extended pylon? what to expect?

extended pylon? what to expect?

Post by Luke Walke » Fri, 20 Jun 1997 04:00:00


        I have recently ordered an 8' extended pylon for my mastercraft prostar
205. I am not sure what to expect for wakeboarding. Right now I am jumping
the wake, no tricks though. I am wondering if the extended pylon will give
me HUGE air? Or just give me some extra pop off the wake?

        THanx!

        Luke

 
 
 

extended pylon? what to expect?

Post by John Anders » Sat, 21 Jun 1997 04:00:00


Quote:

>        I have recently ordered an 8' extended pylon for my mastercraft prostar
>205. I am not sure what to expect for wakeboarding. Right now I am jumping
>the wake, no tricks though. I am wondering if the extended pylon will give
>me HUGE air? Or just give me some extra pop off the wake?

Just some extra pop off the wake.  You still have to make the huge air
yourself.  However, some weight in the boat makes for a bigger wake, and
that can lead to huge air.  You can buy the water sack and fill kit for
about $200, or you can do what I did.  I took out the back seat and
put in 8 six gallon gas cans full of water.

That combined with the pole can really get you flying.  The pole alone
isn't going to get you much higher than you're already flying.

John Anderson
Altamonte Springs, FL

 
 
 

extended pylon? what to expect?

Post by scruff » Sat, 21 Jun 1997 04:00:00

Quote:

>         I have recently ordered an 8' extended pylon for my mastercraft prostar
> 205. I am not sure what to expect for wakeboarding. Right now I am jumping
> the wake, no tricks though. I am wondering if the extended pylon will give
> me HUGE air? Or just give me some extra pop off the wake?

>         THanx!

>         Luke

The lift from a high pole is enormous! Because you are not being pulled
"down" to the bottom of the boat, you will have so much more "hang time"
to do stuff with. You'll find that as you get better at your
wakeboarding, more advanced tricks (including hard grabs) will be easier
because of this.
Once you have a high pole, you'll never look back.
Kate

 
 
 

extended pylon? what to expect?

Post by Cleo K » Sat, 21 Jun 1997 04:00:00

I did not think much of the extended pylon the first time I tried it
behind a friends boat.  Over the winter, I put the pen and paper to it and
designed my own.  After trying some different stuff I have found out these
things.  First shorten the rope as much as possible.  This really gives an
upward pull to the rope.  It will definitely save you some spills.  This
is important in learning the more technical stuff (rolls, spins, slides).
The short rope will not give you much range to jump far but will help you
learn to pop up giving you height.  Just some of my experiences.  
Go Big

 
 
 

extended pylon? what to expect?

Post by RobPm » Sat, 21 Jun 1997 04:00:00

The better you get at loading the line and making a progressive cut, the
more difference a extended pylon will make.  If you noticed little
difference, as I did on my first try 2 years ago, you're probably not
doing the above correctly like I wasn't. I rode one last weekend and I
went HUGE as compared to normal, due to my better technique and line
management.

I was so impressed with the difference, I went and bought a 10 Foot Pole
yesterday!

AIR IT OUT!

 
 
 

extended pylon? what to expect?

Post by John Anders » Sun, 22 Jun 1997 04:00:00


Quote:

>I did not think much of the extended pylon the first time I tried it
>behind a friends boat.  Over the winter, I put the pen and paper to it and
>designed my own.  After trying some different stuff I have found out these
>things.  First shorten the rope as much as possible.  This really gives an
>upward pull to the rope.  It will definitely save you some spills.  This
>is important in learning the more technical stuff (rolls, spins, slides).
>The short rope will not give you much range to jump far but will help you
>learn to pop up giving you height.  Just some of my experiences.  

I'm not that much of an expert, considering that I just learned a backroll
last week.  But I found that I only wanted to shorten the rope enough to
clear both wakes when doing the roll.  Too short of a rope snaps you
around so fast that you get disoriented.  A longer rope gives more cut and
hangtime.  The more hangtime, the more you feel like you're in control
of the the roll.  I already lengthened the rope 3' since I first learned
(from 50' to 53').  I also think that weighting the boat (for a bigger
wake) is more advantageous that shortening the rope for a higher lift
angle.  However, make sure you're clearing both wakes for the roll.  You
need the extra foot or two of air to complete the roll, and coming down
the outside of the wake will kick your board out from under you.

John Anderson
Altamonte Springs, FL