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Post by Mark K. Mille » Thu, 28 Jul 1994 18:09:42


Ok, since we seem to be turning into alt.sport.wakeboard, I'll throw out a
"confession" and see what reactions I get.

I started wakeboarding last year on an HO hyperlite pro.  I didn't do
anything more than get up and do a little cutting all last year.

This year I tried the Shapiro a few months ago and decided to try some side
slides.  They were easy.  The Shapiro was just a demo, so I went back to
riding the hyperlite.  I started to side slide it, then turned some 180's,
then got a little comfortable riding fakie.  About this time, the guy who
owned the hyperlite bought a Shapiro.  My girlfriend bought his used
hyperlite.  Since all the board transactions, I've been able to do 360's.

Now for my "confession."  Everyone here on the net seems to be raving about
how this Shapiro is just the greatest thing since sliced bread.  However, I
can only do my tiny trick repertoire on the hyperlite.  I *CAN'T* even turn
a 180 on the Shapiro.  I get backwards and the thing is just way too
squirrely, it shoots out the front or out to one side.  What's up with that?

 
 
 

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Post by Lance W. Bleds » Fri, 29 Jul 1994 04:35:05



Quote:
>Now for my "confession."  Everyone here on the net seems to be raving about
>how this Shapiro is just the greatest thing since sliced bread.  However, I
>can only do my tiny trick repertoire on the hyperlite.  I *CAN'T* even turn
>a 180 on the Shapiro.  I get backwards and the thing is just way too
>squirrely, it shoots out the front or out to one side.  What's up with that?

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.

If speed, cutting and jumping are what you're into, get a Shapiro, if not,
but somthing else.

Lance

--
"Thoughtcrime was not a thing that could be concealed forever. You might
dodge sucessfully for a while, even for years, but sooner or later they
were bound to get you."
                                 -- George Orwell, Nine*** Eighty-Four

 
 
 

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Post by Mark K. Mille » Fri, 29 Jul 1994 23:06:53


Bledsoe) says:

Quote:

>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.

 
 
 

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Post by Gary Anders » Wed, 03 Aug 1994 04:03:24


Quote:

>Bledsoe) says:

>>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.

-gary
--
Gary E. Anderson TAMU '91, WHOOP! | . it's HAMMER time

 
 
 

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Post by Lance W. Bleds » Thu, 04 Aug 1994 02:43:21


Quote:

>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.  

Sounds about right to me. <grin>

Quote:
>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.

They just feel alot better, and they have these "bumps" that you stand
on that help you hold on, and tend to massage your feet.

Quote:
>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.

You should also try a WakeTech "Kayos" or "BigAir".

Where are you?  Your not in Austin, Texas are you?

Lance

--
"Thoughtcrime was not a thing that could be concealed forever. You might
dodge sucessfully for a while, even for years, but sooner or later they
were bound to get you."
                                 -- George Orwell, Nine*** Eighty-Four