Kode Freestyle Wave 94 Carbon, WIND (France), 2013 [EN-FR]








Kode FreestyleWave 94 Carbon: All-terrain comfort ("Maxi confort tous terrains")


Length: 234cm
Width: 61.1cm
Volume: 94
Weight: 7.5kg
Fin: Drake Freewave 28
Other sizes: 86, 94, 103


Shape:
Available in three FreestyleWave sizes and three constructions, the Kode 86 is wave-oriented while the 94 and 103 are more high-wind freeriders and freestylers. These models feature a US box, fitting a 28 cm single fin as well as thick rails in the tail and the famous and comfortable Sponge pads.


On the Water:
With its carbon construction, the Kode 94 is quite stiff and reactive. It is lightening quick to plane; the fastest of all the tested boards. Thankfully, it is also very comfortable with its thick pads (10mm!). This combination of stiffness and softness gives the Kode its unique character; it’s nervous and fast without being tough on the articulations. However, the thicker rails and tail volume go through a bit of chop and affect lateral stability in over-powered conditions.

"Avec sa texture carbone, la Kode 94 est particulièrement raide et connait un fort potentiel de réactivité, son départ au planing est de la vraie dynamite qui la place en numéro 1. [...] La combinaison raideur/douceur donne au final un flotteur nerveux et rapide sur lequel les vieilles articulations reprennent vie dans une mer cabossée."

Because of its light weight, it requires some attention while jumping but the landings are not an issue whatsoever, thanks to the Sponge pads. When it comes to waves, the curves are long due to the long 28 cm fin. The carving is not as radical as the most wave-oriented boards of this category but allow for descent grip and tolerance.

"Pour une pratique dans les vagues, le waveriding connait une certaine largeur de courbe avec son aileron Drake 28 cm qui pourrait être plus court pour une réelle attaque au surf."

Verdict:
We particularly appreciated this board in its freeride dimension, thanks to tremendous comfort and speed especially with the footstraps on the outside. Without doubt, performance and sensations are present for bump&jump, high-wind freeriding or softer waveriding.

"C'est surtout en mode freeride que nous avons apprécié ce flotteur qui se montre redoutable pour son confort et sa vitesse, particulièrement en positions externes des footstraps. Les performances et les fortes sensations sont au rendez-vous pour de longs bords ou du bump&jump, avec un comportement plus doux dans les vagues que les planches ici testés à la tendance plus marquée pour le surf."

Pros: Pads comfort ; Quickness to plane ; Reactive structure ; Sensations ; Bump&Jump ; Jibe

Cons: Harder to control in high winds and big chop ; Stiffness


Planing: 9 / 10

Comfort: 10 / 10

Control: 7 / 10

Waveriding: 7 / 10

Bump&Jump: 9 / 10




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