DUOTONE Pro Fish
Sizes Available: 5’2″ x 19″ x 2 5/16″, 24.82L, 5’5″ x 19 3/4″ x 2 1/2″, 29.5L
Sizes Tested: 5’2″ x 19″ x 2 5/16″, 24.82L
The Pro Fish is brand new to the lineup for 2020 and arose out of the need to have a board that excels in small waves and light wind. But don’t be fooled by the name, the fish is not a cruisy retro board, but rather a high performance machine that will handle even when the waves get bigger. The Pro Fish is easy and forgiving, but at the same time also very performance-oriented. From 1 foot to 6 foot, once you ride the Pro Fish you’ll be spoilt forever.
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Our Testers Say:
“Feels really active and relatively loose, fun to carve with quick slashy turns. This board has a ton of energy and comes ready to slash.” // Tom Moore
“Wide tail and flat rocker makes this board plane early and scream upwind. Domed deck contour and pad feels great and locks your feet for grip and control. 24 liters of volume is great for low wind.” // Dray Murray
“Lightweight construction, great straps (x-marks the spot), feels like an excellent do everything surfboard with generous volume and width that is a total blast playing around in small surf.” // Pierce Martin
We’ve been looking forward to the day we could put the Duotone Pro Fish through its paces and as luck would have it, that day coincided with chest high wind swell. The Pro construction utilizes fancy vacuum epoxy techniques with carbon beams and cork shock absorbers that ultimately produce a board that is light and responsive but that can also take a solid beating. This board looks fascinating with its wide template and gentle rocker. The Fish’s bottom shape features a deep but narrow channel down the center with maybe a subtle concave overall and a standout classic fish tail with a thruster fin setup (rocking the Duotone TS-M Pro2 fins). The fish doesn’t come with inserts for footstraps and it features a ¾ deck pad that utilizes fine corduroy EVA with subtle breaks to provide a good amount of traction. The deck is fairly domed and the kick pad has a subtle arch under your back foot with a substantial kick at the end to keep your back foot on the board. The mid-section of the board has Duotone’s inset grab rail that makes it easy to put a solid grip on the board.
When you first get the Fish in the water it feels size-wise like the compact cutoff shape you see in the Whip with interesting similarities. It isn’t the first time the kite industry has tried to introduce a fish shape to kitesurfing, but right off the bat, it feels like the most successful to date. The Fish feels fun and super playful — you can really feel that rounded fish template as it makes initiating turns super easy, making the board feel really active and responsive. We were expecting the outline to be a handful going upwind, but with a little bit of weight shifted a little farther forward the Fish flies upwind with a locked-in and stable feel. The fish doesn’t feel quite as fast as some of the other shapes, but with its moderate rocker it is still quite efficient going upwind; with the bigger tail and extra-wide surface area, it feels like it has some extra range that works in the lower wind digits. The quad fins have a solid locked-in feel and generate a good amount of positive traction during carves that make the Fish’s active turning still feel stable. When it comes to wave size, the Fish makes small trashy waves super fun with quick pivotal turn initiations that feel at home slashing the smallest piece of chop, and while I’m sure we could take it into bigger surf, the potato chip outline and length make this a standout in small to medium-sized waves. We can’t help think the Pro team construction is part of what makes this board so fun and flickable. When it comes to strapless freestyle, the Fish stands out on its own with the extra surface area levitating the board to your feet on bigger airs and the shorter length helping with strapless rotations. The wider template also helps create a wider more stable platform for footwork and may be perhaps the easiest board to master duck tacks. The Fish is a really fun versatile board that everyone should at least experience, and while it doesn’t pigeonhole itself in any one surf discipline (performance waves, strapless freestyle) it does, however, make a very wide spectrum of conditions really fun (underscore and emphasis…really fun!).
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