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The Book Box Set - DVD
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$99.95 $59.99


OVERVIEW The Book Box Set Wakeboard Instructional Video

PJ and his coaches at The Wakeboard Camp have put together the most thorough DVD instructional series to date. The series is structured to show viewers the genetics of each trick, how it builds and breaks down, and the relationships of tricks between the base trick and the goal trick.

This Box set includes all 5 DVDs from this instructional series. With over 8 hours of footage you cannot go wrong with this box set. GETTING STARTED

This DVD is designed to give newcomers to the sport of wakeboarding all of the information they need to get started. It also gives seasoned riders more info about their equipment so they can better understand how it works on the water. Knowing how the equipment functions is a big part of progression and it will also give you the tools to help you purchase the ideal setup for your style of riding.

After the equipment section, we will take you through boat driving, boating safety and getting ready to ride. To finish up, you will learn the basics of getting up and riding your board behind the boat.

DVD Chapters: Intro, Equipment, Boating, Getting Ready to Ride, Getting Up, Riding Positions, Edging, Edging Positions, Types of Edges

BUILDING A FOUNDATION

In this DVD we concentrate on teaching you how to build a solid wakeboarding foundation. Every trick in wakeboarding, no matter how complicated, can be broken down into its most basic parts. Using drills developed at The Wakeboard Camp, we will help you to eliminate variables that can complicate the learning process.

In our many years of coaching wakeboarding, we have found that you will progress much faster if you learn the correct way from the beginning. Skipping steps will make you more likely to create bad habits. Once those bad habits become part of your muscle memory, they are very hard to break.

So check out “Building A Foundation” and you will be on your way to launching bigger airs, grabs and spins.

DVD Chapters: Intro, Edging Drills, Wake Slides, Heelside Jumps, Toeside Jumps, Board Control Drills, HS FS 180, HS BS 180, TS FS 180, TS BS 180, Grabs

BASE INVERTS

This DVD is the most in-depth look ever at the 8 base inverts. It even shows different versions of the same inverts to help you prepare for variations of these tricks found in the "Intermediate & Advanced Inverts" DVD.

It will also show you how to use the trampoline to make the most of your off-the-water training. You will learn how to dial in your inverts and rotations, and build muscle memory through repetition.

State of the art digital imaging, multiple camera angles and several perspectives on each trick, make this DVD a must have for anyone wanting to get the real skinny on inverted maneuvers.

DVD Chapters: Intro, Progressive Edge, HS Back Roll, TS Back Roll, HS Front Flip, TS Front Flip, HS Air Raley, TS Air Raley, Trip Flip Edge, Tantrum, TS Front Roll

SPINNING

This DVD includes everything you need to know about spinning ON and OFF axis on a wakeboard. We start out with "On Axis" spins from the most simple 360's, all the way through 720's.

Then we get into "Off Axis" spins. Starting with Off Axis 180's and taking you through Off Axis 900's.

You'll also see every single spin on the trampoline, and give you tips on how to grab various spins.

DVD Chapters: Intro, On Axis Spins, HS FS 360, HS BS 360, TS FS 360, TS BS 360, HS FS 540, HS BS 540, TS FS 540, HS BS 720, TS FS 720, Off Axis Spins, HS FS OA 180, HS BS OA 180, TS FS OA 180, TS BS OA 180, HS FS OA 360, HS BS OA 360, TS FS OA 360, TS BS OA 360, HS FS OA 540, HS BS OA 540, TS FS OA 540, HS FS OA 720, TS FS OA 720, TS FS OA 900

INTERMEDIATE & ADVANCED INVERTS

This DVD will tell you everything you need to know about how to do some of the most advanced inverts being done today.

Included is virtually every popular 180 and 360 invert. We'll also show how to do different variations of the same trick, and even how to grab the most difficult tricks.

Split screens, multiple camera angles and tips on how to use the trampoline, all make this disk a valuable tool in learning advanced inverts.

DVD Chapters: Intro, HS Roll to Revert, HS Roll to Blind, TS Roll to Revert, TS Roll to Blind, HS Front to Fakie, HS Krypt, Tantrum to Fakie, Tantrum to Blind, Scarecrow, Tootsie Roll, Mobius, KGB, Pete Rose, Slim Chance, S-bend/Vulcan, 313, Whirlybird, Moby Dick, Crow Mobe, Dum Dum

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5 of 5 Stars!Pat McCarthy, 04/16/2005
Reviewed by: Pat McCarthy

As we move on in the spring and start thinking about summer, it's time to make sure your technique is on the right course for good progression. The Book DVD series is the best instructional source ever.

Concept

The concept of The Book DVD series was to take all the knowledge accumulated by the Wakeboard Camp coaches and put it on a DVD series. This isn't just one crammed instructional DVD, this is an in-depth and detailed set of DVDs that breaks down tricks like never before. It also features groundbreaking digital work by DVD creator and pro rider Mike McLin.

The instruction is led by Kyle Schmidt, the head coach at the Wakeboard Camp and the instructional editor for Wakeboarding Magazine. The total list of instructors is:


Kyle Schmidt

Mike McLin

Kurt Robertson

Ben Greenwood

The riders in The Book include:


Ben Greenwood

Keith Lyman

Kyle Schmidt

Mike McLin

Gerry Nunn

Aaron Reed

Kurt Robertson

Jeff Weatherall

Amber Wing

Cathy Williams

and more...

Cinematography

The book is all digital, and although I love film, for an instructional video I'm not really looking that much for scenic shots. Plus, since the total Book series is over eight hours long, that'd be obscenely expensive with film. The angles are good, and being able to see tricks in split screen with different stances or different styles of the trick is fantastic.

Length

Does eight hours mean anything to you? There is PLENTY of footage in the Book series. You can also purchase any one of the five DVDs individually if you're only looking for help in one area.

Riding

The riding in the Book is extremely fundamental, and filmed for the purpose of showing great form when performing tricks.

The riding quality is also top notch with some of the best pros in the sport.

What strikes me about The Book is how well everything is broken down. Each trick is broken into sub-tricks that are taught in detail. I've never seen instructionals that show you four "drills" to do on the water to get used to the edging and body position used in a trick. I'd bet most wakeboarders have never even thought in these terms, and it's the kind of revelations you'd normally have to pay a lot to get by attending The Wakeboard Camp.

Here's a breakdown of the insane amount of instructional information The Book provides:

GETTING STARTED

This DVD is designed to give newcomers to the sport of wakeboarding all of the information they need to get started. It also gives seasoned riders more info about their equipment so they can better understand how it works on the water. Knowing how the equipment functions is a big part of progression and it will also give you the tools to help you purchase the ideal setup for your style of riding.

After the equipment section, they will take you through boat driving, boating safety and getting ready to ride. To finish up, you will learn the basics of getting up and riding your board behind the boat.

DVD Chapters:
Intro, Equipment, Boating, Getting Ready to Ride, Getting Up, Riding Positions, Edging, Edging Positions, Types of Edges

BUILDING A FOUNDATION

In this DVD they concentrate on teaching you how to build a solid wakeboarding foundation. Every trick in wakeboarding, no matter how complicated, can be broken down into its most basic parts. Using drills developed at The Wakeboard Camp, they will help you to eliminate variables that can complicate the learning process.

DVD Chapters:
Intro, Edging Drills, Wake Slides, Heelside Jumps, Toeside Jumps, Board Control Drills, HS FS 180, HS BS 180, TS FS 180, TS BS 180, Grabs

BASE INVERTS

This DVD is the most in-depth look ever at the 8 base inverts. It even shows different versions of the same inverts to help you prepare for variations of these tricks found in the "Intermediate & Advanced Inverts" DVD.

It will also show you how to use the trampoline to make the most of your off-the-water training. You will learn how to dial in your inverts and rotations, and build muscle memory through repetition.

State of the art digital imaging, multiple camera angles and several perspectives on each trick, make this DVD a must have for anyone wanting to get the real skinny on inverted maneuvers.

DVD Chapters:
Intro, Progressive Edge, HS Back Roll, TS Back Roll, HS Front Flip, TS Front Flip, HS Air Raley, TS Air Raley, Trip Flip Edge, Tantrum, TS Front Roll

SPINNING

This DVD includes everything you need to know about spinning ON and OFF axis on a wakeboard. They start out with "On Axis" spins from the most simple 360s, all the way through 720s.

Then we get into "Off Axis" spins. Starting with Off Axis 180's and taking you through Off Axis 900's.

You'll also see every single spin on the trampoline, and give you tips on how to grab various spins.

DVD Chapters:
Intro, On Axis Spins, HS FS 360, HS BS 360, TS FS 360, TS BS 360, HS FS 540, HS BS 540, TS FS 540, HS BS 720, TS FS 720, Off Axis Spins, HS FS OA 180, HS BS OA 180, TS FS OA 180, TS BS OA 180, HS FS OA 360, HS BS OA 360,
TS FS OA 360, TS BS OA 360, HS FS OA 540, HS BS OA 540, TS FS OA 540, HS FS OA 720, TS FS OA 720, TS FS OA 900

INTERMEDIATE & ADVANCED INVERTS

This DVD will tell you everything you need to know about how to do some of the most advanced inverts being done today.

Included is virtually every popular 180 and 360 invert. We'll also show how to do different variations of the same trick, and even how to grab the most difficult tricks.

Split screens, multiple camera angles and tips on how to use the trampoline, all make this disk a valuable tool in learning advanced inverts.

DVD Chapters:
Intro, HS Roll to Revert, HS Roll to Blind, TS Roll to Revert, TS Roll to Blind, HS Front to Fakie, HS Krypt, Tantrum to Fakie, Tantrum to Blind, Scarecrow, Tootsie Roll, Mobius, KGB, Pete Rose, Slim Chance, S-bend/Vulcan, 313, Whirlybird, Moby Dick, Crow Mobe, Dum Dum

Overall

The Book is simply the best instructional ever made, and should be in the DVD collection and used often for any wakeboarder who's looking for extra help on how to improve on the water.
5 of 5 Stars!Keith Forwith, 03/15/2005
Incredible instruction for any level rider. Worth every penny, especially for anyone with a trampoline to train on. This exceeded my expectations and I'd gladly pay double the price for this gem!
5 of 5 Stars!Timothy Chapman, 12/16/2004
preordered this from 'the book' website for a little more than its retailing now, but still worth the $$.

The only real drawback to this set is the price when compared to the other instructionals. However, I think its got more worthwhile content then the others combined and it definitely raises the bar for instructionals.

For more season riders and/or boat owners the first disc may not be that helpful, but still worth watching. This and the second disc should be required viewing for anyone about to go wakeboarding for the first time.

The third thru fifth discs are very detailed with every trick and provide so much more actual instruction than anything else out there. There is a split screen feature which is a little awkward to get used to when its showing two version of a trick... however its very helpful when its split into both Regular and Goofy stances. Every trick is shown side by side in both stances so you just focus on your stance. This feature is great for me as I ride right foot forward and most videos don't show enough of this.

For those with trampolines it has clips on how to practice flips etc on a tramp before trying moves on the water.

This is not something just can sit down and watch all the way thru as its obviously incredibly long. Besides whats listed above there is a definitely feel like the narrators/instructors are actually trying to TEACH not just show. Other than waketrix (which I really liked from my beginner's point of view) the other three videos tend to do more of a 'just show the trick and give a few pointers' approach. Its not that the others are bad, but compared to this they just don't come close to the new standard.

In a few words: Very Thorough, Very Useful.

If the price is too high for you, i'd go with waketrix as it does have a similar approach in stressing the basics/fundamentals and spending much more time on those instead assuming all riders magically learn how to ride, ride switch, and be very good at edging after their first few hours of riding. But, price aside this is by far the best out there and well worth the price in my book. too bad it was released in the middle of winter when most of us can't ride much if at all!

Tim Chapman
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