Jun 19, 2009
V: 84 L: 224 W: 59
The Ride: With their Red Dot Division Mistral has committed to be a brand pushing the evolution of board design. Their Twinser RD, with a lower than normal nose scoop is the shortest board in the test and also one of the widest. Even at first look there is no mistaking this as a stubby wave board that just so happens to have two fins. On the water the short and wide Twinzer RD has the performance to completely change how a wave is ridden. It is by far the loosest in the test, yet the rail still holds surprisingly well both off the front and back foot. In can feel a little nervous on bigger waves, but its tight turn completely opens up sections of a wave that you’ve never reached before. It goes rail to rail so easily that once dialed in you’ll find yourself making an extra turn or two per wave. Even though it lacks the pop of a freestyle board, it will spin and slide at will. Now, the once-skipped small closeout sections will become perfect ramps to exit the wave with a stylish move. The board does have some quirks that stem from the stubby length, but in experienced hands the Twinzer can make wavesailing look more like skating in a half-pipe.
The Parts: The fins are of good quality and seem the appropriate size. Mistral's footstraps are comfy and cover a large range of foot sizes.