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2008 Liquid Force Lyman 143
When working on our 2008 product line, the idea of giving Keith Lyman a new board was an obvious one. When it came to designing a board that would hold up to the demands of Keiths riding, things werent so easy. No other rider had worked as hard through the 2006/2007 season to prove to the world that he was back and ready to take wakeboarding to the next level. No rider on the planet goes bigger and is more demanding on a boards performance level than Keith Lyman. Watch him spin a 540 20 feet into the flats and youll know what we mean. Unafraid, Jimmy Redmon rose to the challenge and created a super charged board that will take anything a rider gives it. Keiths lightweight rocket ship of a board is all about speed, pop and unmatched strength. You might not be able to charge as hard as Keith behind the boat, but with his board under your feet, you sure can try!
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Reviewer: John Yi
I’d like to first off say that I’ve tried A LOT of three-stage boards (multiple times) from ’08 and the Lyman was the one that fit me the best. I came off a ’08 CWB Marius 140 and was looking for something that would boot me a little harder. I went into my first set with the Lyman expecting a whole lot. I generally like really fun slippery boards that let you slide around and are forgiving even if u dont hit the wake just right. With that being said, you have to work a bit harder to get the good boot youre looking for (compared to the Marius), but when u hit it just right, it lets you know. As far as three stage boards go, the pop is super predicatable, and it doesnt give a huge abrupt buck when compared to something like the ibex (btw.. that board hits like a hammer). Ive noticed that this board really pushes you out into the flats and has SUPER SOFT Landings... The Lyman also transitions very smoothly (but very solid as well) on edge and is one of the faster boards that I have ridden. I havent noticed a huge difference in my ollies with the thinner tip and tail, but I was comparing this board to the byerly monarch which feels like a spring in comparison. I ride the lyman without the center fins and even so, it still grips on edge a whole lot better than the Marius. My buddy with the monarch hated this board partly because he was used to really long, deep molded in fins IMO. This has really helped my toeside tricks, because the board helps me really lock on edge all the way through the wake. Like people have said... its probably a little more slippery than most boards, but Ive found that this is a happy medium for me. The board seemed to ride best for me when you just charge and attack the wake with all you got. Its pretty light (probably a little better than average & 1/2lb lighter than my marius) and Ive noticed that my fs & bs 180’s are easier to spin, grab, and stomp. Overall.. I wouldn’t recommend this to any beginner that is really working on basics or anyone who likes to drift into the wake with a floaty w2w style. I still use my Marius to learn new tricks as it seems to be more forgiving, but pull out the Lyman when im just in the mood to get after it and rip. Anyone with a hard charging, aggressive style will absolutely love this board.
Reviewer: Sick Ass Mofo
Have been riding hard edging abrupt continuous boards (TFD/3DS/Covin)for a few years and was looking for a fast hard edging board again and wasnt sure if 3 stage would give me what I was looking for. Was intially a bit gutted when I saw the Marek came out straight after I bought it, but dont care now as i love it. Its as thin and light but so far seems to be more durable than my Covins(I broke 2). Overall fast, light, hard edging (with fins in), plenty of pop with soft landings. Get one