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Exocet Cross 104

Apr 28, 2010

Exocet Cross 104
Carbon/PVC
V: 104 L: 245 W: 63

The ride: This newly shaped Cross is more manoeuvrable and easier to ride than previous models. Stepping aboard the Cross after riding its bigger sibling the Sting, you immediately feel right at home. The wide nose planes up with little effort and makes for a stable platform. The DDSA footpads do an amazing job of making the ride chatter-free even in steep chop. Speed wise, we found this year’s Cross a touch slower than last year’s rather zippy version, but it’s still on the faster side of things for a freestyle wave shape. Part of the reason for this is that it likes a slightly more upright body position. This upright position makes the Cross more efficient to get planing and also lets you react quicker to ramps popping up at the last moment for better jumps. At first we had trouble keeping our feet in the wide footstraps and it took some finagling to get the tighter fit we’re accustomed to.

The jibe: Again, there is some similarity to the Sting with how these two models jibe. With a pivoty turn off the tail, the Cross jibes smoothly requiring little commitment. As a freestyle wave board, Exocet has massaged the jibe of the Cross so that it responds to work by more advanced riders by being capable of cranking both tight and wide turns. This is the type of board that makes one feel like a hero in the corners; while on other boards the same sailor’s success rate is less than impressive.

The forte: The Cross is designed to cross over from freeriding into other types of sailing. While its ease can come in handy for newbies in the waves, it has even better potential for hucking freestyle moves.


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