Jun 19, 2009
V: 80 L: 237 W:57
The Ride: Smaller Wave Cult sizes are geared towards bigger side-off conditions, while the sizes 80 litres and up are shaped to perform in any wind and wave setup. The Wave Cult 80 planes a little quicker than true DTL boards, making jumps on the way out a performance highlight. On the wave, it easily keeps speed through a bottom turn, but the rail does not grip as readily as the full-blown DTL boards when going full throttle. In side or onshore conditions this isn’t a problem as it is too difficult to reach speeds on the wave that bring out this nervousness. Also, in these conditions, its ability to maintain speed allows you to go front-side and reach the lip with momentum every time. On flatwater it cranks through highspeed jibes with style, but a less directional ride makes it difficult for anyone new to smaller boards.
The Parts: The WaveCult's "made by Dakine" straps are the best in the test and the fin is the perfect size for bump and jump sailing. In San Carlos' DTL conditions we found a smaller fin provided more stability and a smoother ride.