Dating back to early in the development of the R-Series board project, I've been intrigued by the idea of getting this board in the hands of some capable wake surfers.
The thinking being that the R-Series board would be super slick to haul around on a boat. (No wax to melt, and it's soft-ish so it would be easy to stash onboard.) And, since it's only 5'4 and has a fairly wide tail, the board would have plenty of loos drive for riding the short, punchy waves that a boat tends to kick up.
In May, I had the opportunity to travel to Austin and hang with some dyed-in-the-wool Wake Surfing types who know a fair bit about what works behind the boat.
Big thank you to Alec Cameron, Tegan Gainan, Morgan Lohmeier, and Baylie Beebe for allowing a Californian novice out on the boat with you guys.
Fortunately, Texans are extremely friendly and they were gracious enough to alternate between their usual wake surfing crafts and this mysterious black foam board that I brought with me from California.
They informed me that less is more when it comes to fins for wake surfboards. Everything tends to be stiffer behind the boat, so use less fin. In this case, we tried the 5'4 R-Series Secret Menu both finless, and as a twin fin (simply by removing the trailers on the quad.)
Tegan's first wave.
Morgan riding the board finless for the first time:
Finless R-Series Wake Test 001 from Almond Surfboards on Vimeo.
I'm looking forward to next Spring/Summer to spend more time on the freshwater surfing the R-Series 5'4 Secret Menu.