For a sport that was considered to be novel by most watersport critics, wakeskating has made great strides in asserting itself as a sport that is here to stay. There have been many contributing factors to the rising popularity of wakeskating, and the advancement of board technology is a major contributor in the progression of the sport.
So for 2013 Ronix Wake manufacturing has released a skate that sports the latest in skate technology, and carries with it the endorsement of wakeskate tastemaker, Reed Hansen. It's the aptly titled Ronix Boomstick, and everything about it just says -- "boom!"
Rider Skill: Beginner to Advanced
Construction: Compression Molded Wood
Rocker Type: Hybrid
Weight: 14 lbs.
Fins: Two .8" wakeskate fins
Pro Athlete: Reed Hansen
Sizes Available: 40", 42", 44"
Picking up the Boomstick, for the first time you will notice how incredibly beefy this skate is. Pumped up to a mighty 14 lbs. it is heavy enough to make it extra stable while riding, but still incredibly maneuverable while airborne.
Also, worth noting is the bi-level design. It has become widely accepted that bi-level design is superior for controlling tricks on a wakeskate because the bottom deck rides in the water, somewhat independently of the top deck where the riders feet are. If these seems a bit confusing, take a look at the picture and you will be able to see how the bi-level design works.
This shape creates a more predictable ride and feel, and for serious wakeskaters that means they will be able to spin and flip the board with greater ease; plus if a trick goes awry in mid air a bi-level design will be a lot more forgiving than a traditional single deck.
The Boomstick also features Ronix’s latest formula of compression molded wood, the full recipe seems to be a secret, but it promises to provide plenty of pop with excellent strength for those less than smooth landings. Developers have said that this is their most advanced skate to date, and from a first look it appears to absolutely live up to the hype.
- The concave starts in the center of the board and then tapers to the ends for a more controllable flip.
- Hybrid Rocker – isn’t too explosive, or inconsistent off the wake, instead you’ll get more Glide Speed from this arc.
- Compression Molding – the most durable wood skate out there.
- Sintered Base for easy rail slides.
- ABS sidewall - reducing the chances of delamination and side impacts.
- The "poppiest" wood Ronix has ever tested
Who’s this skate for?
When it comes to finding the right wakeskate, personal preference is king. For beginners it is important to demo a lot of boards to find what fits your personal riding style. And the Boomstick would absolutely be great for beginners because it offers strong stability and control which is essential to learning wakeskating.
Having said that, Ronix has created this skate with serious wakeskaters in mind, and considering that it is one of the most expensive skates on the market, beginners may wish to start with something made for entry level riding.
Make sure you check out the Boomstick and other great skates from Ronix at 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.