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TKB Review: 2014 XENON Rayo

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XENON Rayo
Sizes Available: 130, 134, 137, 145cm
Sizes Tested: 134 x 41cm

Xenon Says:

The Rayo is synonymous with all around performance for all conditions and all levels. The Rayo features a step free hull design with CNC machined rail channels. Our hybrid bottom shape combines all benefits of single concave with progressive character of double v outflow channels in the tip/tail area. Moderate rocker line and softer flex characteristics with a new tip/tail shape complement this versatile board. The pop of Rayo is very accessible- no matter if you are just learning power moves or need to boost high for your most complicated wake style moves. The bigger sizes in the range with great upwind abilities and fast planing characteristics are a great choice for low wind freestyle.
Thanks to its new construction, the Rayo 2014 is 10% lighter. The Rayo remains the most rider-friendly board in the Xenon range and with its great freestyle potential it will propel you to the next level.

Visit for more info: http://www.xenonboards.com/en/boards/rayo

Our Testers Say:

“Solid freeride board which is light and nimble. This board rides upwind easily with very comfortable straps,” Eric McAuliffe.

“Nice stable all around board for cruising, goes upwind relatively well, but hard on knees for landing big jumps,” Evangeline Amores.

“Beautiful looking board, planed up early with fast yet comfortable ride,” Marko Bartscherer.

Meet the 2014 TKB Test Team.

TKB Says:

The 2014 Xenon Rayo features a Paulownia wood and foam core with carbon layup and single to double concave bottom in the tail, wide, squarish outline, 2 holes for adjusting stance width and a fair amount of adjustment for duck. Our larger riders praised its extra width in the outline and less rocker for its easier planing and good board speed in lighter conditions. Testers felt this board would excel in less choppy conditions than under which we tested, but nonetheless praised the board for cutting through the aggressive chop fairly well for a board of its width and squarish outline. Testers liked its fast and lively tracking, decent pop and softer flex pattern which felt smooth and forgiving underfoot.

Note: TKB tested this board with Laluz fins instead of the larger Rayo fins. The Rayo is equipped with 54mm G10 white fins. Larger fins are used on the Rayo to account for greater rocker and provide improved grip and upwind performance, especially in chop.

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The Xenon pads and straps that came with our boards were the 2013 model which we found quick to install with an easy to use single Velcro sizing adjustment strap. Testers found the pad and strap combo comfortable, with an overall plush feeling. The 2014 pads as seen on Xenon’s website feature a new heel wedge and toe grip which will compliment the current non-skid pattern for extra traction when jumping.

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