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My test drive on the Mako Freeride 140x40


Right off the start I have got to tell you that I am not a board geek. I won’t even try to pretend that I know anything about board shape, tip design, flex, rocker, fin placement, pad placement, stance, concave (or convex for that matter) and any of their effects on performance.
  
What I can tell you, is how the new Mako Freeride board from Ocean Rodeo felt when I rode it last weekend.
The best way to explain it is to say that this is a board that is easy to ride. Now I don’t mean it was like riding a flat piece of plywood or something, I mean easy as in, you don’t need to think, just ride. It went where you pointed it and did more than you expected of it, all the time. Let me try to explain…

The day I rode it provided a wide combination of conditions. There was flat water close to shore, small waves, and rolling chop, and wind varied from “working the kite” low to “holly crap, fully depowered, bar all the way out” high! For those of you that were out on Sunday you will know what I mean.

With all of this going on, trying a new board is not always a fun proposition. But with this board it was. This thing is effortless. It slices through chop and doesn’t deliver any of those lovely water slaps to the face. The pads on the board seem to suck up any bumps and because of this, your feet stay firmly in place. I am used to using heal straps but didn't need them as I felt completely locked into this board at all times. This board requires more front foot pressure, which to me makes it much more relaxing to ride. You don’t get that ache in your back leg on long tacks, and transitions are smooth and rock solid. I don’t think that there is a lot more flotation in this board, but it seems to plane up quite easily. Getting surfy and flipping edge to edge was a joy on this thing and skipping over the wave break was smooth and trip free. There were a couple of times that I was in really heavy wind and I was completely laid back. I was really wondering if I would have the speed control that you need to keep things from getting nasty. It was no trouble at all. Even though it seemed like I could have edged more, I could manage all kinds of wind, and was able to crank up wind quickly and easily at any time. This thing is forgiving as well. You know when the legs get tired and you start doing stupid things? You generally find out that you are tired as you are blowing the water out of your nose after a good face plant caused by running the board a little too low up front! I can’t tell you how many times I saw that front end go under (and I mean deep) after a poorly landed jump or a wave that snuck up on me, only to come surging up out again like a dolphin after applying a bit of back pressure.

I would strongly recommend that you give this board a try. It looks completely different than anything else out there, and rides that way as well.
Ask Ken or Brian if you could sign one out for a test drive.

You will be impressed.

Jeff B
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Re: My test drive on the Mako Freeride 140x40


Thanks for the review Jeff. It is a different animal isn't it.

Ken
10/30/2008, 11:52 am Link to this post Send Email to Tickittyboo   Send PM to Tickittyboo
 


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