I don't know that it's any heavier than some of the high end wakesurfs. I think for normal folks wood is fine, it's got to be designed as an entry level board. $174 is definately price point.
I know that over at the Tige website the manufacturer folks were always saying NO WOOD in our boats all composite - the buying public tends to think wood + water = rot. At $174 couldn't you replace it three times before hitting the cost of a $400 d-cell based board that you can't ride any better, anyway?
As a price point, entry level skimmer or if I just wanted a second board this would seem to be to be a great option, IF I was price conscious. So that really begs the question in my mind.
Could you build your own for $80?
Traction at $40 or even cheaper; a can of hula dek at $20, a fin at $10, a can of paint at $5 maybe some sealer at $10 and then the wood at $15? That sure seems doable to me. Total cost of $60 to $80. Sure beats the heck out of a $700 board if you're just casual about it.
Anyone like working with evil.wood?