The top 5 Riding Essentials for 2015

Here at Memphis Boat Center, we love water sports just as much as you do. Every year new gear comes out from top companies such as Hyperlite, Slingshot, Byerly and HO Skis. These companies promise all new features and comfort behind the boat or at the cable park, but is it worth upgrading from your current set up? We usually have our guys demo the boards to get a feel for the riding style and rider ability that each board is intended for, so that we can better match our customers to their perfect set up.  There has been a lot of change to the line ups this year, but here is our top 5 list of what we are most excited about for 2015 and what we think are the boards and tubes you should add to your arsenal this year!

 

wakesurfers-hi-fi-561-big1. Hyperlite Hi-Fi Surfboard: Noah Flegel’s signature model for 2015 looks as good as Noah does riding behind the boat. We have been waiting quite some time for Hyperlite to release a premier skim-style surfer to the wakesurf market.  We believe they knocked it out of the park with this awesome board. Some of the features this board offers include: Dura-Shell Construction, 360 ABS Sidewall, Carbon Composite Construction, EPS core, Traction pad, and much more. This board is set to take you to the highest level in wakesurfing, so come on by and get your hands on one today.

gear-buck-541-big2. Byerly Buck Wakeboard: Who Doesn’t love HUGE pop? A whole new shape for the Byerly line up in 2015, this board delivers explosive pop off the wake. The fiberglass rope construction creates twice the strength of a traditional wakeboard layup allowing this series to be thinner yet stronger. This board is going to be a board that will keep you smiling the whole time you are on it, but at the same time scaring you a bit with its enormous pop of the wake.

tubes-sunset-313.  HO Sports Softshell Tube Technology: One of our biggest pet peeves while riding tubes was the rash that you would get from the rough sections of the tube. Thanks to HO’s Softshell Technology, those day are long gone! Softshell Technology covers 100% of the tubes for a soft feel that wont leave your skin irritated even if you ride all day. The revolutionary Softshell Technology makes HO tubes the best on the market! We suggest everyone gets theirs hands on one of these!

nomad_web_icon4. Slingshot Nomad WakeboardNew for 2015, Slingshot announced a new product category that re-engages legacy participants in the sport of wakeboarding. The Nomad is being advertised as longboarding behind the boat. With its big sweet spot and increased surface area you can expect some of the following benefits: Increased stability, massive pop, softer landings, effortless water starts, and also the ability to cruise at lower speeds. The Nomad is the board that will make you feel young again and light the passion for wakeboarding that some may have lost over the years. Some side effects such as happy knees and stylish grabs were experienced by riders over the age of 25.

2015-slingshot-buepill-wakeboard-015. Slingshot Blue Pill WakeboardTrue to its name, this is Slingshots Stiffest board in it’s line up. Boat riders have been asking for a fast and aggressive board from Slingshot, and Slingshot delivered with the Blue Pill. The board has an aggressive 3-Stage Rocker that is ideal for riders that like to go huge off the wake, while carrying a lot of speed to take them out into the flats. Match this board with the new R.A.D boots and you will have one of the best looking set ups out there.

wakeboards-baseline1-bigBonus. Hyperlite Baseline: This user friendly shape is easy to ride, forgiving, and fun. Shaun says it has “laughing pop” because when you pop off the wake you always find yourself laughing. This board will help riders build a better foundation and will also grow with riders as they progress their skills. Take it from the pros, this is the best board to have if you want to become a better rider.

Start Off The Right Way

Boating season is in full swing and everyone that we talk to is having such a great time out on the lake with their friends and family! One of the greatest parts about boating is your unlimited options of waters sports that you can learn behind a boat. Some of these options include: Two ski’s, Slalom Skiing, Trick Skiing, Ski Jumping, Wakeboarding, Wakeskating, Wakesurfing, Kneeboarding, Tubing, and many more!

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For many of our customers, trying water sports for the first time can be a little confusing or intimidating, but don’t worry, we are here to help!

The following are some suggestions that we would like you to try next time you are in the water learning a new sport!

-Wear A Life Jacket!: No mater what sport you are trying for the first time, make sure that you always wear a Coast Guard Approved Life Jacket. Life Jackets are designed to keep you afloat no matter the circumstance.

-Establish if you are a Regular or Goofy rider: For wakeboarding, you always want to make sure that you have the right riding stance before starting in order to make it easier on yourself. There is a quick easy way that you can find out what stance you are. While standing up straight with your feet together looking straight ahead, have some one gently push you backwards. The first foot to step back and stop your momentum will be your back leg on the board! Easy! If you are left foot back, you are a Goofy. If you are right foot back, that means you are Regular.

-Stay Relaxed: The point of water sports is to enjoy the water and the boating lifestyle. If you keep yourself relaxed and have fun, you will enjoy the experience much more. No one has become a professional after the first day of riding, so make sure not to let yourself get frustrated and keep trying!

Sometimes you will fall fantastically, but getting back up i worth it. you can laugh about it later

Sometimes you will fall fantastically, but getting back up is worth it. you can laugh about it later

-Let the boat do all the work!: Many people try to fight the boat to get up and as soon as the boat gets going, they try to pick themselves up by pulling their arms in and slowly getting up. I’m not sure about you guys, but a tug of war between me and a 350 horsepower engine will have the engine winning every time. Before the boat gets going, make sure to keep your arms straight and low, your legs bent and your back straight. Once the driver begins to pull you up, let the boat do all the work for you.  All you have to do is lean back and resist the boat’s pull and stand up with your back straight, arms straight while keeping them low, and keeping your hips over the board or ski, just like you would if you were doing the squats or one foot press at the gym.

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-Boat Speed and Rope Length: When learning any watersport, you want to make sure that you are going rather slow. 14-18 miles per hours are great speeds for a beginner. Make sure you have the rope set all the way in for a beginner as well.  Slower speed falls are a lot softer for beginners. 1001531_10151730948790513_967636026_n

Remember to always have a spotter on the boat and to always have enough jackets for everyone on board.

If you have any questions or want to talk to one of our guys about the best board set up for you or a few quick tips on riding make sure to call us at (901) 744-4444.

 

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