SURFBOARDS I’M RIDING : GARY MCNEILL CONCEPTS RASTA TORUS TWIN
The RTT has a unique outline: Plenty of width, nothing out of the ordinary here, what you’d expect from a proper “fish”. There is a bump on the rail outline at approximately 14” up from the tail which narrows the tail. Similar to the bump on the early Al Merrick thrusters from the 1984 – ‘85 era, not a wing per se, but a definite break in the tail plane shape. Another unique design aspect is the slight mid-channel that runs the entire length of the board, providing lift, less drag and therefore speed.
My first few waves: The RTT liked a preliminary, quick, inside fin turn at the top of the wave prior to dropping down. That initial first turn at the top jetted her out of first gear and straight into fourth at which point I had speed to burn. My RTT liked to burn speed. I could fade her down into the flats and come straight up, or ride her on the highline, were the magic really happened. I just stood there, on the fins, held onto the speed and whenever I needed to get going I could count on my RTT to outrun sections or float on top of them. Like a racehorse just waiting for the whip to come down.
My RTT, although 2 5/8” thick, had the foam hidden and proportioned so that she feels way thinner, especially on the forward rails and therefore we had no problem climbing high on the back of foam and dropping down.
Cutbacks: I judge a surfboards cutbacks by its response during the second half of the turn. Does a board slow down, does it maintain speed or does it gain speed as we head toward the foam? The RTT sling-shotted me out of cutbacks with speed and a real desire to hunt down another shoulder or throw the fins out the back. Lather. Rinse. Repeat.
I initially rode the Sea Shepard keels fins from Futures. Found them just ok (I’ve never been a fan of the keel fin). The Akila Aipa twin fin set fit my needs. I’m not a powerful surfer. I’m a little more casual and pardon the non-word … flowy. The Aipa’s went well, released rather easily for quick fin drifts. I’m looking forward to trying my RTT with a bigger twin fin set like the Futures AMT Alpha.
The skinny: RTT provides tons of performance out of a unique fish design. Seems to like a small fast wave rather than a large mushy wave, but carries speed wherever you find yourself. Stoked I own it, and you will be too.
Need some real magic this summer? I recommend you look seriously at the Gary McNeill Concepts Rasta Torus Twin.