The Cyclone Destroyer is comfortable board that a rider under 80 kilos could get away with as their first time surfboard, or a heavier, more experienced rider in windier conditions. A versatile board for onshore, cross-shore and offshore conditions, although it does lean more towards wave riding prowess than dealing with the lulls. Comes in lots of sizes, so there should be something in the range for your size and skill.
The Cyclone Destroyer 2 is designed by ex-ASP surfer and kiteboarder, Gavin Spowart, as a directional wave board with the virtues of a surfboard that could still be ridden in Cape Town's notorious 30+ knot winds. The new Destroyer 2 range goes smaller than the traditional surfboard-style kiteboards, which are all six foot or longer, and consists of committed wave boards designed exclusively for down-the-line wave riding. The outline is drawn out towards the nose to maintain edge for upwind riding and bottom-turning performance. The rocker line features a continuous curve, and the rounded tucked rails are sharper towards the tail for better release. This is a no compromise wave board for those that want drive out of their bottom turns and vertical off-the-tops.
TEST TEAM NOTES:
ANDY: It's got such good acceleration and feels really tight in the water.
STEPH: Yeah it's wide in the tail so there is plenty of get up and go. Nice feeling board - you'd be happy on that in a lot of different conditions. Pretty narrow though.
KIRSTY: There's a fair bit of volume but it's still very manoeuvrable. I really like it. The only thing is the straps; they are a bit too big and aren't adjustable. Felt more like I was riding strapless at times as I have small feet.
CHRIS: It has such a smooth, predictable turn on it and goes upwind really well. I was surprised how little it bounced for its length. Really solid performer with great construction.
RICHARD: It may be long but the nose is so narrow and drawn out that it holds really well. Snappy in the turn I thought. Possibly a little too big for a first surfboard as it requires a bit of technique to get the most out of it, but the channels on the bottom give it a beautiful rail-to-rail movement and grip.
KIRSTY: Doesn't feel as big as it is. Seems really versatile. I'm sure it would be good powered down-the-line, but in these lighter onshore winds it kept going through the sections really well.
5' 2" x 15 3/4" x 1.5"
5' 4" x 16 1/4" x 1.75"
5' 6" x 16 3/4" x 1.9"
5' 8" x 17 1/4" x 2"
6' 0" x 18 1/4" x 2.25"
This test is in issue #24