Ultimate Test #3 - Freeride Freestyle Crossover Boards

Check out the best boards if you like to mix it up and what a do-it-all board to rip around on.

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RRD POISON 137

The RRD Poison has been designed with Big Air at the top of its priority list. The board maintains impressive rail contact, thanks to its squarer outline with slight inwards tapering towards the tips. Its strong yet slim tapered rail bites into the water, allowing you to load up against the kite and hold down

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NORTH ATMOS HYBRID 138

The Atmos Hybrid continues its role as North’s intermediate freeride and Big Air board. It has a parallel outline more usually used on freestyle boards, however to keep it loose and quick carving, it tapers at the tips which also helps to reduce spray as you charge at the next kicker shaped piece of chop.

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NOBILE NHP SPLIT 142

If you’re an intermediate to advanced rider, crossing styles between freeride and freestyle, the Nobile NHP split is a board designed for you. Lovers of fast-paced riding with agile carves and a rapid exit will enjoy the unique shaping the NHP range offers. The board planes early and accelerates across the water thanks to its

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LIEUWE SHOTGUN 136

Lieuwe have crafted the Shotgun to be a sophisticated ‘jack of all trades’, performing well in freeride, Big Air and freestyle. This fast board has excellent stability and grip thanks to its single concave, 3D shaped paulownia wood core and deep channels in the tips. It also has a slim stepped rail that allows it

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NAISH MOTION 138

Over the past few seasons Naish have made a number of great improvements to their premium crossover board, the Motion, giving a forgiving and more comfortable ride yet still allowing you to progress and develop your skills. To help create that smoother ride, you’ll notice the translucent, chevron-esque cutouts in the tips of the Motion,

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NAISH TRAVERSE 144

The Naish Traverse is a ‘new school’ all-rounder; crossing disciplines was the primary goal as Naish set out to design the Traverse with the help of Ewan Jaspan. It is designed to be a fun and playful ride that will allow you to mix up your riding style depending on the conditions and your preferred

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BRUNOTTI HAWK 141

Brunotti tell us that this is the Dimension on steroids, and whilst we do not advocate the use of performance-enhancing drugs, we certainly advocate performance-enhancing boards. The Hawk is essentially a performance enhanced Dimension in every way. The bright yellow accents are striking and you certainly won’t lose it in the water. More importantly, as

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BRUNOTTI DIMENSION 141

The Dimension is Brunotti’s all-round board that will work for you in all conditions. It is comfortable to ride and gets going very easily especially if you opt for the larger 141×42 (or even the 145×43) models. As soon as you get this, and indeed any of the 2021 Brunotti boards we reviewed, out of

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F-ONE TRAX HRD LITE TECH 137

The F-ONE Trax HRD Lite Tech is the ultimate all-rounder – from cruising to Big Air, this board has got you covered. Not only is it easy on the eyes with its translucent TPU, it also has a unique Helical Rail Design that has plenty to offer.  Unlike any other rail design available, the rail

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AIRUSH APEX V7 139

The Apex v7 is a longstanding board in Airush’s line up, and for 2021, at the hands of Dave Kay their twintip designer, it has had a rework. The ride has been restyled and a new outline and base shape provided, refreshing the feel of the board, and we have to say we’re impressed at

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