I recently took delivery on the new SIC Bullet 12 and I believe this is the first Bullet 12 with steering and the new handle. First thing I noticed was how light the board is. When I unloaded it out of the shipping container, even with the cardboard box it seemed way lighter than I expected. I was blown away when Mark told me he thought the board weighs 21 lbs.
I took the board straight from Young Brothers (shipping company) to Old Mans in Waikiki. There was light wind and chest to head high waves. The texture of the ocean was a little bumpy, similar to Kona wind weather but the waves were coming in every 5 to 10 minutes. I caught the first wave, then the second and so on. Here’s what I noticed:
- The B12 is the closest board I’ve ridden (surf SUP’s included) that allows me to catch non breaking bumps that were only possible in an OC-1
- It has really good off the line speed
- The initial stability is a tad bit tippy (compared to Bullet 14) but it won’t flip easily
- The B12 catches waves with ease
- It can surf chest high waves with no problem (see below)
- The steering makes a big difference even though it’s only 12′6″x27.5″
- The B12 is super fun
- It should be able to comfortably float average guys up to 220 lbs
- Lighter riders under 170 lbs will fly on this
- I have yet to try it on a downwind run
I think the new handle is a breakthrough. No more tiny slots where you need rock climber finger strength. With this handle and the light weight of the board, I can pick it up with one hand and lift it over my head. Big improvement.
The steering pedal is telescopic. I had it installed forward of the normal positioning so I can use it when trying to keep the nose down. I can extend it if I get into larger bumps or surf. So far it’s stayed forward for most of the time.
Here are some pictures of the B12 prototype surfing North Shore Oahu waves:
You can get more info at www.SICMaui.com.