Fanatic Hawk 120

Apr 28, 2010

Fanatic Hawk 120

V: 120 L: 249 W: 68

The ride: The Hawk is the choice for riders wanting a really fast board that can still rip through jibes. We were pleasantly surprised to find the ride to be much closer to that of a true slalom board than we were expecting. Powered up on flatwater, it was the fastest “big” board in the test. It’s perfectly shaped deck makes for a very comfortable stance in the outboard straps and it encourages you to trim the board for every ounce of speed. No matter how hard you push this board the nose stays put, and like a true race board, it remains steady the harder you push across chop. The inboard footstrap position is not as comfortable and can be out—accelerated leaving you unbalanced and finding it difficult to head upwind. An aftermarket fin is a must for those looking to push it to its slalom limits and a bigger fin would help the narrower Hawk hold a 7.5 m2 sail.

The jibe: In the corners, the slalom board feel is also present. This means that a serious amount of commitment is required to engage the rail with a modern over-sheeted jibe. When done correctly by using a hips-in posture to drive the water line forward, it makes for a tighter than expected jibe and a huge smile on your face. When done incorrectly by sitting back over the tail and sheeting out you’ll quickly find yourself bouncing out of the turn.

The forte: As a freeride board the Hawk is as fast as they get and we would strongly recommend it to anyone new to racing. Its hint of user-friendliness will allow you to focus on the race without crashing and loosing valuable time.


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