The “flex board” phenomenon has picked up tremendous momentum over the past five years. Lately, with opinion leaders like Shawn Watson, Gabe Lucas, Jeff Mckee, and Kevin Henshaw giving their nod of approval to these nontraditional boards, one can’t ignore the potential of flex. I personally have not ridden a traditionally constructed wakeboard since the Fall of 2007, back when only one or two major brands had fully committed to the idea of manufacturing a flexible wakeboard.
Fast forward to 2012 and almost every major wakeboard manufacturer offers some kind of flex board in their line up with applications ranging from solely hitting sliders (like the early Hyperlite Roam series) to charging the wake fast and hard (like the new 2012 Slingshot Lyman). Here’s a quick guide to contrast some of the most prominent flex boards on the market for 2012.