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  • 2014 Slingshot Skim Bender Wakesurf Review

    Our Buyer John Vincent has been in the watersports industry for over 15 years. He's seen wakesurfing pick up steam over the last decade to become the fastest growing aspect of our sport. Here's his review of the 2014 Slingshot Skim Bender Wakesurf Board.

    "Recently we took some of the Slingshot Wakesurf Board's out at Prineville Reservoir in Central Oregon.

    One of the boards I had been excited to try was the Slingshot Skim Bender. I really enjoy the skim style boards and I don't think they get enough credit in the industry. The board I used was the 56" version. I am 5'10" and 155 lbs. and was riding behind a moderately weighted 2004 Malibu Wakesetter VLX. I could have easily ridden the 52", but I wasn't sure what the wake would be like, so I opted for the bigger board.

    Slingshot Skim Bender Wakesurf BoardThe board was easy to keep under your feet for a deep water start and rose out of the water super easy. It was also easy to get up with your feet resting on the top of the board as well if you can't deep water start.

    Now keep in mind that this was my first set of the year. What I noticed immediately was how fast this board is. I could get way back in the wake and instantly generate speed to the platform. I also noticed that if I was aggressive on my edging and carving the board wanted to stuff the nose in the water. i shifted my weight back and as I warmed up this went away. I did wipe out a few times if I didn't concentrate on keeping my weight back.

    Because this board generated so much speed I could stall out on the top of the wake frontside and backside and easily get back in the wave. I could also carve out to the trough and back which you can't do on a lot of boards unless the wake is huge. I rode the board as a tri fin and would have liked the single fin set up, but I like a board that feels loose on the water, so I can rely on the edges. You can ride it as a tri, dual or single fin.

    My overall opinion on the board was that it was fantastic. This board was confidence inspiring because of the speed it generated and definitely made me push my abilities. It put a smile on my face and everyone else that rode it. If I was Slingshot I would add some rocker in the nose for 2015, and some smaller fin options, but I will keep you posted as I will definitely ride this board again and behind a heavily weighted boat."

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    2014 Slingshot Skim Bender 56" Wakesurf Board

    Fin Setup: 3 fins

    Rider Weight: 155lbs.

    Boat:  2004 Malibu VLX

    Ballast Setup: 1x 750 Straight Line Tankbuster Upgrade, Center Factory MLS (Full), 350 Straight Line Big Bag in Bow

    Prop: ACME 2079

    Elevation: 3,200

    Water Temp: 67

    Push:  8/10

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  • 2014 Ronix Wake Blem Wakesurf Boards

    We just received a limited amount of Blem Ronix Wakesurf Boards on our second order. These boards perform just like factory firsts, but they may have some slight visual blemishes on the finished surface. If you're interested in saving some money on a new wakesurf board check out our selection below. Act fast, because we only have a few available in each size.

    2014-ronix-koal-fish-wakesurf_1Ronix Koal Fish Wakesurf Board-Blem - $494.99

    The Ronix Koal has been the most popular wakesurf board in the line for the last few seasons because of it's versatile shape and design. From beginners just learning how to drop the rope, all the way to seasoned pro's, the Koal Fish is ready for fun. Three removable fins give you the option to ride it with a more "locked-in" feel or remove the two outside fins for a looser and more playful performance behind the boat. If you are looking for a board that will work for almost everyone on your boat, the Koal Fish is the right fit for riding the endless wave behind your boat.

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    Ronix Parks Carbon Thruster Wakesurf Board-Blem - $629.99

    Parks Bonifay has been known to hit the salty waterways off the coast of Florida to hang ten. The latest edition of his pro model Wakesurf Board, the Parks Carbon Thruster took some cues from its oceanic brothers. If you want a fast-charging board with almost unlimited fin configurations, this is what you've been looking for all along. The Parks Carbon's lightweight carbon construction and unique rail design give this board the fastest and most reactive ride in the whole Ronix line.

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    Ronix One Carbon Skimmer Wakesurf Board-Blem - $584.99

    Always striving to be better, Danny Harf and Ronix went back to the drawing board this off-season and tweaked the design of the One Carbon Skimmer to make it even better. The new skate inspired concaved top deck gives you a better grip and overall feel while you're airing out of the wake and mastering your 360's and shuv-its. We also like the One Carbon because it features a fin box at the tip and tail giving you the ability to ride switch without sacrificing a ton of performance and maneuverability.

     

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    Ronix Koal Power Tail Wakesurf Board -Blem - $521.99

    The Ronix Koal Power Tail is one of our favorite surfers for 2014. We first tested it at Radar Lake  last summer and we were blown away by the performance. The wide tail design makes this short board ride and feel much larger than it actually is. This means that a 200lb. person could easily ride on this board without sacrificing float. An over-sized tail shape also means that the Koal Power Tail is great for people that have a smaller wake.

     

     
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  • Tech Tuesday #8: Wakesurf Board Construction Styles Explained

    Tech Tuesday WakeMAKERS

    Wakesurfing has quickly become the fastest growing watersport over the last few years. This explosion has also meant that more and more companies are investing in R&D and coming out with better construction methods and more advanced shapes. All of these different brands, shapes, and construction designs can be confusing if you're not sure how they all work. In todays edition of Tech Tuesday we are going to cover the 3 basic wakesurf construction types. This information should help you make a better informed decision about what type of wakesurf board you should purchase for your riding level and wake size.

    If you have any additional questions, please feel free to talk with one of our experts at (888) 338-6085 or email us at sales@wakemakers.com.

    Compression Molded

    Designed for riders that are new to the sport or naturally put their boards through more abuse. These boards offer the best value and amazing durability. Compression molding is the same technique that's used to build wakeboards, so it's easy to see why these boards are more durable than a foam and glass surfboard constructed style.

    Beginners usually opt for compression molded boards because they ride a bit slower and are more controlled behind the boat. Compression molded boards are less responsive than surf constructed boards and heavier, so they are generally regarded as a board for beginners to learn on. One of the benefits to buying a compression molded board is the fact that most of these boards fit in a traditional wake or surf rack on your boat. The thicker and more fragile surf style boards typically don't fit in racks or they can easily be damaged in rough water.

    Once you've mastered getting up and surfing without the rope you'll want to progress to a surf constructed board for better performance.

    Liquid Force Fish Rail

    Recommended Compression Molded Wakesurf Boards

    Liquid Force Fish Wakesurf Board $299.99 (Pictured Above)

    Ronix Cortez Wakesurf Board $349.99

    Liquid Force TC Custom Skim Wakesurf Board $499.99

    Epoxy Fiberglass/ Surfboard Construction

    Surf constructed boards are typically made from foam and then glassed over. These boards are similar to what you would see people using for ocean surfing. Surf style boards are faster, lighter, and more fragile than compression molded boards and they're the favorite for intermediate to advanced riders. These surfers have more float and are thicker which can make them too large to fit in a rack. What the boards might lack in durability they more than make up for in performance and speed.

    Surf Constructed boards are generally more expensive than compression molded surfers because they take additional time to build and the materials cost more.

    Ronix Koal Rail

    Recommended Surf Construction Wakesurf Boards

    Ronix Koal Fish Wakesurf Board $549.99 (Pictured Above)

    Liquid Force Custom Fiver Wakesurf Board  $579.99

    Ronix Koal Power Tail Wakesurf Board $579.99

    Hybrid Construction

    The newest construction style for wakesurfing borrows some popular technology from our ocean-bound brethren. If you've ever taken surfing lessons before there's a good chance you've used a board with a softer foam top and a slick base. These boards are durable, easy on the wallet and a great option to add to your wakesurfing quiver.

    Hybrid construction boards blend together multiple construction methods. A good example of this is the Ronix Marsh Mellow Thrasher because it features a soft foam top and compression molded construction. These boards are great for beginners and kids because it gives them a more forgiving platform to learn on and it can also helps protect the back of your boat in the occurrence that a rider shoots the board into it.

    Ronix Mellow Thrasher Rail

    Recommended Hybrid Construction Wakesurf Boards

    Ronix Marsh "Mellow" Thrasher Wakesurf Board $369.99 (Pictured Above)

    Ronix Women's Marsh "Mellow" Thrasher Wakesurf Board $369.99

  • Ronix Koal Power Tail Wakesurf Board | 4'11" Now In Stock

    Chad Sharpe Riding the Koal PowerTail

    The 4'11 Ronix Koal Power Tail Wakesurf Boards just arrived at our warehouse last night. Be one of the first people in the country to get the larger size Koal Power Tail before they sell out!

    The industry has been buzzing about the 2014 Koal Power Tail for a few good reasons. We had the opportunity to test-ride the 2014 Power Tail at Radar Lake last summer and it quickly became our favorite board in the line. It may look undersized, but it performs like a much bigger board behind the boat. A 200 pound rider will feel at home on the 4'5" or 4'11" KP  because of its increased surfaced area throughout the tail of the board and the built-in kick pad will help during re-entry's and aerials.

    Three removable fins give you the option to change up the grip and tracking of the board. Use all three for a more "locked-in" feel or just keep the center fin for a looser and more playful ride on the wake.

    The Bottom Line

    If you're looking for a surfer with the float of a Duke Longboard and the slashing ability of a Thruster, the 2014 Koal Power Tail is a perfect fit.

    2014 Ronix Koal Powertail Wakesurf Board

    2014 Ronix Koal Power Tail Wakesurf Board $579.99

     

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