Today was the demo day for Active Water Sports here in Portland, OR. They had plenty of boats from Supra, Moomba, Malibu, Axis, and Nautique.
I had the pleasure of spending the day trying out different boards, boats, and surf systems and wanted to write a little review.
Here's a quick background of where I'm coming from.
This is my second season surfing. I normally ride a 1992 Supra Sunsport direct drive. I have prior to today also ridden a 2012 Malibu VLX and a 1997 Tige Pre2100.
I'm going to break up my review into 3 posts, 1 for each boat.
First off: Moomba Monda w/ Flow.
Today we started off with a Moomba Mondo with Flow. It had all factory ballast full and a bow sack under the seats at probably around 500lbs. We had 3 riders, all 3 including myself rode the Byerly Buzz.
We tried all 3 positions on the regular side and played with the speed some. It seemed like going right around 12mph got the best wake out of it, but on all 3 settings there wasn't a real good wake. It was marginal at best and I wasn't able to get enough push to free ride. The other rider who was also on the regular side was able to free ride a bit, but we still felt we got a better ride and more push out of the Sunsport with about 2-2.5k of ballast listed.
The goofy side was a different story. The other rider was goofy and it started off kind of rough, eventually with the flow on the second setting and the speed a tad higher with the wakeplate at about 1/2 way, he got a pretty decent wake and was able to free ride easily.
Overall, it was ok, but definitely favored the goofy side, probably due to prop rotation.
It may be able to perform better, perhaps with upgraded sacks in the rear lockers and more weight over all, but as it sits stock with just a bow sack, it wasn't that impressive.
I actually preferred the listed wake off of the direct drive sunsport than the wake from the flow.