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Old    Vinny Armentano (VinnyA)      Join Date: Aug 2011       08-31-2011, 1:27 PM Reply   
Okay I joined Wakeworld to ask this one question: What should my next setup be?

I need a new setup because I have been riding a 2006 cwb absolute 134 since 2006. I love it, but it’s time for something new. I’m 160lbs and 5’7” tall. Also bought some ronix reliks last season and I love those too, but I bought size 12s unwittingly and I have size 10.5 feet, which makes me cramp after like 10 minutes and makes for an unresponsive ride =/.

I ride in the long island sound, behind a Sea Ray, so my board needs to be able to handle rougher water, and because my wake is on the smaller side I have to pop myself off my wake, almost snowboard style to get the height required to do tricks, so I can’t really afford to lose pop. I also ride at the local cable park, Brownstone Park in Portland, CT. I always have borrowed my buddies FLX when I rode there for fear of ripping out my absolutes massive molded in fins. Buttering around and pressing out is insanely fun and I’d love a board that could do that. Some things that I really liked about the absolute were that it really rode well in the chop and it had the massive center spine for softer landings. Some things I really liked about the reliks is that they were responsive, yet flexy. Because when the waters rough, tweaks and pokes are the only real things to do.

I have been researching around and a few things have caught my eye, in the past I was weary of “all in one boards” because I felt like they compromised, in one area or another to be “all in one boards”, however the liquid force hybrids have really peaked my interest. I like the Shane a lot, the center spine is awesome, and I feel like the channels would make it track well in the LI Sounds never perfect conditions. The Watson hybrid I feel wouldn’t have as much grip. I also have tried the Shane bindings and am a huge fan, flexy like the reliks, but I’ll be sure to buy the right size. Plus, the shane hybrid would work well at the cable park. ( and the rastaboard +rastabindings would be ill). But im hung up on whether or not the wood core would give me the pop I need off of my miniscule wake ?

My brother thinks I should get 2 boards, one for the boat and one for the park. Perhaps a ronix one? Or another board that would work well with a small wake? And an old hyperlite roam Or an old flx? I really like this idea, because I don’t want dings from the cable park affecting my ride and this would keep the park and boat separate. Money is kind of a factor so the 2 board is kind of unattractive, but I do like the idea of not using my boat board for rails. I do not want to settle, I use these boards enough to spend the money I guess.

SO I typed this massive post to bounce ideas off of people because I have not ridden any other boards besides my own and that flx in a while. And hopefully someone who has ridden a shane hybrid, or a ronix one could help me out.

If you want to see me ride/what level im at/what my setup is like look up my youtube channel, “lifesbetteronaboard”. If you’re in ct and want to get together, hit me up please.

Thanks guys - Vinny
Old    Mike Kurys (WakeisLife)      Join Date: Dec 2011       12-15-2011, 6:02 AM Reply   
Vinny you have been riding forever and you know you dont need 2 boards. all you need is an FLX and keep them reiks. You will stil get pop off the wake behind your boat. Your setup will be as light as a feather. And when you shred down at Brownstone you will slay everything and throw huge rallies with no problem. Hit me up and we can open up the LF store haha
Old    Jeremy Byrom (wakerider111)      Join Date: Jul 2006       12-15-2011, 8:27 PM Reply   
now that is what i call a "help recommend a board" post.
many of them are so open ended (true they may be posted by people who really truly do have no idea) that the sky is the limit for recommendations.

Don't be shy with the "flex boards" and hybrids and such. they are really gaining ground. The real issue with them, as with any board, is will it accentuate your style?
I have a friend that can get an insane amount of pop (in comparison to) off his boats li'l wake with his 2007 slingshot recoil. it really blows my mind how he does it. BUT with this said, i bet he could get pretty good pop on any board. its just his style to create most of his own pop.

more and more boards are incorporating tech associated with "flex boards." be it the sandwich construction. wood, or whatever else. A few pros, including big names are switching to these types of boards.
Shane Bonifay - shane team hybrid
Watson - watson hybrid (true there are traditional core watsons too)
Bob Soven - B.O.B board (yet to be released)
Eric Ruck - Phoenix Project
Kieth Lyman - Lyman board (last pro model, with slingshot)
Sean Obrien - Obrien Paradigm
and more!

some other hybrids you might look at:
Humanoid oracle: has good concave, creating a spine, but it is a continuous rocker and the boards you have mentioned are more three stage
Slingshot Kine or Lyman: subtle 3 stage on both. lyman has more belly features though
Ronix Phoenix project
Phalanx wakeboards: newest company, not sure what is out yet
CTRL wakeboards: Also very new, but already influential with cable riders especially
Obrien baker

Ohh, and the relicks you have. you may try wearing a neoprene sock inside to take up space. i purposely buy my boots a little big so i can do this. I like it, but i am weird and am probably a supreme minority in doing this.

Last edited by wakerider111; 12-15-2011 at 8:32 PM.

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