The mako isn’t really the board I’d go to for strapless wave riding. Can’t beat a surfboard for that. I have a king and feel it’s best used in powered (strapped) slash and smash small/ mushy wave conditions. You need to ride it with power in the kite for the king to really come alive. It works really well in those conditions and, coming from mostly strapless wave riding, I was surprised how much fun I had with it.
The board has a pretty flat outline to find if it drifts too far away if there are no straps or handle. I think I will play some more in mutant and twin tip mode and then try strapless when the water warms up around here in the Baltic and North Sea.