Every year at Alliance we host a board test for the gear guide issue in an effort to bring you the most accurate on water results we can as it relates to these products. This years test was conducted by a group of 4 hand selected riders who have little to no current affiliation with any particular manufacturer, but at the same time ride at a high skill level both on rails and on the boat. Between the 4 “chosen ones,” they have a combined 56 years of on water experience. They are your friends, they are everyday people: The guys you stand next to in line at the cable park, the guys that get blisters on their hands from too many laps, and the guys who just like you have holes in their wetsuits, broken buckles on their vests, and are in dying need of a new board! Below are 5 of their favorite boards from the 2nd Annual Alliance Board Test, boards that scored high enough to earn the Alliance Approved Stamp.


Liquid Force Shane Hybrid – Sizes 134cm, 138cm, 142 cm

“Perfect blend of a hybrid board for boat and cable. Stiff in the middle for consistent pop, flexy enough to soften the landings and press out on rails.”- Kevin Whipplinger

“”Fun at the cable, but I was hoping for a bit more flex.” – Ben Bazis

“Rides fast like a continuous rocker, but gets the pop of a 3 stage.” – Travis Propst

“Danger danger danger…” – Alliance 


Slingshot Response – Sizes 137 cm, 142 cm, 145 cm

“Awesome all around board. Soft landings for days.” – Travis Propst

“Fun to press out and has buttery soft landings.” – Kevin Whipplinger

“My favorite board in the Slingshot lineup from the test.” – Kyle Alberts

“If you ride it naked, send us the photo’s…unless your a dude.” – Alliance


Liquid Force Harley – Sizes 131 cm, 135 cm, 139 cm

“Rides like a smaller board, so you might want to go a size up. Fast and responsive, though…Plus it does every trick in the book and counting.”

– Kyle Alberts

“For some reason I couldn’t do a 1080’s on it.” – Ben Bazis

“Really fast board, the speed actually helps soften the landings.” – Kevin Whipplinger

“All around great board with lots of pop.” – Travis Propst

“If Bieber bought a board, there’s no doubt it’d be this…” – Alliance



Hyperlite Marek Bio – Sizes 135 cm, 140 cm, 145 cm

“Felt like a rocket edging into the wake. Tracks really well and I was impressed with the landings.” – Kevin Whipplinger

“Aggro!” – Kyle Alberts

“Lots of pop and speed.” – Travis Propst

“Like it or else…” – Rusty Malinoski.

“Actually, we just made up that Rusty quote.” – Alliance