Jun 19, 2009
V: 84 L:235 W: 60
Ride: More so than any other board in the test the Exocet U-Surf is a wave board that resembles a surfboard. The pointy nose flows beautifully into a wide mid-section that ends with a shortboard like squash tail. Finishing off the look are rails pinched for their entire length. It's not surprising then that the Exocet feels a lot like a surfboard on the water as well. It turns off the rear foot more than others and likes a different technique in how you set up for the lip. You need to stay higher on the wave to keep speed, but it allows such a tight turn you can get to the lip at a moment’s notice. This 84-litre version is most at home on smaller waves and will truly excel in sideshore and onshore conditions where the tighter turn will help you truly ride the wave. Riding bigger waves takes serious commitment to lock-in the rail due to the width. The 76-litre model (57cm wide) would likely match up better to the side-off boards in this test. On flatwater, the continuous rocker makes the board very difficult to trim onto a plane and over chop. The U-Surf II is big-feeling board that can handle all wave conditions.
The Parts: The board has fantastic finish work with clean lines and graphics, but both the fin and footstraps leave something to be desired. The straps placement is set up for wide feet so those with smaller feet may want to pinch the straps closer together for a more secure feeling.