SIMMER FREEWAVE 105L CARBON X 2013 TEST REVIEW
The Simmer Freewave boards are offered as super-versatile and adaptable freestyle wave boards, designed to deliver high performance and fun in a wide range of conditions. They have three fin boxes and can be setup in either classic singlefin or wave-friendly Thruster modes and this model comes with a whopping 4 fins to widen its scope of use
AT A GLANCE
• Double concave hull
• Singlefin set-up Simmer Freewave G10 30cm (US box) fin
• Three fin set-up Simmer Blacktip 17cm (US box) and 2x 14cm (FCS) side fins with 4mm toe in
• Simmer footstraps and thin footpads
• Rounded nose and pintail
• Soft wave board style rails
• Maximum volume positioned in-front of mast
• Largest volume board on the test.
Being the largest on test and fairly wide this FSW’s, predictably, extremely stable at rest and generally solid underfoot. We did the majority of testing with it in the larger single fin mode and found it had noticeable and smooth acceleration up onto the plane and rapidly reached good top-speed. The sailing position from the straps and flat, surf-style deck is controlled and ‘planted’ like a true multifin wave board – even in single fin setting – but the thin pads and hard straps do slightly deter it from delivering the most instantly comfortable ride, but this was fine with a little getting used to. Once going, it’s fast and lively, especially off the wind and overall the hull shape soaks up chop extremely well and tracks along very securely. Round the corners it grips firmly and has a flexible carving style that holds speed well throughout any turns. We found it fun in bump & jump conditions and for experimenting with a little bit of freestyle, but it’s clear this board’s chomping at the bit to deliver a high level of performance in decent surf.
The Simmer Freewave is clearly a surf-style board with a modern multifin nature, but in singlefin mode is fast and furious and a blast for all-round freewave and freeride action. It offers good stability and acceleration and would be an ideal step-up partner to a smaller wave board, or strong option for a first-time crossover or one-waveboard solution for a heavyweight keen to sail in a range of conditions.
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