A weeks ago I got my new Kode 86 carbon wood version. What can I say? Out of the box the board looks great, it is light weight and feels very stiff.
I got it all set up with some recommendation from Kevin Pritchard
and from Jasper Orth
and seems everyone is using it with a wide stance on the foot straps. I have it on the front straps in the middle holes and in the back with a single foot strap in the back holes.
Mast track in the recommended and off to the water. I used it the first day with a 6.2 Maui Sail Global 2008 skinny mast 75% carbon and the factory 25cm fin.
It was sort of windy I will say about 18-20 knots and water was choppy and waves about 5-7 feet in the Reef. Side shore winds.
The first thing I notice was the ability to go upwind at planning speed eating chop like nothing was going on. Very race feeling stiff and very fast. Super lose in jibes and tacks. Very surprise.
Once I reach the waves the board handle the open faces like a true wave board. It jumped with control and always felt very good on landings. But riding waves was a real treat, fast but easy to control and when needed to slow down it did very good. Fin felt a bit big I think a 23 or 22 cm fin will be better for waves, but then I needed to go upwind to keep up with the wave area the 25cm fin did its job.
Next time I go out will be with a crossover sail Possibly a 2009 Switch 6.0 and I will be putting two straps in the back and moving straps to start all the way back. Fin will be a vector fin custom wave-slalom 26 or a 28cm and i will report when done.