At A Glance
Ozone's freestyle orientated twin tip, the Torque, has had a serious facelift for this 3rd version. Billed as a high-performance freestyle and freeride board, its square outline and aggressive bottom channelling cry out to be ridden by the aspiring freestyler.
New in this third version, Ozone utilises a Hybrid Biax Fiberglass and UD Carbon Beam layup, which has resulted in increased flex in the tips and response from the centre of the board. There is an A-grade Paulownia wood core for reduced weight with ultimate strength and flex, Polymer Resin rails for protection and A-grade 316 stainless inserts.
The board has a medium rocker with medium flex and a quad concave hull for control and pop. The new graphics are in Ozone's classic simple style, and the board comes equipped with fins. The V2 straps we had on test were fantastically grippy straight out of the box and are remarkably adjustable.
Sizes: 134 x 40cm, 136 x 41cm, 138 x 42cm, 140 x 43cm, 142 x 44cm
On The Water
The outline and base of the Torque V3 certainly look aggressive, and though this board does hold those properties, it also has a much gentler side. It is also suited to the more intermediate rider who may be just starting on their freestyle progression. It likes to be ridden fast, and by doing so, you tap into that playful feel, thanks in part to the new flexier tips. There is phenomenal grip from the bottom contours, which lock you in at blistering speeds.
The Torque V3, though looking solid, is still very lightweight, and you are able to throw it around with ease in the air. There are also handy grab indents for far more successful board-offs.
The Torque V3 rides well through chop, though the amount of rail in the water, thanks to the squarer tips, does mean a bit of water spray and a bit more bounce. However, these square tips and long rail line lend to the monstrous pop on offer by really allowing the entire length of the board to be loaded up before release. We used this board in both boots and straps and were pleased by how accessible the pop was in straps, also with a solid landing underfoot as the straps lock your foot in.
For the dedicated, the Torque V3 offers exceptional high-end freestyle performance and brilliant all-around freeride performance for a range of conditions. The new tip flex has made the board much more playful without losing any of the high-end freestyle capabilities. A cracking choice for those riders who demand a freestyle orientated board or for those who are after a high performance all-rounder with a focus on freestyle.
This review was in Issue 96 of IKSURFMAG.For more information visit Ozone