Hi late last season and leading into this season I made a move to Tribal boards. Great to see them on the scene with some Australian flavour in the design.
For about 15yrs I have been a Tabou fan boy and so really familiar with the benefits of double concave to V bottom shapes. I also dabbled in a JP pro slalom but, found despite being reasonably quick they were way off the mark with handling comfort.
The Tribal Radix and new Libero boards incorporate a really well defined double concave to V bottom. This is paired with bevelled edges coming into the rails which is a significantly different design feature to other boards.
The Radix slalom boards have a super low (length wise) deck profile to maximise trim control especially in nuking winds where you might consider a smaller board.
The rails work really nicely when carving to the point that I have found rolling/surfable knee high chop no longer has any bounce type impact on gybe control or speed - just carve it strap to strap without slowing down.
So far in my sails I can confirm this bottom shape really works. I have run full on into square edged thigh high chop this winter and found I can just run over it almost like it was not there. The impact of doing this compared to my recently sold JP was totally incomparable - these things run really smooth and I judge beat Tabou in this regard as well which is commendable.
In my opinion better ride = control = access to higher speeds.
I expect to set some PB's on this gear this year. Recently I picked up a 108 Libero (freestyle slalom board) the goal here is a drag racer that can handle the most evil chop and be fun to sail.
I took it out last weekend for some river chop on the easterly. I can confirm it is going to deliver on my expectation.
I had a great sail and it totally killed the chop which is renowned for being gnarly when the tide is running.
So cutting to the chase I am an enthusiast sailor not related to the company but feel confident saying Tribal have something really different and worthwhile considering on the market. Also the construction appears to be first rate and I expect these will be very durable yet high performance boards.