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Waves and waveriding are the true love of many windsurfers. To get in-depth and accurate information on the characteristics of the 2021 wave boards, the tests results published on the famous French magazine Windmag are not to be missed, as they are comparative tests relating to numerous models, and are conducted by experienced riders. In this article, we offer you a summary of these tests.

Windsurfing: wave boards test 2021

As always, for all the details and insights, we invite you to purchase the April-May 2021 issue of the magazine. Read also the article on the 2020 wave board tests.

For 2021, the magazine's testers tired as many as 14 board models, with wave sails from 3 7 to 5.0 square meters, in wind conditions from 15 to 40 knots, from side off to side on. The boards have been tested in the spots of Southern France and Brittany: La Coudouliere, Carrò, Brutal Beach, La Torche.

The tested models are the following:

  1. Av Boards Dynamo Wave 85,
  2. Exocet XWAVE78
  3. Fanatic Grip Te 82 - Mosquito Edition
  4. Fanatic Mamba TE 78
  5. Goya Custom 3 Pro 81,
  6. Goya Custom 4 Pro 79,
  7. I99 C5 78
  8. JP Magic Wave Pro 82
  9. Quatro Cube Pro 82,
  10. Quatro Pyramid Pro 77,
  11. RRD Wave Cult Y26 82,
  12. Severne Pyro 83,
  13. Simmer Style Flywave 78,
  14. Tabou Da Curve 82.

 

Quatro Pyramid 2021

Simmer Style Flywave 2021

  

The AV Board Dinamo wave 85 features a compact shape with a rounded deck. Its rails are thick, but sweet. The 5 boxes for the fins allow a wide choice in the fins setup. The board was tested in the full sandwich version, with a thruster setup. In a few words, the Dinamo Wave is a board designed for controlled surfing. It is a board that prefers beautiful waves. It is a more versatile board, in this 85-liter volume size, compared to the 78 tested last year. It is mainly intended for experienced riders who are looking for a soft and manageable board first, and foremost, and which offers super control when surfing, in a fluid and radical way, because it turns particularly well.

The Exocet XWaves 78 has a shape that is very reminiscent of that of the I99 (see later), with the exception of the setup for the fins: from this point of view, the Breton brand offers two 10 cm side fins, and a 20 cm central one, all in G10. It has 5 slot boxes to ensure versatility. The shape has a rather conventional profile, with a length of 221 cm, for a width of 56.5 cm, on this 78-liter model. The shape of the tail, on the other hand, is rather original. Ultimately, the Exocet offers a truly fun, manageable, and lively wave board, which offers excellent surfing performance, in all conditions, but also excellent mobility, to position yourself on the water surface at best, for jumping and surfing. It turned out to be a very effective board in French conditions, with sails from 3 7 to 4 7. The most demanding riders will reduce the central fin a little, compared to the standard size.

 

Simmer Style Flywave 2021

 

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The Simmer Style Fly Wave 78 respects the Simmer style slogan "don't change a winning team". For the second year, Simmer offers an unchanged Fly Wave 78. The board shows a modern and compact shape of 221 by 57 cm, in the 78 liter volume, with thin rails towards the tail, and an outline that shows a taper at the level of the rear strap. It is delivered with 5 boxes, and with a quad fin configuration. Also this year, in the 78-liter volume, the board was very popular with Windmag testers. It is radical, without being exclusive, and is an excellent wave board for the most demanding and aggressive riders, although it retains a lot of versatility, to adapt to all types of conditions. It turns out to be one of the favorite boards of the testers.

Finally, the Tabou Da Curve 82 has been slightly modified this year, with a new outline, and a new hull, without other radical changes compared to the previous versions. At 30 cm from the tail, it is 36 cm wide, and 56.5 cm in the center of the board. Tabou offers a board with moderate and rather narrow profiles. It is always offered with slot boxes, and is delivered as a tri fin, with a central fin of 17, and two side fins of 11. In a nutshell, the Tabou Da Curve continues to be one of the references on the market among wave boards, as for the sensations in surfing, the radicality, and control. It also offers excellent glide, and a competitive glide start, and is not limited to a playing field characterized by typically European conditions. It is more suited to light and technical riders, who like powerful changes of direction.

The testers ultimately showed a preference for the Fanatic Mamba, the Goya Custom 4, and the Simmer Style Flywave.

Good choice!

 

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