The name Byerly has become synonymous with wakeskating. This is due partly in fact that pro wakeboarder turned pro wakeskater Scott Byerly was one of the original pioneers of the sport, and he just happens to own an entire company dedicated to making high quality, hand crafted, wake vehicles.
After looking through the 2013 Byerly lineup, the Heritage wakeskate is definitely a standout performer. I don’t know if the sport of wakeskating is old enough to have a “classic” design style, but if there is one, then the Heritage epitomizes it.
Rider Skill: Beginner to Advanced
Construction: 12 Ply Wood
Rocker Type: Blended 3 Stage
Fins: Two .8" blunt fins
Shaper: Scott “Butch” Bouchard
Warranty: 90 Days
Sizes Available: 39”, 41"
How, you ask, is this a classic design? For starters, it is built off of a simple single deck 12 ply pressed wood construction, with mellow sloped kick tails at both ends. And when you pick it up, it feels sturdy -- no squeaks or creaks, no impurities in the wood layers, not even one spot of discoloration in the graphics. This skate is so pristine that it leaves you with the impression that Scott Byerly himself hand inspects every board before it is sent to the public.
The rocker design is also staged perfectly to allow for strong edge hold while turning and still provides plenty of pop coming off of the wake. Ultimately, it was given this shape to give you explosive results off the crest of the wake, but not at the expense of having smooth buttery landings.
Some wakeskates have issues with creating suction on the surface of the water, which can be a big hindrance to getting airborne. In order to prevent that from happening, the Heritage has been machined with two slight channels on the bottom to allow water to displace properly. In effect, the rider has more control while turning, and the board releases from the water surface with minimal exertion.
Even though the Byerly brand is relatively young, they make no qualms about conducting extensive research and development into every single one of their products. Therefore, if you’re considering the Byerly Heritage, you can feel confident knowing that great time and care was put into the construction of your new skate.
- Variable Edge Bevel
- Die Cut Griptape Top.
- Concave Top.
- Handmade and hand shaped.
Who’s this skate for?
As I have mentioned in the past, when it comes to finding the right wakeskate, there is no way to truly tell if one will be better for your over the other. Wakeskaters develop a unique personal style that is hard to categorize, so it will always come down to personal preference.
The Byerly Heritage is a great wakeskate, one that is well suited for skaters of all abilities. However, before making your mind up about any new piece of equipment, it is always important to demo as many different varieties as possible. This is especially true when it comes to wakeskates because, once again, you will find that your own personal preference will be the determining factor.
If you’d like more info on the Byerly brand of wakeskates, then check out their official website.
Do you need help finding the perfect slalom ski?
Whether you’re new to wakeskating, or you’ve been doing it for years, there is wakeskate out there for every skill level. So please feel free to drop me an email and let me know about your riding history and what your goals are. I would be happy to make a recommendation for you based on your own individual needs.