Ok, I had my second run on the 2014 14′ Falcon today. The first time was only short and in flat water. Today was in 10-12knt with some messy chop and runners off our reef.
When I first saw this board on dry land back in June I was initially concerned by what looks like a huge bow volume. Basically thinking back to the side wind issues I had with an older model. My fears quickly dissipate once the board is in the water though as the deck sits barely above the water line and the bow only protrudes as much as you would want and there are no real issues in cross winds.
Basically I am very impressed with this board as a one board does all option. Results are showing it’s quicker than last years board in flat water but I haven’t tested it.
Stability- Probably 15-20% more stable than last years board of the same width. The initial hard edge of the rails kick in at about 5-7 degree of tilt and massively help with secondary stability. Pivot turns are super easy in the flat and a little bit more of a challenge with rough side chop.
Chop handling- Less cutting bow than previous models means this chunky nosed board tends more toward going over than through head on chop. The GPS didn’t show any less speed though and the new nose really shines when pushing against the chop at 45%, superb even.
Down wind- This is where this board really shines. It just works. No uncontrolled chine off the rail but steers when you need it. Minimal trimming required, just a few inches forward to pick up the small runners and it gives you ages to move back when needed. This board is massively forgiving of mistakes and made mediocre me feel like a pro downwinder, a real pleasure.
If your looking for a new allround race board he 2014 Falcon be sure to put this one on your short list!
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