Mako session #2 :twisted: - winds 14 to 18 knots, 14m Diablo, 200lbs.
Front lines on the mid pig/ longest knots. Rear on the slower settting.
1 to 2 foot chop, a few waist high waves near shore over the sand banks.
Am I wrong in saying this Mako/Diablo combo is more like a windsurfing feel than any kite surf combo I’ve ever used before? The way this board gets on a plane allows you to really get some speed up, then keep that speed with little sheeting movements on the control bar just like the small movements on a windsurfer control boom.
Maybe thats always been there and I’ve never gone this fast since I windsurfed too. Its that aparent wind thing that only scientists understand and we sailors sort of feel. It sure makes for some hanging air time and both the flicker loops and the long slow loops for carving transitions. There were 5 other kiters out, 4 on R-5 16m’s and one on a 18m R-6. The 18m and I owned the high ground and could out point everyone else easily for some reason. This board feels so natural, I haven’t leashed it or lost it for about 5 hours of riding over its first two sessions… we are one. I’m naming her Moon Goddess, yes.. Mako the moon goddess loves to cruise over the short period knee knockin chop of puget sound like a flip tip bump and jump gorge board- no problem man. Just point and hang on. Want to switch, you can do it with little or no hop… or snap upwind into a wave and send it across the water with a grab easy as pie. Sweet. :wink: