Jun 19, 2009
V: 80 L:233 W: 58
The Ride: Despite the name there is nothing unpleasant about Starboard’s Evil Twin. For the most part the fact that it has two fins seems irrelevant. Surely they are part of what gives the Evil Twin the best cut-back in the test, but the thin rails and copious amount of rocker surely help as well. Most of the comments about the Starboards sound the same as any other dedicated wave board. It’s a little slow to plane and not very directional, yet once you’re on a wave it comes alive. The rail will hold no matter how much speed you take into your bottom turn, but it will loss interest if you draw out the turn too far. Off the top is where this board shines as you can get in as deep as you dare to go and it will do its best to not only get you out but get you out with style. The rider position seem to give you perfect balance and the transition from rail to rail is seamless. Like other dedicated DTL wave boards the Evil Twin feels a little out of place if there are no clean waves around. It's speed is decent and it's comfortable to sail, but there is not much pop and with it taking some time to get going you're always working to make sure you trim the board properly to keep it there. This is a board that is best left in the hands of riders who only wave sail and therefore value on-the-wave performance above anything else.
The Parts: Starboards new straps are more comfortable than their old ones, but they still “shrink” when you expand them for bigger feet. We also found it hard to fine tune our stance with the minimal number of footstrap inserts. The fins seemed the appropriate size and we loved the large Philips head fin screws.