WillV and others,
I went with the Madd 135 and after an introductory sesh today in 18-22 mph
winds and a waist high wave, I realize the decision was good.
Board felt great! Ran it with a 5.8 Search, the stock pointers and
footstraps in-board. It performed per the brochure and your testimonial.
At 135 liters it jumps great and understands english. It's wide body flies
right and lands smooth. The stupid amount of nose rocker makes it
stuff-proof and makes getting over the whitewater a snap. The deck pad rocks
and pushes the ergo coefficient above what I thought was possible for a
board in this class.
On the wave face the 135 was amazingly tight and turney and kept it's
speed/float even depowered. The stock pointers zigged and zagged like a
Singer. I've always been a less-is-more kinda guy, but the twinsers seem
perfect for this setup and our sailing conditions. Having that out-board
traction really locks together the attitudes of both board and rider. It
sassed back to lip smacks and the preacher and danced up-the-line like a
tequila charged urban cowgurl.
I was surprised by how quickly it planned and how responsive it was to
gusts. Despite its size, this board is a very quick accelerator and quite
stable in the voodoo. It pinched and screamed up and down.
So that's the poop in moderate winds. Looking forward to running it with my
new 7.0 Retro in lighter winds which will be the REAL test. The 5.8 felt
great on this board and I'm hoping the bigger motor will feel equally as
Gurlie gets to try it this weekend. She's been learning our song on a older
GO 140 and has pretty much hit the ceiling. Last weekend she put it all
together on the GO for the first time and tripped the endorphin glands
fantastique during a 3 hour 'ah-hah' episode. I'm thinking this is gonna be
her ticket to Beyond Happy and the fast train around the curve. Stay tuned
for her report.