I was down in Corpus Christi, TX a little over a week ago and had the opportunity to try out a friend's new board. Brokite boards are built there locally. I know one of the owners (a little), Jerry Hartung, since I used to live in Corpus. I'm not affiliated with Brokite in any way...other than launching by Jerry's house and using his compressor to pump up my kites from time to time. Not sure why but just never tried one of his boards before. Overall - WOW!
These are handmade boards using a foam core and carbon fiber wrap. Their site has tons of specific on the construction if you're interested. http://www.brokite.com
construction/finish - there is clear attention to detail. The lines are smooth, the paint looks good. it felt bomber; really rock solid. The graphics are a little bit boring for my taste...although I do like the bright green and orange.
shape - very concave bottom that reminded me of an OR Mako (much more lively feel than the Mako though). tips are quite a bit narrower than the middle. pretty good amound of flex in the tips.
weight - a little lighter than my SS Lunacy but not as light as a skywalker (i didn't weigh it...just based on feel and experience)
pads/straps - I am very picky regarding pads/straps. I currently have LF Luxury pads and SS straps - best combo I've found so far. I'm not sure what kind of pads/straps were on the brokite board...but they rocked. Excellent grip, good cushion and tons of arch support - probably my favorite combo that I have ridden yet (not counting my LF/SS frankenstein).
Performance - I rode the board in very powered 11m conditions on a combination of extremely flat to pretty choppy water (I could have been on my 7m). I didn't get a chance to ride it in the surf - that's where my friend said it really shined.
grip: I found the board to have amazing grip on the water; maybe because of the concave bottom. It was very hard to get it to skip out...and when I forced the issue, it only skipped a couple of times and then hooked right back up again. way powered downlooped toeside and heelside carves were super fun.
speed: Compared to my lunacy, the Freeride handled both chop and speed much better. I've never ridden as fast as I did on that board without feeling like I was going to come loose. the narrower tips kept water completely out of my face (one of my big annoyances with wide tipped boards like the lunacy).
jumping: the Freeride flexes at the tips and definitely loads up well. soft landings. nice feeling in the air.
upwind: it was hard to tell since I had so much wind. a 2x4 would have gone upwind. I consider my lunacy to be an exceptional upwind board. Way better than my SS SX and LF Element; not as good as my spleen session. The brokite freeride flew upwind and made it feel really smooth; it felt like I could take almost as good of an angle as I could on my lunacy....of course, i'm very use to the lunacy.
Overall - the brokite Freeride is an amazingly smooth board. It seemed to do everything well. It has a lively feel with a good amount of flex, jumped/landed well and cut through chop like it was nothing.