For 2012 the Tabou range has undergone some fairly radical changes. As well as the great new graphics, new shapes have been added across the board.
Da Curve 2012 (Quadster)
Tabou’s down-the-line waveboard has been completely redesigned this year with five completely new shapes (67, 74, 79, 85 and 91). Most notably, it now has five fin boxes (it also comes with five fins and box covers), so it can be ridden as either a quad or thruster.
The idea is that the quad setup can be used in pure sideshore riding conditions whereas the thruster setup makes the most out of sloppier, small waves.
The outline, rocker and concave have also been adjusted to improve the boards’ overall handling, speed and grip. The boards have also all been made longer and so more forgiving to sail in light wind.
Pocket 2012 (Thruster)
The Pocket (onshore waveboard) has also been reworked with five new shapes (69, 75, 80, 85 and 93). It retains its thruster setup but can optionally be used as a single-fin.
The rocker lines have been flattened slightly, rails have been altered and a swallow tail has been added to give the boards more speed (even in slower waves), earlier planing and better upwind tracking.
The Pocket is really the ‘real world’ waveboard in the range – ideal for gusty and difficult, onshore conditions.
The 3S (freestyle wave) has had the graphics changed and some new shapes have been added to the five board range (76, 86, 96, 106 and 116).
Over last year’s shapes, the 96 has been given a narrower tail to make it work better in waves. The 106 is a completely new shape too – ‘a much more playful shape.’
The 3S is offered in two constructions: standard and lightweight and rigid LTD construction.
The Twister is Tabou’s out and out freestyle machine, as ridden this year by PWA star Tonky Frans.. It is a twin-fin freestyle board and the four board range (80, 90, 100, 107) has been slightly tweaked this year with two new shapes – 80 and 100.
The 80 and 100 have been slimmed down and had their tails rounded a bit to give them more pop and stop the tail catching during slide manoeuvres.
The twin fins give allow them to be a lot shorter and give the boards more upwind drive and control in strong winds.