FANATIC HAWK 125L 2013 TEST REVIEW
The Hawk is Fanatic’s ‘Freecarve’ line that sits between their ‘Freemove’, ‘Freeride’ and ‘Freerace’ ranges. This 125 is all-new for 2013 with a modern, thin-railed compact outline and a domed deck in the stance area. The Hawk is available in four different sizes and two constructions – Bamboo Sandwich or Carbon Innegra/Basalt Cork Sandwich Light LTD as tested here.
Classic outline with pintail and rounded nose
Subtle double concave hull with vee in the tail
Fanatic G10 39cm Powerbox fin
Quality Fanatic footstraps
Lightweight carbon construction
Subtle recessed deck
Although the highest volume board on test the Hawk has the feel of a smaller, narrower hull. The deck recess gives the rig a nice stable sensation that adds a huge amount of control, especially in choppier water. We found it fast and easy to sail, lifting easily onto the plane and tracking smoothly off the fin. The sailing position is extremely comfortable, thanks to the amount of dome around the stance area and superb quality footstraps. The ride feels very connected and installs confidence to push it hard, returning every bit of input with superb performance and blistering top speeds. Further experimentation with different size fins to widen the range could also pay dividends. Overall the new Hawk was particularly good in rougher conditions, dealing with chop easily and maintaining speed throughout. Come gybe time and the real entertainment starts, with excellent grip and powerful carving ability in nearly all water states.
The Hawk is a definitive carving shape. Fast, manoeuvrable and, above all, incredible fun. This 125 will give anything else a good race in a straight line but it’s around the corners that we found it most rewarding and one of the most electrifying and versatile carving freeriders around. Suitable for riders of all levels who want an exciting, fast and manoeuvrable freeride board for all terrains.
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