Up til Nov 2007 I thought the MAKO was a weird looking board that was to long to be of any kind of performance…..
HHHHHHAAAAAA, I borrowed it from a friend for 2 hours while in Varadero CUBA Nov 2007 , liked it…..then went back to my equipment and realized how good the mako was….....Tried the mako classic again ............went back to my equipment…........and got a MAKO Classic ASAP. I can do things I never used to do…kite loop actualy happen, back loops, crazy transitions…CONFIDENCE BUILDERS. You will be a better kiter in minutes of riding a mako.
I have ridden the Mako 150x 34 CLASSIC for one season….....wow, love this board in waves, chop, flats, surf…...it seams to do everything. Did I mention chop, smooths everything out,( easy on the knees and back) I can ride this board faster than anything I have been on, never pearls, and holds an edge hard enough to rip the kite out of the sky when super over powered.
In December, I had a chance to ride the Mako 150x 34 classic, Mako wide 150x40 and the 140x40 side by side while in Cabarate Dominican Republic ( check pics out in the OR Gallery). Here is what I, a 185 lb intermidiate rider, found:
1-150 x 40 wide is supper comfy, planes quicker, feels bigger, than 150 classic but does not handle the overpowered as well as the classic” bounces a bit”. the wide is perfect for riding, surf style in the break at Cabarete, almost like a surf board…but better in some ways, as you can rip into the wave, of the lip and ride slow on the face….......perfect match with the rise kites.
2- 140 x 40, feels bigger than the 150 classic, and it feels a bit flatter in rocker ????, but it definetly has more pop.
My MAKO summary..
Mako 150 x 40 wide, If you are over 200 lbs or ride under powered, get it.
MAKO 140 x 40, if you need something shorter to fit your gear bag for air travel….....get it
MAKO 150 x 34 classic…...Fastest, most controlable, loose and full on ripping board I know…........get it
get any Mako and it will be better than anything you have ridden before….......