I am riding the 2020 Hyperlite Soul Mate this year and so I thought I would fill you in on what I think of it!
I started off on the 2020 Hyperlite Pleasure in October last year, which rides like an absolute dream, and the Soul Mate is its sister board as its women focussed. It is a little lighter and so its great for spins because you won’t get spin-lag. The board has a wood core and also comes with Hyperlites custom Satin Flex so we can get deeper into those presses in the park. With sized-up technology, meaning the technology has advanced so much that the board can be made longer but with no extra weight, it comes in a 142cm which makes it super soft on landings. Its got a sintered base and urethane sidewalls, which means its extremely durable and will hold up for all those park sessions.
Similar to my riding on the Pleasure, its the most snowboardery feel I’ve ever had on a wakeboard. Its narrower profile means the Soul Mate carves through the water just like you would be throwing out big turns through the fresh pow. This alone puts the biggest smile on my face.
The Soul Mate is the most fun I’ve had on a wakeboard in a long time and honestly rides like no other board I’ve ridden before. If you have the chance to get on it… definitely give it a go, you’ll have a smile on your face in seconds.
Over winter I tend to hunker down and give myself a rest from wake work, which is due to a few of reasons… one: its cold, dark, gloomy and the lakes around me close down, two: I need a rest/break from the season and focus on other things, and three: I have a family who are in school, and leaving them for a few months to go to the souther hemisphere to wakeboard would be frowned upon I feel?
As you know I’m a Wakeboard Coach and I run Wake Daze, which are wakeboard camps for women, usually combined with some lakeside yoga, and you’re fed and watered too.
So I digress, but this is the time of year when the cogs start turning and I plan my season ahead. So here we are.. I’ve got some of the dates confirmed for Wake Daze 2020 and they are: 16th May, 20th June, 25th July & 5th September. These will be held at the lil wake haven that is Xtreme Wake.
Interested? Want to learn how to wakeboard? Want to improve your riding? Then read on…
Beginner: Beginners are welcome with open arms as its a great way to give the sport a go for the first time. You’ll be on a straight line cable and so you are the only person wakeboarding at that time, so all the attention from the coach (yours truly) is on you, and also the speed can be tailored for your ability, which means we can start off super slow.
Intermediate: Been riding a couple of seasons? Got your own kit? Stuck on what to do next or a certain trick? Then sign up as there is loads for you to learn from your first wedge/kicker or rail hit, to kicker grabs and 180s, to pressing on rails and of course, we can’t forget about the good old basics of some surface tricks to get those board skills up.
Advanced: You’re ready for air tricks and bigger kicker spins or flips? Or you want to try that air trick that is just a little too daunting to try on the 5-tower cable? Then come on down and lets work on them together so you can progress with your wakeboarding career.
As 2018 comes to a close, I am looking back at the year to see what I can take away from it to move forward into 2019.
Over last Christmas, my Nana at the ripe old age of 96, decided it was her time to go, and she sadly passed away on New Years Eve. Not the best start.
February brought my birthday where Jon and I got head to the coast for a childfree weekend! We stayed in a swanky hotel, had loads of good food and surfed some decent waves! Great times! Same again next year? Yeah?
March/April: I was Portugal bound for an epic family holiday! Fun times as we all hit the beach, ate, drank, golfed and surfed. Winter sun is ALWAYS welcome.
May: saw the first of the Wake Daze events and it was so so hot, we could not have wished for more epic weather! And it was the same day as the Royal Wedding so of course we had to stop to see ‘the dress’. The warm weather was just epic for wakeboarding… all summer long in skins! Literally the best summer riding!
June: We held a big party at our house for my husbands birthday. This was pretty nerve racking as there were a lot of people to hold! We got a hog roast which was the highlight and went down like a dream. And we cannot possibly continue without mentioning the epic weather again can we? Hands down, the best summer that I can remember. We had the paddling pool out everyday, garden, park, forests, outdoor pools, wakeboarding, camping, surfing…. you name it we were into it. This is also when I decided that I would start doing yoga every day. I literally just decided one night that I would get up 30mins before the kids and do yoga, and I just carried on. I’m still doing between 10-25mins of yoga everyday and I can’t believe I didn’t put this habit into place sooner. But thats for another blog.
August: Portugal bound for more surf! Although we had never been at that time of year before but we are now locked into the doom of the school holidays. Our local holiday spot was crowded to the max, 1000’s of people on the beaches that we are usually the only people on. The waves were pretty shitty as well apart from a couple of days. Gotta love them summer waves.
September: saw the last Wake Daze event (four in total). And they were all amazing! So many new faces, some familiar faces and a whole lotta good times! And did I mention it was a summer full of wakeboarding?!
October: I loved hanging out with Watersports World for the dealer days and even more so that I got my 2019 ride (Hyperlite Scandal & Defacto Bindings)! And half term also took us down to Newquay for a week of surf, beach and family time.
And as the cold creeps in and the nights get darker, is the time when I work away getting ready for the exciting year to come. As my year comes to an end, I’m happy with everything that has happened, the people I’ve met, the friends I’ve spent my time with, the fun family times I’ve had and generally a bloody brilliant year! Christmas was warm and cozy spent with my family.
What I feel I can take away from this year…. I have had friends who have had their worlds turned upside down. If theres any way to appreciate what you have, put yourself in their shoes. Don’t become stagnant – never stop improving on yourself through diet, exercise, work, learning, questioning and exploring. People will question what you’re doing. Let their questions drive you forward.
And I’ve just ended the year surfing!
Happy New Year everyone, I hope you all have a good one and enjoy your time with the people you love. xx