Mar 4, 2011
V: 84 L: 235 W: 60
We took special interest in the Exocet U-Surf, as it now sports thrusters on a shape we’ve previously tested. We found the former single-fin version to be a progressive shape that worked great on smaller waves but lacked grip on aggressive higher-speed turns. This year, we found the addition of two small thruster fins provides the increased traction we’re looking for, allowing the U-Surf to reach its true potential.
The centre fin has shrunk considerably with the added side fins, letting the board ride a little lower in the water. This takes away some of its speed potential but, more importantly, improves the turnability and provides a more comfortable ride. As this is a true waveboard we didn’t expect much from its flatwater performance, yet, like the original U-Surf, this year’s has enough speed for the occasional bump-and-jump day and becomes more at home the bigger the swell. The only criticism testers had for the board’s comfort is that all the footstrap insert options could be spaced closer together so that each strap could be set tighter to the sides of the feet for a more secure connection.
The U-Surf shines on a wave. It takes little effort to engage the rail, and with plenty of width underfoot you have the option to drive the rail in a traditional bottom turn or crank a tight turn off the tail. This makes it a well-rounded board that can fit into smaller onshore waves just as well as bigger down-the-line lips. The U-Surf’s pointy nose lacks a bit of power to be redirected, but with the traction from the fins it rides through white water better than most.
The U-Surf is recommended for wavesailors needing a board to ride any wind-and-water combination, at a price that is more than reasonable. exocet-original.com