Fanatic Skate 100

Apr 28, 2010

Fanatic Skate 100
V: 100 L: 235 W: 63.5

The ride: Since this board is used by the world’s top pro freestyler one might overlook it as a specialized board just for hucking crazing tricks. This would be a shame as the Skate is a great all-round board as well. It reacts to the smallest gusts planing up early and coasting through lulls with incredible efficiency. Your feet easily find the centred footstraps even if you’re just progressing into smaller boards for the first time. Its straight-line speed can easily match the freestyle wave boards so long as you ride with a modern upright hips-in stance and do a bit of trim work. It’s smoother through chop than most other freestyle boards but not as smooth as the freestyle waves. If you choose to use the chop for catching some air the Skate will gladly soar. Fanatic supplies the board with a smallish freestyle fin that gives plenty of lift for the inboard freestyle strap placement.

The jibe: Part of the reason this is a great freestyle board is it is well balanced when on its rail. Jibes are easy to initiate and the thick tail supports even the heaviest amount of back foot pressure. Of the small boards, this was the easiest to plane out of jibes on. Steep chop makes carving trickier but its balanced feel allows you to learn the art of driving the rail deeper into your turns to smooth things out. Letting the board carve on its own makes for a wider arc that progressing sailors can easily adapt too, while advanced riders can tighten the turn when needed.

The forte: This is a board that helps you learn your first aerial move, the Vulcan, just as easily as the latest and most difficult switchstance trick. None of the other boards in the test even come close for this facet of the sport.


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