The Launch of Prospect Wakeboards
Prospect is stoked to be launching our new line of wakeboards to riders looking for a fresh new alternative to the wake technologies that have been around forever. We've put our minds to the grindstone to create not only a board that rides great, offers smart material and shaping enhancements to up anyones riding game from beginner to pro. Riders looking for something unique, something that 5 other buddies don't have, something that reaches outside the box are Prospect "Prospects" (riders who look to creatively up the level of riding in with a style that is different from every other bro in the park). They guys at Prospect have come up with an awesome formula to a wakeboard that performs on wake and in the park.
Capabilities Match Needs
The evolution of wakeboarding has brought new needs in performance and durability as riders progress from strictly riding behind a boat to street style winch sessions and terrain park style riding as cable parks grow in popularity.
Different flex patterns, rocker profiles, and shaping has become a staple in upping the riding game. Making a wakeboard that jumps better, presses easier, and provides forgiving flex at the right moments is part of what we've developed. The simple tweaks we've created are key to making a wakeboard that rides great in all conditions and leaves other boards scrambling to duplicate the same feel.
The introduction of different sliding surfaces from plastic to concrete and chances of impact require a more durable construction; A construction that snowboards have strived for and developed for several years. The materials used in snowboards: the wood core, the UMHW sintered base, ultra tough resins and reinforcements (minus the edges) are what we use to make an absolutely bomber wakeboard. From our impact resistant urethane sidewalls, the sintered snowboard base, to the rubber toughened fracture resistant epoxy we use to keep it all together.
Ultra Durable construction and materials
No more explosions on unfortunate impacts or debilitating dings from dropping the board out of the boat. Who hasn't dropped their foam core wakeboard only to see the crumbles of foam tears drop out of the corner that looks like it went into a ballistic explosion? Our boards have bomber durability because of our 80A durometer seamless urethane rubber sidewalls, the ultra slick and waxable (for faster slicker ride) UMHW snowboard base material, and "Naturally" impact resistant wood core. We use materials that are built to keep shape when the hard riding gets tough.
Unique riders, Unique wakeboards
Prospect wakeboards are for someone who sees that wakeboarding is a bitchin way of self expression for the modern athlete and realizes that there is more than just the staple brands in life. One thing is simple, status quo is bullshit and having the desired products from mass produced companies is somehow programmed to be cool.
Riders sporting the same gear as everyone else sets a path that will have you working up to looking like every other rider. The same gear leads to the same style, the same tricks. Where is the fun in that? Prospect says ditch that ideal and create a whole new ride that creates new outlets to create a swag riding style to outpace the standard trick library everyone else is working toward.
Easy tail presses and Pop on Jumplines
Making an easy pressing wakeboard that also has good pop on jumps has been 2 distinct opposites until now. We created a rocker profile that others just haven't thought to combine. First a pivot point directly under foot creates a fulcrum or tipping point which allows an easy weight shift on to the outside tips. With our elip rocker we've also pitched up the tips for gnarlier, more aggressive presses.
What's truly great about our E-lip rocker profile is that it creates stages from under foot to the tips that generate pop on the wake. The more aggressive pitch at the tip along with the upward rocker point under foot utilize the whole wake to generate awesome upward pop. Unlike 3 stage rocker, which crashes into the wake for upward pop, our E-lip lip rocker can utilize the entire wake starting from the base and ramps up for a smoother upward pop rather than a leg buckling slam.
The riders journey
In the boardsports industry the same gear produces the same rider styles and tricks. The same mass produced product is a limiting factor into the imagination of what a rider can produce in these style and tricks. To evolve wakeboarding it takes not only outside the box imagination, but outside the box gear.
Our boards (both wake and snow) are essential to athletes that want to evolve the way they ride beyond the bounds of common thoughts and evolve their style and performance into unvisited territory.
The "Nature" of Wood
Wood is rad. Its renewable, it's strong, it keeps its flex even over a gazillion uses, and it dampens out the harshest rides. We like the way it has flex and it enhances the way the wakeboard rides behind the boat and in the park. Like lifting free weights vs. lifting on a machine, free weights are raw and provide better all around results. Wood has all around better flex characteristics and loads up for a raw feeling pop. Wood also offers real core strength that supports the laminate (fiberglass and carbon) to produce a more durable wakeboard. With foam, the core and laminate don't work together and if one fails, the both fail. Wood is NATURALLY better!
The bigger story
What it sums up to, we aren't here to say one wakeboard has it right others have it wrong. There are no 100% correct or incorrect answers in world of endless options., we are here to connect athletes to new ideas and concepts that simply does not come from hugely outsourced production. With Prospect, you are getting gear that is uniquely created right from the hands and mind of people that actively ride. The ideas and craftsmanship that result enhance the riding experience and up the performance for riders at any range of ability level from beginner to pro.