Last year, Thomas Traversa dreamed of competing on the World Tour with just 1 board. He asked Fabien to make a prototype DaCurve that was faster in the surf and more adaptable to different kinds of waves so he could use it in both Europe and Hawaii.
To make this board, Fabien had to start a new design from scratch: a new rocker, new outline, new bottom shape, new deck, and a completely new board.
The result? Thomas became Wave World Champion on that prototype. And, this board inspired the 2016 DaCurve.
We sent these shapes to Maui after the Hawaiian wave-specialist Graham Ezzy joined the Tabou family. Graham sent us back videos and pictures of fast carving turns on the new DaCurve.
Graham reports: “These boards are so fast! I catch more waves because I can plane even when the wind is light. And on the Hookipa waves, the boards accelerate through the turns. This means I can do higher aerials, and more tweaked aerials because I have more time in the air. I can throw more spray, too. And the best part is that I can do more turns on a wave because the board is so fast and responsive.”
The 2016 DaCurve is the wave sailor’s main weapon, and the board that won the 2014 PWA Wave World Title with Thomas Traversa. Faster in the turns, the board comes alive in down-the-line surf. Quicker going straight and more versatile, the board carves hard even when the wind is onshore.
“I won the World Title on a magic board. With this DaCurve, I could surf in Denmark or Hawaii with the same power and comfort. In the end, I did not have to think about my board. It just worked, and I could relax and focus on the wave.”