We are not going to lie, Ozone has always been a firm favourite of ours. This is mainly due to the fact they own their own factory. This leads to a high quality reliable product and continued innovation, as they can design a kite and be on the water the same day.
When we learnt Ozone were expanding the kite factory to now produce boards we were extremely excited. The Code V1 blew us away and we just could’t wait to get our hands on the Torque.
We tested the board in winds of 30knts and 18knts underpowered on a 9 to get the best feel for it.
We tried it in 4 different locations at high and low tide to be able to give the best feedback we could
Jumping on the board the first thing we noticed was how nice the pads and straps were for such a simple design. They locked us in nicely and have adjustments for a straight or more duck footed stance. The pads have got to be some of the softest we have tried. Only one minor adjustment was needed which was nice and simple with one velcro strap.
The Quad concave base really channels the water through the board. It’s super grippy and allows you to edge the board with confidence. When flattening the board off you have a nice floaty sensation making it easier to throw in a surface pass after those unhooked tricks and style it out nicely. The Torque Its defiantly not as soft as some boards on the market, especially the brands that have abs tip construction. However there was no major issue in really choppy conditions. It didn’t work as well as the Ozone Code, however if you keep your speed up you glide over the chop nicely. When underpowered it was a bit of a pain, as keeping speed was hard however for a high end freestyle board it performed better then most in chop.
Underfoot this board is lively and you can feel the whole edge in the water due to the squarer outline. The Torque produces insane amounts of pop even in light wind. Going in for boosts you can really hold your edge till the last minute to allow yourself to rocket in to the sky. There is no spray in the face or catching of the tips due to the swallow tip design.
Landings on the board are smooth. This is where the rocker and channeling come in to effect really breaking the waters surface. We came in hard on a few tricks and rode out nicely nearly every time. The board still pops well when underpowered making it great to learn new unhooked tricks and not taking a slam if you miss them.
The Torque V1 really points upwind nicely and holds its speed. This was really unexpected for a board of it’s type. I am usually used to a slower board when going in to the wake-style market. Carving in to a toeside turn isn’t as nice as the code due to the outline, but riding toe side is lovely and you can really push your back foot in to the board hard without it slipping out under your feet.
We asked one of our national riders Mark Walker, to give the board a shot and his feedback is as follows
“I’ve been throwing 10m+ Woo days down, effortless stability. Not bad when you know how heavy I am (120Kg+). Virtually no heal edge spray superb upwind traction, heal and toe edge grab is the muts.”