RRD FREESTYLE WAVE 102L LIMITED EDITION 2013 TEST REVIEW
RRD introduced the V2 Freestyle Wave line last season, with much shorter, wider and thin-railed shapes, as well as a tuned rocker line for better handling. For 2013 the range remains unchanged. Available in either Limited Edition (tested here) or X-Tech construction, the Freestyle Wave line comes in seven different sizes ranging from 78L up to 116L to cover the full scope of the category’s use.
AT A GLANCE
• Short and wide with a pointed nose and pintail
• Relatively flat deck
• Thick cushioned footpads and quality DaKine footstraps
• Vee with double concave hull
• MFC Freewave 29cm Powerbox fin
• Widest board in the test
• Multiple inboard or outboard footstrap options
The added width of the RRD makes it incredibly stable underfoot with the feel of way more volume than the quoted 102litres – something heavier riders will really appreciate. It accelerates smoothly and easily, lifting quickly up onto the plane. The ride from the straps is highly refined and comfortable, with superb DaKine straps and nicely cushioned pads. It’s in the double-back-outboard-strap setting that the pads come to life most, perfectly shaped for locking-down and driving hard. It’s no slouch in a straight line and is superbly controlled over any water state. Around the corners it carves well and holds on to a lot of speed. It’s also a fun board to jump with plenty of pop and a capable freestyler that would satisfy any rookie trickster’s needs with basic aerial moves feeling very easy.
The RRD Freestyle Wave is a truly versatile all-rounder that meets nearly all the criteria of a Freestyle Wave. With the outboard strap setting it’s got the feel of a small freeride board that’s fast and manoeuvrable to blast around on, while with the in-board straps and a slightly smaller fin fitted, it’s a very capable freestyler that’s got potential for a lot of fun in the surf. Suitable for any level of rider looking for maximum comfort and control.
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