Ocean Rodeo Mako King…

2 08 2010

Ocean Rodeo Mako King...

I brought a Naish surfboard with me to Baja last winter and gave riding it a shot.  The results were not pretty.  It was so floaty and different from my twin tip boards I had a hard time adjusting to it.  I ended up selling it and figured I’d ride my twin tips a bunch more then try another surfboard later.  Now that I have quite a few more days of riding under my belt I had the hankering for a surfy riding board again.  So I did some research and came across the Ocean Rodeo Mako King as an interesting option.

Mako King setup options...

The Mako King is a hybrid twin tip and surfy snowboard style kiteboard.  You can mount the straps/pads in the centre of the board and use on fin on each end like a typical Mako.  You’d have a nice big 165cm x 45cm light wind board.  You can also ride the Mako King with the bindings shifted to the tail with a 3 fin thruster setup for carving and slashing turns like a surfboard.  Want more options?  You can add custom deck pad and ride the King strapless.  Learning how to ride toe side?  The King can be ridden backwards even in directional mode so you can hit the toe side when and as much as you like without any pressure if you aren’t feeling uber confident.

My Mako King Mutant setup...

Since I’ve got a Mako 140cm twin tip I setup my Mako King in Mutant directional mode.  I used 3 H1 56mm fins [1 at the tip and two at the outside tail] as well as an 85mm surf fin in the centre.  I shifted my pads and straps to the rear as shown in the second picture from the top.  The result is a really floaty Cadillac ride…like plowing through 30cm of powder on a snowboard.  Carving turns and slashing waves was a blast.  Going upwind was crazy….I just kept cranking the board on its edge and pointing upwind and it didn’t complain.  I was able to angle way further into the wind than anyone riding with me.  The massive amount of flotation made me feel like I had so much time to correct any mistakes or adjust my kite/board without any worries. Definitely a forgiving ride.

Single fin at the tip...

I rode the King backwards on the single fin at the tip no problems and was able to cruise upwind like that.  Popping or carving to toe side was easy and I’ve never been able to ride toe side so naturally before. This is a great option to have.  If you need to to change direction you can do whatever makes the most sense and gets you out of harm’s way fastest.  Quite a contrast to most people learning on a surfboard where falling in and swapping the board around is the usual drill.

Ocean Rodeo pads and straps...

The Ocean Rodeo Bliss pads and straps are the same as on my Mako 140.  They work great, are comfortable and look sweet.  Nothing to complain about. Some folks are using a deck pad and either going strapless or using surf straps on their Mako Kings.  The Ocean Rodeo deck pad has holes so once you stick it on your King you can still go back to straps and pads if you like for some sessions.  I like having all those choices.

I love the classic graphics on the 2010 Makos...

Build quality and fit/finish is really nice on this board.  I especially like the classic graphics on the 2010 Makos.  They look sharp.  The King comes with all the fins you need to set it up as a twin tip or Mutant as well as pads/straps.  The custom Mako King deck pad is an aftermarket item as are surf straps.

165cm x 45cm = big!

Mako King Specs:

  • Duraclear top and bottom for extreme durability
  • Tapered ABS rails to take the hits
  • Massive Concave
  • Rugged snowboard style construction
  • Contoured 3D EVA foot pads for added riding comfort and grip
  • Grab Handle
  • Velcro adjustable foot straps
  • Sizes: 165 x 45cm
  • Max. 18 mm concave
  • Thruster fin configuration on Mutant end of board

The King has a ton of concave and rocker as well as rounded outline.  This makes it butter smooth in chop and when using it in twin tip mode gives a nice skatey feel when you aren’t edging hard.  In Mutant mode driving with the fins or in twin tip mode when you are edging hard it digs in and lets you power up wind easily.

Ripping with the King...

What I really like about the King is all the options I have in one board:

  1. large twin tip light wind board
  2. sweet directional wave board
  3. full pads/straps
  4. strapless with a deck pad
  5. deck pad and surf straps
  6. ability to ride directional toe side, gibe or backwards
  7. lots of fin options

5 mins with a screwdriver and you can walk down to the beach with a totally different board than you started with.  I don’t know of any other kiteboard that is nearly this versatile.

I would definitely recommend the Mako King to new kiteboarders over a skimboard or surfboard.  The King gives you the essential light wind board everyone needs as well as lets you progress from twin tip to directional at your own speed.  I think that’s ideal.  I wish I had bought a King as my second board rather than buying 2 or 3 boards I now have to sell since the King does everything they do and more.

Mako family photo...

The King is a big board and like all big boards it’s not as nimble as a smaller/lighter board.  I had no problem jumping with the King and spinning it, but it’s nowhere near as mobile as my Mako 140.  On the other hand the King is so easy and relaxing to ride it puts you into a different head space – definitely the right board for a soul session.  The kind that makes your face hurt from all the grinning and lets you appreciate each and every wave that crosses your path.

I think the Mako 140 and King are an ideal combo for me.  The 140 is fast, light and great for ripping up the water and jumping  aggressively.  The King is slower more chilled out when I want to cruise and carve.

Big fins...

I’m using 3 big fins on the tail of my King.  I’m not sure I need that much fin back there so I’m going to try a few different setups with smaller fins and see what I think.  I’ve also ordered a Mako King deck pad so I can ride this board strapless when I’m feeling the need for something new and challenging to learn.  I’ll report back with a long term review next spring.

So many boards so little time!

I picked up my Mako King from Bellingham Kiteboarding.  They had the best prices on OR gear that I could find and the service was great so I decided to take a drive over to WA and visit them.  I’ll post a bit more about the shop and kiteboarding in the Bellingham area when I get some free time.  Right now I need to wash my stinky gear and dry everything out!

Update: I’ve done some upgrades to my Mako King…read about them here.



9 responses

3 08 2010

I love my Mako King! I ride it as a mutant. I see you also have a Kite Fish, does it give you much low end or other advantage over the King?

3 08 2010

@ Vinny – I’ve got the Kite Fish as a demo, but it’s been out with other folks so I haven’t tried it yet. My two main boards are the Mako 140 and the King [Mutant].

8 08 2010
Liquid Force Kite Fish 5’3″ « The Lazy Randonneur

[…] Having just bought an Ocean Rodeo Mako King from Bellingham Kiteboarding I don’t have the budget to add any more boards to the quiver at the moment so I’ll cunningly try and hold on to this demo Kite Fish as long as possible!  I think I’d definitely like to have one for the 2011 season and keep it strapless.  It will be a super fun board to ride and a board I won’t mind lending out to anyone riding with me. […]

10 08 2010

I see you have tried the LF Kite Fish and the Mako King ? How effective are they in light winds compared to standard boards and other light wind boards you’ve tried? I have a 132 Nobile 555, looking for something that will get going in lighter winds.
Can the LF Fish really be ridden backwards (chicken jibe) like they have advertised? I can’t jibe a surfboard yet.

10 08 2010

@Michael – I’ve spent most of my time riding the Mako King in Mutant mode. The MK is a great light wind board at 165 x 45cm. My other light wind board is twin tip 144 x 47. The MK is a better option and more fun to ride.

I haven’t ridden the KF enough in lots of different winds to compare it to MK with any accuracy, The KF is definitely a great light wind board and given the size/shape I think it will be a better light wind option than the MK. OTOH the MK is more versatile so hard to choose a winner. I haven’t tried riding the KF backwards [I’ll try next time I am out], but I don’t see why that wouldn’t be possible like a skimboard. The MK goes backwards in Mutant mode just like a twin tip Mako since it has a fin on the nose.

Of course the KF is half the price of a MK so that’s hard to beat for a fun kiteboard.

2 09 2010
Ocean Rodeo Mako King Upgrade… « The Lazy Randonneur

[…] My Ocean Rodeo Mako King is my goto board for light wind days and when I’m feeling like cruising on a soul session mission.  It’s fun, it’s easy to ride and it’s soooo smooth! My Mako King setup with twin tip foot pads and straps… […]

2 10 2010
Ocean Rodeo Mako King For Sale [2010] « The Lazy Randonneur

[…] selling my 2010  Mako King.  If you read my review here you’ll see I love this board so why am I selling it?  I’m keen on the 2011 Mako King graphics! Functionally there is no […]

15 05 2011
Ocean Rodeo Mako 150 « The Lazy Randonneur

[…] tested a 2010 Ocean Rodeo Mako 150 in Baja this past winter and really liked it. I had planned to buy another Mako King, but a Slingshot Tyrant surfboard snuck into my quiver so I switched gears and went with the Mako […]

7 09 2014
michel bourbeeau

hello my name is kyter, I just bought a mako king , its really smooth to ride in beetween 12knts and 20knts with a Peter Lynn 19m and at 10knts I got to walk a lot to go up the Wind, is it normal or may be if th bigger tins willit be better ?

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