ShadowBox sure sounded cool. After all, the new device promised to record every millisecond of a wakeboarder’s ride — from the height, distance and hang time of your moves to the degree of spin, roll and flip in every trick — then recreate that ride in stunning 3D detail. But we wanted to make sure ShadowBox actually worked as great as it sounded, so in early October, WAKEBOARDING magazine hosted a test ride with pro wakeboarders Rusty Malinoski, Shaun Murray, Adam Fields and Austin Hair to see what ShadowBox could really do. Check out this video of the pros test driving the device, then follow the instructions below to explore their sessions in ShadowBox’s RideTracker software.
Check out Rusty, Murray and Co.’s 3D sessions in RideTracker:
Download and view interactive 3D ride files of Rusty Malinoski, Shaun Murray, Adam Fields and Austin Hair recorded with a ShadowBox. Examine some of their best wakeboarding tricks in terms of height, spin/roll/flip degrees, rotation rates, speed, g-forces, board angles, pop, landing impacts and more. For example, see how fast Rusty spins about the Z access in his 1080 — it’s over 850 degrees per second. Then export any ride into Google Earth to see exactly where any of the rides took place.
ShadowBox won’t have a Mac version of its RideTracker software until November. Until then, watch this video of Rusty Malinoski’s 1080 in RideTracker. You obviously don’t get any of the control that RideTracker affords, but it gives you a great idea of what the ride files look like. NOTE: The frame rate on the video is much slower than what is seen in the RideTracker. In Ridetracker, the playback is much smoother. Check out more ShadowBox runs from Malinoski, Murray, Fields and Hair here.
Step 1: Get a free copy of ShadowBox’s RideTracker software at shadowboxlive.com. Click on “Downloads” then click the “Download Ridetracker” button to download a .zip file of the software to your desktop. Unzip the file, then run the ridetracker.exe file.
Step 2: Download Rusty, Shaun, Adam and Austin’s ride (.rid) files here, then load them into RideTracker.
Photos: Bill Doster