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Old 17th September 2008, 02:53 AM   #5
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Well, that (the comment on the boardseeker site) is a way to answer too and the "official claims" of the Evil Twins do mention powerful waves and good conditions and such things.

But while I'm not been involved with development like Scotty, I've been on an Evil Twin since june sailing what I think must be rather close to your UK stuff, namely various breaks in Sweden. Despite having my two fav boards the EVO 70 and 80 as well as the new marvellous EVO 66 in the quiver, I spent probably 80% of my time on the ET (74 in my case) sailing 4.0-5.3 in mostly cross on and onshore. The 20% on the EVOs were great too and these are fantastically high performing and very refined boards and a joy to "go back" to. But the reason I sailed the ET so much was because I had more fun on it. In those exact conditions. And I feel I improved my onshore wave riding a bit by using the ET.

That said, I can understand (and respect) where the comments in the test come from and I recognise them from many years of discussions on how the EVOs perform. EVOs have had a great success as kind of soft boards for intermediate wave sailors. In this context they are largely unproblematic. But when moving towards more "performance" sailing there are more mixed opinions. I believe there are two reasons. One depends on how EVOs get their amazing range which is by being controlled and kind of "damped" which makes them handle faster wave rides than other similar boards. Some riders want a sharper feedback and those will not "connect" with an EVO (but would probably like a Kode). The other reason is how you need to ride an EVO when you want to push it and this is where the comments in the test on the ET comes in. They say the ET likes a back foot type ride. True, both ETs and EVOs can be ridden this way and the wider tail might easily trick you into thinking its the only way to turn these boards. But to step up the performance and take the boards into the next level it is instead important to use the straight outline up front, bury some rail and use the shape of the board to govern the tail.

I was reminded of this when I started sailing slalom boards a few years ago. My first was an iSonic 101. After years only in wave boards, I was VERY overwhelmed by the large fin and was downright scared to jibe it at speed. I slowed down a lot and put all power I had on the tail, to force the mega wide tail and big fin into obeying my commands. It didn't work very well. Since I had no experience on slalom boards I didn't put much thinking into it. But after sailing the iS101 with e freeride sail, in a bit more relaxed mood and playing around with some carving 360s and stuff I suddenly found I could jibe it like a dream, even at speed and even in kind of nasty chop. When I thought about it I realised the trick was to take AWAY power from the tail and use the mid and front part of the board to turn. It's not exactly the same as bottom turning the EVO but it's an interesting story in that context.

So the trick - and its not so hard: when riding both EVOs and ETs in a radical way, take care to use that front rail (by dropping in with a slight bit of mast foot pressure). Once you do this the board will practically ride itself like Scotty says and go vert almost like on auto pilot when you release that front rail pressure. The ET works in a similar way, but you can enter the bottom turn more aggressively and take a higher line on the wave (if you want) which particularly in onshore opens up new possibilities and makes it such a super fun board.

So, trust that front rail and (to follow up that Hendrix quote) come on baby and let the good times roll.

Last edited by Ola_H; 10th October 2008 at 01:01 PM.
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