In over 20 years of sailing in San Fransisco this is the preeminent freeride rocket. My main board in any conditions including open ocean blasting. Not since the Mistral Electron of yore has there been another board with this competence and versatility. It gobbles chop, lofts airs like a 88lt.
Fanatic Hawk 2012 – Two gear board, waterstart or fullspeed
Takes commitment to ride. Basically has two gears. Waterstart or full speed. There really isn’t any in-between. As soon as you step on the back strap the board jumps and keeps accelerating until you hit top speed or stuff it. I sail most often with a 5.5 and and 26cm FinWorks Wave Blade. All carbon.
Fanatic Hawk 100 L – Great speed potential, yet an really good allrounder
Top speed is of course limited to fin, sail and bottom shape. Jibing takes commitment and a flat area to initiate. I try to scrub speed by sailing a bit upwind then overcommitting to the lee rail. The board is short and wide but never plows. Upwind performance better than average, off wind performance it’s forte’. If you’re fully powered in chop or big rolling swell no freestyler will challenge you. I guarantee it. Exciting ride with slippery feel. // Bill Hilow