by Laszlo on January 23, 2013
I got this board after doing some “impulse shopping” with Matt. I was looking for a strapless kiteboard that I can also take to the surf. I wanted something that is fast, light and confident on the waves. I have been eying this board for sometimes and Matt reassured me that it is going to do the trick so I went for it. I felt really bad, -because I got skunked so many times before with board or kite purchases- until it arrived and I got my first session. Then I had a big ear-to-ear smile …
The board is super good looking, the colors are vibrant and it can be spotted from miles. It was a good start, but I have other good-looking boards that can disappoint on the water. Well, not this one. It is like a comfy shoe or a T-shirt made from spandex: it becomes instantly part and extension of the body and follows the steering effortlessly due to its’ light weight. It is super fast and the speed is really on demand. This helps a lot changing one’s style from “in between” to “on” the waves riding. During the three short sessions I learned more about riding waves than in the entire last year. It allowed me to go and reach into parts of waves that before and with other (kite specific) boards were forbidden territories to me. I was able to get to the very steep sections of the waves kick the lips and slide down unpunished. This itself explains the after session smile. It likes to go fast and this is how one metamorphoses from regular wave oriented kiteboarder to a wave hog. It makes you climb and destroy everything coming to your way. It is super stable, which makes side-switching simple and easy. It carves with nice smooth line that can be immediately changed, modified depending how the wave breaks. It jumps really nice, however, this is not a feature one really want to push. The surface of the board is soft and after my first session I had heel dents on it. These are forming probably not due to jumps, but riding through choppy water. On the upside these dents are actually forming where you need them: the area and stance where one always rides the board. These dents are small pockets giving extra support for your feet. The delicate nature of the board also forces one to hone on perfect technique when going for jumps making sure to have soft re-entries. BTW, it begs for jumps, but keep them small and controlled. The side grooves are coming handy during surface transitions.
Thanks a lot for Josh and BWS for making this unbelievable board “public” and available for everyone interested in trying out strapless wave riding. Big thank goes to Matt for the advice: there are so many boards out there and it is really difficult to pick the right one.
Finally, I should say try one. But if you do not have the cash don’t do a test drive, because you will definitely want one.