Last week Shawn Watson, Shane Bonifay, and Jimmy LaRiche all stopped by the WakeMAKERS HQ while in town for the grand opening of Lifestyle Wake, Central Oregon’s new inboard boat dealership. The first shipment of 2017 Liquid Force wakesurf boards had just arrived and Shawn was more than happy to show off his redesigned Dart.
Watch the video below to hear Shawn Watson discuss the redesigned Dart shape and improvements for 2017.
-Wider tail shape for added push down the line and pop off the lip of the wake
-Innegra tail reinforcement for more explosive pop on airs and softer landings
-Slightly lower tail rocker and increased nose rocker for more glide speed
In the blink of an eye summer has quickly passed by. It is now time for us to turn our attention to next year. This is always an exciting time of the year at the office as all the brands begin to unveil their products for the following year.
Liquid Force has unveiled next year’s wakesurf boards and there are some exciting new additions to the lineup including four brand new shapes as well as a totally redesigned Dart shape. One of the most highly anticipated additions to the Liquid Force wakesurf lineup this year is the Super Tramp, Dominic Lagace’s newest pro model.
After riding his Doum for the past several years, Dominic Lagace is making a splash in 2017 with the debut of his newest pro model board. The waves are bigger and better than ever before so Dom wanted a new board that is better suited for the monstrous waves boats are throwing these days. His newest creation… the Super Tramp, a skim hybrid shape that looks to be a hit among skim style riders.
WakeMAKERS.com sat down with Dominic Lagace to learn all about the Super Tramp, his all-new skim hybrid.
Congrats on the new pro model Dom! What Liquid Force wakesurf board were you riding previously?
I’ve been riding my LF Doum Pro 54″
Can you please describe Super Tramp? How does this new shape ride in the water?
The Super Tramp definitely has a little more surfy feeling to it than my previous boards. This board is definitely more of a skim hybrid shape. It has a lot of snappiness, more explosive pop, and is very light. The shape features a narrower outline than traditional skim boards, making it easier to switch from edge to edge. This is a serious help once you start trying spins, airs, and lip tricks.
What size Super Tramp are you riding?
I am riding the 4’3” Super Tramp
How does the Super Tramp compare to the Doum Pro? What changes did you look to make with your new pro model board?
Now days the waves are so much bigger and better than they were just a couple years ago. The waves have way more push now so I can ride a smaller board than before. The surf construction with the foam core and glass overlay gives the rider way more feel on the water than a compression molded board.
Which other wakesurf boards in the 2017 Liquid Force lineup are you most excited?
Probably the Dart. Liquid Force took one of the more fun boards in the lineup and made it even better for this year.
What is it like to see fellow Liquid Force rider Austin Keen get his own pro model board?
It is very cool to see Austin get his own pro model board. This a huge accomplishment and well deserved. He is an awesome dude. A very talented rider and original personality. He is a great ambassador for Liquid Force and the sport of wakesurfing. I haven’t been able to ride the Keen yet but I can’t wait to get on the water and try it out!
The Super Tramp is the board for you if…
You want to the ability to cruise or rip. Most importantly, you love to have fun on the water. The Super Tramp is the board for you if you are looking for a skim style board but still want some of that surfy feeling.
Laguna Beach, CA – August 29th, 2016 – LF’s Austin Keen battled his way through a competitive bracket of the worlds best athletes and was victorious at the 40th Annual “The Vic” World Championship of Skimboarding. Austin’s win made him the first competitor from the East Coast to win the sport’s most prestigious 40-year running event. “To win The Vic is something that I’ve dreamed about since I was 15-years-old”, said Keen. “It’s right up there with winning the world Title in 2013, and was a personal goal of mine. I’ve been close before and made to the finals in 2014 and 2015, but came up short which makes it that much more special to win this year on the 40th anniversary of the event”. Austin’s name will be memorialized on The Vic’s perpetual trophy along with the sports greats.
There is something refreshing about the unbridled fire that burns in young riders. From the perspective of years inside wakeboarding it can seem naive or even brash, but the fuel that feeds it is pure passion – a love for the sport they’re still learning so much about. That is the case with Guenther Oka, perhaps the best all-around barely-legal rider on the planet. Six months ago Guenther was another 17-year-old kid hopeful of breaking through and legitimately making it. Not making it in terms of slapping stickers on his board and living off the bank of Mom and Dad, but making it by actually making some noise and getting contracts. Last year he dropped a couple videos that turned heads and the rumblings could be heard amongst riders and team managers alike. Guenther was a kid to look out for. Now he’s doing his best to prove those rumblings true and surpass expectations – and he’s doing a damn good job doing it. A wild card entry into this year’s Jamboree, Guenther left Texas with the respect and admiration of all the other riders there. And just before this issue went to print he snagged a victory at FISE in France. We sat down with Guenther just before and after Jamboree, hoping he’d have a good experience at the famed event and provide the unique inside of a kid just starting his career as a pro. What amazed us was not just how passionate Guenther is about wakeboarding, but how poised he is about what it’s going to take to be successful in the future and what might need to be done to keep the sport alive and growing.