Posts Tagged ‘wakeboard’

In light of MACkiteboarding now offering Slingshot Wakeboards, here are some of their best tearing up Hydrous Wake Park in Texas.

In this episode of Viva La Texica members of the Slingshot team hit the ShredTown Park and Hydrous Wake Park for a little fun.

Check out our wakeboard selection to pick up on of their board for a smoking good price.  http://www.mackiteboarding.com/wakeboards/

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In this episode of Viva La Texica members of the Slingshot team hit Texas Ski Ranch for a fun morning session before hours with the crew. After that they head south in the RV to Wake Nation to see what kind of trouble they can get into.

 

kiteboarding boots vs. strapsKiteboarding is a derivative of wakeboarding. Yes, there’s a dramatic difference between the pull, but wakeboarding has been and continues to be a strong influence to the kite side of things. I’m sure most of you have seen a board or two on the beach with a set of wakeboard bindings, or boots, mounted up. Although most riders prefer straps, curiosity is taking kiteboarders over to the dark side by the masses – and for good reason!

If you’re capable of riding upwind and performing simple jumps and transitions – you’re ready for boots! Yes, it adds a slight bit of difficulty to your launching/landing situation. Yes, it can be difficult in direct on-shore conditions with waves. Once you get past the learning curve, you’ll be able to ride with more power and style than before.

Straps allow for much greater range of motion than boots, which creates a slight decrease of leverage on the board. They also can have the tendency to release when not desired, making for an interesting situation.

Personally, I come from a snowboarding and wakeboarding background – I find the locked feeling of boots while kiting to be much more comforting. Look at PKRA podiums for the past few years – you’ll see that more and more of the world’s top level talent tossing their straps in the trash in exchange for boots. Youri Zoon, Alex Pastor, and Alberto Rondina to name a few.

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If you don’t already know Chris be sure to do some research.  Bobrick is one of the nicest guys on the water and rips with the best kiteboarders in the world.  “Ricky Bobby” is on fire and lookout for him this year on the PKRA world tour.  He has also been known to dominate Musical Chairs and makeshift skateboard gaps at Christmas parties.

Video and Edit by our own Ryan Goloversic

Kite or Wake, At some point this happens to everyone.  The Scorpion toeside catch.  Pay attention to the double binding eject…. Ouch

The Slingshot Board factory.  Hand built in the USA

Let me also note that the Resin-X used in these boards was developed and produced by a Michigan rider.

Resin-X is a pricey resin but it has higher elasticity, better reflex, low VOC’s, non-toxic, and has no carcinogens.  It is also made using corn and potato byproducts from US farmers, so it supports our agriculture as well as being environmentally responsible.  Wow!

 

So what is the difference between kiteboards and wakeboards?

The easy answer is…Rocker.
Rocker is the amount of curvature along the bottom of the board.  Wakeboards have around 3 inches of rocker while most kiteboards have around 1 inch.  Wakeboards are designed with more rocker to handle the speed at which they operate.  When wakeboarding a typical speed will be around 30mph.  At that speed, wakeboards need all that rocker to produce drag so that they can get on edge and turn.  A kiteboarder typically is traveling across the water at around 15-20 mph and will need a more efficient (flater) board in order to stay moving along on top of the water (also called planning).

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