on the beach
The RRD Wave Cult range was completely redesigned for 2011 and remains unchanged in shape for 2012. New for 2012 however is the introduction of the ‘Contest’ version (tested here), which boasts a lighter construction and the use of slot boxes for the front fins. The Wave Cult range comprises three sizes and each size is offered as a quad or single-fin version. Last year we tested the 75 Quad and 83 Single, so this year it’s time for the 92 Quad! The Wave Cult range is designed mostly for onshore and ‘average conditions’, whereas the Hardcore range is focused more on down-the-line riding.
The RRD is a classy looking product. Pads, straps and fins are high quality, and the overall look of the board is very good. Looking at the measurements, the RRD is one of the shorter boards in the group at 228.5cm and has the second narrowest tail width at 36.8cm.
The first thing to know about the RRD 92 is that fin placement is absolutely critical. This is generally the case on most quads, but is perhaps even more important on this RRD. If you position the front and rear fins too close together the board becomes noticeably ‘draggy’ in feel, and we found that we achieved the best performance by positioning the front fins right at the front and the rear fins at least 5cm behind. In this position the board is still suitably loose in feel and the draggy feel is mostly eliminated. The other thing worth noting is that the mast-track is further forward than on any of the other boards, so you can get away with positioning it a little behind middle to give the board a bit more lift.
In a straight line the RRD is comfortable and smooth, but is a little slower than some of the others to get-up-and-going, which is partly down to its smaller size.
When we tested the 75L version last year we really liked the soft, loose and playful feel on a wave, and in most ways the 92L offers the same great characteristics. On the wave it has probably the loosest feel of all the boards within this group and is extremely easy to initiate turns on. Novice / intermediate wavesailors will love the soft, loose and easy feel of the RRD. Advanced riders will like the looseness and snappiness, but will find that it doesn’t have quite the same drive, bite and speed as some of the other boards, particularly through longer, more drawn out turns, or in bigger waves. Backside riding, the RRD has a really nice turn, aided by that narrow tail, quad-fin configuration and compact shape.
Overall the RRD was at its best in smaller, onshore conditions and/or with less experienced riders. It was most challenged in better, more crossshore conditions with advanced riders.
Weight (bare): 6.96kg
Weight (complete): 7.93kg
Fins: 4 – 16cm & 9cm
Range sizes: 75, 83, 92
The RRD Wave Cult stands out as a great board for novice and intermediate wavesailors thanks to its loose, soft and very forgiving riding characteristics. It lacks a bit of get-up-and-go, but has a smooth, stable ride once up to speed. Advanced riders will appreciate the looseness in smaller waves, but may want a bit more drive and speed in bigger waves.