BEST FOR: Racing.
THE TEST: This Boardworks model was named by one of the sport’s rising stars, Slater Trout. Testers noted excellent acceleration from the first strokes on the (well-named) Whiplash and appreciated how the slightly turned-down nose and displacement hull up front sliced through water. The back half of the bottom transitions from a displacement to a planing hull, which helps get the board up on plane quickly and keep its speed. At just 27 inches wide, the Whiplash is tippier than a touring board, but the deck is recessed somewhat, offering a slightly lower center of gravity and some stability. Our only complaint: sticker shock. You have to really care about speed to cough up more than two grand.
THE VERDICT: If you don’t win, you can’t blame your board. 14'