Okay, we’ll admit this upfront. We’re not pro riders. We’re never going to be pro-riders.
We all like to secretly think of ourselves as pro riders, and for everyone, the lure of a camera lense twinkling on the beach always makes us want to perform better.
So why bother testing a North Pro series surfboard? Is the innegra carbon top reinforcement really needed for those of us who are happy to just be able to tack a surfboard, let alone compete on a World Tour?
Without actually looking at a Pro Series board in the flesh, for most of us, when we hear the words “Pro series” we instantly think of long, thin, “gunn” style surf boards that are built super light and fragile, and of no use in the typical UK conditions that we often refer to in our tests.
The 2014 North Pro series is none of those.
As soon as our 5’11 pro board was out the wrapper, you could tell the lines would work well in “normal” conditions and we weren’t disappointed. The slightly fuller nose, conservative rocker (with a tiny uplift in the tail) and easy rails with a thruster setup instantly grabbed our attention. This wasn’t going to be a board only built for the most perfect of conditions. This board looks like it has been built as an alrounder with a few extras.
Only one way to find out and thats to hit the water.
We used the 2013 North Neo kite (8m) in around 22knots and a small swell of just 1-1.5m for the most part, with some long upwind tacks and a bumpy chop to contain with. The board impressed as soon as as it left the beach. A really responsive turn from the thruster fins, able to build speed quickly whilst equally able to shed it if “hanging back” for the wave. Stable when kept flat making easy gybes possible and the full nose helped stop the “submarining” of the nose if you’re a bit late on the entry and find yourself pointing downhill a little too much. What suprised us most was how well the board handled lumpy conditions for the tacks back upwind. The chop was soaked up with ease and no leg ache from excessive nose bounce. The Pro series is more than happy to rip the tops of the waves without feeling like you need to burst a blood vessel of effort to make it happen, but grip is well maintained through choppy water bottom turns.
At a price that’s a £100 more than the North Wam 2014, is it worth the extra spend? Only you can decide, but we’re all pro’s here now, so we’ve got to keep one!
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