One of LF's best selling twin-tips just got a face lift. The new Recoil, which is Silvester Ruckdaschel's board of choice, is now thinner, lighter, stronger and more responsive. Quick to plane, it just gets faster when you're up and riding. The Recoil's super-efficient single concave bottom shape allows you to stay powered up and cruise through lulls, even in moderate wind conditions. The ultra versatile design excels in many conditions and truly glides through chop, making it a great all-round board that ultimately allows you to get away with it being a one board quiver.
TEST TEAM NOTES:
On first inspection, the Recoil looks to have a very similar outline to previous models, but does look good with its new graphics, which indicate some serious aggression. Pick it up and it feels so heavy, but get it on the water and you quickly forget about that. The weight obviously comes from the tough armoury that it's built with. This board feels so tough, strong... and stiff. The stiffness gets it up and going really quickly and then allows you to load up this puppy right up until you release. Your legs will give way before this decides it can't hold any more load. Once loaded it's really poppy, but you do need flat water to get this full of juice. It rides very fast but those drawn in tips working together with the stiffness mean it's just not that comfortable in chop. It's a real wakeboard style stick for freestyle heads. If you want a bombproof, fast, stiff board for riding butter and doing big, powered moves and stomping landings, it's amazing. It doesn't, however, reward basic riders, because the more you can put into it the more you get back. Everyone will love the pads and straps that Liquid Force have always been known for, though.
A class leading board for hardcore freestylers, but if you want a twin-tip to cope with sea chop and learning hooked-in moves, it's not the one for you.
KW LIKED: Really fantastic pop and an ability to take any landing in its stride.
KW WOULD CHANGE: Add a bit more flex for more all-round conditions.
SIZES: 136, 133, 130 and 127cm
This test is in issue #40