It’s an exciting time for myself and the team at Humanoid Wakeboard’s. This year, Humanoid set up their own custom factory in Orlando Florida. Having the factory so close to where we all live, brings new opportunities for product testing and building boards to the highest standard. For the last year I’ve been working on my first pro model board with Kyle Schmidt and the team. I couldn’t of had a better opportunity to really create a board I love to ride. I remember the first thing Kyle said to me about doing the board, ‘Chris I’m just here to mold the board you want to ride’. So I railed off all the things I wanted out of this board, 6 fins, fast edging, aggressive pop, soft landing, 144 size, rocker line etc. So after going through the start up process and what features I wanted, Kyle went to work on a 3d cad design that really showed me how the board would look. From there we tweaked it and started prototyping. The first board came out really fun but was a little flat. I really wanted a board that had a lot of rocker but stayed really fast on the water. The double belly and channels in this board keep it fast even with lots of rocker in the board. I like a board that tracks and holds a strong edge, making it a good board for beginners as well because it really makes you hold your edge all the way to the top of the wake. The interesting thing about the rocker is we kept under cooking the amount of rocker we wanted in the board. So kyle made one with more then 3 inch’s of rocker because we kept coming short of 3 inch’s which was the goal. To my surprise the board worked the way I wanted it with over 3 inch’s of rocker in it. All that rocker really made the board land a lot softer and have a great release off the wake.
With the factory being 30 mins away from my house, I was able to go make my board with Kyle and then go ride it that day. There’s something special about creating a beautiful board and then taking it out for a ride. It’s poetic and makes every carve more powerful then the next.
For information on Humanoid Wakeboard’s go to humanoidwake.com.
Photo’s: Adam Aslanian, Trevor Bashir and myself. Enjoy.