At A Glance
The latest board from Naish to get a remake is the ever-popular Motion. Designed for those riders who need a board that won’t hold them back no matter the conditions or discipline, the Motion is a high performance freeride board.
Featuring a wood core sandwich technology the board is designed to be durable and light.
The Motion has a medium flex, and utilises Naish’s freeride rocker for better control in chop and user-friendliness. The base of the board features a triple concave giving drive and control to the board in a range of conditions, and bevelled tunnel edges give the rider smooth riding and soft landings.
The Motion comes equipped with 4cm IXEF fins and high performing Apex binding set. We had the 2017 version on test, but if the 2018s are anything like the 2017s your feet are in for a treat!
Sizes: 134 x 41 / 138 x 41.5 / 142 x 42
On The Water
As an initial thought, the Motion feels relatively stiff underfoot and did take a couple of minutes to feel at home on. However, once dialled in, the fun really began. This is not a soft, easy cruiser; rather it lives up to its high-performance moniker and needs you to really ride it to get the best out of it.
“The Motion harbours some impressive pop!”
We had the Motion out in a range of conditions from waves to chop to light wind and storms! The board rode very well at all times, and it excelled in those gnarly conditions where you go chasing Woo scores.
It’s got loads of grip, the slightly larger fins and triple concave lock you to the surface of the water well, and the medium rocker and centre channels drive you upwind with ease. Release those fins, however, and the board becomes quite skatey but completely manageable, simply allowing you to throw it as much as you should like.
The Motion cruised through the chop with hardly a drop of spray coming up, and certainly no bouncing around at any points. Slashing your way through the chop and any waves that come your way is super fun, the board responds well to some power behind it, and the slightly stiffer feel kept everything controlled and responsive.
The Motion harbours some impressive pop when you load it up, and it responds well to some aggressive riding. Landings are comfortable, and the grip gives you a locked in controlled feel when you come in fast from a big trick.
We really enjoyed the Motion as a higher performing all round board. Perhaps more suited to the slightly larger or more aggressive rider, to get the most out of it you do need to ride it rather than just be a passenger. However, if this is you and you want a board to last you years and years, the Motion would be an extremely good choice with fantastic build quality, great looks and excellent performance to complete the package.
This review was in Issue 66 of IKSURFMAG.For more information visit Naish Kiteboarding