Kvaliteet lainelaud Naishilt, mis on väga heas korras, nagu uus.
Nothing better than having a board or kite at the top of the podium to prove its credentials. And the Global has seen Jalou Langeree go from ‘never ridden a surfboard’ to ‘world champ’ in less than four years. So it clearly works. As with the Skater, this year’s Global has a new construction which has seen it shave off a bit of weight too… We had the 6’0 on test.
The Global is a pretty serious looking bit of kit. It’s clearly made with Maui at its core with no half measures in terms of the plan shape. Although it’s not particularly narrow (the 6’0 coming in at 18.5”), the nose pulls in pretty tightly to help you nail those critical take-offs and drive up the face with confidence, and the rounded pin tail is intended to help you squeak out of those barrels with plenty of speed. The construction is full bamboo – deck and base – and, if you’re wondering why the Global is at a higher price point than the Skater, then the carbon rails go a long way to answering that question. These provide additional stiffness ensuring that the board can be cranked with confidence strapped (Robby style) as well as providing an aggressive flex-pattern for strapless riding so that you really can drive it and will get out what you put in… There are five fin boxes, with the rear quad fin placement pretty close together with the aim of providing additional hold and drive, rather than some of the skatier quad set ups that we see. The rear fins are also markedly smaller than other quad set ups so less drag and a slightly less ‘quady’ feel.
Despite its pretty serious looking demeanour, beneath the attitude lies an accessible and fun board. As soon as you’re going the board feels ‘right’ underfoot. It’s notably stiffer and a smidge heavier than some of the other top-end sticks, but it really doesn’t feel it. With the quad set up there is an incredibly stability in the tail that give a real sense of control as you’re cruising around. When it comes to spotting a section and wanting to get stuck in – there can be no half measures. This isn’t a board (especially the 6’0, the longest in the range) that you can get away with teasing – you need to commit and you need to really drive it from the tail. This it likes. Riding it down the line and you can tell that this is where it’s at – the Global truly embraces the face and you can tell that it has put in the Maui hours. Upwind and the Global has plenty of rail to stick in and you’ll be back to business in double time…
Perhaps more than any other brand, you know that Naish has wave-riding at its core. Everything is developed and tested at one of the main proving grounds for wave-riding and it shows. The Global is a serious wave board – but, perhaps a little surprisingly, that doesn’t mean that it minds a bit of UK windslop!