The Falcon is the premier slalom board produced by Fanatic and used by many of the top riders on the PWA. Here, two such riders (Matteo Iachino and and Marco Lang) share their insights in to the board from the testing they have put it through so far.
FALCON SLALOM - What Fanatic Say:
A speed revolution, refined. For down-the-slalom-course speed, the Falcon is the first choice for podium finishers everywhere. Last year saw big chances in the Falcon range with great results; for 2014 we’ve taken rider feedback and incorporated minor refinements to these test-winning shapes. The entire Falcon range has been under close analysis both on the water and in our CAD system. The design objectives were simple: acceleration, top speed, and jibing performance. The ultimate goal: the perfect blend of all three that guarantees Slalom wins. While the top speed of the Falcon was often unrivaled, we aimed at improving control and turning ability. The softened rails in the front half of the board support superb jibing performance. We’ve tuned and adjusted the cut-outs to increase control at the same time.
The bottom shape has been modified to deliver better acceleration in combination with better jibing. Adjusted V shapes in the front half with a slightly adjusted release of the tail deliver the best mix ever achieved. While tuning the bottom shape, we have left the scoop rocker line untouched, as this is the main design feature of the shape and it has proven to be the fastest we could find.
The Falcon comes in high-end, lightweight and stiff Biax Carbon Light construction. For Falcon-style performance in a more cost-effective, Freeride-friendly construction, check the Fanatic Ray – the exact same shape as the race-winning Falcon. For true light-wind performance around an upwind-downwind Slalom course – or for the ability to cover ground at high speed at your local sailing spot – check out the PWA-competition-ready 130 and 140 liter models. On the GPS speed course, the ultra-fast Speed models at just 45 and 51 cm of width are ready to take on the nuclear winds. Pure Slalom performance, acceleration and now, speed in turns. You’ll be truly flying with the Falcon.