It goes upwind very easily with minimal spray to the face in medium chop. It likes to be ridden fast and it locks like a train on rails, allowing you very smooth and sharp turns, without losing power in mid-transition. It is better in light wind than both the 2013 TX and 2013 Trax.
The Madeiro really knows no limits, I find myself riding this board more than any board in my quiver. Sit back on tail and this thing is one of the fastest and most responsive boards I have ever ridden. Full beveled rails make for a thinner rail profile, reduce the drag and give you a better edge into your turns
Overall the board is extremely light, has a nice dynamic flex, is very responsive and an extremely comfortable board to fit any type of rider. The TRAX8 is perfect for whatever conditions you have to throw its way
The first thing I noticed is that the bag is much easier to handle than last year Volt’s. There is a full zipper all around the bag making it very easy to get the kite back after a session. The other thing that stood out for me compared to last year is the bar. It’s the closest thing to a Bandit 6 bar, like 95% close
Signature 5’10 was just “plug and play” and so smooth in the Gorge swell and chop. I jumped on it and it felt like an old friend, good balance, smooth ride, snappy turns and my feet were always in the right spot!
I definitely recommend this board to anybody looking for a surfboard to kite on. Whether you are learning or experienced on a surfboard and whether you ride straps or not, you can not go wrong with this board.