I ride in the Gorge, stopped by Windance and decided to demo a Mako 150 on a light wind day. I weigh 140lbs and my biggest kite is a OR Rise 9m. The wind was around 15kt. Some riders were on 16m, most on 14m and 12m. I launched, quickly got on a plane off the wind and was able to reach upwind very nicely. I was instantly blown away by the smooth ride provided by this board. Wow! I reached great speeds for the conditions and kept up with those riding much bigger kites. The board doesn’t require nearly as much edging due to its concave shape and provides for a comfortable stance with near equal foot pressures. Really nice, felt like a clean and efficient ride.
I kept the board one more day and rode it on my OR Rise 7m in 20-30kt. It started to feel too big for my 140 lbs weight as one would expect.
I ended up buying the Mako 140x40 and immediately set it up in MUTANT configuration. It has a similar feel to the 150 but is more appropriately sized for me. Super impressed! Same smooth ride. Rides well is both directions, but is a real treat when ridden directionally. Super easy to jibe toe-side with a kite down-loop and toe-side ride out. Feels very carvy and fun in the waves.
Thanks Ocean Rodeo for a yet another great product!
Try one for yourself!