FANATIC TRI-WAVE 81L 2015 TEST REVIEW
The 81Triwave tested comes in Fanatic’s premium tough Team Edition Innegra Carbon, light finish construction. 2x 11cm slot box thrusters and 1x 18cm US box Maui Fin Company main fin provide the grip.
With a wide, more compact outline, rest assured that you will be first on the plane. The TriWave is undoubtedly a solid performer in all conditions. Versatility is the name of the game and with the adaptable fin setup option, you can fine tune your TriWave to suit your style and preferences. Ridden as a Thruster you will get the full radical Wave board experience. Switch it up to a single fin and you’ll have maximum planing power and drive when going down the line.
Displacing only 81L makes the TriWave the smallest of the pack and in that respect it gives 7L to the RRD Hardcore wave, and also to the next size up in its own range. We did also have the 88L version on the rack at TWS which some of the team had ridden in the past, and it could easily have slotted in to this group. The width is possibly the key factor in this boards performance, and unsurprisingly we have seen overall width and rocker line combinations have more influence on early planing than volume alone. At 58cm the Tri Wave is roughly the same as the Goya Custom and wider than the Quatro and of course the JP radical Quad. When you first step on the TriWave 81 the width doesn’t tell but much like the RRD the stability at rest and its eagerness to plane immediately set this little gem apart. It’s up and going in a flash, feeling balanced and comfortably handling the 5.3 rigs we attached. The brand claim quoted above does not embellish or exaggerate this boards performance parameters, the Tri Wave went everywhere we wanted with ease. When the odd strong gust blew through it lapped up the extra power and delivered it in speed, gouge or altitude. It has a very responsive and engaging ride that requires little energy to exploit around the break. Carved turns are easily varied and she holds an edge with confidence, particularly in the onshore slop. This would be a great 80kg riders single quiver board really able to cope with 5.5-5.8m down to 4.0m in any conditions anywhere and make it fun. Speed and agility from a compact form that feels timeless. A firm favorite with all of the team.
A super power-packed little mosquito of a board that really gets the most out of the least conditions. This is a great fun dynamic ride straight from the first moment with outstanding eagerness to go. An exciting and accessible ride that can go anywhere. Very very easy to recommend.
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