Steamboat CO [March 1, 2019]
From February 28th - March 1st the Water Sports Industry Association (WSIA) held the 2019 WSIA Summit in Steamboat, CO. The WSIA is the leading advocate for towed watersports world wide, helping to preserve the vitality of water sports long term. Although we were not in attendance at the summit, Seager Marine is a proud dealer partner of the WSIA and push WSIA initiatives to assist in the long term accessibility and vitality of water sports in Western NY, and around the globe!
We were also very proud to hear that at this years summit, our friends at Ronix Wakeboards took home top honors in the water sports innovation category for the 2019 RXT Wakeboard. Winners of the Innovation of the year award are those who make an observable impact and significant industry contribution through the nominated product.
So what kind of new space age technology makes up the most innovative product in wake for 2019? Well, for the most part that remains a bit of a mystery... It took Ronix three years of R&D before this board came to market, and the components of the board are not currently stated anywhere to the public. In the RXT product description through Ronix.com, the company explains "We were the first to market with PU, and PVC foam, Balsa, and Paulownia wood, and also carbon fiber laminates. All we can tell you is this new RXT first of its kind is none of those things." There is some mystery to what make this board such a hot and innovative product for the 2019 season, but here are some specs that we can break down for you:
- Energy Type: Instant
- Continuous Rocker
- Black Out Tech Core
- 4 Fiberglass 1.0” Ramp Fins & 4 Fiberglass .8” Free Agent Fins
- Massi Pro Model
- Saw cut rails for traction
- Saw cut channels for release
The boards continuous rocker give the board a smoother, more consistent glide up the wake. This allows riders to carry more speed up the wakes transition and land farther out into the flats when coming down. Continuous rocker boards are usually more stored energy, though the RXT blends the consistency of continuous rocker with the instant energy on a three stage board profile. Stated by Ronix "The first board that is the perfect blend of feedback on the water, response off the wake, super soft landings, controls every aspect of the release, and it’s the lightest board out there too."
Two of our Seager Marine employees, Robert and Preston had a chance to ride the RXT at the end of last season. Here are their thoughts on the newest board in the Ronix line:
Robert: "This board is super fast and has great feel on the water. Coming from Massi's last pro-model board (The Happy Hour), I was a little caught off guard at first and even though the two boards had what I though was a similar rocker profile, the RXT had so much more pop off the wake. What I really like about the RXT is that the board lets you come to the top of the wake before naturally wanting to release and pop. It was almost like you could wait until your back foot came off the wake to think about popping, giving you more time to carry speed and set up for your trick. The RXT tracked really well, popped hard, and was definitely the lightest board I have ever ridden. Think I am sold on the RXT gang for this season! Cant wait to try it out again."
After 24 years of wakeboarding rarely do I jump on a board and have it knock my socks off. Well I stand here today sans socks and completely blown away by this piece of wakeboarding artistry. A board that lives up to hype; edgy and smooth with a kick ya' in the ass boost off the wake. Pretty sure it was forged on Mount Olympus or something because there were literally lightning bolts shooting out of it while I rode it. Huge Fan- come ride with me and try it!
Lets give a big shout out to all of the RAD DADS out there! A RAD DAD is defined (by myself) as a father that is rad, does rad things, or encourages his children to do things that are rad (also see the urban dictionary definition http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=rad+dad). Some of my earliest memories of my own rad dad include watching him rip hard left hand cuts across the wake at 36 MPH, then ejecting from his HO ski, flipping though the water several times while teaching me profanities that rad mom was not happy about. Ahh... what rad times. When a dad is truly rad, the rad will never leave the dad! Though unfortunately father time has something against rad dads, often taking a toll on a rad dads ability to fully exert his radness. That is why we are breaking down the top five reasons that your dad, or any dad for that matter can get rad on a Wakesurfer!
1.) Wakesurfing is (relatively) painless!
So as rad as dad was at one point in time... he probably shouldn't be skiing at 36MPH anymore. That kind of pull on the body puts a ton of stress on the back, arms, shoulders, and torso that is unnecessary for your dad to get the rad feeling that he is craving. Wakesufers provide a large amount of surface area combined with buoyant construct materials which drastically reduces stress on the body while popping out of the water. After getting out of the water, the average wakesurfing boat will cruz at between 10-12 MPH, making falls (nearly) painless!
2.) Gets you behind the boat again!
For those rad dads that have not been behind a boat due to healthy fear of the old body falling apart, wakesurfing is a fun and easy way to get back on the water again! Surfing puts little stress on your back and torso, and next to slow tubing (not rad) surfing is the easiest water sport on the body. Dad will be able to see the back of the boat again as the whole family is cheering for (or maybe laughing at...) him. There is no better way for dad to channel his inner rad than to pop out of the water again, smell that boat exhaust, and rip some mellow turns!
3.) Great way to bond with your kids!
What better way to get your kids off of their iPhones than getting them onto a wakesurfer! Surfing is a fun sport that the whole family can enjoy! A key component of being considered a rad dad is to teach your kids to be rad and do rad things. So get the kids off of there iPhones and get them in the boat! To get every one involved we recommend stirring up some light hearted family rivalry by doing a trick of the day contest, seeing who in the family can learn a carve, spin, air first.
4.) You can drink soda (wink wink) wile surfing!
Toss that rope in the boat... get tossed a cold one! Not much else to say about this point.
5.) Reduces stress!
Wakesurfing is a fun, easy, and a great way to unwind in the beauty of the outdoors! Grab some friends and family and go have fun! Its that simple.
Last year we launched SeagerMarine.com and this year we're proud to bring you our latest website, SegerMarineProShop.com. The Pro Shop website is dedicated to educating our customers and allowing customers to browse our product selection.
Stay tuned as we continue to add to the website!
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