Nice review plummet - I use the 150 Mako (from 2015). I can shed some light on your points above. I noticed the exact same behavior (re: needing the tri fin) when running up for a jump. When I engaged the tri fin this helped tremendously. For the waves, the tri fin also makes a huge difference - Although I recommend using smaller fins on the outter mounts (something like 1.5"). This removes some of the "skaty" feel and engages more drive for surf. However, if the outter fins are too big - say 2" plus - then it sticks too much (for me at least). Try experimenting with different sized outter fins to calibrate your desired feel. For me, it was 1" outter fins with the Z 55mm in the middle that made all the difference to enhance surf and jumping performance.plummet wrote:The 150 only has a single front fin option. I don't agree with this. If running one fin it needs to be closer to the rail to hold power for boosting. I enjoyed the mako less on the wave face than my custom board. However the board was not set up how I would set it up for wave riding. I expect that turning into mutant mode and running the triple fin on the back would change the characteristics heaps.
The biggest issue I had with the 150 is the with the width. I was riding a steep section on a mushy shoulder high wave toeside, all of a sudden I felt drag and slowed down heaps. My back foot and binding was hitting the wall of the wave. Not cool at all. It happened several times. I couldn't lean into the wave too much or the rear foot would catch. My call is that the board needs to be wider.
I agree with Laughing - not ideal. Assuming you are 80KG - could it work in 13-15 knots?... Yes, But you will struggle to stay upwind in 10-12 Lulls. The Mako is not suited for LW due to the huge rocker and rounded tips so the planning area is actually smaller than 150 - it feels and planes more like a regular 140 TT size for size. Your ideal scenario is a 150-160cm door LW board for more smiles in 10-15kt.grtlakes wrote:What are your thoughts on the use of this board in lighter winds? Say 10- 15kts with a 17.5 flite.
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