RRD WAVE CULT V6 LTD 90L 2017 TEST REVIEW
The sixth version of the Wave Cult remains current for the new season, the only change being that the 90 is now supplied with 11cm MFC thruster fins instead of the 12cm version supplied last year. With five slot boxes in the tail, it can be set up as a quad, single or twinser as well if desired, yet it is tried here as a thruster with the fins supplied. Available in Wood construction as well as this LTD version, it retains a wide spread of plug options for the front strap, enabling to you to set the board up to the stance you desire.
“With so many thoughts it’s hard to say which was the key decision along the way, though if pressed I’d have to say starting with a blank sheet opened the possibility to analyse and re-think what the perfect wave board you’d use every day would look like. We were influenced by a new line of short boards that appeared to have their nose and tail cut off, it’s what we now call the COTAN board (Cut Off Tail and Nose). While we found lots of innovative inspiration, going for a radically shorter length and accompanying wider tail and nose we were limiting the “all-round” nature of the board which is a key feature of the Wave Cults.”
Having used the 90 quite a bit last year, it didn’t take us long to get reacquainted with it. It sits low in the water, certainly 90L and no more, yet releases smoothly and easily once energy is supplied. It has a smooth connected feel, no doubt due in part to its relatively large tail kick measurement. It grips and remains in complete control, even in the most violent conditions, feeling compact and at ease underfoot, allowing the rider to stand over the board and relax. In more marginal winds, we did find the 90 benefited from being properly powered to counter any prolonged lull and the effect of the kick in the tail. This was perhaps less apparent last year, as there were several other boards in the group with similar design parameters, whereas this year most new designs seem to be flatter in the tail. On the wave, the Wave Cult continued to inspire. It transitions effortlessly from rail to rail, filling the rider with confidence to push harder and carve it tighter through the turn. Comfortable being driven through either the front or back foot, it has such a smooth response that it seems to glide through the turn as if on rails. It is certainly a wave board, and doesn’t release or fly on its hull to flirt with control as the wind increases. It remains connected and composed, happily partnered with a 4.7m, even 4.2m at a push, to make the most of typically variable conditions. A fun and user-friendly board for making the most of any wave environment, the Wave Cult 90 remains a strong contender in this group, with the buoyancy for float and ride, yet really coming into its own when properly powered.
The Wave Cult 90 is a wave-riding maestro, majoring on immaculate control and the ability to shift from rail to rail so smoothly that it will flatter any riding style.
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