Capita doesn’t get any points for originality with that name, but it should give you some idea of what the brand thinks about its top all-round freeride stick. The ‘Freeride FK’ profile is, as Capita puts it, “designed for power when you want it and float when you need it”.
The former comes courtesy of a large camber section between the feet, while the rocker sections towards the ends help with the latter. While it has a twin shape and centred stance, the sidecut is directional so you’ll get a slightly better ride when it’s pointed the correct way. Of course, it’s built for much more than just straight-lining, so expect it to hold up just fine when riding or landing switch. It also features an extra contact point in the middle of each sidecut to make up for the slightly shorter effective edge, brought on by the addition of the rocker sections. Under the hood, the TFA has kept the Panda Core that was introduced last year, which features bamboo inlays that add to the board’s strength and power without bulking it up too much. It sits towards the pricier end of Capita’s range, but as it’s designed to be an all-terrain, go-anywhere stick, that money will go a long way.
“This one has a nice torsional flex that complimented the considerable stiffness. It went through crud like butter, and held an edge really well with barely any chatter through the turns. It’s also surprisingly playful in the powder, and stable enough to build a house on at all but the very highest of speeds. If I was nit-picking I’d say I found it to be just missing that last little bit of pop or speed or flex when you need it, but apart from that it’s an incredible board with some incredible engineering.” – Joe Cavanagh