Speed: 8.2/10
“It had a lot of drive and flow down the line,” said Tester #3 of the 5’10” x 18.75” x 2.44” “Musubi”. Being 175 lbs, Tester #3 was really happy with the way the board generated speed without a ton of operator effort. “It’s just easy to ride, just kind of gets up and goes…no surprises here.” The other three testers all agreed with that sentiment.

"Musubi" by RS Surf Co.

Photo Credit: Grant Ellis

“Musubi” by RS Surf Co.

Frontside Maneuverability: 7.9/10
Tester #4 had some trouble turning the “Musubi” frontside. At just 125 pounds, she probably needed even less foam than the 5’8″ x 18.65” x 2.25” dims she was riding. “I struggled with my turns,” she said, before admitting that she generally didn’t gravitate toward this type of fuller-volume shred stick to being with. “But it would work good as a step up in a bigger point break.” Tester #4, however, was the only outlier in this category, with all the others agreeing that it offered a surprising amount of responsiveness.

Backside Maneuverability: 6.8/10
The rating for backside maneuverability varied heavily among our testers, which makes sense when you consider the curvy outline of the “Musubi” makes it a little tricky to quickly pivot, especially with your back facing the wave. Tester #1 — who 5’9”, 150 lbs. and rode “Musubi” in 5’8 x 18.65” x 2.25” — told us this model has a sweet spot, but it’s a little finicky and isn’t as user friendly on the backhand as the “El Bandido”.

"Musubi" by RS Surf Co.

Photo Credit: Grant Ellis

“Musubi” by RS Surf Co.

Paddling: 8.3/10
“There was a lot of foam under my chest, and a lot of times on boards that paddle that well, they don’t necessarily turn as well—you sacrifice one or the other,” said Tester #1. “But this one paddled really well, and then when I stood up it felt like a normal shortboard.” Who said you can’t have the best of both worlds?

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