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Final touches on the skimmer

Authors: Flyboy Wakesurf

We are almost done with the skimmer project, all that’s left is to install the fin and attach the Agenda traction!

So we probably should have installed the fin before lamination and paint, but…we had our minds on other things! So now we are doing it post-paint! We use some blue painters tape to to mask over the area where we will be installing the fin, for a few reason. One is to save our amazing paint! The other is to give us something to write on as we align the fin and mark out the points we need to drill. Typically skimmer fins have three points that require drilling. The thru bolt and the two alignment studs.

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It’s a little hard to see, but we mark the three locations and then drill into the foam using the drill in the upper right of the screen. One thru and the other two just about 1/4 of an inch deep.

skimmer 2

On the deck side of the board we counter-sink the hole for the through bolt.

Next up is to attach the Agenda traction, one of James’ sponsor and makers of the best wakesurf traction EVER! :)

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You’ll remember in the discussion yesterday that we wanted the traction as far back as possible. This agenda traction is really easy to work with. Don’t be afraid to cut it to your particular needs. We took out a saw and then a pair of scissors to make the fit perfect!

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Ok, all outfitted and ready for a test run! We’ll hopefully get it out over the weekend.

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We are most likely going to take the long weekend off, we hope you folks can also! We’ll see you back here bright and early on Tuesday! Thanks so much for following along, we really appreciate it.

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Gold!

Authors: Flyboy Wakesurf

We wanted to use gold leaf, but that is so crazy expensive and pretty hard to apply. So we just used gold paint! This is the final test board of our Flyboy Skim.

Gold!

It’s not a very good picture, but the vast expanse is gold paint and then the red’ish color has hues of red and orange. You can’t really see the color changes in the picture above.

We wanted to talk a bit about the blunted off tail. We’ve used that in the Flyboy James walker signature model for years, in fact it existed in the TWP James Walker signature model long before it was sort of copied and used in other boards. The blunting concept started with Shoreline Lakeboards. Their initial purpose was to eliminate the pointed nose of the surf style board to avoid damage to boats or worse, a person!

But it does something else, too. It allows the outline of the board to be made such that it handles and behaves like a bigger board, then trimming the nose off makes the overall length shorter, but the board still handles/rides like a bigger board! It’s really genius. Bigger/longer boards offer more forgiveness in terms of offering a greater planing surface. In landing a trick, if it’s just a tad off or sketchy, it takes way more skill to land it on a smaller board. That’s not recognized in contests, it’s not a judging factor, but it’s a huge differentiating effect. More IS better in that instance.

Now the other thing that the blunt on the tail does is allow you to move your rear foot and traction backwards some. You know that the width of the kick pad is one of the limiting factors on your placement of the tail pad. As the tail of the board gets pulled in, at some point, the kick pad will be wider than the outline and so that becomes the effective limit on where you can place the traction. BUT, further back gives you more leverage on the tail of the board. It’s like a lever, the closer to the end the more pronounced the effect of the lever will be.

We hope to be able to get out on the board over the weekend, we’ll see. The drought is so severe in our state that the water level in our lake is just a fraction of what it should be. BUT, the boat traffic isn’t! More boats in less water and there are so many high spots and tree stumps that are showing up now, so it’s really even less effective boating area. Makes it hard to ride or surf. We hate surfing dangerously or swamping smaller boats, so we try to stay way out of the way…but now there is no way out of the way, we are all sort of just in what’s left over!

Thanks for following along, we really appreciate it.

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James Walker back big on his Flyboy

Authors: Flyboy Wakesurf

Man it’s been crazy here at Flyboy this week, crazy decisions that need to be made and negotiations that we thought had been resolved three times before, keep coming up, like a bad penny! Tired of that shit as it’s never ending and also not our problem. Don’t you hate when folks MAKE it your problem? Three GD times! There is an old saying, you only get one trip to the well…well we allowed two extra. Just feels awful and devaluing and really out-of-control.

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Anyway, we don’t have much for you today! So we thought we’d share a fun little stylized back big and some sequence shots. We used the “moon” filter on Instagram to make it black and white and that was fun. If you get a chance to go look at our Instagram page, it’s a fun little filter.

So here is that video snippet of James Walker landing a backside big spin.

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

That was fun, if short.

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We’ve also placed a group of sequence shots in a Flyboy Flickr album that you can study if you like.

Hopefully we’ll calm down around the Flyboy shop here in a day or two and we can get back on task! Thanks so much for following along, we really appreciate it.

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