Sandwich Island Composites (S.I.C.) F-14 by Mark Raaphorst – Video



After riding Ray Shiraishi’s F-14 in epic downwind conditions a few weeks back I couldn’t get it out of my mind. I told Ray that his F-14 (w/out rudder) would be perfect with a rudder. Last week I called Mark Raaphorst at Sandwich Island Composites (S.I.C.) to ask how long it would take to shape an F-14 and see what was new. I got lucky as it turned out another customer had ordered an F-14 carbon molded model SUP and didn’t like the color so I ordered it. I got it yesterday.

With a new baby I missed this past week which had really good tradewinds and swell. I got the report from people that they had awesome downwind runs. I checked the surf report and NOAA and they said that today would have trade winds…wrong. My wife let me do a Hawaii Kai run and not only was it glassy with no swell, the wind turned into a slight South wind. That means I paddled upwind in no swell. Talk about hard, it took me an hour just to get to Kahala (4 miles).  Today would have been a much better surfing day because the south shore got an overhead swell and the north shore is massive. At the end of the run I caught a steep overhead wave out at Rice Bowls. It was on a whim and thinking about it, if I wiped out the board would probably have a good chance of being damaged. Well, I didn’t wipe out and rode it until it died out. What a rush! The F-14 flies on the wave and actually surfs pretty good. I can’t wait to try the F-14 on a good day with trade winds and swell. Until then, here’s more info on the board.

Check out the video below of the F-14 in action

(click thumbnail to launch video)

I had so many questions about the F-14 that Mark sent me this info below.

F-16 vs. F-14
Sometimes less is more. If you’ve been thinking of buying the F-16 or if you already own one, but think it may just be too big for you, then this is your board. The F-14 is more maneuverable, lighter, shorter and thus easier to handle. If you are light, then the shorter length will not compromise your speed. It takes less muscle power on an F-14 to propel you into the next glide.

In most competitions, the F-14 can be raced either in the Stock division as a fixed fin entry as well as in the Open Class as a steering rudder entry. (see more about race categories in 2008 And Beyond).

F-16 Stand Up Paddle Racing Board The S.I.C. F-16

The F-16 has a higher volume, is wider and has more nose rocker. And although the F-16 is slightly wider than the F14 it also has a bit of a roll on the bottom under your feet – this roll makes it fast but also sacrifices some stability. The new single concave found under your feet in the F-14 adds more stability without compromising the glide (read on).

If you want a fast, fun, manageable point to point board and want the possibility to enter any 14′ stock class race the F-14 is for you!

The Hull:
The entry and mid section are single concave with 2 flat side panels moving into a double concave with some panel V in the tail. The thought behind the light concave is to enhance the gliding ability of the board. It connects easily from trough to trough in open ocean conditions. The bottom contours and the two side panels make for a stable ride.

sandwich-island-composites-sic-f-14-4.jpg Bottom view of the F-14 showing the board’s double concave and the rudder

The Rocker:
The nose entry is subtle, but it has more than enough lift for a good drop in rough water. For its size it has an effectively long waterline and so in the flats it glides well. Mid-section is fairly flat and it finishes with a gradual tail rocker.

sandwich-island-composites-sic-f-14-3.jpg The F-14 nose and nose rocker

The Deck:
We’ve incorporated our trademark V panel bow into the the design once again. Its purpose is to exit clean and straight up when submarining into an upcoming swell. The deck cockpit is dished out to increase foot comfort and stability.

sandwich-island-composites-sic-f-14-1.jpg New placement for the air vent

The Volume:
The nose is thin. In a side breeze the wind age surface is minimum. The thickness in the mid section is 5″. The full volume tail is 3″ thick. The board’s best potentials are met when riders are 215 Lbs. or less.

The Rails:
The under tuck is medium soft for side to side forgiveness and general surfing feel. The hard edges in the tail increase water release and increase planing speed. The general rail thickness is beefy and prevent water from sloshing onto the deck.

The Construction:
Made of high temp. cure epoxy impregnated carbon and glass composite. All laminations are vacuum bagged in order to obtain a high fiber to resin ratio. Both bottom and deck have a 1″ extruded styro core which is non-water absorbent. Under heels and the center are three 2″ thick stringers. Heel areas have extra carbon reinforcements. Our molding process allows for a heavy duty tail section and light weight bow lay-up.

The EVA pad is level with the deck and fits seamlessly.

The Weight:
26 lbs. – includes 3/4 size EVA pad, fin box, handle and steering system.

The Steering:
All boards are always made with a fin box, internal cable housing and a rudder post. Therefore, steering is optional. For a board with our Active Steering System (A.S.S.), we will rig it with steel cable, foot pedal and a rudder (see below for additional cost).

The internal cable housing is plumbed for both goofy or regular footers but ultimately rigged to rider’s choice of side (goofy is right, regular is left side). If the A.S.S. is not chosen, a normal surf or sailboard fin can be used in the Çhinook style finbox. Changing the system is easy for the layman and does not require any tools. This feature also makes it more resale-friendly. The rudder is a molded 9 1/4” spitfire type (straight up and down) design. It has a foil for medium speed (5 to 15 MPH) efficiency.
Cables are tension adjustable with a turn buckle in the rear.
All hardware is stainless steel and molded carbon.

f-14-03.jpg Another color variation of the F-14

All bottoms are white. Deck and EVA pad color choices are found in the Selector (use web link menu) page on our website. Two-tones and fade jobs are done at an added cost. (see Cost)

Time frame:
It takes a $400 down payment to be placed on the production schedule. The $400 is fully refundable up to 4 weeks prior to the start of your order. Next opening in our production schedule is mid-February.

$2100 including handle, pad and fixed fin.
(with steering system cost is $2300.)

Two-tone color: $150
Fade job: $50
Internal Storage Hatch: $100

sandwich-island-composites-sic-f-14-2.jpg Mark Raaphorst with the F-14

Testing and Race Results:
The F-14 has been tested on both Oahu and Maui.
In the 2008 Naish Maui Paddlboard Championship (Maliko Gulch) Race, Mark Raaphorst was the first across the line with a fixed fin on the proto-type F14.
In the 2008 Hennessy Turtle Bay to Waimea race in the stock division Mark came in first on the same prototype F14.

Inter-island pick up at YB is $30
East coast air cargo is approx. $500
West coast air cargo is approx. $250

We do not charge for packaging.

Travel bags: Custom fitted bags are $225

sandwich-island-composites-sic-f-14-5.jpg Here’s the F-14 that I ordered

Photos f-14-01 to 03 courtesy of Gary Wise and Sandwich Island Composites

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13 Responses to “Sandwich Island Composites (S.I.C.) F-14 by Mark Raaphorst – Video”

  1. DW 1DW

    Video doesn’t work.

  2. David 2David

    Looks great.

    But can’t get the vid to work?


  3. Evan Leong 3evan

    Gotta get it fixed. You’ll be surprised how fast it moves in the video.

  4.  4admin

    Hi guys,

    Video has been fixed.

  5. ray 5ray

    Wonder how the different bottom contour works. My F-14 is flat with really hard rails. I’m curious to see what the double concaves do.

  6. Evan Leong 6evan

    Ray – I think we need to test them out side by side. Contact me when you’re going next and we can coordinate.

    I did a Hawaii Kai downwinder today. The wind was 0-10 mph and small chop. There were a few gusts of wind over 10 mph and when that happens, the F-14 really comes alive. I’ve been trying to get used to the board and balance but one thing that stands out from the past 2 sessions on it is that it surfs really good. I can actually make turns on it like I’m riding an 11′ board. I need to test that out more too because I was really surprised.

  7. DW 7DW

    I think that video is the best I’ve seen for showing what down winding looks like.

    I understand it better now.

  8. Evan Leong 8evan
  9. Jim 9Jim

    Did you get a chance to test with Ray?

  10. Evan Leong 10evan

    Jim – I did get a chance to switch with Ray on Wednesday, 2-18. Ray rode the carbon hollow F-14 with rudder and I rode his custom F-14 with dropped deck and no rudder.

    Verdict #1 – Ray is faster than I am.

    Verdict #2 – The carbon hollow F-14 with rudder is faster and much easier to control in a sidewind. No question for me after I did the run w/ Ray that the hollow version is the way to go. Ray will probably get one now.

  11. Jim 11Jim

    Thanks Evan the CH F-14 w/rudder will be my choice.

  12. Mark raaphorst 12Mark raaphorst

    Thanks for the feedback.
    I cannot get the video to work as well.
    On my site ( I think it does.
    Maliko race today.
    We will see how the SIC boards do!
    Mark R.

  13. Evan Leong 13evan

    Mark – Not sure why the video doesn’t work on your end. It’s fine on my computer. If anyone has problems watching the video check out the info on here
    I’m sure the SIC boards will do great. I’m interested to hear how the F-14 compares to the F-16.

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