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Hyperlite Grubb Wakeskate ReviewUnquestionably one of the top wakeskaters in the world, Brian Grubb has been all over the wakeskating scene lately, so naturally we should review his pro model wakeskate right?
Boardstop.com provided us with a Hyperlite Grubb SBG wakeskate to put through the tests and we came away impressed.
The Grubb is 112 cm long which is just over 44 inches. This is on the upper end of wakeskate sizes, which makes sense because Grubb seems to really be into wake-to-wake tricks where a slightly bigger skate helps get more pop and have softer landings. So it's also suited for larger riders. It's 40.39 cm wide at the middle, which is 15.9 inches. It also has a sizeable amount of rocker at 2.4 inches which allows for good pop off the wake and lots of ollie power.
The Grubb is part of Hyperlite's new concave wakeskate line which also includes the Byerly SBG pro model, and the two Platinum skates which are the same as the Byerly and Grubb but they have a grip tape top instead of the foam tops of the Grubb and Byerly SBG pro models.
As we mentioned, the Grubb is concave which means it's edges are slightly raised up, and it has a raised nose and tail like a skateboard, although not as dramatic as a skateboard. This concave shape helps give your feet some help at staying on the board and having more to push off of. It also takes wakeskates closer to actual skateboards.
The Grubb is made out of wood so it has a wood background and then a center graphic of a drawing of a weird-looking guy. It's pretty cool looking, not spectacular, but solid. The top of the board has foam grip that is blue in color, with the Hyperlite logo in the middle.
The Grubb is a very comfortable wakeskate due to it's slightly larger size and foam grip when compared to a smaller skate with grip tape that can rub you raw. The safer combination allows you to get a little more crazy on it without fearing injury so much.
The concave shape allows for much more control than the flat wakeskate shapes. If you haven't rode a concave skate yet, you'll love it in comparison to a flat shape.
The foam grip was very grippy on the new rubber-soled shoes we were using, in fact it seemed even more grippy than grip tape with the particular shoes we had on. Perhaps with worn-in shoes it wouldn't be as grippy as grip tape, but we'd have to try it to make sure.
The one downside to the Grubb is that it's more expensive than a flat shape wakeskate. However, if you're serious about wakeskating you should have a concave shape, and the foam works well and has a safer feeling. These things make the Grubb a premier wakeskate to have, which will make it possible for you to pull off the wake to wake one-foot airs you see Grubb doing in all the videos.
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