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    Ok, all you surfers out there, I need some help! I started wakesurfing this year and fell in love with it! But my problem is that I don't have a good boat for surfing. I can't seem to stay with the boat without the rope, but I have seen people do it with a smaller wake than mine. I have tried weighting the boat different ways and still can't get it! So, I thought that it might be the board that I am using. I have a 2004 Liquid Force SkimSkate that is really slugish. I am looking at the O'Brien Alias 5'0'' because of my price range. I can't afford to spend a whole lot of money right now. I just wondered it that would be a good board for me and my boat. I am about 5'10'' and just a little over 100lbs soaking wet. And my boat is a 1999 Sportstar. Any suggestions would be great!
    A Day At The Lake Is Worth A Month In Town!!

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    we love our cwb ride!!!

    keep ur weight on ur front leg!!!
    Billy "Shamrock IV" Burgess Jr.

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    2002 black X30
    1973 s&s project
    Look for me on CHL!! I am in the black X30 with the stars and stripes flying off the tower!!!

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    • #3
      Hey Wakechic!

      I bought the Alias as well and I have a 98 Sportstar. I will let you know if I find out any secrets. Our boat isn't the best for this but it can be done. How many feet are you from the back of the boat?
      1995 Mastercraft Prostar 205

      Former 1986 Mastercraft Skier

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      • #4
        Originally posted by justinglow View Post
        Hey Wakechic!

        I bought the Alias as well and I have a 98 Sportstar. I will let you know if I find out any secrets. Our boat isn't the best for this but it can be done. How many feet are you from the back of the boat?
        Uh! I can't remember! I made my rope off of what a wakesurf website told me to do. But i have been moving all around on the wake trying to find that sweetspot!
        A Day At The Lake Is Worth A Month In Town!!

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        • #5
          Hey there!

          Okay a couple of pointers. How far back are you, you should be at the part of the wake that is just starting to come up (if you have a small wake). Also if you can't keep up with the boat that means that the boat is simply going to fast. We surf at between 9.5 and 12 behind my X30. So you should be maybe a tad slower...Try it and see. Should work for ya. You should not have to be workin to hard behind the boat to stay with it...Let us know. P

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          • #6
            the bigger the board the better when first learnng how to surf, try to weight only one side of the boat , right side always seem better on a mc due to the way the props spins[at least on my boat]. try to think of the board as a see-saw, you need to be able to shift your body weight forward to speed up and back to slow down. I started with a LF 4'6 and hated it, had the same problem, I found a used surf board on craigs list, 5'10 fun board, it has a rounded nose and I teach every one off of that board. everyone who has ever try to surf behind my x-10 has gottin' the hang if it, they may not let go of the rope, but they were able to ride with alot of slack in the rope, true surfing. so yes the board really make a differance. hope this helps

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            • #7
              Originally posted by maha skier View Post
              Okay a couple of pointers. How far back are you, you should be at the part of the wake that is just starting to come up (if you have a small wake). Also if you can't keep up with the boat that means that the boat is simply going to fast. We surf at between 9.5 and 12 behind my X30. So you should be maybe a tad slower...Try it and see. Should work for ya. You should not have to be workin to hard behind the boat to stay with it...Let us know. P
              Originally posted by x-10ron View Post
              the bigger the board the better when first learnng how to surf, try to weight only one side of the boat , right side always seem better on a mc due to the way the props spins[at least on my boat]. try to think of the board as a see-saw, you need to be able to shift your body weight forward to speed up and back to slow down. I started with a LF 4'6 and hated it, had the same problem, I found a used surf board on craigs list, 5'10 fun board, it has a rounded nose and I teach every one off of that board. everyone who has ever try to surf behind my x-10 has gottin' the hang if it, they may not let go of the rope, but they were able to ride with alot of slack in the rope, true surfing. so yes the board really make a differance. hope this helps
              Well, I went this weekend for four days and surfed about everyday and still couldn't let go of the rope. I put as many people as I could in the boat and still couldn't let go of the rope on either side! I tried surfing everywhere on the wake and I tried every speed! I had the wake looking beautiful on the left side and it had a pretty good size to it but still just couldn't stay with it. I put almost all of my weight on my front leg and still nothing. I think that I am going to invest in a different board! I even tried removing some of the fins on the board. Nothing! It's like I would come soo close and would get just a little slack in the rope but would loose it everytime!
              A Day At The Lake Is Worth A Month In Town!!

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              • #8
                You need a waist high wake and you need to get forward on the board a bit
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Maristar210 View Post
                  You need a waist high wake and you need to get forward on the board a bit
                  Well, I know that I don't need a waist high wake because I've seen it done on smaller ones than mine and I have tried moving to the tip of the board and that didn't work either.
                  A Day At The Lake Is Worth A Month In Town!!

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by wakechic2786 View Post
                    Well, I know that I don't need a waist high wake because I've seen it done on smaller ones than mine and I have tried moving to the tip of the board and that didn't work either.
                    Lean back and then pump forward to sustain. Bigger the wake the easier it is for sure.

                    Certainly one of those leg humpers in NC can show you
                    Last edited by Maristar210; 07-07-2008, 10:57 PM.
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                    • #11
                      Are you still on the liquid? Board might be a factor. I had a CWB Tsunami when I first started, I could barely let go of the rope. Picked up the Inland Surfer Yellow Loogey and it was much better. Night and day. These days I'm riding the Inland Surfer Blue Lake (woody) and I can always keep up with the wave. Currently waiting on a custom The Walker Project F18, can't wait for it to get here.

                      He bought you that ring, have him buy you a new board!
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                      • #12
                        We have been riding an inland surfer blue lake behind my x7...It works very well. I weight my boat differently though I use the factory 500lbs ballast in the rear and then load two more sacks on the port side in the rear and put everyone on the port side of the boat as well. We set the PP on 10.3 and that seems to work the best for my boat. We basically have the same size boat though; so I think you just need to find the right combination of speed and ballast setup. I read something about putting weight up front to make the wave longer...Hopefully all this helps...Good Luck!

                        The other thing with wake surfing is getting a good edge into the wake with the wake surfer.
                        Last edited by h2oskiier222; 07-07-2008, 11:41 PM.
                        2005 X7 LQ9

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                        • #13
                          [QUOTE=h2oskiier222;514190

                          The other thing with wake surfing is getting a good edge into the wake with the wake surfer.[/QUOTE]

                          Werd, gotta use your toes!

                          A little inspiration video, good music, too......

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Maristar210 View Post
                            Lean back and then pump forward to sustain. Bigger the wake the easier it is for sure.

                            Certainly one of those leg humpers in NC can show you
                            I tried that too! I am telling you, I have been reading up on wakesurfing and I tried everything that you are supposed to do and none of it worked! I am going to try and get a different board. I didn't really like the one I have to begin with so this will be my excuse for a new one.
                            A Day At The Lake Is Worth A Month In Town!!

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                            • #15
                              Sham has a surfing school I hear... You may pay him and he will come teach ya or come to CHL and enter his class..

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