Sizes Available: 4’11” x 17 5/8″ x 1 7/8, 21L, 5’1″ x 18 1/8″ x 2″, 22L, 5’3″ x 18 3/8″ x 2 1/16″, 23L
Sizes Tested: 5’3″ x 18 3/8″ x 2 1/16″, 23L
As we navigate the limitless world of strapless riding, we may ask ourselves, “How far can I take this?” For some, the simple answer might be, “I’ll be lucky to do a nice backside chop hop by the end of the season.” More experienced strapless riders might respond with “A no grab 360.” And then there are those really lucky, super talented pros, who fully expect to be nailing 720s. It’s all good, though, and regardless of our skills, strapless riding keeps us smiling. But just in case you’d like to improve your strapless backrolls, jumps, or aerials, we built a very special board for you.
The 720 brings a whole new level of style to just about any beach break. The short, compact shape practically glues itself to your feet even on big, explosive aerials. And is tough enough to take the landings. Crank out the same stylish turns in tough, wind driven break like you do on those glassy days. And in time, the 720 just might bring out your inner Tony Hawk.
When it comes to versatility, CORE’s smallest wave board plays in the big leagues. The 720 is the star player that loves surf style. You’d think a tiny board like the 720 would need a lot more wind but its flatter rocker and more parallel shape surprisingly planes faster than our Ripper 3. Think of it as your light wind secret weapon.
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The 720 surfboard is Core Kiteboarding’s take on the MPH cutoff design with a super wide boxy nose and full tail that creates an extremely stable platform for riding waves and hucking freestyle. The 720 features a subtle full length concave bottom with a 3-part ¾ length deck pad that gives you really good traction coverage and a solid kick on the back with a built in ridge for extra support under your back foot arch. The 720 comes with FCS 2 accelerator fins in size large arranged in a classic thruster setup.
The first thing we noticed about the 5’3” 720 is its super durable construction. It’s worth noting that we tested the largest size board in the 720 lineup, which means this review is probably more valid for larger sized riders or entry level strapless riders looking for extra stability. If we had the chance to build the board over again we would probably leave off the center deck pad, because this adds extra weight and is not needed for more advanced strapless rider and we’d probably choose the 4’11” to more closely match our size and skill level.
From the second you pick the board up, the custom looking construction feels super durable and well-built enough to take a solid beating. On our first tack out we noted how stable the board felt in the water, perhaps much to do with the wider template and full nose and tail. We found switching our feet during jibes and landing strapless tick tacks really easy with the extra confidence you get out of the wider template and larger volume. Despite the fuller template, the 720 still feels fast and efficient through the water and when it comes to strapless airs, the wide nose give you a bit more wind exposure and helps levitate/glue the board to your feet. The load, release and pop is quite good and user-friendly for strapless airs, but without any indents or concave in the rail, you really need to wrap your hand around the smooth rail to keep your grip over the board during larger airs. We were impressed with the 720’s landings; although it has a larger template we seemed to land our strapless airs with confidence and much more comfort than expected.
In terms of surfing, right off the bat, we could feel that the 720 has less rocker than some of the other cutoff boards, which means the board feels a bit more stable in waves and lines up perfect larger more drawn out turns. At the same time, we found more aggressive carving required a bit more initiation and helps greatly if you move your foot farther back for snappier tight turns under the lip. The 720 really comes alive with smooth drawn out clean lines on the wave and it feels super comfortable while cruising upwind with the rail locking into a solid angle and slicing through the chop. If you want something that’s a little more snappy in the pocket, you might go with Core’s Ripper 3 as that board has a bit more tail rocker and will really square up with the wave more aggressively. The 720 with its large fins had a ton of grip that made for a locked-in surefooted bottom turn and super grippy top turn. For those that want a more loose feel through the lip you could move down from the large fin size our board came with which will release the fins with less effort. Overall, the 720 board with the large fins is a really user-friendly model for someone looking to get into strapless riding or heavier riders over 225 lbs. With the extra width in the nose and the tail your get a high level of stability that is confidence inspiring as well as a nice durable layup that can take a beating. We enjoyed the 720 in small to medium casual surf and serves as a great option for the beginner to intermediate strapless freeride kiteboarder or larger riders.