It’s hard not to get too down on yourself when you see how your homemade projects turn out when compared to the stuff you see coming out of professional shops. Whether it’s a garage paint job with a little too much “orange peel” or a workbench engine build that just never seems to hold a tune, sometimes, it would appear the pros have some trade secrets that the rest of us don’t know.
When we finished a full Hydro-Turf installation on a 2014 Yamaha FX High Output last year, we began to wonder what it was that we were lacking. Although satisfied with our end result, we knew there were tricks of the trade that the layman could benefit from knowing – and applying to their next Hydro-Turf project. Small details that would give our next project those “finer touches” to really set our ski over the top.
For that, we thought first of which skis showed the most impressive use of custom traction mats. The answer was simple: freestyle and freeride standup skis. The complex contours and angles in the trays of these skis are a virtual nightmare to recover. Add to that lifter wedges and custom footholds to fit the particular rider, and you’ve got a project that could quickly overwhelm even a seasoned builder.
We turned to our friend, Derrick Kemnitz Jr. at Hurricane Industries. The Antioch, California company first opened its doors early in 2014, but has been working in the graphics and composite industries for several years prior to that. Offering complete aftermarket freestyle hulls and finished ski, Hurricane was a sure fit for our inside look at how to ‘turf a ski of this magnitude.
Kemnitz walked The Watercraft Journal through the preparations and installation of a complete mat kit on his C3 Competition Hurricane Hull. Made with a fully visual carbon fiber interior, visual carbon center strip, polished epoxy primer hull finish, the bare hull weighs in at roughly 40 pounds, making it one of the lightest freestyle hulls on the market.