I think I've said it before, but it's probably buried somewhere so I'll say it again.
My 58.5 cm wide *B Kombat is my fave board, not because it's high wind but because it is far and away the easiest board I've ever had to gybe. Ever, of any size. On Seneca, on Erie, on Ontario, and soundside in Hatteras, it's pathetically easy. It's my smallest board, but when on it my planing exit percentage is near 100%. That easy. It's true in waves or voodoo chop (slightly less in voodoo chop). I've decided that it's basically because the board so completely communicates to my feet what it's doing that I have to pay little mind to what it's doing and can focus totally on the wave and my rig. Also, I would say that when I look at the wave and change my foot pressure it's immediately apparent to me what the board is going to do. Tight, wide, slashing, it's very readable. I love it, because it means I can totally focus on sailing. When I can get on my Kombat, I know everyone is going to get a clinic. Maybe it's just me, but I find my Kombat that transformative.
In contrast, I've had a variety of other boards, and I noted JH's comment on my joke about his excellent aerial (another thread). He is right on: he can't imagine Robby riding a *B or a SuperFreak ME. I don't know Robby, but me neither. I've ridden and owned several Naish boards and sails, my all-time fave was the Mistral Naish 8'7". Unbelievably fast, unbelievably light, unbelievable air, but you'd damned-well be ready to drive it (and yourself) to the limit. Hard hard hard, sheet in, carve insanely hard. That's what Robby's boards are designed to do; if you have a Naish board (or rig), in my experience you will be greatly rewarded for driving to the extremes of your abilities - carve hard and tight, sheet-in and go faster than you thought possible, pull up and go for huge air. Do that, and a Naish board works phenomenally well. But you've got to sail like Robby. Hey, it's his board, it only makes sense that you need to ride it like he does! If you haven't got the gonads for it, then don't get a Naish!
The Kode, and I would daresay all *B boards designed by Tiesda You are much less radical and smoother handling (based on my riding several of his boards). Tiesda You has a much more gentle touch to his designs. It's like comparing a Dodge Viper to a Porsche Carrera. Very different, not that one is better or worse, just very different. I haven't ridden the new Kodes, but having ridden a few *B products I think you'll find it worth a try if being able to focus on what you're trying to do (rather than harnessing the aggression to go for it), then I suspect the Kode will appeal.
What my Kombat doesn't do is jump nearly as well. It's only OK in that realm. Bummer...I do love to get big air...
Last edited by Geoff (2012-03-04 17:42:59)