10 Day Holiday Giveaway Starts Now

We're in the spirit of giving this season. Here's the details of Humanoid's 10 Day Holiday Giveaway. We'll keep this one short and simple...

We're selecting 10 - yes 10 - entries to win a 1 of 1 Custom Series wakeboard build. That is 1 lucky entry a day for the next 10 days...

Now this is a good way to start off the new year.

How do you enter?

Head over the the Custom Board Builder page and enter the Free 10 Day Giveaway Board Builder app.

You can also reach the Board Builder Giveaway by clicking here.

Submit a complete build and your in the running. That's it! We'll be announcing winners on Instagram, Facebook, and at the end of the Giveaway via email so make sure you are signed up.

Good luck and Happy Holidays!

 

UPDATE 12/16/18 WINNERS ANNOUNCED

Thank you for the 1 of 1 Custom Board Builder submissions! We'll be showing off our 1 of 1 Custom Series builds in the coming weeks on Facebook.

Day 1 - Tom M from Creedmoor
Day 2 - Fabian A from Fuquay Varina NC.
Day 3 - Christina k. from Regina, Sk.
Day 4 - Shay C from Tempe AZ.
Day 5 - Keith F from Miami FL.
Day 6 - Kory Hogan Monroe MI.
Day 7 - Caleb J. Shasta CA.
Day 8 - Joerg K. Austria
Day 9 - Andy M. Poolesville MD.
Day 10 - Kate C. Frisco TX.

 

 

 


Tired Of $100k+ Wakeboard Boats? Dronesurfing will make you smile.

How did drones make their way into wakeboarding?

Drones have been making headlines into pop culture for some time now. From companies like Amazon to the popularity of drone racing, they're being integrated into our daily life and business practices. Privacy debates aside, drone technology is developing every year to make them stronger, more powerful, and more user friendly.

Drones were initially used as an inexpensive camera rig for big budget movie studios. After companies like DJI made drones more consumer friendly, they gradually began the transition into the hands of specialized wakeboarding & surfing videographers. Don't believe us? Just watch a few edits in X Games Real Wake Videos and see if you can spot their use.

What is dronesurfing?

Tech site The Drive reported that events like drone racing are becoming popular with the first season of the Drone Racing League broadcasted to over 28 million people in the US alone. Let that audience size sink in for a minute. Yes, video is indeed the path to exposure...

With drones quickly becoming capable of heavier payloads and larger camera rigs, there's another drone development that recently surfaced on the web - Dronesurfing

While not exactly 'surfing', it's an intriguing video. Skimboarding is a mini version of surfing. Skimboarders run across the beach, hop on a skimboard, and use their momentum to catch incoming beach waves. While most skimboarders catch one wave, 'dronesurfing' pulls the skimboarder across the water using power created by the drone and initial momentum created by the skimboarder. Dronesurfing is not like surfing wave sets. It has more in common with kitesurfing or kiteboarding. However, Instead of using the wind and a kite to pull a surfer, the drone tows a surfer across the water. As shown in the video below, this allows skimboarders to move away from the beach and use their board in areas that were previously inaccessible. Much like kiteboarders...

What's next for drones and wakeboarding?

With cable systems helping wakeboarding to survive [or some might say thrive]. Is dronesurfing a viable alternative to wakeboard boats and cable systems in the near future?

Well, as of now only one drone is powerful enough to have accomplished dronesurfing successfully.  Freefly’s ALTA 8 flying machine.The drone was originally created for lifting heavy cameras used in professional filmmaking. ALTA 8 has the power to pull a weight of around 200 pounds which is enough to pull the average surfer. Pocket Lint revealed that the ALTA 8 is powerful enough to do four tows per battery pack with each tow lasting around 30 seconds.

The ALTA 8 is not powerful enough to pull a person from a stationary position like a kite or cable system does at the moment. In the dronesurfing video by Freefly the surfer does a sprint start to generate the initial momentum. What it lacks in wind power it makes up for in function. The ALTA 8 not only pulls the surfer across the water but it can also film the rider at the same time.

Surfing, wakeboarding, and digital technology is becoming more closely linked each year and has become an important part of promoting each activity. Surfing site Club of the Waves believes that the media has had the biggest influence on surfing’s popularity. From surf movies like Point Break to online gaming developers like Slingo producing their own surfing game Wild Water, the media is constantly promoting the surfing across multiple platforms. It's without a doubt digital technology has made wakeboarding and surfing much more accessible.

Whether dronesurfing will actually take off is up for debate. The equipment isn’t cheap enough for consumer appeal at $18,000. However, like all technology, the price will come down as the technology advances. We wouldn’t be surprised if in the next decade we saw more wakeboarders and surfers using drones for something other than filming. If companies like Freefly can make drones powerful enough to pull a surfer from a stationary position, they might have the potential to overtake kites & portable wakeboard cable systems. All we know is that drones are here to stay and will be inextricably linked kiteboarding, wakeboarding, and surfing one way or another in the future.

Guest post by: Isabelle Potter


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7 Awesome Action Sports Artists You Need To Know

Why Work in Action Sports?

Design work for action sports brands tends to be a highly competitive environment.  For traditional sports participants and casual observers, it's hard to see the connection between artists and athletes.  Skateboard artist Todd Francis may have summed it up best, "For some folks, it's a chance to finally work in an industry they've followed their whole lives.  It's a chance to create artwork with very few rules or restrictions."

There is a raw creative connection between art and action sports.  In the end it's about self-expression, experimentation and last but not least - fun.  If a company is able to manifest these primal desires into its products, you have product excellence that often times ends up influencing an entire industry.

Designing for action sports companies can be a little tricky.  Sometimes the product a designer must work with is limited by material, awkward forms or even color.  Now add to this long hours, heavy competition and small pay and you see why the designer must have a strong connection with the underlying industry he or she is designing for.

Making A Connection

There is hope however for aspiring designers wanting to get their foot in the door of action sports companies.  Big companies like Nike, Burton and Element are able to produce work and connect with a core audience much like smaller core brands do by searching for artists that possess 'street level' knowledge of unique and emerging styles - and in return pay them handsomely for it.  This in turn subsidizes the artist's income to be able to work with smaller brands and create more design that pushes the envelope and "feeds the machine".

This is the process that is often hated on by smaller companies, but often these roles are necessary to keep each competing brand fresh and push the industry towards new ideas, events or markets...

Larger action sports companies can sometimes have a difficult time evaluating the latest styles, trends or product features.  Hierarchy or company structure just doesn't allow for ideas to "trickle up" fast enough to beat the smaller core brands to market.  What do the larger smart brands do?  They are able to entice consumers to the brand by hiring talented designers to help them bridge that gap with their audience.

Here are 7 talented designers that have helped companies push design boundaries and connect with their audience while doing it with great style.

7 Awesome 'Action Sports' Artists

7. Adam Haynes

If you participate in action sports you no doubt know who Adam Haynes is.  If you've been living in a cubicle, he is Nike's go to man for much of their media campaigns and branding.  His illustrations are a dreamland of shred-able terrain.  Makes us want to stop writing this and go outside.

6. Todd Francis

Todd has been creating graphics for skateboards since 1993 among the other "crud" he does.  He's worked with anti hero, stereo, and real skateboards before being Element's main man starting in 1999.  Todd has a very diverse style and adds some great culture relevant humor in his designs.

5. Christian Hundermark

Runs C100 Purple Haze studio with Clemens Baldermann out of Munich, Germany.  They work with an impressive list of clients large and small. Conception, art direction, typography, design and illustration - you name it - they do it.  Crisp, clean, thought provoking style.  They have a street art book called "The Art of Rebellion". They've got some great notoriety through Rome Snowboards.

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4. Devin Leggett

Designs for Norco Perfomance Bikes.  Does some pretty standout designs for traditionally hard shapes to work like bikes.  Take a look at his logo design work on his site - pretty awesome stuff.

3. Paul Willoughby

Paul illustrates on surfboards.  His surfboard illustrations have been to some of the biggest galleries and exhibitions around the world - like the one he did for Blank: A Surfboard show.  Paul's website was on vacation at the moment but if your feet every touch one of his designs, consider yourself lucky.

2. David Carson

Author, photographer, humanitarian, graphic designer, shaper, surfer, world traveler - this guy does amazing work and lives an amazing lifestyle.  He clearly loves being involved with the surfing community and it shows.  He's worked with Quicksilver from the beginning and helped transform surfing's largest magazine publication.  He is a big inspiration and possesses a DIY style.

1. Steve Cousins

Steve is one of the key members of Jager Di Paola Kemp Design where he has helped Burton Snowboards build every aspect of their image since 1989.  This is the man behind the global powerhouse - enough said.


Our 12 Most Important Wakeboard Riding Notes Explained

Using text and numbers alone to translate a wakeboard’s shape and intended feel on the water is not adequate. Even the most experienced wakeboard companies have struggled with confusing language.

A wakeboard’s shape & construction give the board characteristics that are surprisingly complex in combination. Distilling these characteristics into something meaningful that wakeboarders can use to make a purchase is not easy.

As we thought more about this, we found the spirits & wine industry, (and more recently beer) refer to something called tasting notes. As an example, tasting notes are used by researchers to score a particular brand of Whisky for certain tasting characteristics. As with any subjective scoring system, recommendations are given based on a researcher’s bias when scoring the flavor characteristics.

We, being the alcohol lovers that we are, ‘researched’ a variety of spirits to gather some inspiration on how tasting notes can be applied to wakeboards. Our goal was to distill a board’s flavor or style down into something everyone can understand visually.

The result is something we are calling Riding Notes. Here’s how this works. We selected what we thought of as the 12 important board attributes to score a wakeboard’s ride. Together, the 1-5 score for each attribute together creates an interesting visual shape, resembling a nebula of sorts.

Riding Notes visually guides a rider in making a choice that is uniquely right for them. Remember, like any style, what is appealing for one rider might not be the same for the next.

How to use Riding Notes

When reviewing each board’s Riding Notes, you’ll notice a particular board’s nebula shape is sometimes skewed to a particular quadrant. Other times the Nebula is more of a consistent shape throughout.

The shape highlights whether a ride has more broad characteristics (more consistent circular shape) or more designed for a specific type of riding (more abstract shape). What you’re looking for is all a matter of preference. So in other words, there is no right or wrong answer, even if you prefer to rip around on a 1993 O’Brien Apex.

To get you started, we asked a few simple questions that might point you in the right direction. If you still aren’t sure what you are looking for you can answer a few simple questions here and let our team decide what’s right for you.

Below is a comparison of all the wakeboarding models.

Riding Notes

You’ve built up a level of comfort with the time you’ve spent on your last board. Stepping out of this comfort zone can be unsettling. Does the thought of wanting to improve a certain aspect of your riding outweigh the temporary discomfort of trying a new board? What are those aspects of your riding you want to improve?

Reflect back on your riding with your previous board. Was there anything that didn’t perform up to your standards? Try to find a board that excels in these areas and then work your way around the nebula to see if anything else plays to your riding strengths.

You’ve built up a level of comfort with the time you’ve spent on your last board. Stepping out of this comfort zone can be unsettling. Does the thought of wanting to improve a certain area of your riding outweigh the temporary discomfort of trying a new board that improves on those areas? 

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Wakeboarding's [1st] All Good Forever Lifetime Warranty & Impact Insurance

From Day 1 we've experimented with bucking the trend of conventional industry standards. Always fine tuning, taking great care in what we produce, and being strange. It's in our DNA. Who needs more of the same?

So we sat the team down and reviewed the last few years of customer data with a fine tooth comb...Wait, no we didn't. We joke, we joke! We know we build the most badass boards after years of hard work, testing, and listening to customer feedback. The outcome is two new programs we are officially announcing today...

The first we call the All Good Forever Lifetime Warranty. Yeah, you read that right. Buy a new wakeboard and you'll get the option to purchase a Lifetime Warranty for under $100. Now, to be clear, this warranty doesn't cover the abuses of everyday riding. It's simply our guarantee to you - when you purchase from us, we place the highest quality materials & care into building your new wakeboard. By enrolling in the All Good Forever Lifetime Warranty, we'll have your back and cover your ride forever. We seem to think that's a pretty long time.

Our second is called Impact Insurance. It helps spread the good word of industry leading durability that's behind our name. It's pretty simple. Impact Insurance covers catastrophic wakeboard damage.  Here's how this works. Should you damage your new wakeboard with an accidental impact [and we deem it unrideable], we'll replace your banged up wakeboard with a brand new wakeboard. Impact Insurance is $199 and is offered on any new wakeboards.

Are we crazy? Maybe so. We are a team out to battle the status quo the only way we know how...by being a bit strange.

To purchase All Good Forever Lifetime Warranty or Impact Insurance, browse any of our new wakeboards and select the All Good Forever Lifetime Warranty and/or Impact Insurance when adding your wakeboard to the shopping cart. Questions about what conditions are covered under the All Good Lifetime Warranty & Impact Insurance are addressed in our customer support center.

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4 Most Important Questions You Need To Answer Before Buying A Wakeboard

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In this definitive guide we will explore the most important questions to answer before buying a wakeboard. Having the perfect wakeboard model for your style and skill level leads to performance and progression on the water. Progression means learning new tricks and all the enjoyment that comes along with it. That's why we strap a wakeboard on in the first place! Did you know choosing the right wakeboard can significantly decrease the frequency of hard falls that cause fatigue? Like many other activities, fatigue is a major contributing factor to injuries on the water. Choosing the right style wakeboard is everything.

Our entire line of wakeboards at Humanoid Wakeboards are produced with the highest quality materials. We are sourced from well-respected raw component suppliers with a proven history of performance and innovation. We design our entire line of wakeboards to cater to a broad range of rider abilities. From a beginner looking for faceplant forgiveness, to pro caliber riding levels, we've got you covered.  As we walk you through these factors to consider before making a purchase, we'll be highlighting our wakeboard models for further exploration.

Now, before you start daydreaming about unboxing your new wakeboard, you need to factor in several key components before pulling the trigger. The basic factors are riding environment, body type, riding style & performance preferences.

First, where you are going to wakeboard?

This may seem like a no-brainer for some people. However, if you are new to wakeboarding, you should know there are two distinct types of riding categories [environments]. Each of them are quite different. First, we have boat riding - sometimes called wake riding [or riding behind a boat]. Second we have cable riding - sometimes called park riding. To add to the complexity, there are additional riding niches that exist within cable park riding.  And, of course, there are wakeboard designs dedicated to each specific riding category or a 'crossover' between the two.

 

 

 

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Behind a Boat / Off A Wake (we suggest: Circus, O'Shea Pro)

Flex

Wakeboards designed for riding behind a boat typically have a stiffer flexibility from the nose of the board to its tail.  If you take your hand and push on the center of the board, you'll notice it is harder to flex when compared to a park specific wakeboard. Today, we see a range of stiffnesses which will indicate how responsive the board will feel under a riders feet. This could be a desirable attribute for more advanced, aggressive riders. It may, however, work against newer riders unfamiliar with the mechanics of wakeboarding (i.e. hard falls).

A stiffer board is historically more desirable for boat riding because it produces a more energetic 'pop' or response off the wake. Why is that? Imagine having a rubber band in your hands and snapping it against a hard surface. The thicker [stiffer] the rubber band, the more force that needs to be exerted to pull it back between your fingers. This causes a more impactful snap and louder pop upon release. The same analogy applies for the energy released at the wake when riding a wakeboard with a stiff flex profile. Also, a stiffer wakeboard can hold its rocker line better during landings. This will keep the board from smacking flat against the water, killing speed in the process and resulting in hard landings.  There are some drawbacks to a stiffer board- like decreased faceplant forgiveness. However, overall a stiffer wakeboard profile is generally preferred for boat riding.

Shape

Boat specific wakeboards also have more base contours or features that help direct and control water flow along its base and edges. These affect how the wakeboard rides on the water. If you really want to get nerdy, this is where hydrodynamics come into play. In short, a board's base design can influence factors like board speed, edge hold and pop which will affect how aggressive or playful the board will feel when riding behind a boat. 

Fins

Fins [skags for you throwback riders] are also a major influence in wakeboards designed specifically for boat riding. They are either bolted on with screws or molded into the base. Fins can dramatically affect how a board rides in conjunction with a board's base. In general, moving the fins towards the nose and tail of the board and outwards will make the board hold its edge longer through turns. Holding the edge longer creates more leverage and pop off the top of the wake.

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Riding Cable / Park Features (we suggest: Plank, O'Shea Park, Langfield Pro)

Cable park specific wakeboards have evolved over the years due to the growth of cable park construction and the development of features being built within the parks [see Sesitec & Unit]. As riders request more advanced park features, we see an increase in park specific boards coming to market with very minimal base designs. These minimalistic wakeboard bases are built with a playful flex and tuned exclusively for riding ramps [kickers], rails, pipes, and other technical park features. We commonly refer to this style of riding as park riding.

Shape and Flex

Park riders use the perimeter edge of their board to create speed and control. This is different from relying on the base channels and fins, like boat wakeboards do.  As we dive further into the finer details of park riding, you'll discover subtle variances of base designs and board flexes in park specific wakeboards. Typically, this category of boards is built with a softer flex profile overall. A softer flex gives riders improved control on park features and a more responsive feel when riding on harder park feature surfaces. Minimal base contours are desirable for park riding because they create less friction or hangups with park features. Less friction makes a more durable design.  This leads us into wear factor. 

Wear Factor/Friction

If a board has a completely flat bottom, this lowers the friction generated between a park feature and your board base. This is due to an equal distribution of friction over a larger surface area. This helps keep the heat generated from friction much lower on a flat board base. A board built with channels or contours on the base [concaves, spines, or channels] will have a higher concentration of friction [pressure] in the area the base hits the park feature. So, this concentration of friction will cause the base to heat up faster in those areas, and over time result in more wear on the base.

I know what you are thinking - Heat?! While riding on water? Yes! In the sun, park features dry out quickly and you aren't guaranteed to hit wet surfaces consistently to keep friction heat low, so wear and tear is inevitable. Your best alternative is to minimize this friction by choosing a high quality sintered board base that best suits your riding style [and buy some of our wax]. So, a board built with minimal base contours will outlast a board with more base contours because of friction and the resulting wear factor it causes.  This is assuming both boards are built with the same base materials.

Another significant factor to note is cable parks build features with different materials and shapes which greatly contribute to friction generated on a board's base. Transfers from different surfaces and falls during riding can greatly affect the areas of wear on your board's base too!

Style

Finally, within the category of cable park riding we have a style of riding that originated before riding park features became popular. This style emerged because cable parks were in operation well before riding park features came into popularity. A rider would initiate tricks around the turn of a cable because...well there weren't many features! With this style of riding, wakeboarders prefer a mixture of base contours to load line tension from the cable in order release their edge. The cable then pulls them up and off the water and into the air. This leads us into a category of crossover boards which are an option for riders who enjoy both boat & park riding.

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Crossover / Hybrid (Here's what we suggest: Oracle, Huxtable, 1UP)

You can probably guess crossover boards are designed to excel in both riding categories. Their bases and flex profiles blend both wake specific and park specific board designs. They are generally characterized by middle-of-the-road flex patterns with more simply contoured bases making them desirable for riders seeking a strong edge and soft landing behind a boat or on a cable. These boards are still built playful enough with strategic flat spots on the base to maintain responsiveness and control when riding in the cable park or park features.

An important factor in these boards to consider before purchasing is how often you ride park features. If you ride park features frequently, the board's performance behind the boat will suffer as the base wears. Wear lines will start to develop across the base of the board perpendicular to the riding direction. They are easy to spot! This will make the board feel slower and less responsive as the wear increases. We highly recommend building a quiver of boards dedicated to a specific category of riding, you'll discover a much quicker path to progression and it's money well spent. However, if it's not in the budget, crossover boards are a great way to enjoy all aspects of wakeboarding.

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Secondly, what is your weight AND height? Size Up! 

Weight

Historically, choosing the correct size wakeboard was based on weight alone. Wakeboard sizing guides allow you to select your weight and it shows your ideal wakeboard size range. Weight is an important factor in choosing your board size because it's important boards give you the surface area to make you float! If your weight places you in between size ranges - the higher side of one size range and the lower side of another size range - we'd highly recommend you select the larger board size. A larger board size will be much more forgiving with softer landings since the increased surface area will float you higher in the water while riding. Having said all this, not many people know that your height can also play just an important of a role when selecting your wakeboard size.

Height

Your height can affect your balance on the board both nose to tail and edge to edge [much like your weight]. If you are above average in height when compared to your weight and you select a board that is on the lower size range, your center of gravity is higher and imperfect landings will cause more falls. This is due to smaller boards having narrower stances which force you into unbalanced positions when riding. It's also important to remember that a smaller board will lose speed very quickly and make you work much harder when edging.

Conversely, when your height is shorter when compared to your weight [common for most wakeboarders], riding a board that is too large will make edging and turning feel much more sluggish. Larger boards are wider edge to edge. A board too long makes it hard to leverage side to side. In this case, sizing down is an option, as long as you don’t sacrifice speed because your board is too small. 

 

To make it easy when selecting an ideal wakeboard size, we've created a new wakeboard sizing guide that factors in both height and weight.

There's plenty more to explore when selecting the right wakeboard size and we've created a separate post for it. Head over to our Height And Weight Factor post!

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Third, what kind of rider are you?

Okay, so by now you know what type of environment you'll be riding in. You've selected your ideal wakeboard size. Now you've got to do an honest self-assessment of your wakeboard skills. There are 3 basic skill levels. They are as follows:

Noob, Newbie, New (You forget to check your equipment and may need some help with the fundamentals)

May we suggest: OracleHuxtable

If you are just getting your feet wet, try to find a board that has forgiving features. These include variable edges, canted rails and rounder tip and tail shapes. All these things decrease the chances of catching a hard edge while riding. Remember just because a board is good for a beginner doesn't mean you can't ride it through advanced ability levels. There are features on each board that caters to a wide variety of skill levels.

Weekend Warrior  (Decent bag of tricks and your set might get you a podium spot in the 90's)

May we suggest: Plank, 1Up

As you start to cross off the tricks from your list, the performance of your board should improve linearly with your progression. You’ll want to try a few boards that have more aggressive performance features built in. These features will look and perform more sharp so you can build speed quicker and hold an aggressive edge out on the water.

Advanced, I've Got Skills Yo!  (You know what a Double Indy Tantrum and 450 back lip transfer look like...you also forget to check your equipment)

May we suggest: Circus, Team Meme, CameoO'Shea Pro, Langfield Pro

As a seasoned vet you’ll want to start paying more attention to the material build of the board and shape so you can tweak the performance based on your riding style. The board's build, material layup, and shape will offer large differences in performance benefits like weight, durability, flex and even pop. Hopefully by now you know what to look for depending on what where you're riding, your wakeboard size, and your skill level.

Lastly, what kind of performance characteristics do you prefer? 

Now, most of this will be determined by selecting your riding environment, body type, and riding style but understanding the basic theory behind performance characteristics will really help you dial in that perfect board!

Characteristics that affect speed & response:

  • Rocker type - Continuous, 3-Stage, or Blended 3-stage

Rocker directly affects the speed of the board as it rides on top of the water. The more rocker, the more water the board will push. This will make the board feel slower as more rocker is added. This begs the question, if adding more rocker is slower, why do we bend boards? The short answer: more rocker produces more explosive pop. The more rocker in the tip and tail of the board, the more energy produced off the wake. A more upward trajectory off the wake is created as more rocker is added.

Herein lies the challenge; pop high and lofty or pop far and fast? Our full line of boards answers this rocker question by creating an ideal blend of speed and pop aimed at the performance you’re expecting according to your suggested riding category for each board. Our focus has been trying to find the perfect blend of rocker lines for each board so you can enjoy your time on the water.

Characteristics that affect flex:

  • Shape

Usually, when people read the word shape, they understand the meaning as the perimeter outline of the board. The word shape is also meant to include the top and bottom surfaces and contours of the board. Along with thickness, materials, and rocker, shapes also affect the flex profile of a board. All these other flex variables aside, a flat base and flat top wakeboard has a softer flex profile when compared to a wakeboard with contours along the top & base.

Let us explain: first, visualize a thin sheet of aluminum alongside a corrugated piece of aluminum. If you bend the piece of flat aluminum, the sheet would bend easily and without much resistance. Now take the corrugated piece of aluminum and try to bend it across its corrugations - like you would flex a wakeboard. The corrugated sheet would flex very little. When you introduce angles into a flat surface, the angles reinforce and strengthen the surface creating stiffness & rigidity. This is why thin pieces of corrugated cardboard can hold weight exponentially greater than their own. 

Now apply this concept to a wakeboard. Adding contours that initially appear to be cosmetic (for example, a big step down along the perimeter of the board) actually introduce a new flex profile for the shape. This same concept applies to each unique shape when we add in channels and concaves. In our designs, this concept not only creates a unique flex profile but also an identity to each shape. 

  • Core Thickness

Core thickness is a simple concept. You can look at the thickness profile of a wakeboard by viewing it at eye level from the side. The areas that are thicker will be stiffer. The thicker the material the harder it is to bend. Most wakeboards will be stiffer under foot then taper to a thinner profile towards the nose and tail of the board. How much the board tapers from center to its ends depends on what type of riding the board is designed for. Boat specific wakeboards will stay a little thicker on the nose and tail for more stiffness while cable specific boards will taper to a much more thin profile. 

The density of core materials can vary and greatly affects the weight of the board. Higher density wood cores weigh more and are more durable and lively overall. Lower density foam cores weigh less and are typically not as durable without adding a substantial amount of reinforcement material.  The fibers of a wood core are intertwined creating a structure that won’t break as easily. This is part of the reason we use wood cores exclusively. Foam is made of tiny little bubbles. Each bubble is linked together at smaller points of contact which are not bonded as strong like the fibers of a wood core are. Small fractures occur within these microscopic contact points over time much quicker than wood cores.

From a performance standpoint, a heavier core will give the rider additional swing weight. This may make the board harder to maneuver in the air depending on where most of the weight is distributed in the core thickness profile. A lower density core will lower the swing weight overall and may make the board feel lighter on your feet depending on the reinforcements used. 

  • Layup

The layup refers to the resin and reinforcement used to laminate the layers of the board together during the manufacturing process. The layup process involves a multitude of components to select before we even start building. We have core components, resins, fiberglass, topsheets, reinforcement composites [fiberglass & carbon fiber], and even the type of ink. They all affect flex and performance in some way, some more than others. Epoxy based resins are most commonly used in wakeboard manufacturing and can vary in strength, flex and weight. Some resin systems cure to a very brittle state making a board feel more stiff. Others have a final cure that will flex more to give a board softer feel. This in combination with the reinforcements add yet another variable in the final outcome of a board’s final strength, flex and weight.

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Whew! Congrats for making it this far. By now you should be armed with enough info to make the right decision about buying a wakeboard. We encourage you to demo or try as many shapes as possible as you start to explore the different riding categories and find what works for you. We hope to see you out on the water enjoying the progression that follows.

Interested in learning more? Message us and let us know what questions you have.
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The 5 Best Places To Spend Downtime During Orlando Surf Expo

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As the summer comes to a close, we once again embark on that special time of year where the skateboard, surf, and wakeboard industries gather in sunny central Florida to reflect on the season’s epic bails, runaway successes, and unveil a preview of whats in store for 2017. While Surf Expo is undoubtedly a good time for the product junkie, there’s also considerable down time to venture outside the air conditioned hallways of the convention center and visit favorite spots around town. So after Beers & Premiers is finished, bikini runway shows have wrapped, and previous day’s hangovers have subsided, try one of these 5 local places near Orlando during Surf Expo downtime.

  1. Whirly Dome: Played indoors, this game plays like a mix of bumper cars, basketball, and lacrosse. Inside Tip // Surprisingly fun game and they have a decent selection of beers and cocktails for post game recovery.
  2. K-1 Speed: An indoor, high speed kart track. Inside Tip // K-1 has the fastest karts in Orlando (45mph)
  3. Magnolias Bar: A solid bar with a late 20s & early 30s crowd only a few blocks from Wall St. with a solid selection of craft beers, good music, and great bartenders. Inside Tip // The upstairs [if open] is a good space for billiards & a more private atmosphere with a small bar.
  4. Will’s Pub or The Social: Fantastic smaller music venues for local bands as well as larger touring acts. Yes, there will be PBR’s abound. Inside Tip // The stage at Will’s is tall and their speaker system is powerful so expect good viewing and loud music.
  5. Our Open House & Demo Center: If you have a shop and are curious about what we got planned for 2017 we’ll be hosting wakeboard demos and sneak peaks of the 2017 line the weekend of Surf Expo. Come kick it lakeside with us. Need a Bloody Mary before noon? covered. Want some time behind the boat? Covered. Join us Sept 8th-11th and get out of the convention center beer lines and into some boardshorts.

 

Can’t make it to the show, don’t own a shop, and just want to see the goods?  No problem!  We’ll have a stream showcasing what we have planned.  Stay connected to our Facebook channel for details.


Cable Mag's The Renovation 2016

Update: Seen it all?  Check out the exclusive behind the scenes content! 

After taking home the win for The Renovation 2015 last year at the Bricks in Germany, Team Humanoid returned for The Renovation 2016.  This year Hip-notics cable park in Turkey hosted The Renovation. If you are new to The Renovation, the event is simple. 3 teams send 3 riders to design, build, and ride park features.  Each team is given a budget and sent to work with a filmer close by.  An online audience casts votes in a number of events that include best setup, best line, best photo, and best all around riding. This year the team received warm weather, plenty of sunshine and stacks of new Unit features.  With team riders Chris O & Nick Dorsey recovering from injuries, we sent Mitch LangfieldTrevor Bashir, and Oli Breumlund out to Turkey!  Check out what they came up with and don't forget to cast your vote for best setup! The event goes live at The Renovation's site July 26th at 2 pm et. First up - best setup! Bookmark this page for more updates and behind the scenes action.

 

 

Watch all the videos and VOTE HERE!

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"We took the part that has Raph's signature off and renamed it the C@#! rail in duct tape.  We put a solid two days into designing and getting supplies but then weren't allowed to take the Raph apart to do our original design.  This is what we came up with and it lived up to the name pretty quickly!" -Mitch Langfield

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BEST LINE // HUMANOID

Watch all the videos and VOTE HERE!

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BEST PHOTO // HUMANOID

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"I had my 25th birthday over there because my birthdays in June (always during the season).  I've had my birthday in a bunch of countries.. Most of the time we just go out but this year I think it was Steffen and Denny who organised a cake so that was cool of them! Then we all got drunk and had a sick night at the park!" -Mitch Langfield

See all the photos and VOTE HERE!

BEST RIDING // HUMANOID

Watch all the videos and VOTE HERE!

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"The week got pretty stressful at times.. This type of thing is what we do for fun but when you add a time frame, cameras, a language barrier and in the back of your mind you still know it's a contest, everyone's drive doubles! Our team is such a tight team and we are all good mates so we always were turning everything into a joke.   The whole time even when we were stressed we were laughing and drinking beers!" -Mitch Langfield

 

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"Denny and Steffen along with all the photographers killed it!!! It's really hard to organize 9 wakeboarders and they kept the ball rolling the whole time!" -Mitch Langfield
FULL VIDEO RECAP

MVP// MITCH LANGFIELD

Once the last banger was filmed and the final photo was taken the crew sat together to vote for the most outstanding rider of The Renovation 2016.

He threw the most bangers, worked the hardest and probably drank the most beers!

Congrats Mitch!

Want more?  Check out the exclusive behind the scenes content! 


Humanoid Holiday 10 day giveaway

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The holidays are in full swing. Slamming egg nog with grandpa Louis, Christmas songs with Luther Vandross, and exotic cheeses are just a few things we look forward to this time of year. For this holiday season at Humanoid HQ, we wanted to do something special. Our very first Humanoid Holiday 10 day giveaway includes some of our favorite gear of the year and a few special goodies to help you brave the holiday season. Starting on the 15th, we are announcing 10 straight days of winners. All you have to do to enter the holiday giveaway is subscribe below. If you are already subscribed - you are automatically entered. This giveaway is limited to U.S. residents only.

Day 1: 2016 2 Uppers & Downers Mugs & 2 Zen Warrior Koozies for holiday drinking buddies
Day 1 Winner! Justin N. -Minnesota
Day 2: 2016 Humanoid x WSR Oralé snapback hat & Pull Happy Hour 5 panel hat
Day 2 Winner! Mitchell M. -Georgia
Day 3: Team Towelie exclusive beach towel with formula 420 cleaner
Day 3 Winner! Nick D. -Ohio
Day 4: Union Mag volume 1 Randall Harris signed cover
Day 4 Winner! James R. -Massachusetts
Day 5: Odyssey CAT wakeboard Boot
Day 5 Winner! Mike T. -Michigan
Day 6: Howl desert camo wakeboard boot
Day 6 Winner! Morgan W. -California
Day 7: 2016 Sandbox x Humanoid collab wakeboard helmet
Day 7 Winner! Chantelle W. -California
Day 8: 2016 O'Shea Park wakeboard
Day 8 Winner! Billy A. -Florida
Day 9: 2016 Langfield Pro wakeboard
Day 9 Winner! Weston F. -Texas
Day 10: 2016 Randall Harris Circus wakeboard
Day 10 Winner! Gina V. -California

Sign up for the Humanoid 10 day Holiday Giveaway



Best of 2015...

As the season comes to an end here in the northern hemisphere its time for some refection on what went down. Enjoy a list of our favorite edits from the year; The Renovation, No Hux Given, Lords of Swag Town, Going Down on America, Home Sweet Home, Kyle's Raw Interview, Mixed Tape Leftovers, The Coalition Vol. 2-3 and Consolidated. Better than watching your favorite cat videos on youtube...we guarantee it.

The Renovation: Full Recap

The Renovation 2015 | Full Recap from Steffen Vollert on Vimeo.

The Renovation: Comments

The Renovation 2015 | Comments from Steffen Vollert on Vimeo.

No Hux Given: Trailer/Factory Shots

No Hux Given Trailer from Humanoid Wakeboards on Vimeo.

No Hux Given: Part I

No Hux Given: Part One - McCormick's and Valdosta from Humanoid Wakeboards on Vimeo.

No Hux Given: Part II

No Hux Given: Part Deux- Terminus from Humanoid Wakeboards on Vimeo.

No Hux Given: Part III

No Hux Given- Part III: Jib/Gaston from Humanoid Wakeboards on Vimeo.

Lords of Swag Town

Lords Of Swag Town from Dustin O'Ferrall on Vimeo.

Clayton Underwood's 'Going Down on America'

Clay's 'Going Down on America'


Wes Gumpel and Leo Christelle - Home Sweet Home from J.FILMS on Vimeo.

Young Liars

Young Liars: Drew Austin & Alex Graydon from Drew Austin on Vimeo.

Kyle's Raw Interview

Kyle Schmidt : Raw Interview from Union Wakeboarder Magazine on Vimeo.

Chris O'Shea's Mixed Tape Leftovers

Mixed Tape Leftovers - Al Sur/Odyssey with O'Shea from Union Wakeboarder Magazine on Vimeo.

Oli and JLee in the Coalition Vol. 2

The Coalition Vol. 2 : Ambush Riders and friends from Wesley Mark Jacobsen on Vimeo.

Oli in the Coalition Vol.3

Coalition Vol. 3 : Dosaydabai Edition from Wesley Mark Jacobsen on Vimeo.

Bob Sichel's Consolidated

Consolidating | Bob Sichel from Taylor Hanley on Vimeo.


Cable Mag's The Renovation 2015

This is classic...watch what went down behind the scenes of the Renovation.

The Renovation 2015 | Comments from The Renovation on Vimeo.

Have you been wondering how much hard work and dedication went into making The Renovation a success? Well watch this video for a behind the scenes look at just how serious these guys take their jobs.

Thanks again for the support:

Slingshot Wake
Humanoid
GoPro
The Bricks
The Cable - Wakeboard Magazine
UNION Wakeboarder

Dylan Miller, Nick Dorsey, Mitch Langfield, Chris O'shea, Tobias Rittig, Steffen Vollert, Denny Bräuniger, Sandra Reich, Andy Kolb, Stefan Eigner, Lennart Ritscher, The Suess Family, Jan Kissmann and everybody we forgot.


Chris O'Shea's Best Wakeboarding Videos 2008-2013

Live. Chris O'Shea footage 2008 - 2013 from Union Wakeboarder Magazine on Vimeo.

Perhaps more than any other rider, Chris O'Shea has paved his own way. His journey has been of speculation and reason, of losses & victory, and of battles & vindications. So with all Chris O’Shea is doing or has done, it can sometimes become lost that he is one of the world’s elite wakeboarders. As proof we put together a collection of old and new footage taken from Box of Fun by Collin Harrington, In-Transit by Josh Robinson, & his Summer Trails Josh Robinson. Enjoy!


Spray Paint [tag] Your Wakeboard Cheap, Quick & Easy Way

Summer is just around the corner.  Time to dust off yo' ride and give it a lil extra flavor.  In this tutorial I will show you a cheap and effective way to tag your board.  You can apply this technique to  just about anything you want  - rails, boots, boats or even your girlfriend's tiny dog!

First, the essential tools...

1. spray paint - I use Montana spray paint.  You can find them for about $9 a can which is about $5 more than you'd be paying for "regular" spray paint but I'm willing to spend that cause it dries quicker and lasts longer both in the can and on whatever you spray

2. x-acto knife - We'll be using this to cut out our design

3. 1 side of a manila folder - This is used as our stencil

4. Painter's tape - Used to keep our design in place while we cut it out of the manila folder.  You can also pick up some M3 Super 77 spray for a couple extra dollars.

5. design - This is what we'll be cutting out.  You can print the design out on computer paper, do it freehand or even place a photo over the top to trace out.

Step 1

Grab your design and tape it to one side of your manila folder or use the Super 77 spray to do so.  I decided to use Jake Pickle's icon because he showed me this technique.  Thanks Jake!

Step 2

Cut out your design using the x-acto knife.  This part takes a little practice, especially when cutting around corners and arcs.  It helps to use your fingertips to rotate the knife subtly as you cut instead of applying heavy pressure to direct the knife.  You might need to re-cut parts of the design that didn't get sliced on your first go around.


Step 3

Now onto the fun part.  Grab your spray paint, stencil and tape (optional) and place your stencil on the surface you want to spray.  I chose to grab a proto of the Oracle cause it had a nice white surface.  If you want your stencil clean & precise then I would recommend taping it to the surface you want to spray.  Sometimes you can get a cool burned/blurry look if you just hold the folder with your hand.  Make your sprays light and use a sweeping motion.  Heavier sprays tend to smear your design when you take off the stencil.  If you want that popular drippy look to your design then hold the spray can in place about 2 inches above the surface you're spraying and hold the spray for about 3 seconds.  For the drip effect make sure you spray inside the design, with the stencil removed, or else you'll end up botching the design....Doh!

That's it! Remove your stencil, grab your shred stick and start ripping.  Your stencil should last for about 30 sprays.