Mar 4, 2011
V: 85 L: 238 W: 58.5
The FreeWave is a well-established model for Fanatic, yet, this is a board we’ve somehow never gotten our hands on to test. As the name implies, this is Fanatic’s entry into the highly competitive freestyle wave market.
It did not take us long to realize we had been missing out by never getting a chance to sail the FreeWave before. It is a perfect blend of speed, carving and comfort. Even in the regular construction, the FreeWave jumped up onto a plane and quickly accelerated to an impressive top speed. Less experienced riders will find it not quite as smooth as some of the other FSW’s; however, advanced sailors will find a lively ride that responds well to trim work, and a perfectly balanced rider position so you’ll always be prepared to deal with any chop that could be problematic. Of course, should you want to view the chop as a ramp instead of a problem, then this FreeWave will gladly take to the air.
Where the FreeWave sets itself apart from the other FSW’s is in its ability to turn off either the nose or tail and keep up an impressive amount of speed. Turning off the nose with an aggressive over-sheet, you can feel the board accelerate into the turn as it mows over chop. Turning off the tail, the board comes around with a radius that only the Wave boards can outdo.
So, what’s the downside? To find all this performance, it takes an advanced rider who knows how to trim a board and is not afraid to drive the rail with aggression in the corners. That’s not to say an intermediate can’t ride the FreeWave, it just may not respond to their techniques as well as a board that’s easier to ride.
The FreeWave is best in the hands of a more advanced rider who can tap into its ample speed to amp up its jumping and jibing performance. fanatic.com