Woodboards are a luxury board brand based in Lake Neusiedl, Austria. Creating intelligent designs with the highest-quality materials, each Woodboard is unique and 100% hand made by masters of the trade using modern vacuum technology. Mahogany wood has high reset (memory) qualities, providing dynamic steering and encourages radical manoeuvres. Teak on the other hand is characterised by a softer quality and offers incredible handling through choppy waters and forgives mistakes. Woodboard aim their boards at beginners, intermediates, cruisers and old school performers and each model comes with protection bag, fins, pads, straps and grab handle.
TEST TEAM NOTES:
We tested the Woodboard in between 15 ? 25 knots, with test riders 70 ? 90 kilos, in flat water, chop and some small waves.
Wow, we'd heard from Woodboard in the weeks leading up to the board's arrival, but when we actually got it out of the box we were very impressed by the build quality. A really sublime, beautiful gloss finish brings out the detail in the wood and attention to detail. It feels stunningly authentic and you feel like you're stood on the deck of an antique clipper yacht when you look down. The board is incredibly flat in its natural state with ABS sidewalls that are a chunky 10mm in the middle and taper down to four mill in the tips. The tips themselves are quite flexible, but overall the board has a medium to stiff flex pattern throughout. There are four stance width options, which gives you plenty of scope to find the right set-up, especially if you're a taller or more advanced rider, as often there might only be two options. The foot pad is well textured with plenty of areas of grip for your toes, foot arches and heels and the big soft straps cover a lot of your feet. A lace-up strap with a quick push down tensioner has been used as the method of tightening the strap and we felt that it would have been good if we could have got this tighter. It was okay for us, but we had it as tight as possible. Very easy to use though, and just a slightly smaller option would be good. The pad is very comfortable and yet doesn't soak up all the ride either.
The Beam, at 136 x 42, gets up and going smartly and engages a rail very easily. Although it's stiff it's not bouncy, but sits nicely in the water, rides with good speed and cranks upwind. It was noticed that when the winds really started to pick up, lighter riders will start to feel less comfortable, whereas the board just gets better and better for heavier riders as they can naturally bend more rocker into the board the more power they are riding with. For lighter riders it's a great board in lighter winds as it feels as if it's got so much get up and go, but that flat rocker does need some weight going through it and then it responds really well.
We had it out in some fairly heavy chop and the heavier rider really enjoyed the session. The lighter rider felt that it stayed just a little bit too flat in stronger winds. But it's lovely, smooth and fast, drives beautifully and switches really easily between heel and toe-side and carries plenty of pop, even for heavier riders; that wooden core really doing a lot of good work in giving loads back to the rider. The heavier you are the more wind it loves to handle ? it flies and is very easy to handle. For lighter riders it's a fantastic lighter wind freestyle twin-tip.
There's plenty of carving potential too, with the thicker central section getting plenty of fluid grip, but allows the back end to flex into the wave. The flat rocker does start to become a bit more of an issue in anything much above waist high waves.
The Woodboard is not only a stunning piece of workmanship, it's also an accomplished well rounded ride. We would recommend it more towards riders over 80 kilos though in this size who could bend some more rocker into it and appreciate what it can then give back.
Stunning finish, strength and fast riding performance for bigger riders and energetic pop for lighter riders in lighter winds.
KW WOULD CHANGE:
The lace up straps could do with tightening up a bit more.
Tested model: 136 x 42
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