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#299317 - 03/18/07 12:39 AM Anybody still kneeboard?  
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My son is kicking aroundthe idea of getting one, and I was wondering if anyone still rides them. Can you do tricks on them? Are there cetain features to look for? Aare the ones with the hook on the front easier to get started on?


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#299332 - 03/18/07 07:45 AM Re: Anybody still kneeboard? [Re: Familyman]  
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My son just started last year. No tricks yet, barely back and forth inside the wake. The hook made it CAKE for him to get up, right on his first try, really imperssive. I got the current version of the O'Brien Black Magic, which has the retractable fins and the hook on the nose, those were two things I wanted.

I used to, many moons ago, hurts too much now, prefer wakeboarding if I do anything at all.


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#299340 - 03/18/07 08:38 AM Re: Anybody still kneeboard? [Re: Jim P]  
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 Originally Posted By: Jim P

My son just started last year. No tricks yet, barely back and forth inside the wake. The hook made it CAKE for him to get up, right on his first try, really imperssive. I got the current version of the O'Brien Black Magic, which has the retractable fins and the hook on the nose, those were two things I wanted.

I used to, many moons ago, hurts too much now, prefer wakeboarding if I do anything at all.


Are you saying that wakeboarding is less of a beating? If so I am really looking forward to trying it. I have a wake board that has been sitting in my garage for a year.

How does it compare to Snow boarding (which I do)?


#299349 - 03/18/07 08:52 AM Re: Anybody still kneeboard? [Re: SHEP]  
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I have a kneeboard, but haven't used it in over 7 years. It's an old Hydroslide.
The O'Briens with the retractable fins are a good feature. You could change the fins on mine, but you had to do it from underneath, so you couldn't "change on the fly".
I never used one with a hook on the front. I was older (12) when I first tried and had been skiing for 6 years, so getting up (with the fins down) was easy enough. If the hook sticks out at all, I say don't get it, cause you will eat the front of the boat at least once, if you are trying to do anything cool.
I am not good at tricks, but heck yeah there are trickes to do. And almost all of them require no fins down (powerslides, 360s). And later when he's really adventurous, the wake jumping complete with flips look cool as heck. Google "Parks Bonifay" some time. He looks like he's gone into wakeboarding, but he was/is an awesome kneeboarder.


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#299350 - 03/18/07 08:54 AM Re: Anybody still kneeboard? [Re: SHEP]  
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Shep I would image that wakeboarding compares to snow boarding like water skiing does to snow skiing.


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#299358 - 03/18/07 09:16 AM Re: Anybody still kneeboard? [Re: BillyB]  
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Most of the boards that have the hooks, the hooks retract out of the way once you get up and grab the handle. I'm thinking that I might be interested in geting one of those too.


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#299382 - 03/18/07 11:00 AM Re: Anybody still kneeboard? [Re: Bowline]  
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We still use ours, it's fun to change things up sometimes. As said above retractable fins and the cheater hook are the main features. Also the contoured and better padding on the new boards make them a little easier on us "old" guys.


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#299419 - 03/18/07 05:28 PM Re: Anybody still kneeboard? [Re: CMJ]  
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I thought the hook looked like a good idea. We may pick one up here soon and give it a try. The admiral said she would like to try one, that's worth the $100 right there \:D


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#299434 - 03/18/07 06:36 PM Re: Anybody still kneeboard? [Re: Familyman]  
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The cheater hook on ours doesn't flip down.

I don't snowboard, so can't compare. I think wakeboarding is less of a beating than kneeboarding. Your legs can absorb a lot more punishment into the back. However, the twisting required by wakeboarding did tweak my back. The crashes can be equally, spectacularly painful..


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#299449 - 03/18/07 07:39 PM Re: Anybody still kneeboard? [Re: Jim P]  
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I have one with the hook and it has been used once. It was a bit rough and the girl riding it gave up after a while. She was getting pretty beat up. I still have it, but I'm not sure how much more use it will ever see.


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#299453 - 03/18/07 08:19 PM Re: Anybody still kneeboard? [Re: Jim P]  
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Jim P wrote:

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The cheater hook on ours doesn't flip down.

I don't snowboard, so can't compare. I think wakeboarding is less of a beating than kneeboarding. Your legs can absorb a lot more punishment into the back. However, the twisting required by wakeboarding did tweak my back. The crashes can be equally, spectacularly painful..


Ditto every word, that's why I like skiing so much! \:\)

One other comment, I have tried kneeboards w/o a 'hook' and would never buy one. Way too much work to get up and going going...I was already tired before I even got started. If one was young and skinny it would probably be less of a big deal.

EDIT: I guess I should say I've also tried with a hook, very easy to get up and going. We have a couple year old O'brien Black Magic w/ a fixed hook and retractible fins.


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#299465 - 03/18/07 08:50 PM Re: Anybody still kneeboard? [Re: athiker]  
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I learned when I was a kid, loved it. My kid brother hocked my kneeboard when I was in college, kinda annoyed me there. I'd like to try again, and the comment on the hook makes me want to try even more! Getting up was the hardest part, if that makes it easier, I'm there. Now I just gotta find a cheap one.


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#299651 - 03/19/07 03:25 PM Re: Anybody still kneeboard? [Re: casualboater]  
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I have the black magic with the hook and fins. It is fun to do but my real love is slalom skiing. I can do 360 and some jumping of the wake (just don't put the nose in first). The hook helps my wife get up but I found it hard to take the handle off of the hook as you need to have some arm muscles. My two nieces when they were 8-10 yrs old would start on the knee board already in position because they were so light. Your son may be able to still do that at his age or he may need to lay on his stomach first and crawl his way up.


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#299707 - 03/19/07 07:03 PM Re: Anybody still kneeboard? [Re: On Holiday]  
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We have an old Hydroslide and retro fitted it with the hook. Makes it a really easy to get up and going. Also, provides a rest period for you arms while riding. The kids (4 - 12) with no watersports experience could get up and ride the first try.

I've had that kneeboard for 20+ years, it's still great fun and I'm 38 and way out of shape. Cross the wake at full tilt and you can catch some air, of course the landing can be hard on you knees and ankles. Of course if you butt is huge and soft like mine it's makes the landings much easier! LOL.


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#299712 - 03/19/07 07:22 PM Re: Anybody still kneeboard? [Re: Cincyboater]  
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What is this "hook" that everybody is refering to?


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#299721 - 03/19/07 07:45 PM Re: Anybody still kneeboard? [Re: deepv]  
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You hook the tow rope to it, and the boat pulls on the board, not you. Once your up, you can remove the rope from the board and hang onto it normally.

Or, is it a tow "line"?


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#299725 - 03/19/07 08:31 PM Re: Anybody still kneeboard? [Re: Just Bob]  
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Hey, Cincy, can you say more about this retrofit hook? Better yet, a pciture? I'm intrigued.


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#299783 - 03/20/07 07:03 AM Re: Anybody still kneeboard? [Re: deepv]  
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It's a hook on the top front of the board that you hook the ski rope handle to while you are getting up on the board, then you reach down and grab the handle once you are strapped on and ready to go. Makes getting up real easy. My first board didn't have one new one does.

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#299785 - 03/20/07 07:25 AM Re: Anybody still kneeboard? [Re: casualboater]  
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 Originally Posted By: casualboater
Hey, Cincy, can you say more about this retrofit hook? Better yet, a pciture? I'm intrigued.


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I still kneeboard and enjoy it, unfourtunately my knees don't hold up like they used to and short rides are all I can handle.
I have a 20 year old Obrien Bullfrog that everybody had a hard time getting up on, I bought a new board with the hook and now everybody can easily ride.

#300205 - 03/21/07 12:28 PM Re: Anybody still kneeboard? [Re: Familyman]  
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We went kneeboarding and wakeboardng this weekend. Have a buddy that can do barrel rolls and w2w on the kneeboard. I hurt less when i kneeboard as compared to wakeboarding. I have the aquatic hook on mine works great for kids.



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