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Old     (alex_dvs)      Join Date: Jul 2013       07-17-2013, 1:42 PM Reply   
Hi Everyone,

I'm looking to get back into wakeboarding, and am about beginner level. I can ride and jump wake to wake, but thats about it. Just looking for a board to ride and jump, and probably won't be doing lots of tricks.

I want to get a Liquid Force Trip unless someone can talk me out of it lol.

I am 6'2" 195-205lb range.

I am a little torn between getting the 142 or the 146. Leaning more toward 146 becuase I have seen less cons to that option by searching through these forums.

What do you guys think?

Thanks in advance.
Old     (migs)      Join Date: Aug 2006 Location: SF Bay Area       07-17-2013, 2:51 PM Reply   
Old     (99Bison)      Join Date: Sep 2012       07-17-2013, 2:57 PM Reply   
Two of us learned on that board last year and are still riding it this year - a 2010, 142 version.

I think it's a good board to learn on, it's consistent, etc and doesn't seem to be holding back any progression here . If anything would need an upgrade, I'd say get better quality boots to go with it, we just upgraded from the index bindings. I don't know what generally comes with it today. At first the bindings didn't matter so much, but a year into it they sure were annoying.

- I was 6' 215 when we started, about 161 now.
- Other learner was 5' 11" 190.
- Several others in the 200's have gotten up on it and used it as well.
- We have always used it without the center fin - just the molded in fins.

If I were you I'd go with a 142 instead of 146, at 190-215 it seemed like a perfect size.
Old     (JayManAR)      Join Date: Dec 2012       07-17-2013, 3:04 PM Reply   
When in doubt go bigger, usually.. I'm 6'1" 190-195 and went from a 140 to a 142 this year and love having a bigger board. The 142 seems to be the perfect size for me. I don't think you could go wrong with either size, it's really just personal preference at this point.
Old     (liquidmx)      Join Date: Jun 2005       07-17-2013, 3:28 PM Reply   
I agree with Jay. I ride a 142 and am 5'10" 180lbs. There is a misconception on board sizing because most pro wakeboarders are the size of horse jockeys. So in relation the boards they ride are pretty large (comparatively).
Old     (alex_dvs)      Join Date: Jul 2013       07-18-2013, 8:08 AM Reply   
Does anyone else think a 146 is too big for 195lbs? I think I will go with that.

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Old     (migs)      Join Date: Aug 2006 Location: SF Bay Area       07-18-2013, 8:39 AM Reply   
Old     (Tylerwatson)      Join Date: Jun 2013       07-18-2013, 9:16 AM Reply   
I'd say 146. If you want to just jump and have fun and Not become more advance, yes get the 146. (BIGGER BOARD MEAN MORE SURFACE AREA, WHICH MEANS EASIER TO RIDE) The 142 would be a good board to get if you want to continue to advance. Because a smaller board will be easier to throw around. I chose a smaller board, my reasoning was, either way im learning, why not learn on the smaller and get use to it so i can have the option to always advance.
Old     (jhartt3)      Join Date: Jan 2012       07-18-2013, 9:37 AM Reply   
i would go with the 142... that 146 will feel like driving a tank. i'm 220 and ride a 142. i have a 144 that i like ... and a 140 is too small. but a 146 will just seem huge i think.
Old     (supersonicmi)      Join Date: Sep 2005       07-18-2013, 10:04 AM Reply   
an often overlooked part of the equation is how fast you ride or want to ride? Since it is a weight vs. surface area game, you can make up for surface area by going faster making the water harder and the board riding higher in the water. If you want to ride at 20-21mph I would certainly lean on the larger size, if on the other had you ride at 24-25mph, going a little smaller is prob ok. With that said, in my experience the downside of a board which is too small is a lot greater than one that is slightly large. a board which is too small will provide lots of drag and wear you out as you ride, it will be hard to get pop and landings will be super hard, while a board that is too big will seem clunky and take more effort to maneuver. Finally if you want to compare to pros, I think that Rusty is in the 205-210lb range and he rides a 145.
Old     (alex_dvs)      Join Date: Jul 2013       07-18-2013, 10:20 AM Reply   
I think I may go right down the middle and get a Ronix Vault 144! Just saw EVO has a package for that and its almost the same price.

What do you guys think?
Old     (seth)      Join Date: Sep 2002       07-18-2013, 10:32 PM Reply   
146. I'm 6'4" 200lbs and ride a Slingshot Response 145. You wont really notice the size difference that much between 142-146. The most important thing is to find the style of board you are most comfortable on (continuous, 3-stage, hybrid, etc.)
Old     (jhartt3)      Join Date: Jan 2012       07-19-2013, 6:07 AM Reply   
Go with the vault ... thats the 144 i rode last season. amazingly stable board ... definitely take off the center fins... that board is the most locked in board i've ever ridden.
Old     (ak4life)      Join Date: Nov 2003       07-20-2013, 9:32 PM Reply   
Like Jon said above, you'll want a bigger board if riding slower. A smaller board is nice when you go faster and wanna do big spins. IMO, a smaller board for you would be a 142. I'm 6'1" 180lbs and have been riding 142/143 for years. I usually ride on the slower end of the spectrum (19-22, depending on if I'm working on something new or just having fun). One other element is that not all boards are the same -- I normally ride a 143 LF Lyman, today tried a 142 Byerly Monarch and it felt less nimble even if technically smaller.
Old     (Orange)      Join Date: Jun 2012       07-20-2013, 9:53 PM Reply   

The only advantage to riding the smaller board is a lower swing weight. If you're a beginner, you likely won't be doing anything more than a 180 and swing weight will make no difference to you. The 142 would make you ride just a tiny bit faster to get the same lift (buoyancy) in the water and feel similar. The only reason to get the 142 is if you think your weight will drop or you think your skill level will accelerate rapidly. At 200 lbs a 146 is a common choice anyway even if you are an expert.

Get the 146.


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