So, my wife and I tried our new FW75 TE, yesterday. We were both delighted to see that the plug&play feeling we have been accustomed to since 2005 is back! You get on the board and you feel immediately at home.
To summarize the board in 3 words: comfort, control, speed. We tried it in moderate to high swell yesterday, the Freewave was never intimidated. On the inside, there was a bit of flat water, what a jiber, that board!
A thing that was a bit touchy with the STB (we have the STB 95 2018), was its tendency to spin-out, specially with the stock fins. That inconvenience is gone, heavy back footers will love the board!
Sorry Fanatic, but the FW STBs were a controversial board: people loved or hated it. Is the new design an improved STB or a subtle return to the classic shape? Hard to say. But one thing for sure, for my wife and I, the new Freewave outperforms both the Classic 2017 shape and the STB.
Good job, Fanatic!