New wakesurfers for 2012 by Victoria skimboards
Some of the SMG Lake Martin team joined up with members of the SMG Atlanta team to do some coaching at the Ritz Carlton on Lake Oconee this weekend. We had a great turn out, filling 7 boats for 2 days, with 2 – two hour sessions per day. There were both kids and parents participating in the clinic and all of which had a great time. There were all levels of riders and all of them had progression along with a ton of fun. I had the Wakesurf boat with a full quiver of Victoria wakesurfers. Everyone of my riders got up and I’d say half got to surf with out the rope and in the amount of time we had, a great feat! Wakesurfing is still new to a lot of people, most of my riders hadn’t seen it before. All of them wanted to do it again.. and again which is a great sign of where wakesurfing is going. A sport which the entire family can enjoy. Being able to pick the correct board size for each participant was key and in almost every session each rider I had rode a different board. I would have to say one of the most important parts of surfing is getting the proper sized board for the rider for the wake he/she rides. To elaborate a little, I have seen riding styles make a huge difference in this regard.
A rider CAN surf the wake, but may prefer something smaller or larger. Going to a smaller board can make tricks easier but too small will not allow you to keep drive, conversely too large will make them a harder to maneuver around, and make the rider have to “brake” constantly. We used every size from the largest 56.7 ” Victoria – the Bigfoot, to the smallest I had which was a 48″ Foamie. It was an amazing weekend. I had a great time and look forward to doing it again!
Victoria’s Factor and Agent boards feature new designs-
February is the last month of low water in Lake Martin. The lake begins to work its way up toward full pool starting around the middle of February, and the visual shoreline begins to diminish. If the water temperature would rise as fast as the water does, the riders about Lake Martin would be a little happier I’m sure. I know I would. We are usually at the coldest water temperature this month and we have had a mild winter thus far, so I’m sure it’s a little warmer than most years. Unfortunately, I have not been on the water and most of the guys I know that ride have had little time out there this winter. All the boats are winterized and tucked away.
I have been working with Victoria skimboards on their 2012 wakesurfer line (or skimsurfer if you prefer) for this season. They have a simple break down of two types of boards: the color of the board (a choice of 10) will be on the top of the board and the art will be on the bottom this year.
One of the boards will be the Agent, designed by four-time World Wakesurfing Champion Bri Chmel. The Agent has added width in the tail (the tail shape is called “swallow tail”) the extra volume in the rear of the board will allow you to drop back further in the wake and get in more tricks. The nose is shaped for solid control when you’re riding it backward doing shuv’its. The Agent will come with one art choice designed by Bri and come in three sizes: small, medium and large.
The redesigned 2012 Factor is the second board in the lineup. It will come in four sizes: small, medium, large and extra large. It will come in 10 colors with 6-8 art choices. The Factor can also be made with carbon fiber if you want a lighter, stronger board. The Factor has a great rocker design for all riding levels. The redesigned shape makes for a much more user-friendly board. I have had friends who can surf well try this new design and every one likes it more than the previous shape. I had young riders stick 360s, of which some were very consistent and others were able to finally get the trick and surf on. I rode my first 1080 out on the new factor, so I obviously think very highly of this shape and design. Both of the boards have a new traction pad design, which is a nice low-profile pad, with a mild archbar built in.
The most important variable in picking the right size board for you is to get the right board for your weight and your wake. I’m right on the middle of the medium or large, and for my boat/wake I like the medium. If I were to ride behind anything else, I could be more inclined to choose the large – it just depends on the wake you ride. One big piece of advice – get your wake consistent, clean, long and tall.
Stay warm and I’ll see you in the water.