Saturday, November 29, 2014

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Ollie 720 weekend!

Authors: Flyboy Wakesurf

Welcome to the first in our ongoing tutorial series. We’re going to create a reference section of tutorials for you of various tricks that you can come back to. Study them as the 2015 season approaches. Each weekend, we’ll feature a new trick and present the video for you, to get you sort of thinking about that trick and kick your weekend off right! Here is a quick screen grab of James mid 720, all styled out.

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Then on Saturday, we’ll present the tutorial, including the video, plus stills we’ll grab from the video to help you focus on specific points that are important in completing the trick. Then on Sunday, for our Facebook fans, and Monday for our Flyboy Wakesurf Blog only readers, we’ll have another episode in our Flyboy Wakesurf Missing Summer series, which should feature the trick we are highlighting, somewhere in that video!

We plan to do the foundation tricks first, working onward into the harder or more complex combinations. Be sure to check back each Friday and thru the weekend, as we present for you a separate trick each weekend!

To get this tutorial weekend started and to get your weekend kicked off right, here is James Walker on his Flyboy Wakesurf branded Signature model.

For our mobile enabled friends, here is a link to that Ollie 720, if the embed above doesn’t work for you.

Be sure to come back tomorrow for the Ollie 720 instructional. If you are working on harder combination tricks, you’ll want to study this foundation trick, here at Flyboy Wakesurf, where we help you ride better.

Thanks so much for following along, we really appreciate it and we hope you are enjoying your Thanksgiving!

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Happy Thanksgiving

Authors: Flyboy Wakesurf

From all of us at Flyboy Wakesurf, to you and yours, we hope that your Thanksgiving Day holiday is filled with the joy of family and friends.


We are taking the day off to be with our family and enjoy the season. We’ll be back tomorrow as we start the 720 weekend! We’ll have a short tutorial on landing an Ollie 720, plus a video demonstrating the trick, so be sure to tune in if you aren’t in a food coma!

Enjoy your holiday.

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Authors: Flyboy Wakesurf

We are rapidly approaching the Thanksgiving holiday and we sure hope that you get the opportunity to spend time with your family and friends.

We wanted to talk about the issues in Ferguson, MO for a minute. We are not just some huge corporate manufacturer without a soul or conscious. It’s just James and Jeff Walker. No board of directors to hide behind or that anonymity that so many folks LOVE. If you read this blog for any amount of time, you’ll come to know we are surely human, with opinions! Anyway, we were deeply affected by the death of Michael Brown. It is beyond tragic. No one argues against that point. We feel for the communities and family that lost a beloved son.

If you do a Google search for “the real issues in Ferguson” you’ll find millions and millions of OpEd pieces. From some notable individuals. Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Supreme Court Justice Ruth Ginsburg, to name just a few. Needless to say they have differing opinions on what is the root of the issues there. Justice Ginsburg refers to a form of segregation as a root cause, former Mayor Giuliani says that the white officer shooting of a black teenager is the exception, that 93% of all black homicide is committed by blacks.

Then we went to another site that focused on the issues surrounding south Asian immigrants and read an interesting article. It can probably best be summarized in this one sentence:

“Remember that the underlying problems that communities of color and immigrants face are similar—structural racism, economic distress, neglected neighborhoods. And give people opportunities to connect with each other to find solutions to these shared challenges.”


We don’t profess to understand the far reaching ramifications of the situation, nor of what transpired on that fateful day.

We don’t doubt that there exists issues in Ferguson. We’ve dealt with folks that are just fine with a situation, because it serves their best interests, so they don’t listen to or pay attention to complaints or differences of opinion. We’ve even read folks that feel the ONLY thing to express are “positive vibes”, damn stoners. Like being one-dimensional is an answer to anything. We also understand the viewpoints of folks like Rudy Giuliani and he makes sense, although we are sure his perspective isn’t popular among many.

We even found one piece that opined it was neither race, nor the police, but instead the revenue generation systems within our communities:

“That’s what I fear too. The problem is not primarily race nor the militarization of the police in this case (though that doesn’t help) but rather the multiplication of authorized revenue-hunters seeking out those especially who can’t afford a lawyer.”


All of these folks are learned peopled, with dramatically diverse opinions. It drives home the point that we all have biases, and our associations and situations form and reinforce those biases. That’s not a bad thing, so long as it’s recognized. We have a difference of opinion, rather than I’m right and you are obviously wrong because you don’t agree with me. Sort of like the two perspectives in the pictures we included. A sort of para-military police force and senseless looting of a liquor store that has NOTHING to do with the issue of justice.

We hope that Michael Brown’s death can create something beneficial in that community, and across America. The unrest there isn’t beneficial, but it does bring attention to what some within the community feel is a real problem.

We are proud of America and the system of justice within our great country. It’s not perfect and Lord knows there are countless examples of injustice perpetrated by it. We do believe it is better than any other and we support it, and this great country of ours. We feel deeply for the loss felt in that community and we pray for the family and friends of Michael Brown, and also that the community can find a way to resolve the tensions and create a better, stronger community.

Thanks so much for following along, we appreciate it.

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Flyboy Wakesurf Brand preview and more construction

Authors: Flyboy Wakesurf

We’ve done a little more on the construction of the documentation build and then we also want to show you a little preview of a second construction that we’ll soon be offering. We won’t go into too much detail in this post, but we will very shortly.

The top deck side of the Flyboy Wakesurf Branded James Walker signature model has a 6 oz carbon fiber layer, beneath the bamboo decking. This layer also wraps the rails, and continues on the bottom just to a fraction of an inch under the bottom bottom bamboo layer.

We start all of this with a a huge piece of Carbon Fiber!

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We realigned the fabric after this picture, it’s kinda heavy so wanted to slip off the blank before we could snap a pic, so we moved it over. We’ll get two pieces out of this section of cloth plus a reinforcement patch. Once we have it all aligned we start cutting! We want the fabric to overlap the rails and down under the bottom, so we allow for that extra area.

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Carbon fiber is a really stiff and thick fabric and wants to sort of spring back to it’s original shape, which ISN’T wrapped around the rails! In a molding environment, stiff fabric or fabric that has to be pushed into a vertical surafce, where gravity would cause it to fall of the surface, gets a dusting of 3M spray glue to hold the material in place, at least until resin can be applie, or the project placed under vacuum to consolidate the fabric to the underlying structure. We use that technique to hold our carbon fiber in place and to make sure that everything is perfectly aligned.

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We also use that squeegee to push the fabric down against the core of the board. Carbon Fiber really needs some form of vacuum assisted lamination techniques. It’s so stiff and thick that in order to get a good quality lamination, it needs the constant pressure from the vacuum to consolidate it tightly against the core.

One of the issues in many molded boards is excess resin. That resin gets trapped in between layers and doesn’t add any benefit to the board. The best practice is to add only the amount of resin needed and no more. High end molded products typically use pre-preg reinforcement fabrics, where the resin is introduced into the fabric before it’s shipped to the builder. This way the perfect amount of resin and ONLY that amount is included in the fabric. Once it’s inside the mold, the whole product is heated which causes the pre-preg fabric/resin to start curing. No excess resin and a perfect bond. Most molded boards don’t go through that expense or trouble and that is one reason that molded products get a bad name. Probably deserved, but not because of the process.

This board is uses a vacuum assisted approach, but it’s not technically molded. We bond each layer separately to insure that just the right amount of resin is used, not too little and not too much. It’s exceptionally time consuming, but there isn’t any other way to insure that the correct amount of resin is used, that everything is bonded appropriately and that we have a uniform distribution of resin and material all across the surface. We may not have talked about it adequately, but part of what the concave deck does, is balance the stiffness of the board across both the top and bottom. We get a uniform stiffness, so that the underlying shape can manage the flex and break strength. Engineered, if you’ll allow us that term. Back on topic, in order to do the secondary bonding, we need a rough surface. There are two type of bonds, chemical and mechanical.

We move through the process rather quickly, to insure that we still maintain a chemical bond between layers, but we also impart a rough surface between bonds to insure a good mechanical bond. We use peel ply for this step. It helps remove excess resin and also leaves a tiny pattern in the cured resin. It is preferred over sanding, because it is uniform everywhere and doesn’t leave a thin area of resin, as when sanding, so that everything is uniform across the entire surface.

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We drape the peel ply over the entire project and then cut it roughly to shape, with enough excess that all of the wet out reinforcement fabric is covered. When the peel ply is removed, it leaves a matt like finish, rather than the typical gloss we are accoustomed to with carbon fiber. This is what that looks like, after the peel ply is removed and the epoxy has cured.

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Ok, so that’s it for the construction details for today, we’ll get back to it in a little bit. We wanted to introduce you to a new construction process that we’ll be offering, in addition to the MONDO Beast Mode construction we are showcasing in this build thread.

As you’ve seen in this build thread, it’s crazy complicated, labor intensive and time consuming. Which also results in increased cost. This product, the “Premium Construction” will be one of those: If you have to ask, you can’t afford it, OR if you have to ask if you can make use of the technology, you can’t. We are the brutally honest, a no bullshit board company. We don’t want you to buy the higher end MONDO BEAST MODE construction if you can’t use it or afford it. There are tons of good boards out there that will work just fine for you. The board were are documenting, IS NOT of that genre. We won’t push it on you. Most likely if you call or send an email asking if it’s suitable for you, we’ll steer you away from it. We know! It’s crazy, but we aren’t about selling a gazillion boards, or selling that board to “sorta good” riders. That’s not our market, this board isn’t designed for those folks, other manufacturers meet that need really well. This will be for the select few that can use the technology and that appreciate the value…all three of you. :)

We also will have a LESS than MONDO BEAST MODE construction. Less labor intensive and robust, but of a quality and construction that will allow high end riders to feel the difference. We’ll describe the construction and performance attributes at a later date, but here is a quick glimpse of the board and construction. You can see it next to James’ contest board at the beginning of last season.

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We should point out one thing, the sort of jagged line around the carbon fiber perimeter frame, is just a pinline. This is a final prototype, for testing purposes. We plan to use pinlines between the clear foam area and carbon fiber, but that takes forever to dry and we didn’t have that much time with the season quickly coming to an end! We’re trying to take this board out this weekend, if we can beat the forecast rain!

Anyway, we’ll have the MONDO BEAST MODE Premium Construction and this slightly toned down version, which will also cost less! Not cheap, by any means, but it’s not a pop-out either. Both boards will be built 100% in the USA using quality materials available only here in the USA. We are excited to get back to hand built, in the USA boards!

Ok, that’s all for today, thanks so much for following along, we really appreciate it.

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