The most revered, longest selling kiteboard in history now rides on air.
For 15 years the Mako has enjoyed the reputation as kiteboarding's smoothest, most refined ride with deliciously hard biting rails and chop taming concave. Now, new for 2018 the Mako rides on a pocket of air.
Built for ‘real world’ conditions, the Mako excels where all other conventional twin tips fail. Short-fetch chop, rolling ocean waves, inside shore breaks, the Mako smoothly traverses it all and delights in setting the rail hard for a high G force carve to reverse direction for another tack.
Shipped complete with the all new Bliss Air & Ratchet pad and strap system, the all new Mako redefines Freeride. Air pockets in the pads disburse ocean chop and absorb hard landings while the innovative ratchet system ensures your straps are perfectly shaped to your feet.
Pads & Straps
Strategically placed and pressurized air pockets cushion your feet with the all new Bliss Air & Ratchet pad and strap system. Hard landings give way to buttery smooth transitions and chop is tamed by a cushion of air.
Easily adjusted on the water, the Bliss Air & Ratchet pads and straps are designed to work with all Ocean Rodeo and most other brand’s twin tip kiteboards and feature an innovative new ratchet tightening system to perfectly fit your feet for every session, from booties to barefoot.
Featuring ultra durable and comfortable dual density EVA foam pads with Air pockets and near infinite ratchet strap configuration options the Bliss Air & Ratchet pad and strap system present your feet with the perfect balance of comfort and control when riding.
Rail to Rail Concave
What’s the secret? The deepest rail-to-rail concave of any twin tip ever produced combined with rounded tips, down-turned rails and a perfectly tuned rocker line. The Mako delivers a powerful fluid carving experience and a dependable rail for stratospheric boosting.
Available in 4 different sizes, the Mako lineup offers Freeride enthusiasts of all backgrounds a board suited to their riding style and size while the wood core ensures your board will survive the rough and tumble coastal conditions this board is built to perform in.
The Mako 135, 140 & 150 are ready to ride in conventional Twin Tip mode while the 165 can be set up for Twin Tip or Mutant style riding with the optional fin expansion pack.
Sizes: 135cm x 37cm, 140cm x 40cm, 150cm x 40cm, 165cm x 44cm
Somebody please tell me those straps/pads are cushy. I STILL haven't found anything remotely close to the original OR Bliss straps and pads. Mine are pretty trashed and you can't find them anymore. I've wasted about a thousand dollars searching for equivalent pads but nothing even comes close to the original Bliss, IMO.
<edit> Raptor, just saw your post. Not what I wanted to hear. I have a 2017 Shinn board that uses the SP QSR Raptors (I think) and not a fan at all.
@Thickair, the new pads feature both a super plush EVA foam and the addition of Air pockets under the heel and balls of the feet. By far the nicest pads I've ever used (and yes, I totally agree the very 1st Bliss pads were our best of the bunch... until now!)
Disclaimer: I use, teach, and sell OR gear. I don't normally come on and pimp ...but just had a great weekend with new Mako, and these new footpads are really dreamy. I was skeptical as to really how much better can you make a footpad??...As someone who spends a lot of time walking around beach over sand rocks and sticks, it's just a delight and relief to put my feet in these new footpads/straps. Just one more reason to "Mako love". Great work JZ and OR team.
How about the boards? Are they any different? I have the orange 2015 150. Apart from the loss of the extra holes to go mutant....any difference?
Since 2015 the Mako has indeed gone through some important updates. This year over last, they are less noticeable but last season's Mako was a total re-birth of the board. Completely new molds allowed us to achieve true rail-to-rail concave with no flat sections towards the edge. This results in a much harder biting carve for the board. We also introduced mini-tucked rails on all the Makos, meaning the edge of the board is intentionally rounded to increase the board's grip with the water, much like a surfboard's rail.