April 19th, 2010 by evan
Here’s a look at the new SIC X14 race board. This is the flat water design that Mark Raaphorst designed for short course races like Battle of the Paddle. These boards are especially good for riders under 200 lbs but the X14 seems to be able to float me pretty well at 205 lbs. Continue reading ‘S.I.C. X14 SUP Stand Up Paddle Racing Board’
April 9th, 2010 by evan
Another board from Starboard’s 2010 racing lineup, the K-15 stand up paddle race board. Here are some photos and info sent to us by Margareta Engstrom, Starboard’s Media Manager.
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April 3rd, 2010 by evan
Looks like Mark made some dramatic changes to the S-16 SUP Standamaran. I’m still waiting for an update on how it rides compared to the earlier versions. Looks pretty slick though.
Continue reading ‘S.I.C. S-16 SUP Standamaran version 3′
March 31st, 2010 by evan
Here are some more photos sent to us by Margareta from their 2010 SUP racing line. This time for the 2010 K-14 stand up paddle race board. This is the board that Ekolu Kalama rode to win the long distance and sprint distance races at the Jever World Cup in Hamburg last year.
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February 27th, 2010 by evan
I was cleaning out my storage area and decided to shoot this video to show the differences between a couple Bark Race SUP’s and SIC’s. The boards are very different. Since I already did individual posts on these boards, this video will just show them side by side. Continue reading ‘Bark SUP and SIC SUP Race Board Comparison’
February 13th, 2010 by evan
Here’s the next creation from the mind of Mark Raaphorst. This is crazy. Mark says the S-16 can sustain a 6.5 mph pace…unreal. I’ll check it out on Maui next week.
(click thumbnail to launch video)
February 13th, 2010 by evan
A while back we got a chance to demo an older model flat water Bark 18′ SUP side by side with the SIC F-18. I went with Randy Lui-Kwan and we switched off. These boards were very different even though they are both 18′ displacement hull models. Also, the Bark was a bit older, I think from early 2009 or late 2008. The picture above shows the F-18 on the left and Bark 18′ on the right. Continue reading ‘Bark 18′ and S.I.C. F-18 SUP Stand Up Paddle Racing Boards’
February 8th, 2010 by evan
On my recent visit to Joe Bark’s HQ, he showed me their latest racing stand up paddle board, the 14′ “Dominator”. According to Joe, it is the fastest and most stable 14′ that they have ever put out. They tested over 20 prototypes to get this exact board. The “Dominator” is shaped similar to one of their 12′6″ boards, just stretched out with a few contour changes. It has a flat deck which goes into a dome at the nose, a wide square tail, flat bottom and a piercing nose.
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February 6th, 2010 by evan
During my recent visit to the C4 Waterman HQ, I had the chance to take some pictures of their new inflatable SUP stand up paddle board, the iSUP. I haven’t been able to demo the iSUP yet but it looks like a fun, family board, especially for the kids. This one may be perfect for my son.
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February 3rd, 2010 by evan
Here’s another one from Starboard’s 2010 SUP racing line, the 12′6″ “Free Race” stand up paddle racing board. This board comes in two widths: 29″ for lighter riders and flat water conditions, and 31″ for heavier riders and rougher conditions.
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January 24th, 2010 by evan
Here’s another set of photos sent to us by Margareta from Starboard. This time for the 12′6″ “Surf Race” stand up paddle racing board. Svein Rasmussen, the CEO of Starboard suggested this board for races in Hawaiian waters that have trailing swells to catch.
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January 18th, 2010 by evan
Margareta from Starboard sent us these photos of their new 12′6″ racing stand up paddle board called “The NEW” shaped by Brian Szymanski. This is one of the most space ship looking race SUP’s I’ve seen so far. I actually saw the prototype at the 2009 Battle of the Paddle but didn’t get a chance to demo it. Here’s the info we got from Margareta.
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January 15th, 2010 by evan
I recently visited Surftech’s HQ and got the chance to take some pictures and a short video of their new Softop models for 2010. Check out the video:
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December 12th, 2009 by evan
The wait is over. I finally got my full displacement hull version of the SIC F-14, renamed the FW-14. I suggested to Mark that he name it the F-14e but I guess he didn’t like that name. I’ve only had 2 sessions on this board due to the recent lack of trade winds. The first session was in 20 mph+ conditions and waist high swell. That session was fun and fairly effortless. I was surprised that with such a flat rocker, the FW-14 had no problem pearling or nose poking too much. I think this may have to do with the ideal length to fit in the trough but it could also be the design.
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