I road last years drive... it was alright. Seemed more forgiving, but doesn't have as much pop as other boards I've tried. It's fast so it's pretty easy to end up in the flats. It was also a really heavy board... I'm not sure how much they changed it this year. It was a decent board for the price.
The bindings on the other hand I would stay as far away as possible. These things are terrible. They are always coming lose on me. It wasn't so bad at the beginning of the year, but as soon as you break them in, the first time you jump the wake, they are lose again... and it's hard to get them tight and stay tight. wanna buy a pair? haha