Authors: Flyboy Wakesurf
In wakesurfing, we don’t really have obstacles at all. We’ve had this winch that we have used to pull folks up on a Flyboy Wakesurf board, but mostly that was just going really really fast! It was fun to carve and such, but we had never hit any form of obstacle with a Flyboy Wakesurf board.
Our buddy, Sheldon, recently dug out his backyard!!!! and added a winching pond. Mostly, of course, for wakeskates and wakeboards, but we always knew that a Flyboy Wakesurf board could hit a rail and survive, and we wanted to demonstrate that! Plus how nuts is that? We are all about crazy!
Now, rails when you hit them at winching speeds are pretty abusive to wakesurf boards. Heck they’re abusive to wakeboards too! The winch is a lawnmower sized engine and a huge spool that wraps somewhere in teh area of 1,000 feet of wakeboard rope and a handle. So as the line starts winding up, you’re traveling at wakeboard speeds! Hitting a solid wood rail at that speed is pretty rough on a wakesurf board, to say the least. Heck, let’s just call it wjat it is: ABUSIVE!
So of course we had to try that!
When James got the invite to help test out Sheldon’s new pond, and put a rail in we sent him off with a Flyboy Wakesurf board and also instructions to get pictures!
We captioned this picture: Winch? Check. Wetsuit? Check. Wakeskate? Check. Flyboy? Wait…what?
A wakesurf board at speed is NOTHING like a wakeskate at speed. Plus, you’ll note in the picture that we removed the fins. At $70 a pop we didn’t want to break them! Anyway, when ridden finless the Flyboy Wakesurf board lacks something…like control! Anyway, James Walker was crazy enough to give it a shot.
Right? Isn’t that the best water you’ve ever seen?
Sinking the supports for the rail!
James Walker is an amazingly talented rider with a well rounded background in board sports. He was able to successfully coax the Flyboy Wakesurf board up and on to the rail.
We super-sized that picture so that you can see some of the details of the Flyboy Wakesurf board on the rail.
The expression on James face is priceless! Definately not the easiest thing to hit a rail with, but the point being, it handles abusive treatment. We would never suggest that you use a Flyboy Wakesurf board as your main rail weapon. Instead, we wanted to demonstrate the durability of the Flyboy Wakesurf board construction. Indestructible? No, but with reasonable care and if you aren’t on a mission to destroy it, it sure holds up well. Care for your wakesurf boards and they’ll give you many years of service, especially the composite sandwich construction used in the Flyboy Wakesurf board…stands up to hitting rails like a wakeskate, welllllll, at least in the short run.
When we get the board back, we’ll post up pictures of the bottom for your inspection.
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