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Ahead of the curve: Zenon Bilas' 2019 water sports shopping list

Ahead of the curve: Zenon Bilas' 2019 water sports shopping list

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Airhead Thrust

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Every September, manufacturers of wakeboards, water skis, wake surfers and wake sport accessories converge on Orlando to unveil their latest products at the Surf Expo making it the prime place to see what's new and exciting in the water sports market. Here Zenon Bilas, current barefoot skiing world champion, shares his edit of the coolest items that every thrill seeking yacht owner and charter guest will be clamouring for next year…

Airhead Thrust

For fun for everyone, hop on the new Airhead Thrust towable tube, a deck-style tube designed for lie-on stomach-down riding that offers an exciting experience and is ideal for bumpy conditions. Its largish size of 189cm length by 140cm width accommodates one, two or three riders. The Thrust rides on its two sponsons, allowing the tube to get more air time and limiting harsh jolts. It features a durable 30 gauge bladder and extra strong double stitched 840 denier nylon that envelopes the entire tube.

$469.99, airhead.com

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Connelly Concept Neo Vest

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US Coast Guard-approved flotation vests for wake sports have a tendency to be bulky. However, the fashionable new Connelly Concept Neo vest provides excellent mobility thanks to small panels of flotation throughout the vest that hinge as you move. Available in men’s and women’s cuts, the armholes are large and contoured to reduce chances of the vest riding up into your armpits while the women's Concept is shorter to fit better around the hips. The smooth black Glideskin panels are not only attractive but also repel water, making the wearer lighter, and a front zipper and two buckles offer fit and security.

From $79.99, connellyskis.com

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O’Brien SoZo Kneeboard

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Kids and wake sport novices love kneeboarding. It is simple to learn yet offers the potential for many advanced on-water and airborne tricks when jumping the boat’s wake. The O'Brien SoZo is a compression moulded fibreglass kneeboard designed to be lightweight but strong. It has a thin profile that allows it to spin easily on the water and get plenty of air off the wake along with a very thick pad contoured to your knees and shins to make riding more comfortable even when landing big jumps. The SoZo is a high level kneeboard that novice to advanced riders will love.

From £529.95, obrien.com

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