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Postby Guest » Wed Aug 28, 2002 2:17 pm

Curious about any comments on board weight. Anyone have anything to say about this topic?

Also...(maybe Dwight can answer this)...I'm interested to know whether the Wavetray is a heavy, or light, board. The ZeroGravity I've been testing for a 142 seems pretty heavy. Distinctly heavier than the Slingshot Jarvis 157, Dimis 157, and Litewave 169 I've been riding recently.

I have never seen a Wavetray in person and am thinking of testing a few to rep in the chicago area. Anyone comment?

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Postby Dwight » Wed Aug 28, 2002 3:28 pm

The Wave Tray is middle of the pack in weight. Not as light as my old Robert’s. It was made like a windsurfer, with paper thin glass. It would dent on the bottom when bumped against my harness buckle. That type of construction was OK with me because I grew up using custom boards. Most consumers want durability.

Underground has gone for a durable board. They use gel coat to help with this. For hand made epoxy boards, they hold up well enough to satisfy the typical production board buyer. The weight is similar to Slingshot, depending on which ones you weigh. About what you’d expect from an epoxy carbon board glassed for durability.

For what the pros ride, I can only tell you about Underground riders. They all ride stock weight/construction boards. Underground has only built one special light weight comp board. It was for Cindy Mosey. Martin Vari and the rest, all ride stock weight boards. I got the impression Cindy rides stock boards now too. If you’re thinking about asking Underground to build you a throw away model, the answer is no. It’s already been asked. They don’t want their reputation tarnished with crap boards in circulation.

My friends did see a few Gorge Games riders using super light throw away boards, but not Underground guys. You can’t sell stuff like that to your customers and keep them as customers.

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Postby chicagokitesurfer » Wed Aug 28, 2002 4:00 pm

Thanks for responding, Dwight. I agree durability is key with customers. Not asking for a throw-away board. Nice to see its a lighter-weight board. So for durability, is the Underground board glassed on the bottom and the deck?

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Postby Dwight » Wed Aug 28, 2002 4:53 pm

So for durability, is the Underground board glassed on the bottom and the deck?


Yes, it's a true custom epoxy carbon board.


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