Two of our testers gave “Love Capsule” 10 for speed, and the others gave 9.5, so you know it’s a rocket ship. Tester #1 (5’9”, 150 lbs.) rode the “Love Capsule” in 5’6” x 19.5″ x 2.7″ 30.39 L, which is much more volume than his standard 26 L shortboard, and he could feel how the extra foam translated to extra speed. “It’s one of the fastest surfboards I’ve ever stood on,” Tester #1 after a few laps. “Never thought I’d say this, but it’s honestly too fast, at least for these conditions. I would love to ride this model around 25 L or 26 L at a wave like Malibu, where it’s soft and you’re staying in the pocket and flying through flat sections.”
Frontside Maneuverability: 7.1/10
All four testers agreed the “Love Capsule” worked better going frontside, and it makes sense: the “Love Capsule” is a voluminous craft best surfed over the front foot, down-the-line, and above the water—all of which is easier while facing the wave. Tester #3 (5’8”, 175 lbs.) rode the “Love Capsule” in 5’6” x 19.5″ x 2.7″ 30.39 L, and said the boards height and volume felt perfect for milking small south swells in California for all they’re worth. “I would ride something like this in the summer when it’s all lefts and I’m going frontside,” said the goofy-footer. “But it’s not really that conducive to backside surfing.”
Backside Maneuverability: 5.6/10
As mentioned, the testers felt that the “Love Capsule” was a bit tricky to maneuver on their backhand in the steep, dumpy conditions on hand, which left some of the testers considering the possibilities on other kinds of waves. “Give me this board in a small left point and I’ll probably have a different opinion on about how it feels on my backhand,” said the regular-footed Tester #1.