What Randy deemed “the best board I’ve ridden in a long time,” Ride calls “a confidence-inspiring board for riders of any ability.” Either way, the directionally designed Control can do a hell of a lot more than what its affordability implies.

Most of the testers said this board was easy to turn and lauded its ability in short, quick turns. No surprise, as the Control is loaded with sidecut-an 8.3-meter radius on the 158. They also used words like “springy” and “snappy” to define this fun-to-ride board.

While designed with the everyday rider in mind, the Control is far from being a board limited to recreationalists. In fact, in response to the test question, “What would you use this board for?” four of seven testers wrote, “Everything.”

The Control is exceptionally stable for its length and liveliness, but was overpowered by the strongest riders: ideal for sophomore-level rippers.