It's impossible to please everyone, but if one board in the test seemed to receive a unanimous stamp of approval it was Gnu's Headspace. Sporting a mellowed-out version of Mervin's C3 profile—essentially positive camber—Forest Bailey's pro model had testers locking into rails, launching through rhythm sections, and laughing as they ripped every piece of tranny to the end of the run. Its asymmetric outline puts additional sidecut on the heel edge for increased initiation, while Magne-Traction helps with hold throughout the turn. Deep into a long week of board-testing at Carinthia, one veteran tester proclaimed, "After four days of constant riding, this board reinvigorated me." The Gnu Headpace is a board for those who want something soft enough to jib, with enough support to stomp, and the edgehold to actually rail a turn.
Length (cm) –Waist Width (cm)
149 – 25
Camber: Hybrid—minimal rocker with a camber dominant nose and tail
Shape: True twin, asymmetrical
(Flex is not standardized and differs by brand. The rating here is the best estimate of the board's flex.)