RRD have always been fans of multi-fin set-ups. They introduced a twin fin to their first wave board range back in the nineties and later worked with a thruster fin set up on their hardcore wave boards.
The Wave Twin Limited 82 is the middle member of a five board family which includes a 66, 74, 82, 90 and 99 and is offered in just one Limited Edition, lightweight construction.
"A wide and thick nose shape allows use of the whole rail line to increase the potential grip during turns. The narrow tail assists with manoeuvrability and control at hi-speed. It has a bottom shape of full concave into double concave in the middle and a flat tail, to increase planing potential. This creates an unbeatable mix of power and control. Riding can now be fast, fun and easy in ALL wind directions and for all wave riders looking to take their wavesailing up a level" – Jem Hall, UK Brand Manager
first impressions, fixtures & fittings
The board comes standard with two high quality and perfectly matched 160mm G10 MFC Fins.
The footstraps are made by DaKine and were the comfiest in the test, providing plenty of padding but also being forgiving enough to flex with your foot when necessary.
The RRD is the second widest board in the test (to the Mistral) and it does feel like quite a wide board underfoot. It is also the second heaviest board (at 6.26 kg) although the lightest board in this test is 6.03kg and heaviest 6.43kg so there isn’t too much in it. It actually felt noticeably light in feel on the water, which can be attributed mostly to the way it rides.
The 160 MFC fins are amongst the smallest in the test, but seemed to compliment the board perfectly.
get up and go
The RRD has a light and skatey feel to it, which really helps it get up to speed as quickly as possible. It’s not as directional in feel as the JP and Fanatic and doesn’t have quite the same top speed, but it is plenty fast enough and the main thing is that the board releases well and gets up to speed easily.
The RRD is a nice board to jump. It accelerates well between waves ensuring that you are at speed when you hit the ramp. It releases nicely from the wave and feels to have a good amount of float in the air. With its wide nose, it also feels quite forgiving in the landings (particularly backloops). It looses out just slightly in the jumping department to the Fanatic and JP, simply because it isn’t quite as fast and the directional feel of the JP and Fanatic in a straight line make them a little more predictable when lining up for a jump.
Most of our Clones agreed that this was with no exception, the best board they have ever sailed for cross-on riding. A number of characteristics make this board as good as it is:
- It maintains speed in the turns better than any other board in the test.
- You can vary the radius of your turns and the board just adapts to suit.
- When turning back into white water, the RRD has a lot of ‘float’. Some boards hit the white water and find themselves engulfed, but the RRD seems to float up and over it.
- When it comes to the top turn, the board is again very versatile. You can either do a tight carving turn (tighter than you would ever manage on a single fin) or you can let the tail slide out. Either way, you feel like you have complete control of this, whereas some boards are unpredictable.
With some boards, you see where you want to go on the wave and then try to make the board go to that point. With the RRD, you see where you want to go on the wave and before you have even had time to think, the board is there and travelling with more speed than you imagined was possible, ready for it's next turn.
Overall it has a very loose and skatey feel to it, all the more impressive when you remember that you are riding an 82 litre board, not a 70! It really is that good!
In cross shore conditions, the RRD continues to deliver the same great characteristics as in cross-on riding, keeping its loose and predictable nature.
In smaller waves, the skatey and floaty feel remain great assets, but as the waves start to get bigger, it does feel like it lacks a bit of drive. Compared to the Quatro, the RRD feels like it is scribbling on the table with a felt tip, whereas in comparison, the Quatro (best of the group in cross shore conditions) takes hold of a sharp instrument and carves its name right into the surface.
The RRD scores top of the group for control on the wave. Every other board at one time or another skipped out, spun out or did something unpredictable. However, the RRD never missed a beat. Not only is it extremely reliable, it’s also so flowing and manoeuvrable that it almost feels like an extension of your body when you ride.
overall feel, ride & foot comfort
If we used one word to summarise this board, it would be soft. The straps are soft, the pads are soft and the ride is soft (which is nice). In a straight line, the Wave Twin has a floaty, almost hovering feel to it, but the fins offer plenty of grip allowing you to push against them and sail the board as you would a single fin. In stronger winds it still remains controllable but did feel wide and floaty (but we were stacked on 4.7’s at the time).
set up recommendations
The standard 160mm fins seem to suit the board perfectly. Positioned about one quarter of the way from the front of the track, the board worked well in all the conditions we tried it in. Moving the fins back stiffened the board up slightly (possibly good for bigger waves and down the line) but did make it harder to keep speed and tight turns in smaller waves.
The mast track worked best in the middle and slightly further forward (about 1cm) with bigger sails and bigger waves.
The RRD felt perfect with sails of 4.7 to 5.3 on it. The board provided plenty of floatation for our 80kg Clones to wobble out on 5.3 sails when the wind was light. They were also happy to sail the board well powered up on 4.7m’s although probably wouldn’t want to go any smaller than 4.7 on the 82 Wave Twin.
Anyone looking for a wave board for 4.7-5.3m sails in Euro conditions, would be hard pressed to find a better performing board than this, single fin or otherwise.