I think this Riders 135 x 43 is one of the coolest looking boards out there this year.
I love the grahics and finish work, and just like all the skywalkers the construction is A-1 and first class all the way.
This is a light board too, the low swing weight is a real pleasure on the water.
Foot beds and straps are comfy with no pressure points or fit problems that I could find.
There are some unusual aspects to this hull that stand out at first glance.
The bottom has 4mm of elliptical concave, centered over the middle of the board, with flat sections towards each end.
I wasn't sure what to expect from this shape, but time on the water has revealed to me that this shaping gives this board a smoothness and upwind ability that is quite outstanding, maybe the best of any twin tip I've ever tested.
It really shines when you throw a lot of pressure into the rail as you ride, which I've found just makes you ride more aggressive with a lot of commitment.
This is a good thing.
I'm a big fan of the elliptical concave now.
Another aspect that I noticed was the shaping of the rails, they've been inverted.
This softens the edging to a certain degree, making the board very forgiving in sloppy conditions.
But rail it hard and the opposite effect kicks in and you can really load up the platform for some huge jumps.
For my weight, 200lbs, the 135 x 43 is perfect for all conditions.
From 15kts up to 35kts plus. Flat water to chop and waves...it seems to be able to tackle it all, along with something extra you don't find everyday...the energy to propel yourself as high as your courage can handle!
The Andy's at BKB were right about this board, it is one hell of a jump machine!
On a scale of 1 to 10, I'd give this board a 69.
Its really that good!
(Skywalker 135 x 43 and 16m Rise at Carkeek in Seattle. photos by Vinny)