“Blisteringly fast in a straight line”
“Ride is a bit less settled than the other twin fins”
“Not the tightest turning twin fin in this group, but compensates by being very smooth and predictable through the turns”
“Feels longer and gunnier underfoot than most of the other boards”“The Fanatic shines for being pretty good at everything. It stands out in this group for being a great all-rounder.”
Fanatic are into their second year with their NewWave twin and have made some tweaks this year aimed at improving the turning ability and control of the board.
As always, the Fanatic Team Edition boards are impressively light and despite being the highest volumed board in test (79 litres) the NewWave weighs in as the second lightest twin fin.
We were concerned that the Fanatic would be a little too big against the competition in this test, but quickly found that despite its quoted size, the board feels smaller and performs on par with the other 75 liter boards. The board was comfortable for our 80kg Clones with 5.3-3.7m sails.
In a straight line the Fanatic is extremely fast, arguably the fastest board in test here when fully wound up. It also benefits at the top end from the added control that the twin fin set-up offers allowing you to use a slightly bigger board in windier conditions. We did find the ride a little friskier than most of the other boards in test here. The nose is quite low and the tail one of the narrowest which certainly gives it a more lively feel, particularly when headed broad off the wind where it doesn’t feel quite as ‘locked down’ as some of the boards at speed.
The Fanatics strength is its all-round appeal, from side-on to side-off and from small to large waves, the Fanatic is a great all-round performer.
Last year we had an occasional issue in the bottom turn with the NewWave twin. This year there is no sign of this and the bottom turn is one of the smoothest and grippiest in the test.
The NewWave feels longer, narrower and gunnier than most of the boards in this test. On the wave it is smooth and more agile than the single fins in test, but not quite as tight turning, particularly off the top, as the other twin fins.
The standard of detail and fittings is to the usual high standard that we have come to expect from Fanatic. The pads are extremely soft and comfortable, although their smooth texture does offer a little less grip than others.
We actually tried this board with a set of 15cm fins (instead of the standard 16's) and really liked the way it performed. Still grippy enough in a straight line (with 5.0m and less) but more agile on the wave.
The NewWave twin is a great all-round wave board with plenty of performance to offer throughout a huge range of wind and wave conditions, particularly in down the line conditions. It’s very quick in a straight line, although not quite as settled as some of the other boards underfoot. Don’t be put off by the quoted volume of 79 litres as the Fanatic feels more like 75 litres underfoot.
Right to reply...
Better late than never! Testing is never easy if you want to do a complete and thorough job of it, so Boardseeker certainly too their time, conditions sometimes just do not come together. We preferred their approach to wait and be 100% sure of the results, rather than a rushed, perhaps not 100% properly done test, to meet a deadline. Especially for boards which are as subjective as a high performance waveboard.
Whilst we agree with most of the test result, we would also like to point out that in our opinion, anyone buying a 79L waveboard does have a reasonable level of sailing. If he chooses a multifin board or even a single fin dedicated waveboard, ease of use and accessibility might not be their absolute top end. Should they be, then in our case, go for a FreeWave instead, the 75 and 85L Freewaves in our range are perfectly suited to first time or less experienced wavesailors and are great fun on flat water too.
Our goal on the twins (and also our single fin NewWave), is not to make the tightest turning board which then suffers in planing, upwind and speed for jumping. Our top riders all use shapes from Sebastian Wenzel, sometimes even production boards in events and so they are looking for similar qualities in a twin to normal customers – planing, speed, turning, control. There are very few moves in windsurfing that work without speed, hence the top end speed of our Twin is considerably better than most others we have tried. Re the question of tight turns, we are sure there might be some boards that turn tighter in the test, however we believe our combination of characteristics is one of the best on the market, certainly the feedback is extremely positive so far. We still firmly believe in the Twin fin as a concept, despite working on Quad fins in our 2011 R&D, we will certainly continue with a Twin line-up, also for the 2011 line, as well as a Quad...but more on that on July 15th 2010.