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Performance Surf SUP Board Test 2020 / SUPboarder PRO Head To Head

In our third SUPboarder PRO test for 2020 we’re testing Surf SUPs – looking more towards more performance shape that will offer a good level of performance for the more experienced riders but also highlighting the boards that will also help the improver intermediated SUP surfer into more performance surfing.

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Ramon
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Ramon

Great stuff, Thank you very much. Reuben, I have the Smik Hipster 7.10×29.5 109 liters. I am súper happy, comming from a stubby board I am experimenting the new feeling of engaging the rail in bottom turns etc, it’s super smooth in the water like butter in the turns. But I am still struggling with getting my back foot to the very back to the kick tail and when I do I ending like with super open legs and looks horrible, I think I should turn my backside knee also inside so that my legs are not super open. When… Read more »

Reuben Ellis

Hey Ramon, Good to hear from you. Glad you are enjoying the Smik. The comments you have written above has made me realise that we should do a video showing and talking through, Stance and foot placement. There’s a few things you can do a dry land to get the feeling of things. Its going to be very hard to write it down in a comment or email , so will be best to show you.. I will get on it and try and get it put together in the next week. Training Camps… Yes this is something we get… Read more »

Lucas
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Lucas

Thanks for the in depth review. I’d love to try the Starboard and Fanatic boards one of these day. Maybe I’ll go for one of these for my next SUP. I tried the Inifinity and that wider tail made it a bit hard in really steep reef waves but it was basically the opposite of what I’m currently using so maybe it was just the shape gap. I should be able to try the SMIK in a week but it’s not radical enough for me from what I see. That aside, I’m glad to see the SIC as I plan… Read more »

Reuben Ellis

Hey Lucas Thanks for the top comments. The SIC will suit a lot of paddlers and it is tough for sure. If I could have my way I would have 3 boards. Infinity for average days and smaking lips, when you dial this board in it really surfs well. The Hipster (Custom smaller one) for really working on technique in most surf conditions and a Starboard Pro for the fast compact surfing in faster better waves.

seanross
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seanross

getting better all the time. Great review.

Reuben Ellis

boom…

cbigiii2@yahoo.com
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cbigiii2@yahoo.com

Great comparison. I ride an 8’4″ HipTwin and it is fantastic in larger hollower waves up to head and a half.

Reuben Ellis

Great to hear your feedback.

Thierry
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Thierry

Hi,
I did subscribe to watch this video but only have access to the trailer. Please help.
Where is the link for the full test.
Yx

Reuben Ellis

Hey Thierry
Sorry for the delay on getting back to you on this. We have had a short break over Christmas. When you are logged in the video will change at the top of the screen to the Pro full video. The SUPboarder logo at the top of the screen should also change to SUPboarder Pro too. Please let me know if you are still having problems seeing the video.Thanks for the support and signing into Pro. Any other question about gear and boards get in contact. Thanks Reuben

Thierry
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Thierry

Hi guys,
Can you consider the Starboard as a back footer? I did tried it and didnt like at all because i had to put my backfoot on the really back of the pads. It was not comfortable to carve on bottom.
Is it coming from the back fins position? The board is really a backfooter? I am front footer. Are quads can solve the problem regarding my front foot style ?
I absolutly not have this problem on the Fanatci and smick that i did tried also….
Tx for your opinion.

Reuben Ellis

Hey Thierry , thanks for your question. Generally I would say not really. The 7’5 we tested was almost the opposite, its was very easy to turn and carve compared the other boards tested. What size was the one you tested and do you remember the fins setup? ie where the US fin was in the fin box? I will talk about this in this weeks ‘Ask the Experts’. Its a very good question. That ok? Thanks

Thierry
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Thierry

It was the 8’3 starlite construction, quite heavy, with trin fins…..
So maybe by playing on fins it should change the way to carve.

I have no issue to carve with smik and fanatic,….or maybe the bigger version has slightly different volume on tail?

I will try to moove forward the center fin and change to quad as well.
I will check also my personal technic
..
Tx

Reuben Ellis

Yeah. I will speak about this in tomorrow ‘Ask the Experts ‘ video. Its got to be all about the back fin placement. Try the Centre fin around 3″ back from side fins. Also it could be that the fin is too big. A quad should only make it feel worst and more lock in unless you get the back fins small! let us know how you get on.

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