XStar- The One rode more like your Mana. Pretty straight up pop with that flat spot, where the Phoenix will ride more like the Witness. Phoenix isn't going to lock you in the same way. It's a pretty featureless bottom, so you'll definitely be relying on fins (It comes with 1.0 and .08) to keep you locked down. As far as your concern about the wet noodle ride, although it's categorized as a "flex" board, behind the boat I never felt like it wanted to just give out on me. It'll ride mellower than you Mana, not as aggressive off the wake and not so abrupt of a pop, but if you're a little more patient with your release, you'll have a blast riding it.
Edit: As far as fins go, I started out with the 1.0s because I too liked the locked in ride I got with my One, but I gave the 0.8s a chance and found that they still tracked well but gave me a little more freedom to break the board loose.
Last edited by Jmaxymek; 04-19-2014 at 12:10 AM.