DUOTONE Pro Whip
Sizes Available: 4’11” x 17 3/4″ x 2″, 18.7L, 5’1″ x 18 1/4″ x 2 1/8″, 21.1L, 5’3″ x 18 3/4″ x 2 1/4″, 23.7L, 5’5″ x 19 1/4″ x 2 3/8″, 26.5L
Sizes Tested: 5’1″ x 18 1/4″ x 2 1/8″, 21.1L
The Pro Whip has undergone major development for 2020 to improve it’s surfing and handling. This was achieved by moving the wide point slightly further forward, increasing the nose rocker and decreasing the overall surface area of the nose while leaving the back half of the board essentially unchanged. The result is an extremely well-balanced board with incredible handling thanks to the straight outline in the tail, but provides explosive snap off the top and has the ability to turn tight in the pocket of very steep sections without any catching or awkwardness of a traditional compact shape. The Pro Whip is the board which blends the two worlds of compact surf and pure high performance surf seamlessly.
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Our Testers Say:
“Loves to ride lit, edges really well and screams upwind. Really easy pop for strapless airs and the contoured bottom shape absorbs hard landings really well.” // Dray Murray
“Great board! Excellent carving, medium edge control, screams upwind with super lightweight construction.” // Kelly Grief
“Take this board anywhere with its snappy turns and hard upwind drive. Very active through the chop, but playful and fun treat to ride in the waves.” // Dan Lerer
The Whip is back for 2020 with a subtle move once again from the strapless cutoff that does freestyle as well as surf, towards a cutoff that hones its own version of performance surfing. At first sight you can see the wide point of the Whip is farther forward in the board’s outline, leaving the nose fairly wide but not boxy with the tail utilizing a subtle wing to keep the turning end of the board fairly narrow. The bottom shape sports a channel down the center that encases a double concave and soft rounded spine from tip to tail along with a subtle concave out to the rails. The tail is squash with a single hip and thruster fin box setup that comes with Duotone’s T-SM Pro 1 fins and the mid-section has an indented grab rail that makes carrying it and grabbed strapless airs a bit more friendly. The Whip in the Pro construction doesn’t come with any inserts for straps and features a ¾ length deck pad that features corduroy grip in large blocks under the front foot and a corduroy kick pad with a subtle ridge under the back foot with a kick to help keep your foot on the board.
Right off the bat you can really feel how the Whip’s squash-hipped tail initiates turns easily, feeling highly reactive and ready for anything, yet when you set the rail into an upwind trajectory it feels stable and locked in for a smooth ride that slices through the chop. The Whip in the Pro construction pushes the edge of lightweight construction and offers a crisp flex pattern that has a little bit of that rigid carbon feel, yet leaves riders in awe with the board’s responsiveness, and acceleration. You can feel the super-efficiency of the compact shape, handling high speeds to make it past sections and find the next hit. When you connect with the lip, the Whip feels responsive and pivots super snappy and gets back underneath you when you’re really pushing hard on the fins. When it comes to strapless freestyle, the Whip is still going to push limits with super lightweight but bomber Pro construction. This board likes to stick to your feet on strapless airs and rotations with the reactivity in the tail making load, pop and release clean and efficient. It’s quite easy to tee up some good amplitude for big rotations or other more technical strapless tricks that might or might not include using the solid grab rail routed into the mid-section. The Whip presents a strong case for cutoff surfboards pushing the ball forward for speed, control and user-friendly handling in bigger and higher quality surf. While high-end performance is there, the most compelling trademark of the Whip is that it retains the dicey, fun handling that rules the day in small mush-burger surf.
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