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'12 Single and Twin Fin Waveboard Buyers Guide

Jan 4, 2012

For 2012 windsport.com will be posting individual Buyers' Guides for each category of board and sail to help you find the best board for you. We are putting each category together in one place that includes info from the manufacturers along with videos and advice to get you started. If you have any questions or comments please feel free to either 'post a comment' at the bottom of the article or e-mail it to us at info@windsport.com. —Pete DeKay, editor

 

Who needs a Single, Twin or Thruster Wave Board?

Most of the buzz in the world of waveboards may be around the quads but that doesn't mean a board with less fins may be a better choice for you. Usually these boards will be a better option for crossing over between bump-and-jump and waves. In most cases you'll find better pop for jumping and plenty of looseness to have fun slashing in waves.

Below is a complete list of the boards we are checking out:

 

SINGLE FIN BOARDS SINGLE FIN WITH THRUSTERS TWIN FIN BOARDS
Exocet X-wave Exocet U-surf Core                            Fanatic Newwave Twin
Fanatic Newwave Exocet U-surf 3 Quatro Twin
Goya One JP Single Thruster  
Quatro Single Naish Wave  
RRD Hard Core Wave Single     RRD Wave Thruster  
RRD Wave Cult Single    
Starboard Evo (also a twin-fin)      

 

 CLICK HERE to view the 2012 QUAD WAVEBOARD BUYERS' GUIDE

 

2012 Exocet U-surf CoreEXOCET U-SURF CORE

In addition to the U-Surf 3 Tri Fin line, we have been developing some intermediate boards, including the U-Surf CORE models, offered in 70, 80 or 90 litres sizes, pintail shape, which will suit side shore conditions. These will have different graphics to the U-Surf 3 line, however they will also be equipped with Tri fins and offered in a high end construction

Features:

  • DDSA: Double Density Shock Absorber
  • E.U.R: Exocet Unique Ride
  • Equipped with 3 fins

Construction: Custom Made Biax Carbon + Biax Glass

2012 Exocet U-surf Core specs 


2012 Exocet U-surf 3EXOCET U-SURF 3

Based on a proven shape, the new USURF Tri-fin is offering the very best in terms of comfort, speed and manoeuvrability. You will find a similarity in performance, but it will exceed your expectations in several departments. Tri-fin boards are excellent options for wave riding due to the centre fin giving a lot of drive through bottom turn. Still you will have the feeling of a single fin although you can squeeze the turns much more if needed. The top turns become sharper and looser than single fins but with better control than twizer's. The result is a lot of efficiency and precision in the waves. USURF Tri-fin is a true all rounder with excellent planning and upwind abilities.

Features:

  • DDSA: Double Density Shock Absorber
  • E.U.R: Exocet Unique Ride
  • Equipped with 3 fins

Construction: Custom Made Biax Carbon + Biax Glass

2012 Exocet U-surf 3 specs

 2012 Exocet X-wave

EXOCET X-WAVE

This new generation of the XWave is designed to match all kinds of European conditions where speed, quick planing and upwind ability are essential yet they remain pure wave boards for those willing to push them to their limits. The new XWave edition is shorter, measuring 230 cm and curving off with a subtle pintail for better control and grip. The XWave line remains fast boards, enjoying side shore conditions with instant planing even in marginal winds.

Features:

  • DDSA: Double Density Shock Absorber
  • E.U.R: Exocet Unique Ride

Construction: Custom Made Biax Carbon + Biax Glass

 

2012 Exocet X-wave specs

 

2012 Fanatic NewwaveFANATIC NEWWAVE

 A modern compact outline with the classic directional feeling. Our proven double concave, with full soft rails forward, and tucked rails on a fast, thin tail give the greatest single fin sensations with unbelievable grip for tighter turns. From the latest slashing style to drawn out flowing lines, the NewWaves CAD-formed volume distribution works in the wildest range of conditions, and is arguably our greatest jumping shape of all time. All 4 sizes (69, 76, 83 and 91) sport iconic polished rails with airbrushed metallic and visible carbon artwork, and are delivered in mega-stiff and light Carbon Kevlar deck and Carbon bottom Team Edition (TE) construction only.

Key Features:
- Modern short, wide planshape
- Floatation and flowing rails front of center
- Proven double concave bottom for full power turns
- Balanced tail rocker and tucked-under rails for tight, fast carving
- Smart CAD-engineered volume flow for maximum wind range

Klaas Voget (G-4) Fanatic R&D Manager and 7th overall PWA Wave Tour 2010:
“The latest board outlines have given single fins a new lease of life. Being wider front of center and shorter than traditional pintail shapes, they give the option of riding in a tighter aggressive way, or in the typical drawn-out high-speed style. The PWA tour has a massive range of wind and wave setups so all of our wave boards have to perform in every single location. I wouldn’t go anywhere without a single fin to turn to for either massive jumps or epic down-the-line rides.”


2012 Fanatic Newwave specs

 

2012 Fanatic Newwave TwinFANATIC NEWWAVE TWIN

The NewWave Twin shows unbelievable direct response and control in 72, 79, 86 & 93 litre sizes. Kept on the edge they’ve got the truest surfing feel in the range, but push on the fins and a world of sliding and slashing new-school moves awaits. Matching any type of wind and wave conditions, you’re guaranteed the tightest in-the-pocket turning experience around, and epic boost for high-wind jumps. Offered only in élite Team Edition (TE) for super-light performance with Carbon/Kevlar deck and ultra-stiff Carbon bottom lay-up. Unique metallic airbrushing and polished effects plus visible carbon detail reflect the ultimate quality shapes.

Key Features:
- Forward concave into smooth double concave for high-speed turn control
- Balanced tail width for optimum riding release and early planing
- True surf-style performance rocker line

Victor Fernandez (E-42), PWA Wave World Champion 2010:
“If you love a rail-to-rail riding style the NewWave Twins are still the best choice and easiest-to-sail boards for finishing impossibly-tight turns and massive air in either mush or hollow surf.”


2012 Fanatic Newwave Twin specs

 

2012 Goya OneGOYA ONE (72 & 78-litre models)

If you are looking for one board that can do it all, look no further. The ONE is fast, turny, easy to ride, for all styles and all conditions. Welcome to a real one board concept. Just pick your volume and go windsurfing. Done. The ONE combines the best features of all board lines we have yet been producing, and merges them into what is now becoming an instant favorite among riders and testers.

The One PRO 72 and 78 liter models feature generous carbon patching from in front of the mast track all the way into the tail, as well as beneath and around the padded areas. The ONE72 has a concave/double concaves for added control and grip as usually when using a board that size it is medium to strong winds. The ONE78 I wanted more lift power and therefore change it to V with double Concave. On the Quad I extended the concave/double concave to the 78 as the guy looking at a Quad is more focus around wave performance.

The ONE 78-104 carry a V bottom with double concaves through the stance. The reason for that is that V bottoms are the fastests bottoms still, all raceboards carry them and the double concave accentuate the centerline, softening the ride/ more comfortable while adding grip and drive to the turns.

The smaller sizes 72, 78 and 86 feature a US Box compatible with all wave fin designs.

2012 Goya One specs

 

2012 JP Single ThrusterJP-AUSTRALIA SINGLE THRUSTER

The first generation of Single Thrusters proved its outstanding performance with JP riders using production boards in all side-on and onshore World Cup stops. Magazine testers worldwide have stamped their test winning seal of approval on them.

Now, Werner developed generation II with Robby Swift and Ricardo Campello. A versatile design to feel at home in almost all conditions. The trim/fin options give you the opportunity to achieve that perfect setup for the day ahead.

FINS FIRST
The three fin setup, transforms the performance oriented shape into a loose, responsive, wave slashing weapon with bags of control.
Use it with a 2cm bigger single fin (without sidefins) and feel the transition into a super fast wave rocket - ideal for onshore and bump and jump conditions.

SHAPE
An early planing and very fast design. To also deliver radical wave action it has compact dimensions. Its short length with the widest point almost exactly at the center of gravity results in a very stable and balanced board in non-planing conditions and when crossing the white water.

Because of its overall width and wide tail it accelerates fast, drives well upwind and shreds tight lines in smaller waves.
Approaching the lip you can tighten the arc of the turn easier with back foot pressure. The rear strap has been moved back - creating a wider stance, allowing more radical turns without the loss of speed.

To get great performance in down-the-line conditions, up to around three meter faces, we kept the outline relatively straight around the front straps, generating more speed in longer bottom turns through the front foot. This straight outline cruises through the chop with max control.

An ergonomic deck shape provides a comfortable stance and responsive rail changing.

The double concave bottom between the foot straps allows a rather flat bottom curve within the concaves while we still have a lot of bottom curve in the rails guaranteeing instant acceleration, high speed and incredible maneuverabilty.

SUMMARY
Probably the most versatile wave board available today. With the available fin setups (single fin or thruster) you can adjust its range of use from fast bump and jump sailing to unbelievable waveriding in all kind of wave conditions. Like a chameleon it changes to suit its surroundings.

TECHNOLOGY
PRO = PRO EDITION in Carbon Kevlar Technology with T-Stringers
FWS = FULL WOOD SANDWICH Technology with T-Stringers  

2012 JP Single Thruster specs 

 

2012 Naish WaveNAISH WAVE

Target: Waveriders seeking the ultimate in surfing performance. The boards ridden by Robby Naish, Kai Lenny and Julien Taboulet.

Designed with a single-concave flowing into a v-tail section, softer rails in the nose and mid-area of the board and pinched rails at the tail, the Wave delivers stellar waveriding and carving performance.

The Wave is available in 5 sizes and is supplied with two fin sets – single center fin and our custom-designed thruster set, so the rider can fine tune the board for a specific riding style and the conditions of the day.

Features:

  • Carbon/Kevlar sandwich 3D deck with carbon sandwich bottom
  • G-10 CNC fins plus custom thruster set
  • Eco Boardbag

2012 Naish Wave specs

 

2012 Quatro SingleQUATRO SINGLE

The Quatro Single is the ideal choice for sailors looking for the classic smooth and stable feel, quick acceleration, unlimited top end speed and adaptability that single fin boards provide. These boards are tunable for any type of wave condition around the world.

The early planing and forgiving feel are the key concepts of this line of boards, giving you the comfort and control to feel at home anywhere you sail.

The Quatro Range: We are a wave board brand, first and foremost. And if the fact that most of the Pros ride our boards, whether they can afford to sport our logo or not, isn’t enough proof, then maybe the sheer array of wave boards we offer is. Covering all shape and fin concepts that time and testing have proven to be the very best of today, we are building boards with four, two and one fin, matching all tastes and styles we have both encountered and defined over the years. If you are looking for that extremely surfy and radical down the line movement, you should try and fall in love with the QUAD KT in either of it’s spicy editions. If you are after big lift and airtime to allow you occasional Goiters or Wave 360 into Forwards then the QUAD LS is for you. The TWIN is for you if elegant lines finalized by sharp turns are your thing. We have re-pioneered the Twin movement back in 2006, just like we did with the Quad movement little afterwards. So we know what we are talking about. Make no mistake, the TWIN is just as brutal now as its SILVER appearance is classic, and its shape concept hasn’t been put to sleep either. These things get ridden and developed daily. Now for the SINGLE. Especially if collecting much speed in the shortest time is what you’re out on the water for, to throw al that momentum into a huge pushloop or giant one handed air, then yes, this SILVER arrow is made for you all the way. If all the above are a little too surfy for you still, and you’re looking for that board that can lift you into a burner even though the leaves on the trees tell you it’s a day for reading, then reach fast for the FREESTYLEWAVE because while it’s genetically linked to our SILVER wave line, it has a rocker to die for and basically hovers more so over then water than touching it. Maybe it’s just a touch hydrophobic, we really don’t.

2012 Quatro Single specs

 

2012 Quatro TwinQUATRO TWIN

The Twin Fin is the best board for a mix of jumping, riding and tricks in cross on conditions. Ideal for all around wave sailing, the Twin again offers the perfect balance between early planing, speed, stability and the incredibly loose feeling that twin fin boards are all about.

The Twin is designed to give you a quick and lively feel and also great low end performance in any type of wave conditions you may encounter around the globe.

The Quatro Range: We are a wave board brand, first and foremost. And if the fact that most of the Pros ride our boards, whether they can afford to sport our logo or not, isn’t enough proof, then maybe the sheer array of wave boards we offer is. Covering all shape and fin concepts that time and testing have proven to be the very best of today, we are building boards with four, two and one fin, matching all tastes and styles we have both encountered and defined over the years. If you are looking for that extremely surfy and radical down the line movement, you should try and fall in love with the QUAD KT in either of it’s spicy editions. If you are after big lift and airtime to allow you occasional Goiters or Wave 360 into Forwards then the QUAD LS is for you. The TWIN is for you if elegant lines finalized by sharp turns are your thing. We have re-pioneered the Twin movement back in 2006, just like we did with the Quad movement little afterwards. So we know what we are talking about. Make no mistake, the TWIN is just as brutal now as its SILVER appearance is classic, and its shape concept hasn’t been put to sleep either. These things get ridden and developed daily. Now for the SINGLE. Especially if collecting much speed in the shortest time is what you’re out on the water for, to throw al that momentum into a huge pushloop or giant one handed air, then yes, this SILVER arrow is made for you all the way. If all the above are a little too surfy for you still, and you’re looking for that board that can lift you into a burner even though the leaves on the trees tell you it’s a day for reading, then reach fast for the FREESTYLEWAVE because while it’s genetically linked to our SILVER wave line, it has a rocker to die for and basically hovers more so over then water than touching it. Maybe it’s just a touch hydrophobic, we really don’t.

2012 Quatro Twin specs

 

2012 RRD Hard Core Wave Single-finRRD HARD CORE WAVE LTD

The new Hardcore Wave boards are completely re-designed shapes. With three other line of wave boards in collection, RRD presents again the most complete line of wave boards in the market. With this in mind we had finally the freedom to go and do a real full hi -performance ”hookipa” board that would satisfy our most demanding teamriders that usually like to get hawaiian custom boards when riding those powerful and steep maui waves. The Hardcore wave V4 is the final answer to those riders that do not compromise on sharpness of turns and want to be at the right time in the right place. Single Fin configuration allows to maximize grip and control.

Features:

Full monoconcave rail to rail configuration from nose to mid tail, with double concave bottom in the mid/back section of the hull. Flat and slight V shape on the tail in combination with a generous release of rocker allows a perfect exit of flow and board balance in the most critical moments of bottom or top turns. Max width point about 15 cms forward with wider nose, has allowed us to create some great balanced proportional line in the middle/tail section of these jewels being very narrow but never to abrupt or too straight. The outline flow and the volume distribution is a pleasure for your eyes and for the time you'll ride these sticks in the best days of you waveriding experience.

Technology:

EXCLUSIVE Custom-made full sandwich with Biaxial Glass, which give us best results in terms of weight/strength. We kept Epoxy/Herex 100 stringers on bottom of all sizes.

 VOLUME  LENGTH  WIDTH  FIN  FIN BOX  SAIL RANGE
91 litres 230 cm 58 cm MFC K-One G-10 CNC 22  US box  4.5-5.8
84 litres 229 cm 55.5 cm MFC K-One G-10 CNC 21.5 US box  4.2-5.6
76 litres  229 cm 54 cm MFC K-One G-10 CNC 21.0 US box  3.7-5.3
68 litres 229 cm 53 cm MFC K-One G-10 CNC 21.0  US box  3.2-4.7

 

2012 RRD Wave Cult Single FinRRD WAVE CULT LTD

The new Wave Cults V4 are completely re-designed shapes. Together with the ”Hardcore wave sisters” they complete the range of innovative wave boards shapes for ”everyday conditions” all over the world. Sharp, fast, instinctive and very sensitive to footsteering these boards will never let you down when the wind will be gusty or the waves will be mushy... still they excel in ripping potential when the conditions will be pumping again. Widest range of use in collection. Single Fin configuration allows to maximize grip and control.

Features:

Flat rail to rail entry on the very nose, it then evolves in a full V rail to rail configuration from mid board section all the way to the tail. Slight double concave in the middle hull section, to improve stability. Max width point about 10 cms forward with wider nose, has allowed us to create some great balanced proportional line in the middle/tail section of these boards bringing the middle and tail lines to be very harmonic and keeping a constant curve all the way to the very end of the board. The full rail shape and the generous TUE in the front allows to create some fast yet very turny wave boards that will be in perfect control in both rough waters or limit -to-plane conditions.

Technology:

EXCLUSIVE Custom-made full sandwich with Biaxial Glass, which give us best results in terms of weight/strength. We kept Epoxy/Herex 100 stringers on bottom all the shapes.

 

 VOLUME  LENGTH  WIDTH  FIN  FIN BOX  SAIL RANGE
100 litres 233 cm 62 cm MFC K-One G-10 CNC 24  US box
 4.9-6.6
92 litres 232 cm 60 cm MFC K-One G-10 CNC 24 US box  4.5-6.2
83 litres 231 cm 58 cm MFC K-One G-10 CNC 23 US box  4.0-5.7
75 litres 230 cm 56 cm MFC K-One G-10 CNC 22 US box  3.7-5.2

 

 

2012 RRD Wave ThrusterRRD WAVE THRUSTER

The link with surfing has always been a great inspiration for the wave sailors. The standard surfing fin set up is now available on wave sailboard that is specifically designed to replicate the accuracy and sharpness of surfing turns on the wave face. Try to believe.

Features:

The outline maximum width is moved towards the tail. More curved outline tail design in combination with a straight rocker and a simple V hull configuration creates a deck “fulcrum” area in the middle of the straps. The tri fin set up moves the bottom pressure point forward to fall closer to the deck one, so as to make every turn “pivoting” on these two pressure points that fall in perfect balance. A pleasure for both onshore and side-shore sailing. A new fast and early planning board that will feel secure as a single fin but “turny” and radical as a surfboard.

Technology:

EXCLUSIVE Custom-made full sandwich with Biaxial Glass, which give us best results in terms of weight/strength. We kept Epoxy/Herex 100 stringers on bottom of the thinnest boards (mainly 68 and 76).  

 VOLUME  LENGTH  WIDTH  WEIGHT  FINS  SAIL RANGE
84 litres 232 cm 58.5 cm 6.6 kg MFC TF center 17.5 US + SF 8 MT  4.2-6.0
76 litres 231 cm 56 cm 6.2 kg MFC TF center 17 US + SF 8 MT  3.7-5.3
68 litres 230 cm 53 cm  6.0 kg  MFC TF center 16.5 US + SF 8 M  3.2-4.7

 

 

2012 Starboard EvoSTARBOARD EVO

The Evos' nature is to be smooth, fluid and most importantly, versatile in all wave riding conditions and for a wide range of users. Whether riding big waves or small onshore mush, the Evos are versatile. The Evo name has become synonymous with the ability to wave ride anywhere, anytime.

In 2010, the Evo benefitted from the multi-fin concept and the Adaptability concept. Both improve the Evos' ability to cover an incredibly wide range of conditions.

Freestyle-influenced riders like Philip Koster and Taty Frans specifically prefer the Evo for their ability to rip in all conditions, particularly in smaller waves, where the modern wave rider typically mixes up pure wave rides with freestyle moves off the wave face.

The Evo convert between twin fin and single fin mode.

  • The versatile wave board
  • Enjoys big sideshore conditions as much as it rips in small onshore conditions
  • The preferred choice for modern wave riders who also mix in freestyle-driven moves

Key features

  • Smooth, continuous rockerlines form the central spine of the bottom shape. New for 2012: the rockerlines have been refined to become more continuous, with a tail kick that accelerates and rises more strongly under your back foot.
  • New for 2012: the mono-concave in the tail has been replaced with a Vee shape, which improves the rail-to-rail response particularly for the back-foot rider. The Vee shape in the tail works in sync with the accelerating tail kick to improve the Evo's fluid and flowing feel, constantly allowing the board to accelerate as it carves. The Evo keeps a slightly forward-vee bias.
  • Two G10 twin fins by Drake are supplied, instead of the single fin like last year. This makes the default choice the twin-fin set up, leaving the single fin as optional.
  • Soft, rounded rails in the midsection and the nose for a smooth grip.
  • Heel bumpers.
  • Ultra-light Slot Boxes are used for twin-fin setup (plugs are also included with the board)
  • 8" US Box is used for single-fin setup (a plug is also included with the board)

"AS A TWIN FIN the board is radically responsive with a quick rail-to-rail sensation. Apply your rails and the board drives through a turn with exceptional acceleration, without a nervous jittery feel. It's very smooth and easy to ride. It turns on a dime off its rail, creating very snappy re-entries, with or without losing the tail as desired.

AS A SINGLE FIN, the board changes in feel with a classic drive-off-the-fin sensation. Upwind tracking is enhanced. Turning is driven more off the fin and the back foot as opposed to the twin-fin mode which has you turning more off the forward rail. It gives a very lively fun ride as a single fin."--Scott McKercher

2012 Starboard Evo specs

 

CLICK HERE to view the 2012 QUAD WAVEBOARD BUYERS' GUIDE



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