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AND fin pod changes

Authors: Flyboy Wakesurf

We wanted to share with you some of the fin pod changes that we made in concert with the rocker changes that we discussed last week. That old and tired rocker from the original Flyboy needed drastic revamping and we have been working on that for about 3 years or so. It’s major, but in terms of layout it doesn’t look all the different. So, we’ll offer up some video evidence to help explain the change and also the result of those changes.

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So we have to show you a short little video clip of a trick that we call a better widow maker. It’s an air 3 to a surface 720. Virtually all combination tricks you want to perform will have surface rotations either into the trick or out of the trick. Typically, it’s out of the trick, because all of the older designs for boards scrub speed in surface rotations. We wanted to be able to offer James the ability to generate speed through the rotation, so that it would be possible to do a surface rotation INTO some above the lip trick, NOT a shuv. Shuvs are fine, but they are seriously boring at this stage. So we wanted some new and fresh in the surf style arena and we saw one potential as being surface rotation INTO an aerial rotation.

BUT, here is something unexpected that resulted from that.

Have you mastered your surface 3 yet? It’s freaking hard isn’t it. IF you get your surface rotation down, what typically trips you up? You float out the back don’t you? What if while doing your rotation, you didn’t scrub any speed and could spin so tightly, that you actually started driving forward on the wake?

Heavenly, right? Behold.

For our mobile enabled friends, here is a link to James Walker landing that Better Widow Maker, if the embed above doesn’t work for you.

Did you notice it? It’s a lttle tough to see, so we grabbed a few frames from the video. Not the best quality pictures, but enough to document what we are saying.

Here is where James started the ollie 3, down low on the wake face and heading up around the very beginning of the table.

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Now compare the start of that 1080 to the start of the final rotation, below.

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Do you see that James is actually forward on the wake, in comparison? He has driven forward, but also can you see how high up on the wake face he is?

Two things going on. One is ridiculously tight surface rotations, half the vertical height, but also, James is able to actually drive the board forward. We get when you stall a trick and surf the board revert forward, THAT is not this. This is James driving the board forward as part of his surface rotation.

It’s sad that surf style competitive scoring only recognizes a shuv and body varial combination, virtually ignoring everything else, because it creates this horrifically limited set of tricks. Progression dies from atrophy and board design starts morphing to skim boards. Reap what you sew, we’d guess.

But for you, for folks that want to ride how you LOVE to ride, rather than the 4 tricks the powers that be seem to dream of, drool over and fantasize about, this new fin pod on the Flyboy, combined with the improved rocker will give you the ability to land your surface rotations, while actually driving the board forward. These changes are only available on the Flyboy Wakesurf branded boards. You CAN’T find them anywhere else.

This design will, simply put, make you ride better.

We want to clarify something, it’s not just twitchy, where the board is wildly out of control. We’ve tightened the boards turning radius if you will. If you are of the “push school” of wake energy, you’ll want to ignore the rest of this post, because you’ll just have to develop arguments against what you just saw. For the rest of you that don’t need that conceptualization OR are simply open, what we’ll tell you is that we changed the rocker and the fin pod to work with the upward flow of water forming the wake. For sake of argument, assume that the flow of water is strictly up and what you are planing on is a continuous flow of water up against the bottom of your board. Even as you drive forward, the leading area of your board is always intersecting fresh upward flow.

If the bottom of your board can grab that, harness that energy, no matter what orientation it is in, forward, revert or even sideways, you have the ability to sort of continually move the board forward, regardless of orientation. We’ve changed the bottom concave to not grab the water flow as it is lifting the bottom of the board upward. We’ve also shaped it such that when the board is sort of sideways at 90 degrees to the travel of the boat, it’s not acting like an anchor. Lastly, we spent what seemed like eons playing with the fin pod itself. The fin pod refers to the location and number of fins on the tail. Quad like boards with nubs for fins, rely on break the rear trailers free for surface rotations and rotations beyond 7 sort of require this stalled revert surf forward. That’s not a surface rotation, or typically isn’t allowed or counted as one. So, what you want is like what James is showing, the ability to drive forward as part of the rotation, so that you don’t have that momentary hesitation.

Also, for you, for all of the riders working on become a pro, this change in the fin pod, will have you spinning easily, in fact keeping pace with the boat as it travels forward. Tight, quick rotations AND driving forward, not scrubbing off speed.

Thanks so much for following along, we really appreciate it.

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