I got to demo a North Kites WAM 5’10″ surfboard setup strapless with thruster fins. It was a ton of fun! Rode great strapless. Turned nicely and handled the chop with aplomb. Seemed like a great board to shred wind swell and then tackle some real waves. The 5 fin box design lets you tweak the ride between thruster and quad fin options.
If I had one criticism it would be that I’d like a concave deck for better control riding strapless.
I can say without hesitation I this is a board I may well buy when I have some spare gear $$$.
Here is what North says about the WAM:
- ALL ROUNDER
- PERFECT TRAVEL BOARD FOR ALL CONDITIONS
- TRI / QUAD FIN CONVERTIBLE
- BALANCED FEEL
- ROUNDED-SQUARE TAIL
A subtle blend of medium rails, fast rocker and well-balanced outline make the Wam the all-round workhorse of the NKB surf range. The Wam delivers dependable performance in the widest range of conditions, strapped or strapless, from small to well overhead surf. Building on previous year’s models, the 2013 Wam now features thinner, refined rails, a rounded-square tail and a slight reduction in nose width to pull through those critical turns. The tri/quad fin configuration allows the Wam to be customized to your desired feel; Tri-fin mode offers more hold and drive, while quad-fin mode offers a more skatey and loose feel ideal for smaller surf.