Feb
27

Sick powder day @ Stowe Mountain Resort!

 

Sep
12

Riding the Flyboy Prototype Behind My New 2011 Supreme V226

Finally got a decent video with my buddy’s GoPro, wanted to share it with the world!

Riding on Saturday, had about 10mph winds blowing and just barely 70 degrees! Cannot express how stoked I am with my wave! Everything fills up in less than 5 minutes, there are NO sacks on the seat and the boat has much-less of a lean-on than my older V220.

We’re running at 10.7 mph in the video, riding the prototype Flyboy that I’m testing out and providing feedback to Jeff Walker. This board is so fun…it’s a little slower and “softer” than the production version of Inland Surfer Flyboy. It’s also GREAT for the bigger kids (220+ lbs)…everyone that has riden this board behind my V226 has proclaimed to have “their best session EVER!” and I concur.

I kept overspinning my 3’s, but feeling like I’m getting them dialed in more! A new boat + new wave + new board and I feel like I’ve had to re-learn half the sport!! The airs are getting BIGGER! The landings are SUPER smooth on this board…soft, squashed tail just lets you come down the wave so easy. All my weight is back…versus the front-heavy ride of boards like the Shred Stixx Hazen Custom (which I pulled out and rode ONE time over the weekend, but then put it back in the rack due to the love of the speed and ease of riding these Flyboy boards!).

Shout out to Jeff & James Walker for building some incredible fun boards! Thanks again guys for letting our crew be part of your testing process…hopefully our feedback helps shape future board design & technology!

For those that can’t get their hands on a handmade version, DEFINITELY hit up the guys at Inland Surfer and pick up a Flyboy if you’re looking to add a new smile to your face behind the boat!

Sep
01

A few pics of the new Supreme V226

I’ve been holding off posting pics cause as I knew as soon as I did everyone would want to see how the wave looked…I’m 6.5 hours away from breaking the engine in, and if I take the day off tomorrow we should be surfing by mid-day Friday or Saturday if I get stuck working! With that said, here’s a few of the pics.

Let me just say, this boat is HUGE! The width, the gunwale height…you’ll see from the pic that you can fit your entire fist under the platform and it’s still not touching the water, versus my old boat that was sitting way lower. We tossed a few people on the rear sundeck for fun and the wave looked pretty damn nice and long…so I’m really excited to see what the stock 1100 lb system plus the 1000 lb surf sac and the 400lbs of LeadWake.com lead sacs (8 of them x 50lbs). The boat comes stock with 5 plumbed tsunami pumps…plus I had them add 1 Jabsco pump and the cool thing is that I have enough hose where I can just run them to the other (starboard) side and fill the same sack over there with the Jabsco (I’ll just cap off the top instead of venting it like I have set up for the port side).

Looking forward to sharing some wave & surf pics this weekend…until then, still breakin’ her in!

  

 

Aug
10

The Inland Surfer Flyboy: First Ride = HUGE Smile :)

OK…so where do I begin?  First, I need to apologize to the crew @ Inland Surfer for getting on their case about the delay in shipment on the Flyboys!  Next, I wanted to say thanks to Jeff & James Walker @ Flyboy Wakesurf for putting in an amazing amount of R&D into an amazing board.  The wait was well worth it, so let me get to the review!

Mitch from California Marine Sports gave me a call two weeks ago and let me know he had an extra Flyboy on hand, and that he’d drop it @ FedEx that day if I wanted to put in the order and I said SOLD!  A week later and FedEx was at my door.  To start, the Flyboy is SUPER LIGHT!  5 lbs on the dot with full traction pad & 4 fins.  The rails are fully wrapped in carbon graphite and the graphics are crazy vibrant!  The traction pad has two arches, so it’s very easy to know where to place each foot.  The back stomp pad has a sharp rising angle and you can wrap your toes around the edge to give you more grip & control for airs/spins!

From the moment I got up on the Flyboy, I had a huge smile on my face…I felt my quest for a hybrid surf/skim style board was complete!  The board moves like a fighter jet, due to the huge pair of Inland Surfer 5 degree fins on the inside and a pair of smaller twinzer fins on the outside, propelling you through the water.  But it will buck you off if you’re not prepared for it…it’s THAT fast!  When I surf the Shred Stixx, I tend to ride with my weight forward and stance much wider.  With the Flyboy, it’s totally the opposite.  I ride with all my weight back & and more neutral stance.  Just throw a little weight forward (even my leaning) and the board takes off!

Airs: Easily the biggest airs I’ve ever gone on a wakesurf board!  The combination of speed and light weight allow you to soar out of the air, and I’m progressing in airs and landings every run at this point.  Landing on the board with your weight back allows you to push the nose out and down the wave, keeping your speed up.  But if you happen to start falling out of the wave, a few pumps and flap of the arms and you catch back up and drop into the sweet spot.  I only wish my wave were longer so I could get more air, but I won’t let that stop me from trying with this board!

Spins: Still working on landing my 3 but you’ll see from the video below that I’m close!  I literally came around so smooth & easy, I stunned myself and forgot to pump…then pearled the nose and it was all over.  My goal is to land a few of those this weekend!  You’ll see at the end I tried my first frontside 180 ollie…the board has crazy pop to it and I’m looking forward to working on this trick more, now that I know how easy it is to spin.

I’d been riding the Shred Stixx Custom Hazen since July, and was having a fun time on the board.  When I jumped back on it for a run, I just wasn’t as excited to ride it, so I had my buddy put it back in the rack and we stayed on the Flyboy for the rest of the session!  My roommate Vicky loved the board and she was slayshin the wave better than ever!  In fact, 6 out of the 7 riders that day were smiling from ear-to-ear after having rode it!  We watched everyone progress on the Flyboy and experience and weight ranged from 120lbs – 185lbs, from beginner-to-advanced!  They say good things come to those that wait, and that certainly holds up with the Inland Surfer Flyboy.  If you can find one available, put you order in today!

 

 

Jul
13

Just put deposit on my new 2011 Supreme V226 Surf Series!

Well, I just pulled the trigger on a brand new 2011 Ski Supreme V226 Surf Series! I was sitting on my boat in the lake after wakesurfing this morning when Mark from Semper Speed and Marine called me to finalize the deal, so I actually bought a boat ON a boat!

I’ve been bouncing back and forth between the V226 and Enzo all year, and I just wanted to go with something I knew had a great wave that I surfed behind earlier this year with just the stock tanks and an 1100 lb surf sac in the port locker. I’ll start with the same configuration but they’ll be plumbing in the sac for me, and it’s an easy upgrade to a custom sac when/if I feel the need? Hearing from several that the 230 didn’t put off as good of a wave as the 240 was also discouraging because that’s a BIG boat! The 22.5 feet on the V226 seems huge in comparison to the Enzos and I’m not that hot on the integrated ice chest in the aisle.

Getting it fully dialed in with stereo & ballast in Cali and having it shipped out to Albany NY, where I’ll drive down from Burlington VT and swap him my 2006 Ski Supreme V220 for this new surf machine!

I’m a HUGE Bullet Audio fan, so I had to go with 4 new 770’s (black cans with the chrome grills), dual Arc Audio amps, 10″ sub & box. I plan to do some LEDs but since the season will be over by mid-October here, I’ll save that for next Spring’s project!

Here’s a pic and link to the site, they’ll start working on the upgrades next week and I’ll pick it up in 2 weeks!

Jul
10

2011 Shred Stixx Custom Hazen Review – Lighter & Faster!

Are you looking for the best board in the wakesurfing industry?  Then this is THE board for you!  I have ZERO complaints, other than I don’t have more of them!  For the last 2 seasons, we’ve been riding the 2010 Custom Elevation & loved the board since we put it on the water in May 2010.  In fact, it led to me getting rid of other boards like the Inland Surfer Sweet Spot, since there was simply no comparison between the 2 boards.  Since riding the Elevation, I’ve been on a quest to find more boards that have similar qualities including speed, maneuverability, dual-direction riding capability, AND light-weight…and the only board (currently available to the public!) that I’ve found is the Custom Hazen.

The 2 major differences between the Elevation and the new Custom Hazen are the sloped nose & TWO pounds lighter!! The rear fins are slightly smaller on the Hazen than Elevation, which I feel helps you rip 3’s a bit easier…with that said, spinning a board with 4 full-size fins on them is not an easy feat! Getting some killer airs and starting to experiment with different grabs too.

I went with a custom carbon graphite stringer plus carbon graphite rails and I’m STOKED!!!  The raddest part about the whole process was the fact that I was gonna be stuck without a board for July since my buddy (who owns the Elevation) picked up a 2010 Super Air Nautique this year and I wanted to have my own board, so I put in a quick call to Rusty @ Shred Stixx & he was able to get the board to his shaper the day after placing the order, and it was built & delivered in just over 2 weeks!  Big shout out to Rusty & Nick @ Shred Stixx, thanks again!

The Shred Stixx Custom Hazen gets a 4.5 out of 5 on the Board-o-Meter!

 

 

Jun
12

Inland Surfer “Mucus” Board Review

My girlfriend wants to learn how to wakesurf this Summer, so I decided to pick up the Inland Surfer “Mucus”, a new model for IS this year. Originally, I was hoping to have some fun on the board myself, but after reading that it was for beginner/intermediate riders, I had my reservations. In a previous review of the Inland Surfer Sweet Spot, you’ll read that I felt myself outgrow that board once we stepped up to the ShredStixx Custom Elevation. But I decided to give this board a shot, plus figured it would be a good ‘beginner’ board to teach others surf-style riding.

This board is everything I imagined it to be.  I can’t beat it up too bad because it IS a beginner board, and I’ve actually witnessed a rider jump on it this year who had very little skills last year and have already shown more progression in just 1 day than all of last year, so take that for what it’s worth!  This IS a good board for those that want to learn how to surf, don’t require the speed that a quad-fin board throws, and want to play with dropping back in the wave and building speed back up towards to boat.  The board can also pull some airs, but the nose wants to pearl JUST like the Sweet Spot unless you “feather” the landing (meaning, you need to really be on your front toes and then slide the nose down the lip and stay balanced, all while keeping the sloped nose above the water) – Inland Surfer seems to know their board noses like to dive, thus creating a sloping nose that does mimic the traditional surfboard.  The problem is, it’s 2 times as heavy as a normal surfboard, and it just seems you’re constantly fighting to keep that nose up IF you want to slaysh or pull some airs.  The full decking on the Mucus is great for beginners, a little too much for the intermediate/advanced rider.

My advice to Inland Surfer is: A) experiment with different materials that can cut the weight from your boards, and B) test boards with ‘chopped’ or tapered noses, similar to the ShredStixx Custom Elevation.  This board (in my opinion) has the tendency to power through any possible pearling because of it’s snub/shovel nose that has a chance of rising back to the surface, versus the guaranteed submarine-experience on the Mucus (or Sweet Spot).  I give the Inland Surfer “Mucus” a 3 out of 5 Boards on the “Board-o-Meter”

Jun
04

First official wakesurf session for 2011

We’ve had a TON of rain this Spring in Vermont and the lake has been paying for it!  Flooding is still at an all-time high (the lake’s over 102′, normally in the high 90’s) – beaches have been turned to bays and debris has turned into floating destruction.  Luckily, my boat is on a trailer and unlike the majority of other boats around the lake, is NOT stuck in one of the many launches still under 3-4′ of water and therefore causing them to be useless.

So, here’s a video of the first session we’ve had on Lake Champlain with all of the new bags filled – I’ve got a 750# sac plumbed into the rear port compartment, 1100# L-sac on the port/rear seat, a 150# buddy sac in the port bow & 650# under the bow.  I also fill the stock 220# on the starboard side, which gives the wave massive push!

The board I’m riding is my #1 choice of all wakesurf boards I’ve rode in the last 4 years, the ShredStixx Custom Elevation – my buddy Mike ordered it in January of 2010 and it took a few months before it was warm enough for them to custom glass (and color) the board and get it sent off to Vermont.  The best riders in the world ride this board, and I had the opportunity to ride with Chase Hazen in a Pro Clinic in May this year @ the Supreme West Coast Wakesurf Open!  Riding this board will make you understand why some wakesurf riders ONLY ride surf-style, due to it’s maneuverability & desire to SOAR into the sky with the lightening speed & light weight of the board!

 

May
01

Project – Perko Battery Switch Installation

Part of the previous job of removing the stock ballast tank involved relocating the battery to the starboard compartment (running out of room for storage which is why I’m going with the starboard locker versus the main port side storage compartment). I plan on keeping 1 of the stock batteries (as it’s always charged/recharged to 100%) and I just purchased an Optima D34M deep cycle battery to use for the stereo/accessories.

Project Plan:

  • Both the + and – wires running from the engine are currently 2-gauge
  • My plan is to run a 6 ft 2-gauge wire from the stock ground (-) connection (replacing the current one which isn’t long enough) and run that to the negative (-) connection of Battery #1.
  • From there, I plan to run a 4-gauge negative wire to the negative terminal of Battery #2, to connect them in a series.
  • I will then run a shorter (2-3 foot) piece of 4-gauge positive wire from the #1 and #2 positive connections on the Perko switch to their corresponding #1 and #2 positive battery terminals.
  • I will then run an 8 ft 2-gauge wire from the positive terminal on the Perko switch to the positive connection on the boat’s starter.

Final Product:

I mounted the Perko to the front wall of the engine compartment, and was able to use my stock 2 gauge wire running from the starter/ground. Originally, I was thinking I’d mount it somewhere in the starboard locker, but this spot worked out much better!

First, I cut out a block of 1/2″ plastic board (not sure *what* is the official name of this stuff, but I cut it from the floor that was covering my stock ballast tank, which I removed under a different post!). I pulled off the carpet that was spray-glued to it, then sanded and rounded the edges. I shot the top/sides with black spray paint for a better look (was white).

Then, I centered the Perko & drilled 4 holes – I used 4 stainless steel bolts running from the backside of the block, lined up the bolts and mounted the Perko to the block, AFTER I wired everything to it. Once all the wires were connected, I mounted the block to the backside of the wall.

The ONLY issue I encountered was that the accessories continued to operate even with the Perko in the OFF position.  After consulting with the crew @ CenturionCrew.com, I discovered that I needed to route the (+) cable for the circuit breaker to the common post on the Perko.  Once I did this, everything worked flawlessly!

*Disclaimer – don’t make fun of my battery wires looking like the plug of the tree on “Christmas Story”…the new Optima is on it’s way and I’m making a custom battery cover today! You’ll see battery #1 wired for starting, and all the other accessories wired to #2 (future Optima) battery.

Apr
25

Project Fat Sac – removing the stock tank & plumbing the 750lb fat sac

I decided this was the year I’d pull my stock ballast tank in my Ski Supreme V220 and see how much (more) weight I could add in replacement!  Originally, I intended to add a 1100 lb sac back there, but the dimensions for the bag versus what my boat will allow didn’t match up…so I set off to pull the tanks and see what I had to work with?

My first rookie mistake was thinking that some type of structure that affected the boat’s performance (like a permanent wall) was in the way of allowing me to install a custom fat sac (similar to the custom Enzo sac that all the guys install in their Centurion Enzo’s).  You’ll have to keep in mind that I don’t see my boat for 6 months out of the year…she’s locked up in the middle of Northern Vermont for hibernation!) so there’s only a few weeks of “driveway boating” (aka working on the boat to get it ready for the season before putting her at the mooring).  After pulling off the stock floor that they build over the stock tank, I pulled open the port seat and stuck my head down and noticed a familiar item…my stock tank.  This got me very excited because for the first time owning this boat, I had visions of a custom sac filling…not being in the way of all the riders, not having to get out the Tsunami pumps…I was in wakesurf dream heaven!

After a number of calls and emails with the guys over at WakeMakers.com, I was confident I had all the right measurements…the new custom sac was going to be *just* over 1000 lbs, an improvement of over 250-300lbs that I had been creating by filling the stock tank plus a 400 lb V-drive sac over the top.  This weekend, I was finally able to tear into the boat…and tear, I did!  First up…how the HECK to get a 20 x 7 x 63″ unbend-able plastic tank?  After more than an hour spent with 3 guys scratching their head, we finally came to the conclusion that only a miracle could get that tank out…or…a Craftsman Jigsaw ;)

About 5 minutes worth of cutting (including the last 3″ cut that was tediously done with the use of a hand saw and about 5 of the saw’s teeth, due to the limited movement!), I was able to pull the tank.  For the first time, I had a look at the opening and discovered that my measurements were wrong…about 70″ up, the area tapers from 20″ to 15″ wide, so I decided to scrap the custom sac in favor of the 750 lb sac I already had!

The pictures will show about 95% complete project.  Originally, I thought I needed 2 vent hoses (since my stock tank was setup with 2) so I’m going to cap off the vent towards the rear (and keep a connection for the Tsunami pump in the event I want to double-up filling!).  I am then going to run the main vent hose up the gunwall, connect to a 1″ check-valve, then loop back down and connect to the outlet vent in order to keep the sac filled once my boat gets it’s lean-on!

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