DUOTONE Whip CSC
Sizes Available: 5’0” X 18” X 2 1/8” 21L, 5’2” X 18 1/2” X 2 1/4” 23.4L, 5’4” X 19” X 2 3/8” 26.4L
Sizes Tested: 5’0” X 18” X 2 1/8” 21L
Built using the Bamboo Tec Construction the Whip is an extremely durable and versatile board. It uses an identical shape to the Pro Whip CSC, featuring the new subtle winger just behind the front fins, which reduces the tail area of the board. This new feature allows the board to perform tighter snaps and gives a more precise and controlled feel when on the wave especially when traveling at high speed down the line. The deep twin channel, which was introduced last year, is back and offers incredible directional stability while still allowing for impressive maneuverability. The deck of the Whip CSC features a double concave for a better connection to your feet, and there are subtle grab rails making strapless tricks easier. The Bamboo Tec Construction offers fantastic flex and strength to deliver an impressive feel on the water. The Whip CSC is a modern high-performance design that will excite you on the water and allow you to take your riding to the next level.
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Our Testers Say:
“Fun surfboard that made it easy to progress on my jibes. The stability kept me standing through my foot switches, yet it still carved well. Skatey but controllable, this board is confidence inspiring and I’d recommend the Whip to all level of riders.” // Bryan Waldberg
“Very solid board that takes chop well; put your foot anywhere and it never feels bouncy. I really like this board because of its ability to slice through turns and eat up the chop while being a great board to progress on.” // Chris Myles
“This board inspires confidence with its comfortable pad, its ease of edging as well as its great pop, although not as soft a ride as the Pro.” // Tib Anghel
The Whip CSC is Duotone’s standard construction version of their modern planing hull. When you review the top level featherweight construction version against the standard version you often expect reviewers to downgrade feedback on the heavier board, but in the Whip’s case, the review team gave equally glowing reviews of the regular Whip. The regular version of the Whip comes with three forward/aft inserts for straps, the front foot is centered on the board and the back foot has an option to set the back strap with some duck. The first thing we noticed is that the rails feel a little bit thinner and tighter than most of the other surfboard designs out there and the overall volume seems lower with less thickness. The bottom shape features deep twin channels running from the nose to the tail which seem to give the Whip exceptional directional stability. The Whip has a really locked in feel that powers confidently through the chop, blasting upwind. With the Bamboo Tec’s extra weight and density over the Pro version, the regular Whip board may feel a little bit more stable and predictable. Carving turns in the small windswell of La Ventana, the rail felt active yet predictable while committed carves using the entire rocker line were easy to control. With a bit more back foot pressure the board really wants to engage in tighter turns, which might be ideal for tight slashes in smaller waves. When it comes to carving, the Bamboo Tec version feels very much the same; if there is extra flex, it comes with extra weight and a hardier construction feel. When it came to load and pop for strapless airs this is where the difference between the deluxe Pro version and regular Whip becomes most apparent. The additional weight requires a bit more effort to release cleanly and reduced amplitude on strapless airs. Most noticeably, the board doesn’t quite float as much through the trick as the Pro version and requires more board angle to keep the wind pushing the board against your feet. While this is obvious to the more advanced riders, the beginner and intermediate riders and those not focusing on their aerial game will not find the weight to be a downside. The rail has a substantial bevel that makes grabbing the rail in tricks really easy, giving you a ton of confidence in gripping the board for getting in and out of the water as well as waterstarts. Testers reported the Whip as an excellent platform for perfecting footwork during jibes and tacks. The Whip comes with a front and back foot deckpad that has a fairly smooth linear texture. The pad itself felt fairly thin and dense which yielded excellent board feedback and input into the board. The tester feedback on the standard Whip CSC was excellent and outlines this board as a solid option for the progressing surfer looking for an easy user-friendly surfboard for all-around freeride and small and medium-sized waves.
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