How did the Twin Fin board compare to your wave board when:
- In a straight line
For getting onto the plane I found it very similar to my similarly sized Da Curve. I do find most boards very easy to get on to the plane though. Once you jump onto the board it feels very much like my other small Da Curve, so not too much difference there either.
- Bottom turning
Turning is when this board really comes into life! It has very thin rails at the back of the board and cuts through the water incredibly well. The most surprising part was the grip that you had and the balance provided throughout the turn.
- Top turning
Top turning is probably the most noticeable feature to the twin fin set up. It was very easy to slide out in the white water and felt like more rail could be dug in on the wave face providing snappier, controlled turns.
What was the best thing about the Twin Fin board?
There are plenty of good things to say about this board so where to start is quite difficult. The board has the same straight line characteristics as the standard Da Curve with excellent planing and control. But once you are on the wave, the balance combined with the loose, slashy feeling really has to be the best part about the twin fin set up.
What was the worst thing about the Twin Fin board?
I felt the foot straps were further apart and tighter than I would usually have but this is just down to personal adjustments. Another problem with Thomas’s board was that as the rails were so thin, jumping the board was almost out of the question as it’s simply too fragile having been designed purely for wave riding. For me, I would like to have a board that would do both (wave riding and jumping) as you can't always have the right conditions for your board.
Overall - would you like to swap your boards for Twin Fins?
Quite simply, yes. The twin fins provided better grip, balance and manoeuvrability throughout the turn. You feel you can do anything with the board and really push your sailing to another level. As a competitor, I feel I would definitely be missing out without a twin fin board. Better get mine ordered!
If you want to ask Tabou when they are bringing out a Twin Fin board go to the Tabou Website
Thanks to Jamie Hancock for testing the board in Tiree for us. He is sponsored by: