At A Glance
The 5’11” from F-One has been designed as their entry-level surfboard, but don’t let that remit fool you, it is far more than that. The board features a more forgiving outline, coupled with slightly higher volume than their high-end models. In addition the deck is a double bamboo construction, this makes it a perfect board for learning strapless freestyle, as it is very strong. It’s a classic pintail thruster design with future fin boxes and a full EVA deck pad to keep your feet glued on.
On the Water
The Surf 5’11” quickly became one of our favourites in the test, it is so easy to ride, the forgiving nature and extra volume helping you overcome any errors in technique. It picks up the wave quickly and carries speed on the face, the generous tail rocker combining with the soft rail to make this a carving machine. Equally happy in both small and big waves we felt right at home on the 5’11 and never really felt held back by the board. The board comes with an entry-level price tag too, making it one of the lowest priced boards in this category, which should make it extra appealing. It’s great to practice freestyle on too, very light and the generous deck pad means your feet stay on the board.
Good looking easy to ride fun and forgiving, the Surf 5’11” is much more than a low cost entry route to the world of kiting with a surfboard. It fires on all cylinders in the waves, carves like a dream and will leave you smiling from ear to ear…
This review was in Issue 37 of IKSURFMAG.
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By Rou ChaterRou has been kiting since the sports inception and has been working as an editor and tester for magazines since 2004. He started IKSURFMAG with his brother in 2006 and has tested hundreds of different kites and travelled all over the world to kitesurf. He's a walking encyclopedia of all things kite and is just as passionate about the sport today as he was when he first started!