The 666 remains the highest performance board in the Nobile range. Performance always comes at a price but
for 2008 Nobile have worked to retain the early planing, incredible upwind ability and insane pop of the 2007 model and added to it improved handling in difficult conditions, softer landings and easier carving. A new 3-D top mould allows more flex to have been added into the fin areas of the board without affecting the central nose and tail sections that are responsible for the higher performance characteristics. Retained from 2007 is the revolutionary Hydrodynamic rocker-line, Anti Vibration Technology and Elliptical Progressive Concave. Designed to allow you to push your limits whilst still having fun, the 2008 666 range sets a new benchmark in high-performance yet easy-to-ride freestyle boards.
TEST TEAM NOTES:
NEAL: The moment I got on this I found myself going faster and faster with a growing grin on my face. Although a little technical, as it is really lively underfoot, any competent rider will get the rail engaged easily and be flying upwind through chop and just about anywhere they like with seemingly minimal effort. Because of the ease of acceleration and comfort, pop is spectacular and landings easy. Not just a great developing
intermediate's twin-tip but one any serious freestyler would love to make their lives easier.
CHRIS: Foot pads and straps are comfy and keep your feet happy, although they are quite firm but you get plenty of feedback through the board. Under foot the board feels solid and strong. I expected it to be more flexible but it is actually quite stiff. It has an average weight feel in the air on your feet, but the key thing about this board is that it has so much bite, which combined with the stiff flex means it likes to pop hard. You can load that rail as much as you want, whether smashing a face, loading for pop or hopping to toe. There's no doubt it has a very aggressive feel and it's obviously stiff with a fairly flat rocker but it behaves itself in chop and definitely likes going upwind, so a lot of riders will get on with it. Plus, of course, it's a very nice looking board.
The 666 manages to combine aggressive, highperformance characteristics with the comfort and basic usability of storming upwind ability, early planing and comfort. A great all-rounder for capable intermediate riders upwards.
Inspiring pop, confident landings and incredible upwind performance.
KW WOULD CHANGE:
The rather firm pads. Some softer ones might be a nice option.
126 x 38, 129 x 39, 132 x 41, 135 x 44 and women's: 126 x 38cm.
This test is in issue #34