Last year we added a new rail shape which was successful and continues for 2018. The rail thickness mimics the core thickness of the boards. This gives a much smoother ride through chop and additionally lets the AXIS wakestyle/park boards to build up speed quicker and gives you a looser feel which is something that makes kicker tricks like Moby Dicks (which are initiated from rail to rail edge control) easier to achieve and feel better. Lastly, each have new PU rails. After lots of feedback from our team and other riders, we focused on PU rails for the wake line of boards. These rails follow the board flex a bit better than other materials, and they offer added protection from knocks and bumps on obstacles.
For 2018 the AXIS wake style boards have a new base construction which makes them even stronger hitting rails and ramps. The Tranq has new sizes for 2018: 145 x 43cm and 149 x 44cm.
For anyone choosing between the Billy or Tranq, it’s really a decision of board size. The Tranq is for the rider who riders 142 or bigger and the Billy is for a person who would ride 141 or smaller. The Billy is narrower overall (42.5cm versus 43cm), has narrower tips by a centimeter and has a softer flex. The boards are a bit similar to ride. The Tranq is optimized for larger guys or people who like a bigger board whilst the Billy is for people who like a bit shorter and narrower board. If you are looking for a board smaller than 138 then the Bootleg will be ideal for you. All three ride very similar, so take your pick!