going to get one. I just need some input on what board to get. Iím on a budget since I donít ride much anymore. The way I like to come off the wake is more of the ramp style than the explosive vertical pop. It keeps me on balance.
Iím looking at the Ronix Bill (which is the QTM), Ronix William (Stiffer Bill) or Slingshot Recoil (found a good end of season deal). I think Iíd like the William because the added stiffness may be better suited to my aggressive riding style but its way above my budget. I loved the Bill/QTM. Nice Speed and soft landings. Iíve heard so many good things about the SS boards but Iím afraid of buying without trying. Because of where I am I cannot demo the boards unless itís a friendís board. My concern with the Recoil is that it wonít be very forgiving due to the thin stepped down side profile. Also, I donít know how loose it will feel with a featureless bottom. I want a board that tracks well. Last year I tried a friendís Ronix One and hated it due to how loose it felt.
I am a fairly aggressive rider so I do want a board with really good edge hold but still be forgiving and have soft landings. How flexible is the Bill compared to the Recoil? Any advice on what board would be best for my riding style and needs would be appreciated.