Was on this board out at Roosevelt (Columbia River Gorge, USA) yesterday on an highly powered 12m with moderate river swell. The board is absolutely beautiful. It came with the twin setup so I rode it like that for a while but it was way to skaty and McDonald's-tray-like. Popped in the third fin and the board really performed well. Very smooth and surfy. I was surprised that at 6'1" and 190lbs I was able to jibe this board! Thought I found the perfect all in one board for me that will do everything as well as travel until I tried to boost it. The board really lacks pop and boostability. I was able to get some decent airs if I raced off of a river swell but that was about it. I thought since I can jibe it, maybe put bigger fins on the rear for better pop and boostability??? But I am not sure if this will help as it is probably the concavity and stiffness of the board and not the fins that hinders its ability to pop. Anyone??? If you are looking for a piece of art that you can ride and do everything but boost huge airs, this is worth a try.
For some reason I seem to remember these being compared to the Mako's... which are really stiff. I find with my Mako that more air is achieved by a clean carve and more leg work... or just riding out the top of waves.
Depends with the mako. If you are riding them as a straight TT the above is definetly needed. As a mutant with some side fins, you can load a lot more and a lot closer to a square tipped TT, but still employ some of the above. The difference in loading technique is very different with the two setups. If I want a carving wave session on my catalysts then its a straight TT setup. If I want a balls to the walls boost session on my edges the side fins go in. Easy. But you will never get the load and pop a straight railed squared tipped TT will give you. But then again nothing carves like these babies.