Mako 150 vs mako king

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I am 190 lbs going to fly a 12m in Texas and an 8m in Maui.

It seems like its a pain in the ass to get a hold of a used mako, I guess its because no one wants to sell theirs after they buy it.
I am a new rider purchasing a new board. I was wondering what the cons are of getting the mako king. I know the 150 is all around but I was wondering what will I lose/gain from going either direction.
I was also told that beginners should start with a big board. So maybe this will be my big board?

So I have a few questions
I would rather destroy the learning curve so I can spend more time learning while I am riding rather than drinking the sea water getting pounded by waves.

If I get the king I will probably buy foot straps for learning, bigger bag, etc. Will I be able to go upwind better than the 150?
Is it a good choice for Maui and Texas?
Will the 150 be a better all around board to learn off of and use for a long time?

What do I gain/lose from going 150 vs the 165?


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Actually… Looking at the damn length and looking at the bed of my truck… There is no way. I have a 5 ft bed on my Tacoma. Ill have to go with the 150


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The 150 will be perfect for you. & DON’T even consider the ‘mutant’ option until you’ve wired ‘slide’ turns. A friend was learning on a used king ‘mutant’ & he got nowhere until he reverted to the standard setup. Those 2 med. fins are are you need. It’s all about the 18mm of concave

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I’ve had my 150 for 5 or 6 years now and it’s still my default board of choice.  I couldn’t be happier with it and I’m sure you’ll be too.

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vpas - 06 August 2013 04:49 PM

I’ve had my 150 for 5 or 6 years now and it’s still my default board of choice.  I couldn’t be happier with it and I’m sure you’ll be too.

Agree. A truly great board. It is my default board too.
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I have some great news. I am starting to get rides out. I am realizing how smooth the mako is.

Cons as as a newbie:
1.Walk of shame is a pain in the ass with this big board. It cuts through the water but doesn’t cut through the wind and the weight doesn’t help
2. cost me 150 dollars because Apparently to get it charged normally it has to be under 62 DIMENSIONAL INCHES. not 62 inches in length. Fuck my life.
3. I am leaving it in Maui, I will move back here in January.


I will be purchasing a Mako king for Texas. Do any of you use pads or just the straps it came with?


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I use pads & straps because that’s what mine came with all those years ago.

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I have a 140 without pads/straps if anyone is interested. It’s a 2009, red/black.


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ajones - 22 August 2013 02:05 PM

I have a 140 without pads/straps if anyone is interested. It’s a 2009, red/black.

price?


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I kited in a big endurance race recently on the Mako King with straps and no pads. I was a little sore in my heels after a few hours, but the board performs beautifully setup that way.


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steve@oceanrodeo - 22 August 2013 11:02 PM

I kited in a big endurance race recently on the Mako King with straps and no pads. I was a little sore in my heels after a few hours, but the board performs beautifully setup that way.

I always wondering how those pads are. Are there better aftermarket pads I should look at?


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I’d use pads on the king next time I’m riding for 6 hours straight. Our Bliss pads are comfortable, and we’ve got a few in stock if you’re interested in buying some. Send me an email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


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Rido - 23 August 2013 08:44 PM

I always wondering how those pads are. Are there better aftermarket pads I should look at?

You’ll be hard pressed to find anything more comfortable than the stock bliss pads.  The clue is in the name. wink

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steve@oceanrodeo - 23 August 2013 10:31 PM

I’d use pads on the king next time I’m riding for 6 hours straight. Our Bliss pads are comfortable, and we’ve got a few in stock if you’re interested in buying some. Send me an email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

sorry I meant the Deck Pad.


I also have a question in regard to the stance of riding a mako. What differs from a normal board? I saw something like even weight out during upwind. Is that true? What will differ on stance when I ride this?


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Hi Rido,

You’ve got a few stance options with the King, but like any other board out there, just try it out. The big difference is that you can setup the King in mutant mode so that you’re riding closer to the tail or in a regular twin tip mode. The deck pad has great traction, but it doesn’t provide much padding.


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steve@oceanrodeo - 26 August 2013 05:29 PM

Hi Rido,

You’ve got a few stance options with the King, but like any other board out there, just try it out. The big difference is that you can setup the King in mutant mode so that you’re riding closer to the tail or in a regular twin tip mode. The deck pad has great traction, but it doesn’t provide much padding.

Ok, I will have to wear booties for where I will be kiting. I will leave them on for the deck pad. When I move to Maui I will put on pads until I can go upwind properly 100% confidently.

BTW the board just came in. Its huge. Can’t wait to ride it lol