The Ronix Phoenix Project’s flex has another purpose: storing energy. You really feel this come into play when you get into wake tricks. I’ve never actually felt a board that pops off the wake like ollieing on a skateboard — until now. The very first time you land in the flats there is an overwhelming awareness of how well the board holds momentum — it doesn’t sink or slow down — and locks into a landing. I thought the board would be slippery or land kind of spongy, but it really holds an edge through the wake and sticks the crap out of the landings without making a popping sound or giving your body the jolt that often comes with hard landings. The Phoenix Project is a very forgiving board, but it also has crazy pop. The longer you wait on the takeoff, the higher you pop straight up. It’s an awesome combination because the board feels slower than any of Ruck’s other pro models when you’re just cruising around on it, but when you put it on edge, it really frees up without slipping out.