Authors: Flyboy Wakesurf
Wasn’t the video in the last post a hoot? We thought it would be fun to show the Flyboy Wakesurf board’s surf style paddling in “ability” and being surfed at Steamers Lane in Santa Cruz and on a bad day too! Nothing says Surf Style wakesurf board like paddling in and surfing!
We want to congratulate Adriana B. for answering correctly, along with a bunch of others, and having her name drawn from a hat!
We asked folks to name just one thing that is different about surfing in the ocean and surfing behind the boat and of course there’s way more than just one answer! We got tons of really good answers and we really wish that we had a ton of prizes to give away because everyone that answered deserves a prize!
Here are just some of the great answers we got in that contest:
No paddling and no getting trashed by a huge wave in wakesurfing
Riding an ocean wave you are going same direction as water. Behind boat you are going against water.
Ocean waves are much larger and have lots more mass to move the surfer. Ocean does not use a rope to get started. No boat fumes in the face when ocean surfing. No ballast needed for ocean surfing.
Ocean waves are different everyday and sometimes alot. Boat waves are mostly the same and lots smaller. Ya don;t need a boat for ocean waves – just a board.
Popping up! Those big fins on the surfboards, no skim style =[
The biggest difference between surfing the ocean and behind a boat….I surf the ocean all day and get two minutes of riding time….behind the boat I get two minutes just warming up for the first ride!
The ocean wave is always moving you forward toward shore once you catch it. Wake surfing you MUST fundamentally follow the boat or the wake/wave gets soft.
You don’t have to worry about getting chewed up by the reef when you wipeout behind a boat.
We’ll bet you had some great answers too! Now don’t forget we are coming up on the grand prize question and it will be in the next week. Everyone will be eligible to win even if you won one of the lead in questions. So be sure to answer and check the Flyboy Wakesurf blog and the Flyboy Wakesurf facebook page because some lucky individual is going to walk away with a still in the box Inland Surfer Flyboy Division James Walker signature model wakesurf board. That’s a retail value of $950! Even if you weigh 350 pounds and can’t ride the wakesurf board you need to enter, because you could sell that baby or give it to some hot chick to ride. That’s almost a $$$GRAND! But also, this is the premiere contest level wakesurf board on the market. Composite sandwich construction for the lightest, stiffest most responsive wakesurf board available. Full Carbon Fiber perimeter frame and the quality construction you’ve come to trust from Inland Surfer. Quite frankly, riding this Inland Surfer Flyboy Division James Walker signature model wakesurf board will make you a better wakesurfer! You’ll have a better summer and get back that stoked feeling when you first started wakesurfing!
Now that we’ve spent all that time on the contest we really should talk about the original topic! You may remember that we had started a wakesurf board build with some left over Basswood that we found. As we thought about that project more and more, we just couldn’t get thrilled by it. We’ve been there and done that years and years ago and swapping Basswood for Balsa just seemed pedestrian.
SO, instead we started thinking about how we could change or improve the construction technique so that the resultant wakesurf board was more “connected.” That’s an awful term, but what we have applied in the past is this component structure where we used what we felt were the best components for the specific areas of the wakesurf board. We still embrace that concept, but we’d like to have the parts interact better or maybe more uniformly. We all know that for a given thickness or width carbon fiber is significantly stiffer than fiberglass in the same resin matrix. This allows us to use LESS of the carbon fiber than fiberglass to achieve the same desired degree of stiffness.
That’s all good and well but what happens when we are transferring energy or loads from carbon fiber to some other material that is less stiff? There is a concentrated weak area at that junction, isn’t there? The carbon fiber being significant stiff just transfers the load until something less stiff gets all the energy. So one way to manage that is to spread the load over a larger area, so that by the time it gets to the less stiff area, some of the energy or load has dissipated. Also using bit and pieces of carbon fiber as an aid in transferring that load MIGHT be helpful.
So we are going to put our Basswood project on the back burner for now and start designing a more “cooperative” wakesurf board!
Thanks so much for following along and participating in our Flyboy Wakesurf surf style give away contest, we appreciate you taking the time out of your busy day!
Just a reminder, sometime in the next week we’ve got the grand prize in our Flyboy Wakesurf Huge and First Annual Surf Style giveaway question coming, so don’t miss out, be sure to check back daily and visit our facebook page and also our Youtube channel!