Weight, volume and shape are all things that SUP racers should be thinking about when it comes to their boards. But not all top racers actually know what they really want out of a race board, or more importantly can actually do anything about it! Signed into sponsorship deals and contracts many SUP racers find themselves on production boards which they are unable to tweek and modify. Of course there may be nothing that needs changing, but you never know until you try. And that’s exactly what top UK SUP racer Pete Holliday is having fun doing. Pete is currently in-between sponsors and has been taking the opportunity to modify and customise an older board to suit his racing needs.
Pete talks about what he wants out of a race board and about the custom modifications he has recently made to his 14′ flat water board. Pete is an extremely competent and experienced racer who has finished 1st and 2nd on this board, in the first 2 major races of the UK season so far. So he’s obviously doing something right!
There’s nothing saying that production or custom boards are better than each other. But it’s always good to be able to experiment and find out what works best for you.
We look forward to seeing what other board modifications Pete does on his trusty old 14 foot, and following Petes progress over the coming year.
For more information about Pete check out his page or SUPboarder here : Pete Holliday
And to find out more about custom and production boards read the SUPboarder feature here : ‘Production SUP Vs Custom SUP’
Feature home page image : Georgia Wharton