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Fanatic AllWave VCT 8’8″ x 31″ (2021)

Reviewed by us on Mar 19, 2021

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Overall Glide
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Stability
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Wave catching
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Ability to turn
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Ease of use
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Fun Factor
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Fins & Fittings
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Weight
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Surf Use
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Build Quality
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Value
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Richard Martin
Richard Martin
6 months ago

I bought one of these six months ago and I’ve been out on it just about every day since on our Misericordia beach in Málaga in Spain. The waves are rarely perfect and they’re very rarely up to head height, but I’ve been out on everything and my experience and abilities have shot through the roof.

Everything in the review rings true. If you want to bang up the hours knocking about on the surf and put a smile on your face at the same time, well this board works for me…..

Beau Nixon
Editor
6 months ago
Reply to  Richard Martin

Hi Richard,
Great to hear you have been getting a lot out of this board. It is such an easy SUP to surf and ride and we think a lot of people will be interested in it. Keep enjoying it!

Salmonpincher
Salmonpincher
1 month ago

Back in April 2020 you reviewed the hp 8’2 surf wide & in the pro video suggested that the 8’8 all wave would be a similar performance board to that. Having ridden both now, how do they compare? Thanks

Reuben Ellis
1 month ago
Reply to  Salmonpincher

Ahh this was a bit annoying. Because I tested the JP and Beau tested the Fanatic but we dint get a chance to go on both! I might get Beau in on this comment but I felt the biggest difference was with the fin set ups. The JP was only available as a quad and the fanatic as thruster 2+1 and Im a 3 fin man, and I feel that the Fanatic would be better in a wider range of conditions because of it. BUt if you were a mid to heavy weight rider and using them in smaller weaker… Read more »

Beau Nixon
Editor
1 month ago
Reply to  Reuben Ellis

I’d agree with Reuben on this. Fanatic would be best for a wider range of conditions and likely to be more performance based (even though it’s longer). The JP working better in mushier conditions as you have that shorter outline.

Salmonpincher
Salmonpincher
1 month ago
Reply to  Beau Nixon

Thanks both. I’ve got the 8’2 jp surf wide & I’m loving it as it’s so loose & is great for tight slashy turns. What I don’t like about it is its lack of glide / inability to get on waves early. The other board I have is the polar opposite (infinity new deal 10ft x 29″). I think I’ve got room for a board that fits nicely between those.. 8’8 to 9’2 x 30″ ish. Any recommendations?

Beau Nixon
Editor
1 month ago
Reply to  Salmonpincher

The Fanatic All Wave 8’8 may as well be the best fit for you, but if it doesn’t do it for you, may I suggest the Starboard Pro 8’7 x 29.5″ @135L. It has the volume for float, but still paddles/glides well and performs great. Stepping down from that and you could try the Infinity New Deal at 9′ x 31″ @ 125L. More of a longboard shape but glides very nicely and still fun off the tail. Or step up again to the SMIK Spitfire at 8’6 x 30″ @ 117L. Just some recommendations for you. Hope this helps

Beau Nixon
Editor
1 month ago
Reply to  Beau Nixon

And I’ll throw in the Sunova Flash at 8’9″ x 30 3/8″ x 4 1/2″ @ 122L too.

Salmonpincher
Salmonpincher
1 month ago
Reply to  Beau Nixon

Thanks Beau. I love the idea of the starboard Pro (In carbon but realistically it would be the ast construction). & the sunova or smik.. time to get saving (or move my jp on to make $ & room for a new board)..

Salmonpincher
Salmonpincher
1 month ago

JP (obviously!!)

Scott Krause
Scott Krause
1 month ago

I’m looking for a board to help my progress in learning to surf. In the past year, I’ve had just over 100 sessions on a Naish Mana 9’5” x 32, 163 liters. I’m 5’11”, 165 lbs. and a little clumsy. Would the 8’8” Allwave be a good match or would you recommend going with a board with less volume?

Beau Nixon
Editor
1 month ago
Reply to  Scott Krause

Hi Scott,
We think the All Wave could be a great pick for you. The volume will help with stability and confidence, and the performance elements of the All Wave will improve your skills as it gives you a faster reaction time. It will feel totally different to your Naish Mana because of this and a good starting point for progression. We could argue that going for a smaller volume board may have its benefits in the long run, but it’s best to keep some level of confidence if you feel going too small may hinder your balance.

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