The “Low Love” isn’t built for generating its own speed, but rather harnessing and controlling the speed that a quality wave provides. “It felt like it had good drive on steep waves, but on more slope-y waves I struggled to get it going,” said Tester #1 (5’9”, 150 lbs.) of the 5’10” x 18.38” x 2.25” 25.5 L “Low Love” that he put through the paces. Luckily, most of waves on offer had plenty of curve in the face and therefore the testers found plenty of speed to tap into.
Frontside Maneuverability: 7.2/10
All the testers agreed that this model was by far the most shreddable of the four. With tons of entry rocker and a hard edge throughout, this board was perfect for the steepest peaks on hand for test day. “It was really responsive, but also it was so easy to follow through on,” said Tester #3 (5’6”, 125 lbs.) of her 5’7” x 18.33″ x 2.22″ 24.41 L “Low Love”. “I’d come out of a turn and I didn’t even have to try, I was just already going back into another one. There was a lot of control, where I’d push as hard as I wanted and it didn’t slide out.” As the lightest tester, Tester #3 felt that the board matched her size and her approach perfectly. “I honestly thought it was amazing, and I didn’t want to stop riding it.”
Backside Maneuverability: 6.8/10
It should come as little surprise that across all four models, the testers consistently scored backside maneuverability lower than frontside. After all, you’d have to be some kind of psychopath to feel like you’re more in control with your back to the wave. Still, it’s a performance board, and it didn’t have any bad surprises going backhand. “It surfed the way it looked – responsive, fast-twitch, quick transitioning from rail to rail,” says Tester #3 (5’8”, 175 lbs.) who rode the “Low Love” in 5’11” x 18.5” x 2.38” 27.4 L. “It is very maneuverable.”