RRD Freestyle Wave 105 Ltd (2008)

Ed Davis

We measured the 105 at closer to 64cm than the quoted 63cm wide, and consequently it felt a fraction bigger than many on test. However, the beauty of this year’s Freestyle Wave range is that, with volume breaks of only 5 litres between models from 80 to 115L, everyone can have exactly the right size. This year all models have been reduced significantly in length and nose width and feature slightly narrower tails and shorter rocker flats.

On the water:

Another very all-round freemove with good performance in all aspects. It planes a little earlier than average and hits a decent speed. It is slightly more wavy than average and better than averagely good for freestyle. It has a very safe, comfortable, easy feel – smooth and cushioned rather than direct and super-responsive – but still comes over as very lively and fun. It’s very easy to manoeuvre, feeling fairly loose but solid and dependable through the gybes and it’s quite at home in waves where it jumps well and rides decently.

Fittings:

The 32cm G10 fin is good for the lighter end of the board’s range, the pads and straps were very comfortable and our only wish is that the deck could be a bit more contoured underfoot for an more ergonomic blasting position. Sail sizes The 105 can certainly carry up to 7.0m, although 6.5m is a more comfortable size. It’s happy down to around 5.3m. Popularity Its very good all-round performance was much appreciated.

Overall:

A classic all-round freemove shape that’s strong in every area. Versatile and dependable rather than edgy and exciting, it seems equally well suited as a smaller board for advancing intermediates or a moderate / medium wind board for competent sailors. Whether it be burn-&-turn, freestyle, bump-&-jump or small wave riding, it does it well.

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