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bergermaister
11-21-2011, 12:19 PM
Finally got over to my buddy's to swipe pics off his camera last night....

Over Labor Day weekend we finally got to try a surfbowl. It was our last day and instead of packing up and heading home we went out on the water for a few hours before packing up camp and facing the 3.5 hour road trip home.

For any who haven't done this let me just say - the driving is dicy! We had my boat setup regular side, PP set at 11. The other boat was my buddy's Malibu setup goofy side and following alongside free driving. Setting both boats to the same speed would have been pretty much impossible.

Driving the "chase" boat is a real adrenaline rush, basically on and off the throttle and keeping the distance between the boats even with a lot of back and forth on the wheel. We also had didn't have much time to experiment with how far apart to be as this was a first attempt and we were running out of time.

First shot here is me driving my buddy's Bu, and my boat alongside. Trying to get the setup right. The other bald guy in the last pic has owned both a Moomba and Malibu and refused to drive - freaked him out too much...
http://i326.photobucket.com/albums/k414/grberglund/MoombaMobiusV/IMG_0521.jpg

My buddy getting back into the bowl. We experimented with my IS Squirt, his HL Broadcast and ended up having the best ride on my 5'10" ocean board.
http://i326.photobucket.com/albums/k414/grberglund/MoombaMobiusV/IMG_0522.jpg

http://i326.photobucket.com/albums/k414/grberglund/MoombaMobiusV/IMG_0523.jpg

The feeling being in the bowl is very weird - not like a regular wakesurf at all. It is like you are going uphill so it took some time to get the feel for it before we could throw the rope. Plus having a wall of whitewash that got up to 5ft tall at times right at your back was pretty wild.
http://i326.photobucket.com/albums/k414/grberglund/MoombaMobiusV/IMG_0525.jpg

I was hoping we had some better shots and some video but the kids were running the camera so this what we got. Oh well, motivation to try it more next year and get it fine tuned!

bergermaister
11-21-2011, 12:21 PM
Few more of the surf bowl.

http://i326.photobucket.com/albums/k414/grberglund/MoombaMobiusV/IMG_0532.jpg

http://i326.photobucket.com/albums/k414/grberglund/MoombaMobiusV/IMG_0527.jpg

http://i326.photobucket.com/albums/k414/grberglund/MoombaMobiusV/IMG_0528.jpg

http://i326.photobucket.com/albums/k414/grberglund/MoombaMobiusV/IMG_0529.jpg

bergermaister
11-21-2011, 12:34 PM
Me dropping into the bowl now - of course I'm only in a couple pics!

http://i326.photobucket.com/albums/k414/grberglund/MoombaMobiusV/IMG_0541.jpg

Looking for the sweet spot
http://i326.photobucket.com/albums/k414/grberglund/MoombaMobiusV/IMG_0539.jpg

Found it
http://i326.photobucket.com/albums/k414/grberglund/MoombaMobiusV/IMG_0538.jpg


And that's all we got. Looking back on it I think we may have been running the boats too close together. Some of the whitewash wall that we were producing was just ridiculous. When you'd fall it was like a wave washing over you at the beach and pushing you way under. Still fun to experiment with.

More next summer!

newty
11-21-2011, 12:42 PM
Bowls are always sketchy but a blast! Nice pics!

KG's Supra24
11-21-2011, 12:50 PM
Def sketchy. I also agree you can't set the perfect pass on both boats, one person has to free drive. Looks like yall did a pretty dang good job.

Was anyone able to cross from one boat to the other?

bergermaister
11-21-2011, 12:55 PM
Yeah, I actually made it across to his side, so I was on the goofy riding normal for a bit, then dumped it right in the middle trying to come back across. It was that transition from leaning forward to the weird uphill feeling that screwed me up.

KG's Supra24
11-21-2011, 12:58 PM
Nice work. I didn't get to ride when we tried but the other guys said it was a weird transition in the middle.

Here is a pic at our attempt ...

http://i1092.photobucket.com/albums/i401/kwgarner24/DSC_0004.jpg

bergermaister
11-21-2011, 03:19 PM
That's cool - I was really hoping we could get the two of us back there but no one else was willing to drive!

At one point we were in a sorta narrow channel and were coming head on toward another guy surfing behind a Nautique. My buddy said the dude took one look at us coming at him and just dropped out. Not sure if he was being polite or getting the hell out of the way so they didn't get swamped.

moombadaze
11-21-2011, 04:00 PM
looks like a blast, something ive been wanting to try-just need some crazy others with me.

DOCDRS
11-21-2011, 08:53 PM
I love the cool shades........ do they float??







Me dropping into the bowl now - of course I'm only in a couple pics!

http://i326.photobucket.com/albums/k414/grberglund/MoombaMobiusV/IMG_0541.jpg

Looking for the sweet spot
http://i326.photobucket.com/albums/k414/grberglund/MoombaMobiusV/IMG_0539.jpg

Found it
http://i326.photobucket.com/albums/k414/grberglund/MoombaMobiusV/IMG_0538.jpg


And that's all we got. Looking back on it I think we may have been running the boats too close together. Some of the whitewash wall that we were producing was just ridiculous. When you'd fall it was like a wave washing over you at the beach and pushing you way under. Still fun to experiment with.

More next summer!

bergermaister
11-21-2011, 11:36 PM
No actually they're prescription and they sink like a rock! If I lost them I'd be sorta screwed but I've surfed with them on plenty of times.

in the bubble
11-22-2011, 05:10 PM
The push sure feels different then regular wakesurf.