We have a short video that we want to show you, because you won’t believe your eyes. Ok, we’ll jump to two pictures that we want you to see then to the video.
Have you ever found yourself in this position? Up on the table, sinking ever so slowly as the boat races away from you? Of course you have, we all have. Your board is completely underwater and you’re done right? Just like on James’ expression.
Ever start in the position like in the picture above, with your board completely underwater and you’re sinking down…and wind up like the next picture?
Right? Are you skeptical? We don’t blame you, there is so much bull in this industry you’re wise to question EVERYTHING! What is that saying, show me the money! We will do just that! Next up is the video segment, but we’ve also posted all of the sequence shots into a separate Flyboy Wakesurf Flickr Album, we called it Air 3 to Floater to Submarine. Just for fun.
Ok, now the video. Air 3 to floater to submarine to recovery
For our mobile enabled friends, here is a link to that air 3 thru sumbarine video, if the embed above doesn’t work for you.
Ok, so now the back story.
Yesterday we mentioned the incredible maneuverability of the newest Flyboy design. We’ve been working on it for years and years and finally have it ready for prime time. So we said, lets do something fun, lets have James do an air 3 to floater. That last turn up and into the table will be ridiculously tight, but will really demonstrate how effectively this board can turn, without being out of control, in a really fun light-hearted way. What we haven’t shared with you yet is the ability of this board to ride even BETTER revert.
Competitive wakesurfing in all contests and all tours is sort of schizophrenic. Surf style boards are directional. Doesn’t matter what your outline is like, we have huge ass fins. Anyway, skimmers aren’t directional, twin tip, tiny little barely there fin. Skimmers are designed to be ridden both forward and revert. So what gets rewarded heavily at all those contests in the surf style divisions? Non-directional tricks. Shuvs, etc.
Dear God, it’s like showing up for your first day of college and the course you’ve enrolled in is American History. You have your history book and note pad all ready and when you get to class, there are 50 easels spread around the room and the professor has on the overhead projector, Oil Painting 1A. You are sort of all weirded out, checking your class listing, checking the classroom number and the building and finally you approach the professor with a puzzeled: sorry to bother you prof, but the University has me attending American History at this time and in this room. AND he says, It is american history, I just prefer oil painting. Now sit down.
So the oil painters in the classroom excel and the rest of the class is all – wth? It’s a convoluted mess, right?
If you are riding in a surf style division, without any definition or judging criteria, you’re foolish to just assume riding your surf style board like a well…SURF F’ING BOARD, would be the right thing to do! You silly goose! It’s Oil Painting! The scoring criteria, fully subjective is your clue. Find what the judges are preferring, because it’s not based upon how well you ride YOUR style, it’s how well you ride to THEIR preferred style. If you aren’t doing that…If you aren’t becoming a homogeneous ME TOO! Knockoff, you aren’t going to score well.
Fact of life.
So, shuvs and body varials and those combinations are about non-directional riding. Makes sense that if that is the style you have to ride too, that our board needs to be more non-directional.
So we did that.
It would have been so much easier if the powers that be had just said that, rather than being vague and without any accountability. Just say it, we prefer all these skim tricks, design for that. So, your surf style board needs to ride revert, better. Right? So, that’s easy to fix. It just would have been so much better if it wasn’t this weird secret like dealio. Maybe folks like secrets?
So like we said, we did that. BUT, you know what else that did? It’s so wild, it generates lift not only when being ridden backwards/revert, it does it as the board is sort of sinking. It captures more of the lifting forces from the wake and creates a form of lift and allows the board to be driven, or ridden out of just the wildest situations.
Guess what that means for you?! C’mon guess! This new Flyboy is HARDER to fail on! WTH?! It’s just a side benefit of what we were trying to achieve, but think about your riding. Right? That’s how you fall all the damn time isn’t it? Slowly drifting out the back until you sink. What if, as you started to do that, you actually started generating enough lift that you could power out of the wake? Be honest, that’s the most cool thing ever! Now James is one of the best riders in the world, but this board generates lift in revert and also sort of when sinking. YOU can use that.
Let’s revisit that first picture. What do you do from THAT place? Most just give up and sink, right? Been there done that a BUNCH of times. If you had your Wheaties for breakfast and are feeling super spunky, but your board is really sllloooowwww maybe you can drop and paddle back out, but as far underwater as that board was, when you dropped you’d probably just sink, everything. OR…with this new Flyboy, how about just hanging on and punching through the wake back into the pocket?
Hell Ya! to that last option!
From Damn it!
To wait, what?
You’ve got to be kidding me, right?
Oh hell yes he did!
Did you see it? Yeah, it’s hard to see. We really envy those folks with several thousand dollar cameras and flying whatchamagiggies, but we’re just us. We’re lucky to even get the stuff on a video, yet alone mega dollar productions! Anyway, so we took the pertinent segment out and repeated it 3 times, hopefully that makes it clearer. Watch the board sort of buoy up.
We didn’t forget out mobile enabled friends!
Is that the coolest thing ever? Now remember, this isn’t FLOAT. Once you add a rider to a wakesurf board, they sink. There isn’t enough buoyancy to float a rider and the board…well maybe if it was a SUP, but this is a tiny little board. Also, those crazy thick super buoyant boards are impossible to sink a rail with unless you’re on a steady diet of steroids. Who needs a board fighting you to lay over into a turn. As you saw, this board sinks just fine and dandy! You’ll have no trouble laying over a rail, rather than cursing the damn corkiness of a too thick board.
It looks like James is sort of wakesurfing backwards, but what’s actually happening is that he is sort of just staying in one place. He caught the lip going around and stalled it…then, he started to sink and did you see it lift back up???!!! How would that help your surfing if when you started to sink, you generated enough lift to save your trick? Is that money, or what? Hell, do a shuv and body varial after and call it a new trick!!!! Ok, there are some other changes going on in there also, not like anti-gravity or anti-matter or anything, just shaping for what is required of surf style riders and we came across this side benefit!
So anyway, we figured you might prefer a board that you can just ride out of awkward positions, we know that we do. Sinking is all well and good on hot days and who doesn’t like getting prone and wallowing around in the water from time to time, but for the vast majority of time, we kinda like just riding away from it.
We’ll be bringing you more about this new Flyboy Wakesurf brand signature model in the coming weeks, but we wanted to share with you this fun little vid…air 3 to floater to submarine! Oh! and to recovery!
Thanks so much for following along, we REALLY appreciate it.
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