LIQUID FORCE Echo
Sizes Available: 137cm x 42cm, 142cm x 42.5cm
Sizes Tested: 142cm x 42.5cm

Liquid Force Says:

From competition to creative freeriding, Brandon Scheid undeniably is the landlord of the current wakestyle movement. Brandon has been working with master shaper Jimmy Redmon to create a board that will both lock on a slider and deliver explosive pop off the water. The new 2020 Echo exceeds the standard and will help take your riding to the next level.

Visit for more info: www.liquidforcekites.com/product/echo/

Tkb Says:

Yep, it’s got his name on it….the Echo is the Brandon Scheid’s pro board a.k.a. the legend of park riding and one of the most diverse freestyle riders is behind the performance and feel that you will encounter on this board. What does any of this mean? Well, it starts with the board’s subtly rounded outline with straighter lines that bleed in slightly rounded tips. If you hold the board on its side you will see the obvious three-stage rocker that is flat in the center with more kick in the tails, yet not quite as aggressive like you’d see in a freestyle tour board. The bottom shape offers some decent contour, sporting a triple concave with two spines running down the center, and flute channels that exit through the fins, with the fins sized at 4.0. While the Echo is built for Brandon Scheid show style riding, it is is much more than your typical wake style board.

The first thing we noticed is that the Echo feels really fast and efficient with more flex and comfort than you might expect for a board purpose-built for the Brandonsaurus. The flatter rocker accelerates and goes upwind really well, giving the Echo tons of range, and felt fairly smooth through the chop. When the board isn’t locked into its edge going upwind it feels a little bit skatey, and needs a little bit more focus on foot pressure to keep the fins engaged during carves and slashes. This skatey feeling helps with transitions and blind landings, keeping the rider free to improvise in clutch moments. The medium flex pattern feels forgiving, yet offers solid load and pop that is really easy to use for clean releases and amplitude, while the bottom contours and flex feel perfectly suited to deliver softer deformation-free landings. The Echo has a user-friendly quality that doesn’t require a ton of aggressive skill sets, rather it’s fun and fast and quite good for carving rail to rail and slashes. When you think about the creative breadth of Brandon Scheid’s riding (old school/new school/quirky no school freestyle) it makes sense that he would have a user-friendly board that blends speed, well-heeled control and responsiveness in one product. The ideal rider for the Echo is a more aggressive freeride rider that wants to push the limits of freeriding with the potential for some freestyle crossover.

The Echo sports three inline insert options to adjust stance width and the Pro Pad footstrap binding system offers four slots on each side for dialing in your duck stance and comes in two different model sizes (S/M and L/XL). The Echo comes with a plastic handle. Testers loved the super comfy rubbery footbed with its solid amount of cupping around the heel, substantial toe bump and contour underfoot. The rubbery feeling ribs offer your foot good traction and the density of the footpad can be adjusted by choosing from three different density foam blocks when you set up the pad (we liked the ‘lite density’ with its cushy soft feel but that may depend on your weight). The straps offer multiple dimensions for adjustment to dial in the perfect coverage. The strap attachment points to the pad can move forward or aft and the inserts can be flipped side to side to effect different strap widths so you can dial basic mounting settings of the strap to suit your foot and arch size. The straps feature dual Velcro adjustment zones and a nice terry cloth sponge feeling underneath that feels smooth and comfortable against the top of your foot. The Pro Pad is a top performer for unparalleled comfort, grip and control.


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