At A Glance
The Fatty from Kiteloose is an entry-level strapless surfboard, designed to be easy to use and fun to ride. There are two sizes, a 5’3” and the 5’1” we have here. The 5’1” is designed for lighter and more experienced riders, and it is also designed to perform in some reasonable sized waves too. Launched last year the Fatty was an impressive board on the market. Lots of riders enjoyed the easy to use nature of the design and the light wind capabilities that it offered riders. It is built using an Epoxy layup with an Airex core and bamboo for reinforcement. It is incredibly light and just looks like a bunch of fun to ride when you take it out of the bag.
On The Water
What a blast, we couldn’t believe the smiles we had on our faces when we took turns to ride this little thing. We say little as the 5’1” stature makes it one of the smallest surfboards we have ridden in a while, but the volume and width allow it to get planing really early. It is very forgiving to ride, especially when you are learning some strapless freestyle tricks and we had hours of fun popping ollies and 180’s on the Fatty. It has a loose feel and is easy to chuck about in choppy conditions. In small waves the thruster set up offers plenty of grip and you can really get your carve on with this board. Strapless airs off the waves are even more exciting, the wide shape catching the wind underneath and allowing you to get some impressive height. The light weight also means it is easy to grab and spin too.
One of the most fun and enjoyable surfboards we have ridden for a long time, perhaps the 5’1” is suited to the more experienced rider, but it is an absolute blast to ride. Capable in the waves and entertaining in flat or choppy water, this is going to be staying in the van for some time.
This review was in Issue 39 of IKSURFMAG.
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!