A quick report on the Mako Grom 130x35….....first day on it yesterday. I will be needing more of these boards as the locals ‘discover’ its’ merits!
Greetings, I’m in Alaska, and we’ve had a great spring. Many high-wind downwinder sessions in good rollers on surfboards and Mako 150x34, but yesterday was not that kind of session.
My session started with 1 foot killer short-period-chop and the wind 30 G37, and ended 2 1/2 hours later with 43 G49, as recorded by a RoadWeather station near the spot. Our area is a very Gorge-reminiscent area and conditions, but this was low-tide and more of a ‘choppy’ session.
The GROM…......I launched the 6Rise, wet my toes, and hopped on the 130/35…..............instantly at home!!!!! I ride a 150x34 unless I’m on a surfboard or my custom channeled-finless-“Carbon-Glide”-TT lightwind-plank. (that’s a mouthful)......anyway, so a 150x34 Mako is my go-to board for the high-wind, downwinder, rolling wave sessions and I ride it ALOT!(muscle-memory)...............the GROM is different, but put me at ease immediately. LOcked-in, upwind-monster, that allows you to set the edge and just LOUNGE there! Carvy? Oh, yeah! LIFTY? what’d you think? It’s a MAKO!! It’s EASY to relax while you have that edge working for you. I was concerned that the Grom might ‘let me down’ in any lulls, but the seemingly-small planing surface is ALL working with that deep concave. And that little (?) board is lifty. I am accustomed to the ‘drive’ of the 150x34 adn 140x40 through transitions and while surfing. The Grom provided a similar feeling, with the ability to make shorter-radius carves. Some might wonder about comparisons of the Mako 140x40 to the Grom….....I would say the 140x40 is much less ‘carvy’ than the Grom, and the Grom feels VERY lightweight.
The GROM is a ‘flickable’-Mako…....yyyeahhhhhhh!!! You will have to ride a GROM to believe it, and I’d like to hear some thoughts from others, so I’ll end with a few comparisons/analogies:
If a Mako 150x34 is a dirtbike, it’s a 450 four-stroke, The GROM is a 250 2-stroke.
If a Mako 140x40 is an old Cadillac, the GROM is a new sporty-Cadillac, or maybe a BMW.
Summary…....Grom has drive, especially for a 130cm board, is carvy, will hold a line, is light-weight, will hold a line, looks good, can hold down a lot of kite with that concave, which helps to hold a line, is flickable, comfortable, lifty, slices chop…......and the guy I lent it to hogged it for more of the session than I had it!!
His opinion is that his 126 brand-x is no comparison….....
You cannot go wrong with this board in your quiver. If you have a wife or child kiter, this will be their all-around board! Make no mistake…..this is a MAKO, just smaller…......and no comparison to Brand-X. DAVE