SEVERNE DYNO 95L
2020 TEST REVIEW
A design that shows no sign of ageing, we were once again amazed at how well the Severne Dyno changes its character with a simple change in fittings. From fast, user-friendly wave playmate to powerful coastal charger, it can make the most of all eventualities.
Short and narrow, the Severne Dyno design remains unchanged for 2020, barring a graphic update and is now supplied with larger fins (1.0 cm greater on the central and 0.5 cm more on the side fins). We tested the 95 back in 2018 and were impressed with its versatility and new-school feel. Its form remains quite unique amongst the group – visibly the most identifiable with the compact wave concept, albeit time and familiarity has softened its edginess. Retaining width in the shoulders and tail (easily boasting the widest 1ft off measurement in the group), the Dyno’s parallel outline is said to reduce drag without affecting stability, whilst improving speed and manoeuvrability. The extra width in the tail is complimented with extra volume stuffed under the rider’s feet, creating a pronounced dome to the rear deck, before falling off quickly to the wingered hips in the rails and a squashed diamond tail. The Dyno’s underside is no less busy, with a deep vee and pronounced double concaves running throughout, creating a spine that runs along the board’s centreline, extending the board’s rocker-flat as its entry rocker is pushed forward. The intention is to maximise speed and acceleration, without compromising ride comfort through chop. It is also said to make it easier in rail to rail manoeuvrability, whilst increasing tail rocker in the rear for grip during transitions. The rails themselves are particularly sharp and defined in the tail, before becoming very tucked and rounded towards the bevels in the nose. Produced using the brand’s compression moulding technology, the layup has been beefed up for 2020 to provide more durability without increasing overall weight. The fittings supplied are well thought out, with deeper contoured deckpads and the Hex4 tool supplied fixing all components in place, including their excellent self-branded Velcro straps and G10 fins.
“Based on the Nano wave-board, the Dyno brings compact efficiency to the freewave arena.”
Used with inboard straps and the supplied thruster fins, the Dyno 95 is no slouch at getting going, the width and volume in the tail encouraging early migration rearwards, and early release. Accelerating quickly, it has a lovely loose and fluid riding style, responding quickly to changes in foot pressure, whilst feeling as compact and controlled as a board 10 litres its junior. It is also noticeably quick and will punch off any approaching ramp at will, for some serious rocket air. A real weapon for sinister onshore conditions, you can fly downwind and away from trouble, confident that you have the drive and speed to recover the ground and charge upwind on demand. The rider’s stance and fin boxes are placed right at the rear, offering a real sense of feel and connection through the tail. It gives the Dyno a definite back foot biased wave riding style, holding its speed instinctively through the bottom turn and motivating the rider to push harder through the back foot for a tight energetic redirect. It’s a lot of fun to use around a break, the Dyno’s speed and dynamism capable of injecting life and enjoyment into otherwise vanilla days. In severe conditions the tail width is noticeable in both a straight line and transition, particularly for the lighter pilot, yet moving the deck plate a little further forward softened the ride and raised control levels once again. Shifting the straps into their outboard positions, we partnered the Dyno with a large single fin (as much as a 32 cm suggested by Severne) for some high wind coastal blasting. Take care to choose the fin wisely – with the fin boxes so far back, we found a more upright fin reduced the number of spin-outs experienced as we loaded the tail. Releasing and flying on its fin, yet retaining a sense of control and compact composure, the Dyno makes an
excellent coastal blaster if the rideable waves have disappeared.
Volume (Quoted): 95 L
Length: 226 cm
Width: 59.5 cm
1ft off: 43.4 cm
Bottom shape: Vee with bevels in the nose, to vee with double concave to the tail, (the vee massively pronounced thanks to a raised centreline) finishing in straight vee in the tail.
Weight (‘Naked’): 6.44 kg
Fins: Severne G10 21 cm (Power) + 2 x Severne G10 12.5 cm (slot+)
Sail Range (Quoted): 4.7-6.5m
Sizes Available: 85,95,105,115.
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