Damn, this could not have gone to a better rider, better influence on our sport, or better person in general. All your hard work on and off the water paid off, Massi.
We had our hearts set on Massi (for obvious reasons), but it’s really inspiring to hear all of Massi’s peers rallying behind such a great rider as well.
Massi had an incredible year coming off a pretty gnarly injury, and you can tell that, as soon as he received the “clear to ride” from his doctor, Massi was ready to go to work. And, THAT HE DID!
It’s undeniable that you are a threat behind the boat and have an incredible style that continually leaves jaws on the floor when you ride, but BRUH…let’s talk about your winching and cable skills really quick. MIND-BLOWING. Read More >
Wakeboards with 3-stage rockers feature two distinct bend points and three distinct planes on the bottom of the board. They’re distinct from continuous rocker wakeboards in that they respond with more bucking/explosive/vertical pop, while the pop offered by continuous rocker wakeboards can be characterized as more “horizontal” than “vertical.” Read on to discover our picks for the top 3-stage rocker wakeboards for 2019.
Liquid Force 2019 Remedy
How does Harley Clifford win almost every contest he enters? Years of practice and dedication, of course, along with a little help from the Remedy. With an aggressive 3-stage rocker and triple concave flowing into the venture quad channels, this board will take you and your riding straight up. Read More >
We just got back from the 2018 Ronix Wake Dealer Days at Radar Lake and basically just checked everything off the ol’ bucket list. The totality of what Herb O’Brien built definitely lived up to my expectations and more. Radar Lake and the property it sits on is basically the eight wonder of the world.
Sleepless in Seattle
Billy and I flew into Seattle pretty early and decided to head to the Pike Place Market and grab some food before our trip to Radar, and it was exactly what I thought it would be. Crowded. We made our way past the throwing of dead fish and walked to a spot Billy had previously went to called Cutters Crabhouse that overlooked Elliott Bay in the Puget Sound. Super sick spot and would recommend.
Off to Radar Lake
We hit the road and nothing shy of 30 minutes later we arrived at the pearly gates of heaven on earth. Once we received the secret code we were in. It was exactly as I had imagined. The pristine waters of Radar Lake were in my direct line of site and a boat was headed towards us and the rider being pulled had a smile so large I could see it from hundreds of yards away. Billy and I were given a truly mint camping site and we parked our epic rental car (Ford Focus “Titanium” edition) and got our gear dialed into our own separate tents for the trip.
After getting settled in and catching up with our rep, longtime friend and Ronix OG Danny Harf offered to show us around the property a bit. I’m talking hundreds of acres in the pristine Pacific Northwest here people…trees that are over a hundred years old and trails for miles and miles. So, we saddled up some trusty four wheel steeds and preceded to act like 13-year-olds who just stole their dad’s ATVs. Such an epic adventure. Here are a few one-handed driving photos (yeah…super easy and safe, let me tell you).
Visiting the Ronix HQ
We were given the opportunity to go visit the world headquarters of Ronix/Radar/Eight.3 (Square One Distribution), which was really cool to see in person. Their warehouse is super high tech and features some of the coolest office spaces I’ve ever seen. Really appreciated the level of detail that they work by. They’ve set the bar pretty high, one of the most badass warehouses ever.
The Club at Snoqualmie Ridge
EDIT: If you don’t like golf scroll past this one…hahaha
Oh, you better believe we did this. The TPC Snoqualmie course is the only Jack Nicklaus designed course in the entire state of Washington. Jason Standley (Ronix Shaper) organized a round of golf for a few of us and I ended up playing with Massi and D. Harf for what would be a round I’ll never forget. Massi’s antics and outfit was one for the books and kept Dan and me laughing the entire time. Basically, the views on this course were phenomenal and the course was in excellent shape, as it is preparing to host the 2018 Boeing Classic. Seriously, the shit was super perfect.
Camp Fire Vibes
Can’t forget about the iconic camp fires that we’ve heard about and finally got to experience firsthand. All we can say is that you have to be there because what is said around the fire stays at the fire.
P.S. You better step up your music playlist because it will be judged…hahaha
Massi Piffaretti recently went to Philidelphia of all places with Gordon Harrison and certified GOAT Parks Bonifay for a Wakeboarding Mag piece. Bryan Soderlind is hands down one of the best photographers on the planet and captured some really insane images and the article is now live! Do yourself a favor and peep the article.
What’s the most important part of your wakeboard set up you ask? The bindings.
Wakeboard bindings have come a long way since the inception of our sport. From sandal models to closed toe models and everything in between. Along the way we’ve seen all kinds of closure systems and we wanted to break down what is going to be available for the 2018 season and help you choose the best style of binding for your riding needs!
This topic is highly subjective and based on personal preference, but keep an open mind to new things, as your next pair of bindings might be your favorite pair yet!
Here’s your tried and true option, just like momma’s peanut butter and jelly sandwich. You know it’s good, you know you like it, you know it works!
This is probably the most common type of closure found in wakeboard bindings…mainly because so many riders like how lacing up a binding feels. Or…maybe it’s all they’ve ever known.
Just like a pair of running shoes or hiking boots, you can distribute as much pressure as you like from the bridge of foot all the way up your shin depending on how high your bindings come up. Most lace bindings either have a single lace or double lace closure. If you’re considering a couple models, always look for a dual lace closure binding. These will have a lace that secures the bridge of your foot and then another lace that secures the area above your ankle to your shin. Single lace bindings are still good options for riders who are getting into the sport, but dual lace closures are undeniably better for any rider and are going to be way more comfortable.
Here are a couple of examples of lace closure bindings we can get behind this season:
Rule number one with Velcro: Do not let anyone tell you Velcro doesn’t work.
Personally, I had a pair of Velcro closure bindings when I started riding. They were the 2001 Hyperlite Split Boots, actually. If you had asked me about Velcro bindings back then, I would have argued that Velcro was a pain in the ass and sucked because you couldn’t continue to ride your bindings after the Velcro wore out. The models out now for 2018 basically feature NASA-grade Velcro…so this is no longer an issue. The type of Velcro brands are using these days has a much better hold and will not wear out like the Velcro I was using over 17 years ago. Even if they do, in most cases replacement straps available to ensure you get the most out of your bindings.
These tend to be the easiest bindings to get in and out of, and who doesn’t like easy? Similar to lace closures, you can dial in the fit of your bindings with a 2-strap or 3-strap closure. Some riders prefer Velcro because they have found a way to get different flexes out of their bindings, depending on how they want to ride that day. It’s really hard to get that out of a lace closure.
By cinching each strap as tight as you can, you end up getting a stiffer feel and tons of ankle support. By only tightening the lower straps and leaving the upper strap a little looser, you can get a more flexible feel and tons of mobility. This is great if you’re the type of rider who likes to tweak out your grabs and add your own personal flavor to the way you throw a trick.
I had the chance to ride a pair of the 4D Hook behind the boat, as well as at the cable park, and I have to say that it’s a win-win in either scenario. I would recommend Velcro to anyone, especially these from Liquid Force!
One drawback for lace and Velcro closure bindings is that, during a long set behind the boat or a long session at the cable park, the closures can loosen up and require re-tightening in order to keep riding. The best way to combat having to deal with that mid-session is with a set of Boa closure bindings. Applying this technology from the snowboard industry to wakeboard binding construction has been a game-changer for sure.
One of the most popular bindings we carry featuring Boa would be the Hyperlite 2018 Kruz Boots. Check out the video below to see them in action:
Boa closures will keep your binding as tight as you want until you’re ready to take them off. Super easy to use and backed by a lifetime warranty on the Boa itself, it’s definitely worth the investment.
Oh snap, son! What are those?
These? They’re Gummy Straps!
This new closure boasts:
“No more loosening over time, no more Velcro, and no more cumbersome closure systems. Gummy Straps stretch when you fasten them, then squeeze your boots tight as you ride.”
If that statement from Slingshot isn’t enough to pique your interest, then you need to get up and get your feet into a pair of these!
After getting my hands on a pair of KTV bindings, I can say from personal experience that these things are next-level awesome. They honestly have all the pros of laces, Velcro, and Boa all wrapped up into one easy-to-use strap…with no drawbacks at all.
The entire 2018 Slingshot binding lineup, from the Option to the RAD, come with Gummy Straps. They even come with an extra set of alternate colors to mix things up! You can’t knock that!
Each type of closure can and will compliment your riding in different ways. The best thing to do is think about what’s most important to you and where you want to take your riding, and go from there. Comfort certainly plays a big part in your decision, but give your feet the consideration they deserve and let our team help you get dialed for 2018.