View Full Version : Micro board companies ???

07-29-2012, 09:13 AM
Hello all and Team Talk. I have always read the forums on here for years and now that I own a MC I figured I better get on TT and become part of the club. So yes I will respond to this first post thread.

I am looking for any information on some micro board companies (not even sure if thats what you would call them, such as microbrew) anyways I own a couple Gator Boards and I know they were a smaller but not that small of a company. I love my GB's but it appears they are out of business since 2011 and was wondering if there was anyone who know of anymore that were big enough to have some sort of online presence or where I can find any information on any companies making boards that aren't well known.

BTW Team Talkers - thanks for the over 20 threads that have answered most of my questions on my "new to me" MC. I was starting to think I would never get to post a thread.

07-29-2012, 10:33 AM
Phalanx, wakeology, and humanoid are the first ones that come to mind


07-29-2012, 12:51 PM
I wouldn't call them "micro" but Ronix is one of the only "Rider Owned" companies out there that doesn't fall under the giant Kent Umbrella (LF, Hyperlite, CWB, Obrien all all owned by Kent).

Ronix also makes the best gear, hands down.

Slingshot is my second favorite.

07-29-2012, 07:38 PM
JRW, thanks I will look into all of those. 501 I am set on a Ronix board I just wanted to see what else was out there. Surf, skate, and wake. Thanks guys.

07-29-2012, 09:07 PM
I really like the Humanoid boards. Also in some of my research I found this:


Does that look legit?

07-29-2012, 11:53 PM
Hey Team Talk,

I will throw our hat in the ring. I own and operate Day1 (http://www.liveday1.com)Wake. All of our surf boards are made by hand here in America. We can personalize/customize our boards for you based on 3 standard models that we offer.

We just wrapped up the weekend as a sponsor of the Northwest Wakesurf Association's competition and stop on the World Series of Surfing. We fit the bill as a "micro" company since our distribution and production is at a much lower volume than the big guys... but we kind of like it that way :)

Check out our site and demo videos, then drop me a line if you have questions. There's nothing I like more than helping out fellow MC owners!

[email protected]
Day1 Wake
'06 8.1L X45

07-30-2012, 12:05 AM
Slingshot boards are a made in USA bought a closeout reponse this summer and am really digging the flex and the wood core snowboard like construction. I've read a ton of good things about their boards that are built more like Ronix Hyperlite etc....

07-30-2012, 08:07 AM
Slingshot boards: I see that they are in Oregon ... however the more and more research I do on this company I find it to have way more ties to Japan than the USA.

07-30-2012, 08:10 AM
Slingshot started out as a kitesurfing company, then added wakeboards etc after a few years.

07-31-2012, 11:37 AM
Slingshot boards: I see that they are in Oregon ... however the more and more research I do on this company I find it to have way more ties to Japan than the USA.

How are they tied to japan? Finances, Maybe I read the decks are made from sustainably harvested wood gron in the Pacific NW., not sure about the bindings and other parts though.

07-31-2012, 02:47 PM
no no no, I wasn't stating that as a fact. Sorry about the confusion. I was asking if it was true. I based my statement off of their facebook presence. I really liked their boards so i looked them up everywhere. And that is very very very Japanese. maybe it was a team or something. You know how that stuff goes. Sorry again.

08-03-2012, 05:25 PM
Here they seem pretty Japanese to me lol: http://slingshot.jp/

08-13-2012, 01:38 AM
Sorry misunderstood your post, Looks like they have a strong Japanese presence.

I like this guys riding style, does so much without having to bust big gravity bending spins and inverts


I really like the response deck I bought this season, I hope to get to ride some others soon.

08-13-2012, 06:59 AM
Trick skier style. My brother in law still trick skis in tournaments and pulls a lot of the same moves. A lot of quick 180s, 360s and blind side moves. All the result of a board that will slide out and excellent edge control. A lot of fun to watch and pick up moves that you may be able to incorporate in your everyday runs. The guy looks like he's having a blast.

Seems like the sport went to the big air moves to capture the crowds. They've made wakeboarding an extreme sport that 90% of us will never be able to do much of what we're watching. I think that's kind of why wakeboarding has lost some of the draw it had from the early days. You used to watch and say "hey I might be able to do some of that". Now I'm amazed by the talent but it's more like watching gymnastics in the Olympics.

With this style you don't need an Xstar with 2000 lbs. of ballast doing 25 MPH with a 70' line to do your run. Very cool.

08-14-2012, 10:49 PM
I'm sure you all have heard of Gator Boards. I own 2 already. Was always a big fan of Erik "gator" Lutgert. Really started noticing him and his boards in 2009 when he won the WA "ledgend" award like PB and so many others.

Point is I have noticed a hiatus on this company since 2012 models never came out & which is what really sparked this thread in a search for something new. So in curiosity I sent Gator an email ... and he replied. Apparently they are at a stay and they aren't sure what will happen with GB sports AKA Gator Boards.

On another note I picked up a humanoid flux wakesurfer thanks to this thread. I attached a photo.

Just an FYI for anyone who cares.

08-15-2012, 12:55 AM
Another micro board company is Sine Wakeboards http://sinewakeboards.com/