Just got back from a great week in Hatteras with lots of north wind. We did a bunch of 8-10 mile soundside downwinders in the Pea Island nature preserve. As much as I love riding waves, I must say that the slicks on those runs were some of the best terrain I have ever ridden. The first 5 miles of this run is just a maze of super-narrow channels in low grassy areas with the most butter smooth water you have ever seen. Honestly, it was blowing 30mph and there are parts where there was absolutely not a ripple on the water.
Anyway, I was on my Mako 150 wide (just can’t bring myself to ride my other boards since I got it) and definitely fell like I hit the maximum speed that this board will hold on many occasions. I was super-powered up on a 10m kite and was going for top speed runs in the slicks. The Mako stuck like glue to a point (quite high speed), then the back end would just come unglued. Not really a violent, abrupt slip, but you could definitely feel that the back end was getting more and more squirrley after a blistering fast speed was reached. I would guess that what I was feeling was the back fin losing touch with the water. Honestly, I don’t know that I could have held much more speed anyway as my legs were about tapped out for leverage at these speeds.
Anyone else found the top end of the Makos?
Anyway, just wanted to say how much I love the board and hope to add a 140 and possibly a king to my quiver.