Review for the DV8.
I ride strapless now 100% of the time due to loving riding strapless and still recovering from a broke leg in March.
I'm also a dealer for Underground and have a 6'2" Freewave for 3 years that I would not sell to anyone. It was
my baby. Love that board. Still do. Dave and I met in OBX last fall and I saw the DV8 and it looked like a Freewave knock off. They are similar, but there are differences. Fast forward to a month ago and Dave was running a special on some blemished DV8's so I picked up a handful of them. Importing Freewaves is really expensive and this seemed like a no-brainer.
I'm stoked I got these Dv8's.
In comparison, the DV8 seems more lively and turny and yet more stable. Seems to contradict, but I think the reason is the back of the DV8 is slightly wider than the Freewave which puts more volume near the tail. Due to this, I can ride with my back foot really close to the tail about 70% of the time which means snappier turns and a really good push off the back fin. So far I've only been in lake chop on anything from a super lit 6m up to a 14m and it works in all those winds.
The freewave looks more drawn out compared to the DV8.
More flip on the nose on the DV8.
Construction is solid on both. I've beat the SH*^&&^t out of the freewave and it's still going strong.
The only drawback is the DV8 is a little heavier. Seems to be a fast board anyway and a lot of fun.
Both are great boards and similar to Dave, I also have one of each size for sale at $599 if interested.
Would be cool to see some lighter weight ones in the future.