Yup, black appears to be what they came up with huh? The simple fact of the matter is that John designs and shapes the boards, but when it comes time for production, the graphics that will appear on the board is someone else's responsibility and job altogether, not Johns. John's input on the graphics is basically "Re-do the Doyle logo on the boards to closer match my original Doyle logo which is much easier to see, read and identify." So, if you look to notice, you will see the little oval on the boards that USED to say 'Doyle-project eleven-cause other boards only go to ten' and had John's signature on them, NOW are just an oval with the word 'DOYLE' in it for the 2003 lineup. Aside from Doyle's signature logo, he has not much to do at all with the graphics that end up on the board. That would be Wyman's job and department. I am telling you this so that you don't or didn't go away thinking that John didn't care or doesn't listen to your or other riders input, because he does.
murdoc...Why spend 650 on an SS board when you can get a wakeboard for 300? Well, have you tried just using a wakeboard? I know, I know, they work well too when their's enough power, but how many wave faces have been down on one of them?
I'd say spend the money on the SS board instead of a wakeboard because;
1-The wakeboard is designed for wakeboarding and the kiteboard is designed for kiteboarding...and kiteboarding is what I'd be using it for.
2-The wakeboard prolly isn't going to do too well in large chop or in waves in comparison to the SS.
3-The SS board will have a the strong Duraglide bottom that is killer for sliding logs, sliders, boats, rocks, fishing poles, fishermen, windsurf masts and other neat stuff.
4-The SS board says 'SlingShot' and 'Doyle' on it...not that it matters, but if you are one of those trendy fashion type bugs, that's a PLUS for them I am sure.
5-SS offers a 1 year warranty on all of their products. I dunno how long it is in the wakeboard industry...could be 3 months to 3 years for all I know.
6-When and if you decide to sell your board for a new one, I bet you will sell a kiteboarder an SS kiteboard way quicker than you will find a sucker to buy that wakeboard.
7-FINS!?!? Or at least more of them.
8-Can be ridden and stayed upwind on well under hurricane strength conditions. Wakeboards need lot's of power.
9-You will be buying from a very reputable company with some pretty serious customer support and relations.
10-You will be riding the same boards as most of the pro SS team riders...if that matters to you.
Theirs 10 reasons I can come up with without even thinking about it as to why I would do the SS board over a wakeboard.
My emails acting like a basket case again. No biggie though, I can access and use it via the web too if I have to, it's just much harder for me to do that way and slows me down a bit. I am in the process of building 2 more PC's as we speak...I am typing this while waiting on the other pc's formating, OS installations and whatnot. I'll set my email account up on one of these new machines as soon as I have it running in full and all updated. Shouldn't be but a few more hours out. I'll be in touch in a bit though. Sounds to me like you and I are on the same wavelength and batting for the same teams so we SHOULD hook up!
Got's to run...Windows setup is asking for input. Talk back at ya's in a bit!