Now in its second year, the 2010 New Wave Twin has been through another season of development and sees some key changes. The new range has a wider tail, claimed to improve low-end performance, a forward concave for earlier planing and speed, and a reduced double concave for smoother flow at high speeds. Fanatic reckon this board is for those of you that want “stunning and immediate results for surf style turning rhythm and exploring tighter angles closer to the pocket”. This year’s range is available in four sizes from 72L to 93L.
Design: The Fanatic is one of the narrowest in this category at 57cm, yet it has a quoted volume of 86L, which is one of the largest. It has quite a bit of tail rocker at 12mm, and the shortest planing flat with the 2cm point at 130.9cm. The board has a small amount of double concave throughout.
On the water: The New Wave Twin was enjoyed by everyone on test. It was nice and loose for carving really tight turns, but still forgiving enough for those with poorer technique. It handled being overpowered really well, yet was still very good in moderate conditions, which made it an instantly enjoyable all-rounder. The board was radical enough to change the direction of your arc during a turn, making it great for snappy onshore frontside riding as well as going down-the-line. It also held its rail well during aggressive bottom turns which gave the rider heaps of confidence on every wave. Although this is mainly a riding board, it worked perfectly well for jumping, and was actually very comfortable for blasting.
Fittings: The Fanatic comes with two good quality G10 16.5cm fins, which have a nice flex throughout. The straps too are excellent, and were without doubt the most comfortable of all on test. The deck is quite domed and the pads comfortable.
Overall: Most of the team said that they would like to have a New Wave Twin in their quiver. It will work well in almost any conditions, making it a great tool for UK riding. Advanced riders will enjoy the radical nature of the board, while those with slightly less experience will soon be mastering tight, snappy turns at their local break. For a super-smooth ride at any break, look no further.