I own the Axxis 262. It is generally a good board, jibes well, and what
I really like vs the Seatrend is that the outer layer is hard plastic -
does not chip like the Seatrend. I demo'd both and like the Axxis a
little better in the bump and jump Gorge. That said, I would think
about it again if I was in the market.
What I don't like about either of the boards (now that I am a little
wiser) is that for me (180#) I can't use a sail smaller than 5.0. At
4.6 I get so much bounce that I need to drop to my 8'1" board. That is
ok when the wind is full, but when I would like the floaty board for the
lulls, I can't have fun in the chop 'cause I am rattling my teeth.
Having owned a larger polyester board, I am considering going back to
one and blasting through the pyscho chop. I suppose I will put up with
the little dings and the heavier weight to have fun on the water. Funny
thing is my 8'1" is a light expoxy board and I do not have the problem
which I attribute to the shape; a Gorge wave board.
So what is the lesson? Look at the template (shape) and pick that first
- a convertible is good but if 90% of your sailing is in one area, I
would buy a shape that fits the area.
Hope this is of some help.