This is an update and partially separate review from an add on to a thread I did a couple of days ago, so some of it is directly repeated but with a bit extra thrown in as I have had another surf on it since then. I feel the board deserves its own dedicated review. OK, remember I'm 185 cm and around 100 Kegs. A couple of days ago I took the 9'6" Allwave for a surf and I mean SURF. This board is shaped like a large fish style board. I will be buying one ASAP. An added bonus was that I shut one smartarse longboarder (who was quite good actually) very quickly. The 9'6" Allwave ( around 176 L I think?) was as stable as the 10' 2" PSH Paddler and in the 1- 2ft conditions I could hot dog, hit the lip , do floaters and nose ride on it at will. I did occassionally catch a rail, but it was my first time on the board. I wish somebody had of been filming or taking photos, as I'm sure that I could have edited out my bloopers and made myself look awfully better than I am. It has just dawned on me that all surfers/suppers are different and that means what might be seemingly a beginners board for one person might be exactly the appropriate board for some one who has back issues but has a little bit of ability. I will be ordering the 9'2" as I'm sure it will still have more than enough volume (160 L). The Fanatic Allwave seems to be half the weight of the PSH Paddler and amazingly manouverable. When I slipped my toes up to the nose and nearly did a 360, at 53 years old and surfing this board for the first time, well I knew that I would have to buy one. I've reposted this extended version of the review as I'm so excited by the board. It might not suit everyone but in the 2 ft waves we had, this board was mindblowing. My mate Matt was riding a Starby Pocket Rocket, 8' 5" and around 130 L. Set next together they had almost the same plan shape, though his had a slight stinger and is a quad setup. The Allwave would probably benefit if you could run it as a quad, but maybe they can include that in next years version. I rode it again today in 3- 4 ft cross shore affected waves with a bit of grunt. I reckon it was just about at the limit of it's size capacity in those conditions, but most waves were closing out and I seemed to be the only one getting any long rides whilst actually performing manouvers. Unfortunately the conditions meant that I did some pretty kooky things as well, not the boards fault - mine. I'm sure if the conditions were clean this board could handle up to around 6ft and because I'm old , fat and have a bad back that would be my limit. I had no trouble making it out the back so I reckon it has good glide but haven't tested it in flatwater. You can also use it as a Windsurfer apparently. I'm bringing it down to the Bassup event on Sunday at Raffs (OG) with Warwick from RPS 'The Boardstores' blessing. (They are just generally helpful and nice guys and gals!)Thanks Matt all around nice guy at RPS you made my weekend!! (He even carried it out to the car for the old fella - me. Now that's service!!). I love my PSH Paddler but its really heavy to lug around. After my Laminectomy in February I want something that will be nice and light (If I'm still allowed to surf!!) to carry down to the surf. All I have to do is work out how to get the money to pay for it. I will definitely be adding the 9'6" or 9'2" Fanatic Allwave to the quiver as my general surfing go to board.
PS. AKfly thanks for the feedback. Try to demo one , I promise you won't regret it !!
Leroy - Even a greater review. Greatly appreciated again! No demos around here. I bought a Fanatic Fly HRS11'6 last july as my first board just off the advice of the dealer and general info. great board good quality. Excellent beginer board - but very hard to surf even the smaller stuff. Anyway I had a buddy craving the big floatilla so I just sold it to him. I turned around and ordered an 11' Fly HRS to replace it as my all arounder for flat water and small ankle bitters. I don't do loooong epic paddles so I figure this board would be great for myself and friends and family.
Also after talking to a dealer that carries Fanatic, Naish and PSH I settled on a 9'10" Allwave - based on my weight of 116 kgs (and BTW I'm 49 with a hip replacment). The dealer has surfed our waters and thought the shape and design would be perfect for my needs. The price point was reasonable and I like the quality of Fanatic boards. The dealer could have easily sold me a Naish Mana 10' that he had in stock - the cost would have been greater and I'm sure his margin. So yes I went on his word.
Enjoy reading your review as it helps a great deal for a person that can't demo the product. And I appreciate all the board memebers that chime in with their thoughts.
Now I just wish the container would make it to Miami so Greenie can be shipped to me before the snow starts to fly.
Akfly, you are gunna love that board. Sub ten ft, but floats and surfs like it's two foot smaller, Enjoy and let me know what you think when you get it!
I have got to agree, I have a 9'6" Allwave I'm 6'4" 85kg and love my board its so stabble and handles like a much smaller board. I"m rapped.