Kode Wave 93 Carbon, Windsurf (UK), October 2015

The all-new Kode Wave will take jumps and waveriding to the air, whether you are starting out in the waves or already have a few PWA World Champion titles like Philip Koster or the Morenos.

The all-new 2016 Kode Waves are now more consistent across the range, with the Vee brought further back into the mono-concave for a smoother initiation of the bottom turn and rail-to-rail transfers. Rails and rockers have also been refined for speed and maneuverability and the sizing denominations have been adjusted.

The following test was featured in the October edition of Windsurf.

Starboard Kode Wave 93 Carbon: “An easy, user-friendly board”



Find out everything there is to know about the all-new Kode Waves here!

Length: 234 cm
Width: 62.0 cm
Tail Width: 38.4 cm
Thickness: 12.2 cm
Weight: 6.8 kg
Volume: 93 liters
Fins: 2 x MB Twinzer 17 + US Plug (2 x Slot Box 13 + US Box)
Sail range: 4.5m² – 6.5m²

Low Down:

The largest in the Kode Wave line-up, the Kode 93 can be set up as a single-fin, but comes supplied as a twinzer with a couple of stiff MB G-10 fins, and was tested as such. For 2016, the bottom shape of the Kode Wave has been refined to bring the Vee further back, making the mono-concave start just in front of the fins up to the nose. The rails in front of the track have also been softened this year, said to aid the carving and recovery when the tail and fins have been released.

Performance:

One of the largest and widest in the group, the Kode Wave can carry weight easily and feels quite conventional underfoot. With the fins placed in their recommended positions in the boxes, you’d be forgiven for thinking it is actually a single fin board, such is the drive and traction provided. It doesn’t slide or skip sideways at all, but releases smoothly and gathers speed well. There is certainly no issue with tracking upwind either, using the rails in the tail of the board as well as the fins to drive and point, the board cutting through harsh chop effortlessly. Its easy forgiving ride is such that it masks the speed you’re actually going … until you hit the next ramp!

With directional stability, speed and comfort, it can be used to great effect around a break and would undoubtedly make an excellent crossover board as well, capable of making the most of less than ideal conditions. On the wave face, we did find the Kode 93 quite stiff compared to others in the group initially, being less willing to drive tight through the turn or vary its arc. Move the fins further forward and the mast track an inch to the rear however, and the board’s response and feel was noticeably changed. The turn can be set on the front foot and tightened through the back foot, before the familiar loose skatey response of the twinzer takes effect on the top turn. It was certainly a preferred set up amongst the team, and showed little loss on directional stability or drive as a result.

Verdict:

An easy user-friendly board, with the manners and temperament to take on the most challenging conditions, and the speed to make any aerial more expressive. Take time to set up the board according to your riding preference.

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