DUOTONE Pro Wam
Sizes Available: 5´6 X 17 5/8 X 2” 20.4L, 5’8” X 18” X 2 1/8” 23L, 5’10” X 18 5/16” X 2 1/4” 25.4L, 6’0” X 18 9/16” X 2 3/8″ 27.9L
Sizes Tested: 5´6 X 17 5/8 X 2” 20.4L
The Pro WAM is the ultimate high-performance all-rounder. The fuller outline makes the Pro WAM slightly more compact than most traditional squash tail shortboards and is the key to its unique do it all abilities. It has excellent handling in light winds and smaller waves while still retaining the impressive high speed and sought after big wave performance that riders love. The Pro WAM excels in most conditions from small to large waves. It is the one board does it all board for all your travels, being capable of handling all sorts of conditions. The subtle grab rail, optimized volume distribution and double concave deck complete one of the most impressive surfboards in the Duotone range. This season also as a 5´6 version for lighter riders.
For 2019, we are using a more labor-intensive, multi-step vacuum bag process that yields a super strong, lightweight board with a custom, hand sanded finish. The most substantial change to the light team construction is that we no longer use a full bamboo sandwich. The cork shock absorber, which used to be concealed under the bamboo sandwich, is now clearly visible under the deck skin and allows the deck to flex and absorb shock like a custom PU board with minimal to no heel denting, thanks to the underlying reinforcements and the remarkable memory properties of cork. Pure surfboard feel in an ultra light but durable construction.
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Our Testers Say:
“Much quicker feel than the Whip CSC, feels more advanced, with greater turning speed and flies upwind — it’s a lot of fun!” // Kristin Vincenzo
“Nimble, quick edge to edge, goes upwind well and great carving. Edge is friendly while trying to lock in upwind.” // Dray Murray
“A joy to ride thanks to its plush pad, chop-eating channels, dialed in edge control and precise turning.” // Tib Anghel
The Duotone Pro Wam features Duotone’s Light Team construction which makes this board feel incredibly responsive with its lower weight yet durable feel. The first thing we noticed about this board is its narrower performance-oriented template and its sunken deck that makes the board thinner with your feet mounting lower in the depth of the board. This make this board a lower volume shape that doesn’t feel quite as floaty or corky as the other surfboards in the test. The Pro Wam feels like it has thinner rails and lower volume which seems to work really well in the choppier conditions with the board going rail to rail with precise and quick rail carving. It flies upwind through choppy conditions with no chatter or unstability and works great as an all-around freeride cruiser, but with the potential for much more. The Pro Wam at 5’6” feels like a performance shape which will dominate in small to medium-sized waves with the rail and tail feeling really reactive — it wants to carve really tight turns for perfect slashes. For head high and bigger waves we would like to test a bigger version of this board. The Pro Wam features a classic shape with a ¾ length deck pad with lined texture that testers loved for both its comfort and control of the board. In terms of strapless freestyle the Pro Wam with its longer length was still one of our favorites for boosting big airs and rotations; its lower weight, lower volume and tight rails helps make big airs possible and sticks to your feet through the turns. This board comes with pronounced grab rails that make getting to the water much easier, as well as facilitating those grabbed aerials. The Pro Wam is an excellent performance surfing all-rounder that mixes tighter rails and lower volume for excellent control and precision carving in choppy surf.
With the help of 14 testers from all walks of kiteboarding, Tkb’s staff assembled detailed gear reviews with objective performance criteria of the latest 2019 kites, twin tips and foilboards all packed into one neat and tidy 180-page digital package. Get all the reviews in convenient digital guide here: https://www.thekiteboarder.com/product/2019-freeride-gear-review-guide/