“Has a very smooth riding style, particularly noticeable in the bottom turn”
“Doesn’t ride off the tail as much as other single fins in a straight line and doesnt feel as locked down, meaning a little more attention from the rider is required”
“For jumping, its fast and has good release, but can be a little tricky for adjusting your line-up when approaching the wave”
“More kick off the wave for jumping than a twin fin”“More forgiving of clumsy technique and heavier riders than the twin fins”
With the increased popularity of twin fin wave boards last year, many manufacturers were left wondering where the future of single fin wave boards might lie. Despite offering a twin fin range of their own, Fanatic are a brand who still believe in the all-round virtues of a single fin wave board.
We tested and (really liked) last years NewWave, so its interesting to see that Fanatic have not only kept the single fin NewWave in their range this year, but actually redesigned the whole range as well. The changes are aimed at improving the control and ease of use of the board.
Last years board was a rocket ship in a straight line. If you have a twin fin range for manoeuvrability and wave riding, then it makes sense to have the single fin more biased towards jumping and straight line performance.
We are pleased to report that this years board is still extremely fast. It has quite a low nose and feels relatively narrow in the tail, so the ride is quite lively, particularly when you head broad off the wind. Underfoot, it doesn’t ride off the fin and tail quite as much as the other single fins, more off the middle of the board.
Less experienced and heavier riders will find that it performs a little better than the twin fin in a straight line, with more bottom end performance.
80kg riders will find sail sizes of around 4.0- 5.3m to work best with this board. Single fins generally tend to work best with a slightly bigger sail range than a twin due to better low end performance, but a little less control at the top end.
So how is it on the wave? Well, pretty good actually. It bottom turns nicely, with plenty of grip and security. It maintains speed reasonably well and has quite a smooth sensation through the turn, even in chop. The bigger the wave, the more you welcome that extra security and grip in the bottom turn.
In cross-on riding conditions, the NewWave is very good, limited not so much by its own performance, but more by the limitations of single fins in general. It’s not as snappy off the top as the twin fins and advanced riders wont be able to break the tail out with the same control, but less experienced riders may prefer the less sensitive riding style a single fin can offer.
In side-shore riding conditions, the NewWave is again very good and limited only by the restrictions of single fins. This is particularly noticeable in the carving top turn, where twins are able to turn so much tighter and more easily. The upside is a little more security and predictability, particularly through the bottom turn.
The NewWave is best described as an intermediate/advanced wave board for those who don’t want a multi-fin. It won’t turn quite as tight as multi-fin particularly off the top, but offers a bit more forgiveness and bottom end performance to those who require it.
Right to reply...
"Boardseeker has summed it up well with their statement that some brands still feel the need for a single fin waveboard, indeed we do at Fanatic, hence the completely re-worked NewWave line. For riders looking for ease of use/first time waveriders or some flat water performance, we can recommend the FreeWave, especially in the 75/85L sizes, these are great allround waveboards, working very well also on flat water. However for wave use by intermediate to experienced wavesailors, look no further than the NewWave lines, either in the single or twin fin ranges.
We always try to not define single vs twin fins as better/worse or to classify them too much into the types of conditions they suit best. It's really up to the riders style and the range of conditions they sail in. Our single fin is a very fast, tight turning waveboard for a quite direct feel on the wave, riders who like to do longer, committed turns on the wave will find the shape ideal. Shorter, snappier turns might be more suited to the twin fin. Both boards work in the same range of conditions, the difference is more feel during waveriding, the single fin driven more over the front foot, the twin over the rear. Kind of like front wheel drive (single) and rear wheel drive (twin) in cars, more about style than better/worse.
We did a load of R&D with our team on the NewWave line, it was a great pleasure to watch Klaas Voget finish 2nd on Sylt last year, using the standard NewWave 76 he helped to test and develop. This is really the best proof of actual team involvement in R&D, the conditions were really tricky and Klaas certainly showed that the board could handle the big range of wind/waves Sylt threw at him. This of course does not mean that the NewWave is only designed to work for our pro riders, they have the same needs as any wavesailor – planing, speed, control and waveriding are all important components. A “too technical” shape will not work for a pro in a heat, nor for an average sailor. So we involve many people in our R&D process, to ensure the best allround shape possible, but with plenty of built in performance.
I had the pleasure to use the 76 in Mauritius, Maui, South Africa and some less exotic locations over the last 9 months and can say this is one of the most fun boards I've ever used. Nik Baker, Fanatic UK's Sales Representative has also had a lot of great feedback on the 76 from his many tests and via the shops that have sold them, so they definitely do work in UK conditions too. Anyone looking for extra advice on a waveboard purchase should feel free to contact Nik, he can put you in contact with your local shop or perhaps even arrange a demo/test. Questions always answered on our forum on fanatic.com too."
Fanatic Brand Manager