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2004 Hyperlite Byerly 142
Four years of research, several pro model designs and countless hours in the shaping room has led to Flow-Thru technology. A new era in board design allows for a tighter feel with the water for a rail riding style and a new Byerly boot off the kicker. Wakeboards will never be the same.
Styles may change but style doesn't. Scott first entered the scene in 1992 with a different approach to the industry and look on the water. He rode then and now with a knees-bent, relaxed style that will never be duplicated. Byerly rides a board the way it's meant to be ridden - on the rail and always in control. For the last couple of seasons both Scott Bouchard and Scott Byerly have been collaborating on a new shape that would bring out all of the characteristics of an often imitated but never duplicated appearance.
A new design that offers the strongest grip when initiating a turn with a solid overall edge hold. This new faster rocker line has the explosiveness you could only get from this trademark bend. An increased sidecut and Flow-Thru rail makes this board less work to session the wake. 3-Stage rocker boards are now even easier to be ridden finless. Byerly's new ride has a contoured deck offering greater heel and toe response by having the bindings lowered into the board.
great pop and tracking, a little bit loose on turnings.
I closed all my tricks at the first time with rough water, so I loved the board.
The only defect is that this board is very fragile when travelling around
This board ollies like mad! The 01 was weak, the 03 better but the 04 is awesome at ollies. Like 2-3 feet with almost no effort.
2. Predictability-- the 03 was very predictable. It turned slow, held its edge fairly well and was too sticky, unless finless. 04 turns much faster. Good. Except if you weight the board heavy on your back foot on a quick turn the tail slides out and you start side sliding. Fix by either shifting more weight to your front foot or using a deeper fin than the stock .8 When you sideslide its really fast and gets away much easier than 01/03. Pop is better than 03 and very predictable. I also ride 142’s even though I’m only 150 lbs and this 04 feels shorter.
3. Tracking/stickyness -- Like I said above you will either need to adjust how you distibute your weight or add more fin to keep the tail from sliding out. I chose a little of both. I put the 1.3" fins from the 03 byerly on the 04 and got about the same feel as the 03 with no fins. I got better tail hold and still was way faster into a turn than the 03. This board is loose compared to 03, about like an 01 with 1.5" fins.
4. Design -- Good and bad. the flow through tail really works and this board carves like mad. It may slide out on a hard rail cut in the flats, but in the trough and up the wake, it holds well. The ears-tabs-wings are VERY SHARP AND THIN! At the end of my 2nd day an off axis 3 gone bad caught the handle on one and tore it badly. Also plent of scrapes from methods, slobs, etc.
Overall, I really like this board and will continue to ride it, but I’ll keep fiberglass repair materials handy.