>>As I said in my little review, the Shapiro is not really that great for
>>surface tricks -- but it cuts like a mother! The edge on the Shapiro is
>>way too sharp for doing 180's and 360's, etc.
>Ok, I'll stick to the Hyperlite for surface tricks. Anyone know any
>other good surface tricks I could attempt. I mean other than just more
>degrees; I should be doing a 540-to-fakie pretty soon.
I'm a newbie to wakeboarding. Iv'e only been 3 times and that is after
Iv'e been skiing all morning. I don't consider myself an expert by any means.
I want to buy a wakeboard so, I demo'd the Shapiro last weekend. In a
nutshell, I HATED it. Yes it does cut like a mother, but so does my slalom,
and the ski does a much better job of it. I found that I personally couldn't
get a lot of air on the board. I'm a newbie, and 3 to 4 feet of air is what
I expect out of myself. If I overshot or undershot the second wake,
the landings were HARD. It did hold a good edge, and allowed me to pull out
of some would-be falls. I was able to ride a fakie, but I couldn't pull off
the 360. BTW I was riding with only 1 fin. I tried both the long center
fin and the shorter normally set up as one of the outer fins. I don't
understand the purpose of three fins. I seems like it would want to go
straight, and that would suck IMO.
I also demo'd a Straight Line (I think it was called a Septure?) I really
liked the board, but I did not like the bindings. BTW I know I can put
HO boots on the board. The Straight Line had rails on the side all the
way to the front. This made riding a fakie a breeze. I really liked
the performance of the board for my ablility. Has any one else tried
A Straight Line board. Iv'e only been out a few times, and I don't want
to spend $300+ on something that I'll outgrow in a month.
Also, I remember someone saying they liked the Connelly boots over the
HO? Would someone give me the low-down on why the Connelley's are better.
I will also try out one of the Connelly Boards before I buy. Probably the
Blade Runner. Also, does anyone think the Perez is even worth my time to
ride? It looks like it is pretty bulky.
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