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    Default First timer

    So we just purchased a 2008 Lsv
    Boat is basically brand new... 50 hours. It has the stock G3 ballast and the 14 x 14.25 prop (OJ I believe).

    Ihave always been a slalom skier but the family and I want to learn to surf. I have been reading many threads on here and can say I am excited to see such a helpful group.
    Any recommendations on a beginner surf board?

    Anyone know what the stock ballast weight per bag is for the G3 system on the Lsv?

    I see there is a vent cap on the end of each bag (opposite the fill drain lines) or maybe this is a drain plug. Do you recommend venting these bags?
    Any help for a newbe would be greatly appreciated
    Thanks

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    The stock GIII should be 400lbs per bag. I don't believe the factory bags had vent caps, as mine didn't. If yours do it could mean someone swapped out the factory bags for larger/better ones with the vents. You'll definitely want to vent them. Unvented bags are a huge PITA. Check out wakemakers.com, they'll have everything you need to vent them. Also you can calculate the wait on a SWAG by measuring your bag and calculating the volume, or you can post some pics and someone here will likely know what they are.

    There are a bunch of beginner boards, but you will outsurf them by the end of June if you're out alot. Buy yourself a couple "intermediate" boards to begin with if you can afford it. Go to "demo days" if any of your local hangouts have them. Borrow boards from someone, feel out what you like then you can get a picture of where you want to go.

    I started on a Liquid Force Fish 5', and also a LF Fish 5'6". Both good boards, but heavy and hard to do much with other than cruise. Own a LF Tommy skim 60" and friggin love it. A beginner could ride it with a few quick pointers. Also ride a Ronix Carbon One 4'10" almost daily. Fabulous board! Probably my personal fave so far.

    Welcome to the family!
    2007 LSV

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    http://www.wakemakers.com/resources/...allast-system/

    That will tell you everything you need to know about the GIII. Happy reading. As for wakemakers, their information is priceless, and customer service awesome. Just give them a call and they will discuss components, installs, and upgrades. They know it all.
    2007 LSV

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    Thanks for the great info.
    The bags are flyhigh and measure 68" x 14 x 10 so my guess is these are around 400lb bags.
    Is it possible to put up a surf wake with that weight. Sure more is better.
    Is it also possible to put a vent line where the screw in cap is and have it tie into the drain lines?
    Thanks again

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    Default First timer

    Quote Originally Posted by Lapham View Post
    So we just purchased a 2008 Lsv
    Boat is basically brand new... 50 hours. It has the stock G3 ballast and the 14 x 14.25 prop (OJ I believe).

    Ihave always been a slalom skier but the family and I want to learn to surf. I have been reading many threads on here and can say I am excited to see such a helpful group.
    Any recommendations on a beginner surf board?

    Anyone know what the stock ballast weight per bag is for the G3 system on the Lsv?

    I see there is a vent cap on the end of each bag (opposite the fill drain lines) or maybe this is a drain plug. Do you recommend venting these bags?
    Any help for a newbe would be greatly appreciated
    Thanks
    Congrats, welcome to the board. Check out Wolfe's quiver clean out in the classifieds. The Inland Surfer Prop would be a great place to start and give you plenty of room to grow as well, check out the ogle as well. Can't go wrong with either.


    2012 Mojo

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    The stock 400's are surfable, but finding and staying in the pocket will be more difficult for a new surfer. You can pull the off-side bag and fill it with a portable pump it you're tight on cash. Just throw it on the seat on the surf side. You can also throw a couple sand bags under the surfside bag in the rear locker for a boost of ballast until you can afford a bag upgrade (which you'll eventually want).

    For the vent, you have a couple options. 1. Buy a vent cap and manually burp the bag. Or 2. Buy a vent line with a one way valve and tie it into the drain lines. Option 2 is better, but each valve runs about $35-40.
    2007 LSV

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beejwest View Post
    but each valve runs about $35-40.
    Or $16...

    http://www.wakemakers.com/marine-check-valve.html
    2008 Moomba Mobius XLV. Monster Cargo Bimini, and more mods to comb...

    1992 Supra Sunsport. **SOLD** 2k pounds ballast, Surf System, Blue LED's everywhere, decent audio system.


    Tow Rig: 2013 F150 Ecoboost FX4 (wife's rig) Other money pits include:1998 BMW M3 Cabrolet, 2000 Jeep Wrangler rock crawler), 2002 Audic S6 Avant, 2005 Kawasaki ZX-6R 636.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trayson View Post

    http://www.wakemakers.com/supra-moom...grade-kit.html
    This is what I was referring to, $44.
    2007 LSV

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beejwest View Post
    http://www.wakemakers.com/supra-moom...grade-kit.html
    This is what I was referring to, $44.
    Oh, gotcha. yep, that's the clean and simple one. For my boat, I realized it was cheaper to add my vents by just buying another thru-hull fitting and drilling another hole on the side of my boat. plastic thru hulls are cheaper than check valves and Tees so I went that route. I did spend the extra money though on my reversible to add the pair of check valves so I have the above water line draining for that. I just like that audible/visual indication that my draining is complete so I kicked out the extra money for that.
    2008 Moomba Mobius XLV. Monster Cargo Bimini, and more mods to comb...

    1992 Supra Sunsport. **SOLD** 2k pounds ballast, Surf System, Blue LED's everywhere, decent audio system.


    Tow Rig: 2013 F150 Ecoboost FX4 (wife's rig) Other money pits include:1998 BMW M3 Cabrolet, 2000 Jeep Wrangler rock crawler), 2002 Audic S6 Avant, 2005 Kawasaki ZX-6R 636.

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    Thanks guys. This is exactly what I was looking for.

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