I rode the XXX 122x36 today for the first time. The board weighs 6lbs 7oz or 2.9 kg complete.
I am 70 kg intermediate rider. The wind was 12-20 mph. I was flying a Wipika Amp 11.9 (16.2). Conditions were choppy swell and waves on the East Coast, Atlantic Ocean, Stuart, Florida.
It took me about 2 minutes to get used to the new shape. I have been riding a 2003 Wipika Catman Pro 142.
Here is a picture for size comparision.
My first impression was that the pads were a bit slippery but that went away in a few minutes. The adjustable straps and pads were super comfortable.
I could twist my feet in them when I changed direction and lock them in without any pressure points at all on my feet. The pads are soft feeling and grippy without abrasiveness.
Now the ride! The board holds an edge very well. The length although on paper seems short 122cm, did not feel short at all. It has no tendency to stuff the nose. In chop it was very stable and didt not bounce or skip. When the wind was light it stayed up on top very easily and would glide quite well when not powered. Edging to jump was effortless.
The board is amazingly easy to ride toeside. In fact it seemed almost as easy to ride toeside as heelside. Toeside turns where super easy.
The finish, components, construction and craftmanship are excellent.
You can see more pictures of it here. I really this board and I think you will too. Test ride one and see what you think.
I will post more info when I spend a little more time on it. I must mention that I won this board in the 100,000 message game here on Kiteforum.com. It was shipped to me free of charge but I owe no favors to review it or give it a favorable review. The opinion I have of it is mine and an honest one. If I did not like it I would not have posted a review at all.
Thanks to Toby and X-SHOOTER for sponsoring the contest.