Here is the latest SUP racing board from S.I.C., the new 17′4″ Bullet. This is what the S.I.C. team rode in the 2010 Molokai to Oahu race. Check out the video below where Mark Raaphorst tells us more about the Bullet 17′4″.
Here are some more info about the Bullet 17′4″ from S.I.C.:
From a designer’s (Mark Raaphorst) point of view:
“The Bullet” by SIC
After the success of our 3 F-Series boards, we were not about to store our shaping tools and give the R & D department a break. We know the F16 is about the fastest in good Maliko run, straight downwind conditions. But, what about the Ka’iwi Channel and the rest of the world. Not all crossings or downwinders have our luxuries. The Ka’iwi is often blowing only 14 to 16 knots and the wind is slightly off to your side.
In the 2009 Ka’iwi Race, Ekolu Kalama, riding a SIC prototype, proved that a straighter rockered, longer board has a better glide in less than ideal conditions.
Just before the 2010 Olukai Race, team rider Livio Menelau requested a similar board. A 17′, lower rockered nose, more elongated and gradual bottom curves. He wanted it even narrower than the F16 v2 (27″) and so we made his 26 ½”. In that race he managed to hold off some big gun watermen like Ching, Kalama, and Napoleon. He got First Place and a new winning model was born. The Bullet.
The front third of the board is flat. In the mid section it moves to a subtle single concave. This configuration really helps with board stability. The single concave will also keep the board speed up longer after you catch a swell. The tail section has a slight Panel V for good release and maneuverability.
The nose lift is a good 5″ less than the F16. The Bullet is real at ease going across the grain in side swell direction. When straight downwind in heavy seas, it might take some stepping back and old school longboard surfing skills to prevent it from sticking the bow into the next trough. Yet the pay off and reward are the long glides afterwards. Ultimately the winner of a long distance race is not the one who has the fastest top speed but the rider that maintains the highest average speed will be the first across the finish line.
The bow section still has our pronounced V to expel water in case you do poke into an upcoming swell. The section of the deck where you stand has become more of a cockpit. Right after the rudder tiller the deck is really flared up to give you a comfortable footrest and a sense of stability when you are balancing side to side. Towards the rear this contoured deck flattens out, so the water does not accumulate and puddle. All boards come standard with 3 leash plugs. The front 2 can be used to carry the board with your paddle (see photo).
All boards come standard with a dual plumbed steering configuration. Telescopic foot pedals upon requests (added cost is $150)
Full volume rails are still the concept. It keeps the water off the deck. It carries big riders with ease. On the bottom, the under tuck in the front is soft going to hard edges in the planing section of the board.
We have a lighter weight 2 mm EVA pad. It is still integrated (flush) on the deck. It is vacuum bagged on with Epoxy. Not glued on with contact cement. The ‘crocodile skin’ has a slight texture. It is grippy enough for full traction but not too rough as to where you cannot easily walk back and forward.
We switched to an all Carbon fiber construction. The entire bottom and deck panels are sandwich constructed with a high density PVC foam. The PVC is a closed cell and does not absorb water. The same counts for the extruded stringers, which are glued in with epoxy.
Weight & Dimensions:
17′4″ x 26 ¾”
As of the end of July, we have a 3 month production time for all new orders.
The new “Bullet” is $3400.
Some of the racers at the recent Molokai to Oahu paddleboard race with the new S.I.C. Bullet 17′4″:
More S.I.C. Bullet 17′4″ SUP racing boards at the Molokai to Oahu paddleboard race:
You can see in the pictures below the difference between the F-16 v2 and the Bullet. The F-16 is on the left side.
Here’s a video of Andrea Moller paddling on her Bullet 17′4″ sent to us by Mark Raaphorst:
And some more pictures of the Bullet from a recent downwind run with the S.I.C. crew: