The Solution To Laces Coming Loose
WAPH are new on the scene in the UK and have smashed it with this new lacing system. Even the top brands that we sell have some pretty unreliable laces on them.
WAPH laces and buckles are created by a firm in Nantes, France which is renowned for its high quality products and has been for the past 40 years.
So it comes as no surprise that they've come up with the solution to laces coming loose whilst riding. The WAPH laces and buckles have properties of extreme durability and strength which lead to the best tightening ever.
The engineers at WAPH insisted that the buckle was 3D printed enabling a new level of accuracy that results in a textbook solution to the problem.
No welding, no assembly, no gluing, the buckle is directly printed with its mechanism ready to rock 'n roll on the water. If this hasn't filled you with confidence already WAPH provide a lifetime warranty with the 3D printed buckles.
The best thing about these laces has to be that they are entirely interchangable, allowing you to transfer the laces onto new boots etc...
3 Simple Steps On How To Wake Surf
Want to get surfing? Dead easy…
Just follow these simple steps and you'll be shredding the wave in no time at all.
1. Getting set
Staying close to the boat jump in with your surfer and the line. Get the boat going forward as slow as possible (only just in gear) whilst the you get into the starting position.
Advanced tip - It's actually easier to keep afloat and get into position with straight legs and heels on the board as the buoyancy of the surfer supports your legs and your impact vest supports your body. Much like a star fish.
2. Getting up
Once the you have tension in the rope you should now be able to press down with your heels, bringing the board flat to your feet. This is when the boat should start to accelerate upto full speed (11mph).
You now need to get into a squatting position with your arms straight between your legs whilst the boat gradually gets up to speed.
Hold onto the handle until the wave has fully formed.
Top Tip: If you fall forward, lean back. If you fall back, lean forward. Simple...
3. Staying up
The rider is likely to naturally move towards their heel side, making the toe closer to the wave than the heel. Just go with it, this is a good thing!
Once in control and stable begin to climb up the rope until you’re at the cleanest and steepest section of the wake. This is known as the sweet spot.
Hopefully the rope will go slack as you begin to properly surf the wake. If not, try to put as much weight in your front foot as possible without the nose of the surfer going beneath the water.
Once the rope is slack throw it onto the opposite wake to make sure it doesn't interfere.
This is the point where you can crack open a beer, turn up the tunes and keep cruising.
I highly recommend a surfing playlist.
How to – Surf Set-up
Getting the perfect wake is a thing of dreams when you first start out but here’s how to crack it.
This is very easy if you've got a surf system on your boat in which case it's just a matter of selecting the surf setting and letting the good times role.
On other inboards a bit more is needed.
1. Size matters
Priority number one is size.
The bigger the wave the easier it is to surf on - but how? - Weight and a whole lot of it.
The greater displacement of water caused by the extra weight increases the aftermath of the tidal wave your creating.
The best and most social way of gaining this weight is friends... however friend don’t like to be put into storage compartments of boats for long periods of time.
The solution is ballast bags otherwise known as fat sacs which basically store large volumes of water that end up weighing an awesome amount and can be put in compartments (without complaints).
Top Tip - Fill the bags where you want them... they're heavy once full.
2. Weight distribution
As weight moves closer to the aft (back of the boat) the surf becomes taller.
As the weight moves further to the bow the surf becomes longer.
If the wave isn't big enough, you need one of two things, more weight or a surf system.
I put the fat sacs in the rear storage compartments next to the engine (V-drive). So creating the steeper, taller option especially when teaching beginners as this makes it easier to surf without the rope.
This must be the most important aspect of the entire set up.
Your speed needs to be as near as possible to 11mph, this is easier said than done.
What you may find is that the cruise control is unable to maintain this speed as the boat fluctuates between planing and digging in.
Different speeds will be the best on varying hull shapes so do try other speeds, this is just a general guide.
I usually end up just manually controlling the speed.
If you want to clean up the wake (stop the white water) turn the slightest bit towards the wake that your using.
So if using the port (left) wake, turn slightly to the left. I can’t stress how slight this is but it works a treat.
Don’t go in tight circles…although that is loads of fun.
4. Surf Systems
Hands down the best option.
Unfortunately for inbuilt systems your looking at a hefty bill.
Good job there’s an attachment available! Known as wake-shapers these little beaties stick on the side of your hull and work exactly like the inbuilt systems people pay a small fortune for.
Similar to adjusting the ballast distribution, the position of the shaper determines the type of wake.
Essentially they focus both wakes into one gigantic barrel roller for you to shred up.
5. Prop rotation
As the prop rotates in one direction one wake ends up better than the other. There's a lot of science involved but essentially it's luck of the draw I suppose.
By the way...
Unless you fancy getting munched by a prop don’t wakesurf on outboard boats.