All, I recently had the chance to demo both boards for a few sessions so thought I would share my thoughts. Big thanks to Richard at seabreezesports.com for the demos.
Firstly, I have been riding 6 years, weigh 70+kgs and fly Rhino 07 10m and 14m with a 132 twintip. I ride in the sea (Channel Islands) in surf, wind blown chop and sea swell. Style is freeride, forward and back rolls, big airs, surf, grabs off chop. Basic all round having fun. Not into powered wakestyle moves or big kiteloops.
Board quality seems v good. Comfy straps and pads etc. All good.
First session was light onshore wind, 14m, strong shore break. Swapped between boards and felt at home on each one when I swapped. No real adjustment to ride, just a little less edge pressure required to carve up wind. The 150 upwind is awesome. I dropped a board off for someone well down wind and made it back to my start point in one tack so very impressed with that. 140 also good upwind but not as good as the 150. Also noticed both were very smooth over the chop but also riding over the knee to waist high white water – almost as if it wasn’t there. Finally, after 2.5 hours I had to stop but felt I could have ridden all day. No leg fatigue at all, probably from the smooth ride.
Second session 27-34 kts on beach. 10m. Other riders on 9 and 7 said they were well powered. I was well powered. 140 handled it very well. Different location, cross shore with lots of wind blown chop and wavelets. Lot of fun and rode for two hours on the 140. Held the kite well and pulled some huge jumps with very little effort. Took a while to dial into that but less effort just before take off seemed to do the trick. Kite popped 180 very easily and also slid round on the surface very easily too. 2 hours and again, no leg fatigue.
Third session. Both boards, 20-25 kts, same location. Good on both boards but preferred 140 overall as felt a bit sportier – closer to my old twintip. 150 still fun though and easy to switch 180 popping or sliding. Easy to ride both boards slowly to ‘hunt’ for waves, suggesting good low end on both.
Fourth session. 14 kts average. Took 10m and 150 and had a great time. Plenty of power to ride the waves and the board carried me through the lulls. No problem going upwind either.
I read up on reviews before I tried out the boards and looking back I agree with the general review comments – smooths the chop, good low end, great upwind, great for jumping, saves the legs. 150 a bit more locked in, bit better low end and upwind. Overall I really enjoyed both and they suit my style perfectly. Aside from these differences they felt similar, so easy to jump from one to the other. First choice for me is the 140, probably because it is a little sportier and more like the twin tip I am used to. I still liked the 150 though and let me get out on my 10m instead of the 14m.
So, million dollar question – which one? 140 and 150. Got a good deal on the 150 as scratched up through previous demos so I bought both and sold both of my old boards. I will ride both and will enjoy either in a range of conditions e.g. if I go out in light winds with the 150 and it picks up, no need to change to the 140. Generall, I think I will use the 150 when the waves are good or for lighter winds on the 14m / marginal on 10m. 140 for more powered sessions.
If you are looking for a new board these are definitely worth a try. Great fun.