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Old 10-11-2005, 06:17 PM
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Which Wakeboard to buy?

I'm looking to purchase my first wakeboard now that we purchased our X9 and I could use a little advise.

I'm a mid-40's, 175lb. old fart who would like to learn, at a minimum, wake to wake's, 180's, and a few grabs. I doubt I'll attempt any inverts although I can always dream. I'm leaning towards Hyperlite's products based of my sons success with two of their boards. He presently rides an '05 Byerly which he loves. I've done some reading on rocker, length, width, etc. but it still leaves me wondering which way to go. I want a board that I can grown into with regards to performance, but one that will still be easy to ride.

Anyone have any suggestions?

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Old 10-11-2005, 06:23 PM
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He Geoff,

I bought an Obrien Science earlier this year, it was last years colors so it was about half price. I have been very happy with it.
I am like you with riding skills, some jumps, butter slides...etc, and I am also from West Akron!

Where do you ride? Berlin, Westbranch, Springfield......the dreaded Portage Lakes?

You are lucky to have a great local dealer (I have known Chris at Mid Ohio for 20 years).

Good luck with whatever board you choose.
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Old 10-11-2005, 06:35 PM
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demo/sale

Our local watersports retailer demos equipment thru out season, then has endo season sale. You might be able to buy a high end board for less, limited selection. (1/2 off demo/sale) I piicked up and would recommend the cwb marius 140. It's a nice wide ride.
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Old 10-11-2005, 09:13 PM
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I'm looking to purchase my first wakeboard now that we purchased our X9 and I could use a little advise.

I'm a mid-40's, 175lb. old fart who would like to learn, at a minimum, wake to wake's, 180's, and a few grabs. I doubt I'll attempt any inverts although I can always dream. I'm leaning towards Hyperlite's products based of my sons success with two of their boards. He presently rides an '05 Byerly which he loves. I've done some reading on rocker, length, width, etc. but it still leaves me wondering which way to go. I want a board that I can grown into with regards to performance, but one that will still be easy to ride.

Anyone have any suggestions?

Thanks!
Geoff

I also like HL a lot. Stay w/ a continuous rocker like something in the the Murray series based on your size a 138.1 DNA would be nice. Very sooth and forgiving. I've ridden HL for years and the one problem I had (w/ 02 Belmonts binders) HL stood behind their product 100%. Good luck!
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Old 10-11-2005, 09:19 PM
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the murray boards are very realxed boards, i love them. But i would go with a little bit bigger of a size. more like 140...
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Old 10-11-2005, 09:37 PM
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Thanks everyone for the great advise! I've been checking out the HL Murray and like the design. It comes in a 138 and 142 and I'm not quite sure which to go with. Any ideas on the best bang for the buck HL boots?

Footin: Always good to touch base with a former local. Used to do West Branch, Berlin, Milton, and have been on Portage Lakes but have no interest in skiing there. We've been doing the private lake thing now for the last 5 years and like it a lot. I agree on Chris. We just purchased the X9 from him and our previous boat from Ron. As long as he is there we know where we'll buy our boats. Go Bucks!!
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Old 10-11-2005, 09:42 PM
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the murray boards are very realxed boards, i love them. But i would go with a little bit bigger of a size. more like 140...
I used to ride a bigger board, 140, 142, 143cm. I'm 195lbs and on a 136. Once I went a few cm's smaller it was much easier to land surface and w2w 180's. Demo is the way to go, if possible.
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Old 10-11-2005, 10:15 PM
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I used to ride a bigger board, 140, 142, 143cm. I'm 195lbs and on a 136. Once I went a few cm's smaller it was much easier to land surface and w2w 180's. Demo is the way to go, if possible.
Slightly smaller makes tons of sense but my only concern is fatigue from plowing too much. Should a 175-180 lb individual who gets winded easier that he used to be OK with a 138?
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Old 10-11-2005, 10:30 PM
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Get the 142. The Era is a great HL board also...CWB has some great boards to learn and progress on also and I think they're made in the USA.
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Old 10-11-2005, 10:32 PM
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