RRD Wave Twin 74 (Ltd) (2009)

Ed Davis

At 230cm the length is pretty standard for the twinsers and the hull is single concave like the Fanatic and JP Twinsers (as well as RRD Wave Cult Hardcore). However, the RRD takes the narrow tail, wide nose theme a lot further than the other twinsers, with a very narrow (and thin) tail (31.6cm) and a nose that is comparable in width to the wider nosed stubbies (39.5cm). The rocker is relatively moderate or ‘fast’ for a waveboard through the tail, and stays pretty low through the nose.

On the water:

Despite looking quite unusual, of all the twinsers the RRD probably feels the most conventional to just get on and sail. Perhaps due to the low, wide nose the board doesn’t feel short at all. The rocker gets it up and planing fairly easily, and the thin narrow tail gives it good grip and sufficient directional stability to get going nicely through the break and deliver pretty good jumping and upwind performance. Yet the board also feels very loose and manoeuvrable without being particularly skaty, and is able to both change direction pivotally as well as gybe (or carve) with speed and grip that allows good exit speed. When riding with full commitment and speed on bigger waves we found it bit harder to crank tight than the other twinsers. Instead, it seems most at home in smaller waves, where its natural speed and effortless changes of direction allow it to be thrown around easily, and the nose gives it good power off the top. It makes you feel very expert and makes small to medium waves feel a lot of fun.

Fittings:

The straps and pads are comfortable and the fins seem fine.

Overall:

Whereas most twinsers are fundamentally about riding and geared towards nice sized waves with relatively cross-shore winds, the RRD is more of an all-rounder and geared more towards making the absolute most of smaller waves. It has a more pivotal and redirectable feel than the other twinsers, and is ideal for making you look and feel good when the waves aren’t so large or fast. It seems to work better than most at lower speeds and really lets you get vertical and recover in a small space and short time. As such, it would be a great South Coast waveboard and is not very demanding of ability.

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