Ultra-versatile, easy to control and fun in a range of conditions
THIS TEST FIRST APPEARED IN ISSUE #93 IN JUNE, 2018
TEST TEAM NOTES:
The Motion is Naish’s progressive entry-level twin-tip designed for lots of versatility, from freestyle and freeride through to offering functionality for riding in waves.
As a Naish it’s a good looking shape and design with a decent wood core and laminate lay-up that feels strong without being heavy. It’s paired with the outstanding Apex footstrap and pad set-up – which is widely respected as one of the best designs on the market when it comes to performance and comfort.
Although this is one of their more basic boards, Naish have added some shape in the base with a small concave and rail channel while the outline mixes freeride comfort and elements of freestyle width towards the tips for added rail length grip. The detailing is lighter than on their higher performance boards but so too is the price, so if you’re looking for a reliable product made by one of the sport’s leading manufacturers without having to shell out top dollar then this is worth considering.
Very steady gearing and outstanding speed control makes the Motion very easy to ride. The rail grip feels smooth and fluid with a steady tracking sensation, allowing you to easily put pressure on your heels and point upwind while also edging hard when a gust hits which will send the kite to the front of the window.
The Motion will never run away with you and, although this isn’t the fastest ship in the galaxy, better riders will also appreciate the grip for either full toe-side carves or an easy switch to toe-side and then a big heel-side hack into a small wave face.
There’s nothing abrupt about the Motion and all the basics take a sure instruction to begin the action. So when you flatten the board off to release your edge and start to put pressure on your back foot for a slide turn everything happens at a very manageable pace. All this is because the flex is very comfortable, and while the Motion doesn’t suck up so much kite power that it becomes sluggish upwind, bigger riders might prefer something a bit stiffer. That’s particularly the case when it comes to popping. The Motion is very much built for comfort and control, so for tricks when you start to use the kite less and rely on the board’s natural pop, heavier riders will find this harder to get a lively performance. For boosts using the kite for lift, the Motion however benefits from the easy rail grip and slick ability to carve cleanly into wind on take-off. The board is also mid-weight, so it’s not fatiguing in the air and easy to tweak and bring back into position for landing where the channels offer a decent amount of forgiveness. Again, the Motion gives you a moment to set yourself and won’t catch an edge before you’re ready to re-engaging your rail.
The general dimensions are like a normal board, so if you are buying this as your first board, then it’s a good idea to look at the bigger sizes for more low-wind drive. The 138 is very capable as the wind picks up though and can help you hold steady against lots of kite power. The other good point is that the Motion definitely doesn’t look like a beginner’s board, so you can swagger to the beach with confidence!
A great looking entry-level / intermediate board that offers easy control, especially in windier, choppier conditions. Where more advanced riders will be looking for increased stiffness and pop, improving riders will appreciate the smooth grip, light weight handling and flex that’s comfortable without overly damping the ride feel.
Measured speed with smooth edging and carving control.
KW WOULD CHANGE:
Bigger entry-level riders may prefer a flatter, stiffer board to better cover them for basic get up and go in lighter winds.
MOTION BALANCE POINTS:
Build quality: 8
Fixtures and fittings: 8
Slider proof: No
Boots applicable: No
SIZES: 142 x 42m 138 x 41.5 and 134 x 41cm
THE MOTION IN ACTION