Westozzy wrote: the new mutants are much improved..
And how many " mainstream " companies offer mutants ? As far as I know the RRD Toxic Wave is the only one I know .... maybe the North Nugget ?
I´ve been a bit disconnected from the kite scene lately so probably I´m missing something .
Look , I´m long enough into this sport ( and I´m not 20 anymore by far ) to understand that it is all a question of personal taste & preferences and to claim that x gear is the best ever is plain bullshit .
I don´t even consider myself an intermediate since most of the tricks young folks perform in freestyle looks to me like different versions of handle passes and kite loops; f16 , kungfu or how all those tricks are called? have no idea ... but I´m very decent riding with 10 knots and feel comfortable riding with 45 knots , love to jump and perform a handful tricks like board offs , grabs front/backloops and things like that
Also I have no idea how similar or totally different both the Mako and the Woody really are or even if there is any similarities between both boards , maybe John got a " special touch " building the Woodies but the fact remains that :
It was the first time that I truly enjoyed such a relaxed and effortless ride in my entire life , no knee or muscles or back pain or whatever after a 2 hour session on a board that literally lacks of everything modern boards pranks about .
So why bother writing about it ? simply because it turned upside down everything I thought I knew about boards and I truly believe most free riders < we average Joe's > out there would be better off on such a type/style /design looking for a more goofy , relaxed and easy to handle board . Yes , I'm not going to argue that dedicated lightwind , freestyle , wave or even race boards are fantastic and deserves their place in out sport but wish more companies would at least try this design for free ride .
OR deserves my highest respect by thinking out of the box and designing the Makos ....
Nothing else .... I'm done arguing .