Sizes Available: 5’6″ x 17 5/8″ x 2″ 20.4L, 5’8″ x 18″ x 2 1/8″ 22.9L, 5’10” x 18 5/16″ x 2 1/4″ 25.4L, 6’0″ x 18 5/8″ x 2 3/8″ 28L
Sizes Tested: 5’10” x 18 5/16″ x 2 1/4″ 25.4L
The WAM is perfect for the riders out there looking for a high-performance board that works in all conditions. An updated shape, which is identical to the Pro WAM, for 2018 features a slightly broader profile with the wide point shifted further forwards. This has increased the surface area of the board and improved its performance in smaller waves and light winds. The new WAM offers more drive off the front foot, making it more forgiving and easier to ride. The board also features a double concave deck shape, optimized volume distribution in key areas to aid with control and a new subtle grab rail to help with strapless tricks. For 2018 we are replacing the Woohoo with a scaled down board in WAM lineup; this new smaller size will be perfect for the lighter riders out there.
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Our Testers Say:
“This surfboard was awesome—I liked this better than the Whip and that surprised me. Cuts through chop like butter, easy jibes and turning and overall an easier transition from a twin tip.” // Davey Beard
“Effortless sharp turns, comfortable and grippy deck pad with full coverage. Turns as if on rails and wide enough to help me get through jibes despite its traditional shape, upwind ability and pop not as good as the Whip.” // Tiberiu Anghel
“Easy to ride, super fun for catching and carving waves, kind of shifty for changing from heel to toeside.” // Chris Myles
The WAM’s traditional performance template earned solid praise from testers this year, excelling in Baja’s choppy small to medium-sized waves and scored high marks as an all around lively performance-oriented surfboard that does everything, including freeride cruising, fairly well. Coming off the wider template of the Whip, the WAM felt fairly narrow; some testers commented on its tippy/shifty stability when trying to nail jibes, but for veterans of directional riding, the WAM’s stability is pretty standard. The deck pad earned high marks with its perfect balance of soft plush comfort and density, ideal for feedback and control on the board. We tested the regular construction of the WAM which is middle of the road for weight and flex, meaning that there is some forgiveness but you can definitely romp on this board with your bag of strapless tricks fairly hard without fear of repercussions. If flex, feel and lighter weight is desired, you can always go with the same shape in the Pro construction. Overall, testers gave the WAM high praise for its user-friendly chop handling ability, upwind ability, decent side to side stability and easy edge control against the wind and in the waves.
Want more gear reviews all in one place? Read detailed and objective reviews on the 30 kite models and 33 board models that Tkb and freeride testers reviewed for the 2018 Freeride Gear Review Guide.