I have a Mako, ridden extensivly last summer. I´ve even built my own boards, so it´s interesting to make comparisons. You can see my boards at http://www.kiteboards.se. I weigh 165 and been kiting 3 years.
The Mako totally redefines board design and riding style. This board is one of the most revolutionary things in kitesurfing today and has been gone unnoticed.
The board has 18mm of full length concave and only 2 symetrically placed fins. Its loose but easy to edge- hard to get that combo: you can wash out the tail, like snowboarding, and hold about 2m2 more kite because it edges so good. OK, its loose, but at speed it tracks like a ski, the speed potential and control at speed makes wakeboards seem squirrly. It is loose but tracks and edges well….should not be possible
But what about turns?
This is where things get redefined. You can drive this board into a full power toeside carve, leaning forward, turning on the entire edge or even on the tip, like a snowboard turn, and drive out of the turn with minimal loss of speed. If things get overpowered just leanback, slip a bit on the tail and re-edge. The rounded outline makes all the slipging and turning progressive and contollable. Shorter boards with square ends dive and dig in.
I´ve only had small waves to ride on, we have lots of choppy stuff here in Sweden, but the Mako just cuts thru it, lean a bit forward, power upkite and it slices thru. You´d be pounding and bouncing on another board, leaning back to prevent the tip digging in.
The combination of outline, full concave, narrow width and two fins makes all this possible.
I have a 122x42 board with rather flat rocker and 15mm concave that is slower in light winds.The Mako works rather well for me in light stuff. The top is end is what is amazing. Where i would normally change down from the 42 to a 38, i can easily stay on the Mako. Even my 122x38 with 15mm concave is harder to hold down in bigger winds.
Whats great about the Mako is how well it works as an all around board, excellent for travelling. Here at home i´d like to have a Mako Large 160x38 and a Mako Small 140x33.