Summary: Accessible-to-all, chop eating speedy game-changer
Designed to take freeride to the next level, the Severne Fox allows you to blast full speed through the choppiest water you can find.The Severne Fox board features:
- Continuous rocker
- Reduced tail width
- Extreme vee
- Superior control
- Bonus: best jibe in the business
Don’t let the comfort deceive you – in real world conditions the Fox delivers unmatched high performance fun.
After seeing the preview of the 2017 Severne Fox (fall 2016), we could not wait to test it out on the water. Severne released the board into the US market in mid summer 2017, so we just got the board in and were able to test it. Once we saw it in the shop, we realized it was clearly different than anything we had tested before. The Fox features a massive v-bottom, chamfered nose-railing, continuous rocker, and tail cutouts. Would it be fast? Would it be smooth?
We set the board up with the straps outboard (our preferred riding style for this type of board), put on a 6.2 freeride sail (North E-Type), and screwed in the stock fin. We tested the board at our Coyote Point San Mateo, CA shop in wind speeds between 17-22 mph and moderate chop. With a slight bearing off, we experienced early planing. The board felt fast from the start, and the Fox zoomed into gear. Our GPS watch shows how much speed this board can deliver.
In moderate chop, we could maintain speed easily without instinctually sheeting out or without having to maneuver around nastier pieces of swell. Chop? What chop? We could just stay locked in while speeding past everyone with comfort and control. In a variety of wind and water conditions, we pointed upwind, we headed downwind, we blasted across the wind; the board was always comfortable. The Fox was fast in all points of sail, and chop was not a obstacle.
In extreme chop, the board performed even better than we could have expected. We had several unnerving moments of driving the board at speed straight at chop or down swell that should have buried the nose on any other freeride/slalom board. Not the Fox.
Another surprise was how easily the board jibes. Both of us who initially tested the board over-jibed the board on the first few turns. Our instincts on a board this fast were that we would have to really put our feet across the centerline and drive hard. In the cast of the Fox, the V-bottom is so pronounced that we could simply slide our back foot just over the center line while rolling our weight. The board tilted from one rockered edge to the other, and then carved with ease and speed. It was also remarkably easy to adjust the carve trajectory mid-jibe. This was just icing on the cake. Basically, the board changes our definition of blasting in speed conditions. Anything is fair game – the Fox is silly fast, eats chop and stays in control in the air!
The board comes in a carbon construction and ships with good fittings: a good-quality 36cm powerbox fin, four confortable (if a tad soft) footstraps, a grippy textured deck, and adequately thick footpads (which are also grippy!). The Fox features a membrane pressure-equalization vent plug (that is to say, you don’t have to worry about screwing anything on or off). The board has both inboard and outboard footstrap options, with multiple holes for each, so you we could easily dial in our desired stance. For the Fox 105L size, the board’s preferred sail range seems to be 5.8 to about 7.0, and it really comes into its own when paired with freeride or freerace sails.There were two slight technique adjustments we noted when taking this board out for a test drive. The board is so significantly V-Bottomed from nose to tail that it can round upwind when landing a jump or when putting your back foot on the board to water start. In both instances, the board tilts onto the windward rail and wants to carve upwind. Simply apply more downward, mast-foot pressure than you typically do for waterstarting. For jumping tuck in your back foot more than other board. Once you make these adjustments, all is SMOOOOTH sailing.
The Bottom Line:
Simply put, this board delivers on its promises. In flat or rough waters, it is speed without the white knuckles, in a shockingly easy to jibe package. This board, like no other, will put intermediate riders at easy with speed and make experienced riders want to push the board – reconciling speed and comfort on choppy waters.Severne Fox Available sizes: 95L, 105L, 120L, 140LMSRP: $2299
Come DEMO / try this board!
We have the 105L at our Coyote Point Shop in San Mateo
. Come by to try it out and see for yourself how fast, fun and smooth the Severne Fox windsurf board is.