03/10/2018 | LIVEWIRE TEAM – ALEX PASTORS’ SET UP
The new Livewire Team v6 is designed with the high-performance freestyle rider in mind, focusing on the perfect balance of weight, rocker, flex, and response. Featuring a new bottom shape with a deep channel and a concave combo bottom in conjunction with the highest rocker in our range, this board is a competition machine to help you cut through your competition heats with ease and style. The Livewire is designed with Alex Pastor as his weapon of choice when fighting for a place on the podium.
The modular setup of the modern day twintip allows you to choose whether or not you wish to ride with fins, which size fins you would prefer, whether you would like to ride in bindings or footstraps, what characteristics you are looking for in your binding of choice, and of course a whole medley of stance mounting options.
Every rider will find their own preference that gives them the most comfort and performance, but you may find it useful to see how a rider like Alex likes to set his twintip up for high-performance competition freestyle riding.
We recently caught up with the man himself to see how he will be setting up his Livewire Team v6, so let’s see what he has to say…
Yes, I am using the Metro 30 G10 fins which come standard with the Livewire Team v6. I find the 30mm fins are the perfect size to get a combination of good pop, and also good margin for when your landings are not perfect, allowing you to finish the rotation on the surface. Bigger fins help you pop more but then the board might get stuck if the landing is not perfect. Also, the channels on the Livewire Team v6 give a decent amount of grip to the water, so there’s no need for bigger fins and even allow for the board to be enjoyed finless.
Being the first kiter to win an event in the prestigious PKRA world tour back in 2011, tell us a little more about your binding setup on your Livewire Team v6?
I like riding with boots because it gives me a solid connection to the board and has allowed me to develop a powerful and predictable riding style. I use the middle insert on the board simply because it’s what it feels more comfortable for my size, helps me spin better than a wider stance, and landings are perfect on that stance too. The angle you place the boots at are always going to be related to your stance width, and your natural foot position when set to the stance you’ve chosen. I personally like to set my bindings up at 24-degree angle on the outside and 10 degrees on the inside, so I recommend this as a starting point for riders who have not yet found their stance.
For those who missed Alex’s article covering all, you need to know to transition from straps to boots, click here to see the article.
Article & Photos by – Kyle Cabano