Ultra-responsive and light, this medium flexing deck earns its third consecutive Good Wood badge. Our testers were wooed by its versatility and liked that they could rally bigger lines and also lock in smaller tricks. This slightly directional deck has a setback stance for more float in the nose, and its tail sails in and out of turns faster than a salmon down stream. "This baby is just begging to be sent off rollers and stomped," a tester quipped. "Pop is the name of the game on the Hel Yes, and my landings felt super smooth and stable," she continued. The innards are made with a mix of Poplar and Bamboo woods, which helps keep things light and snappy, while the hybrid profile of camber in the center and rocker underfoot make it easy to ride. Our ladies loved it, with one proclaiming, "I fucking loved it, SO much fun!" As the go-to pro model for Helen Schettini, it could also make you scream hell yes, where ever you wander.
Camber: Hybrid—camber with early-rise nose and tail
(Flex is not standardized and differs by brand. The rating here is the best estimate of the board's flex.)