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Naish Maliko 14’x24” Pro Carbon / £2399

In this SUPboarder review we look at the race board Naish have been putting all their work into. The Naish Maliko is available in both 12’6” and 14”and shaped for all water states, from flat water to open seas. The Naish Malkio has a very simple design shape, with no big concaves or V’s like on many other boards. Because of that it might not be the most stable board on the race market BUT it feels effortless to paddle and is amazing at riding even the smallest of bumps &swells.

Board details:
  • Length        14′
  • Width         24″
  • Volume      244l
  • Fin set up  US box and 8.75′ race fin
  • Weight       12.8 kg
  • Rider size   85kg & under

Other sizes in board range;
12’6 x 24”
12’6 x 26”
14′ x 26”
14′ x 28”

Our photo gallery
Read on for brand video, details and website www.naishsurfing.com

Drawing a clear and consistent line to victory at such renowned races as the Maui2Molokai, Molokai2Oahu 2-man Relay, Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge and so many more…this competitive race shape is a clear standout for the high-performance scene. Always evolving to be faster, forgiving and more efficient with each season, the Maliko 14’0” is the result of meticulous engineering and impeccable construction. Its rocker is designed to catch each bump with ease for quicker acceleration and higher top speed. Its rounded nose efficiently and effortlessly assists riders in moving through glides granting you more speed and less fatigue on each run.

RRD AirRace 14’x26” V4 €1249

We have a look at the most user friendly race iSUP we’ve tested… the RRD AirRace. It’s the 4th edition RRD AirRace they’ve made, and year after year they have tweaked and tuned the shape and design. The complete AirRace collection comes in the ‘Prefo construction’ which means they’re made from their very best materials, as well as top RRD R&D going into every board. The AirRace is 14’x26” so it’s the narrowest and longest board in their collection. It’s built for full on racing or very fast touring/cruising.
True to all of the RRD equipment we have tested, this is one good looking iSUP that is fast and super easy to paddle.

RRD-Airrace

Board details:
  • Length        14′
  • Width         26″
  • Thickness   6″
  • Volume      300l
  • Fin set up  Single US box
  • Weight       12 kg
  • Rider size   60-110kg

Other sizes in board range;
14′ x 29″ = 315L
14′ x 26″ = 300L
12′6″ x 29″ = 288L
12’6”x 26″ = 270L
10’6″x 25″  = 230L Kids

Our photo gallery
Read on for brand video, details and website www.robertoriccidesigns.com

RACE

Can you imagine being able to go as fast on an inflatable board as you can on a full carbon board? This is what the AIRACE shapes do. Stable, practical and furiously fast! The special narrow nose and straight outline design, a 6” profile thickness and a super flat scoop rocker line makes the perfect recipe for a great competitive board to be used for flat water races and pure pleasure fast rides. Now available into 6 different sizes! Built with a new SDB “Sandwich Dyneema Belt” on bottom and TPB “Thermo Plastic Belt” on the deck that wraps the whole contour of the board from the deck to the bottom as a stringer, the board becomes about 50% stiffer than any conventional inflatable board. Thanks to the Edge PVC Soft Rail, positioned under the board tail, water flows away fast and clean without turbulences.

Features

  • Sandwich Dyneema belt
  • Superlight PVC dropstitch
  • 70% Double skin construction
  • Thermo Plastic Belt
  • NEW Soft PVC sharp rail edge on the tail drastically improves grip and glide!

“What can I expect from a hard or ‘real’ raceboard?” is a question many paddlers are asking. Maybe you have an iSUP race shape already and are thinking of switching to a hard board. Or maybe you are trying to decide between the two as your first race board.

Both iSUPs and hard composite race boards have their place in the SUP world. (although an iSUP will always win the transport issue!) But understanding the differences between these 2 types of boards and how they both feel and perform on the water is the important bit.  And that’s what we’re going to answer in this video.

Remember guys and girls… if you have any other questions about this subject or other SUP related questions please email us a question to pro@supboardermag.com

There’s no better way to get you in the racing mood than launching your new race board range with a video. And at SUPboarder, Starboard have already got us saying ‘we want more!’  For over a decade Starboard have been at the top of the race board market and in the last few years they’ve allowed us to paddle faster and ride narrower boards than ever before. The graphics and colour ways of this years 2019 Starboard race boards look very similar to last years, but don’t be fooled! Starboard’s 2019 boards are more refined and have been tuned to paddle even faster.  

As always, we are looking forward to getting these new boards on the water and giving you our honest feedback. But until then, here are some first look thoughts from our Race Dr Bryce Dryer on the new 2019 Starboard race board range…

“As far as things go, I’m generally cynical of SUP’s 12 month R&D cycle that we see each year. That’s the shortest of any sport or industry I’ve ever been involved with and it’s hard sometimes to see the real value to us as consumers. Despite this, having seen Fanatic’s offerings the other week, I was really keen to see what Starboards brochure had in store for us in 2019.

In my opinion, Starboards heavy adoption of deep bottom concaves from around 2015 were game changing for intermediate race paddlers such as myself. It allowed many of us who were stuck on boards of 26 inches in width or greater to suddenly go sub 25 with no loss in stability and to gain some speed in the bargain. Those bottom shapes continue to be tweaked in 2019 with the promise of yet more stability. If that’s truly the case, it sounds promising. 4 years ago, the thought of racing on a 23 inch width board seemed absurd for most of us – now it’s within reach and not just for some of us with ballerina-like balance.

Looking at the Allstar, (and depending on your power output and weight), it’s a risk that the volumes on offer are getting very high for smaller paddlers and could lead them to feel ‘corky’ or a struggle in the wind but some other brands also often offer too little. It’s impossible to please everyone but the huge choice of widths and sizes on offer here may go some way to address that. The extremely large and boxy tail changes of the 2019 Allstar design also jumped out to me. Like the concavities underneath, it looks like that feature may increase confidence to the everyman racer when manoeuvring the board. The brochure also includes a nice overlay of the 2018 vs the 2019 boards in section that illustrates the underside profile changes. For me though, the strength of the 2019 Allstar design will be purely a question of whether the new bottom profile can compensate for the potential stability lost by moving to its slightly narrower tail next year. I want to go faster but keeping its stability is a fine balancing act. The proof of the pudding will be in the paddling there I think.

The 2019 Sprint is a board I liked the look of since this year’s model came out. The 2018 model compromised some of its raw flatwater speed by accommodating the ability to handle some light open water conditions. This I feel is actually a reflection of what many of us actually see in most of our races. Again though, there is also the promise of more stability. We’ve been told that there is increased stability year on year so the question remains if this is really the case ? I personally think the elite or pro riders are so well trained they are the wrong people to be asking. It’s your novice or club level racer whose feedback is most critical here as they’ll be far more sensitive to such changes. If such racers can handle something like the 12’6 or 14ft in the 23 width here, then Starboard have really come somewhere from as a little as 2-3 years ago and we’re all going to go faster as a result. Either way, if you look beyond the practicalities and went on looks alone, it’s a great looking board to my eye.

The Ace is something of a design classic that has stood the test of time for downwinding. It’s only available as a 14ft this time around and gets a few shaping tweaks. Interestingly, it says the outline is by NASA (I’m not sure this shouldn’t be NACA – an organisation that ratifies aerofoil profiles). Either way, this is the first time I’ve seen something like this mentioned before in SUP and gives the board some credibility in its design. An increase on the tail inner width is also a nice touch as pin tails can be a handful when you want to step backwards. Whether you like or need it or not, the Ace has remained relatively the same for some years now which is only testimony to its dugout design.

The Starboard brochure finishes with its illustrations regarding their construction options. Research has shown that weight has been shown to be less critical in rowing or kayaking boats but I feel that the lower speeds and high deceleration of SUP boards when paddling may mean every kilo may well count for us. I also know that an extra couple of kilo’s can feel more uncomfortable when carrying the board around so the build choices here should not just be seen as if they are faster when on water but also with respect to your everyday experience when going from storage to the finish line and home again (plus their durability when doing so).

Lastly there are their ‘energy storage and board recoil’ performance benefits. I’m somewhat sceptical of the claim. Partly as, again, there’s no evidence out there to show this is possible with SUP’s but also that when you put energy into something, you actually get less back and it remains to be seen if what you do get back is consistently in a vector (or direction) that is actually beneficial to you moving forwards. I’d love to investigate if this is possible. I personally find this is where Starboard unnecessarily risk letting themselves down from time to time. These claims (or their occasional time trial head to head videos) appear too fast and loose in design to me to be credible. In my view, the strength of Starboards 2019 range isn’t the jargon, straplines or any dubious scientific claims – it’s actually that behind that is a well thought out range that sees comfortably small levels of evolution from 2018 that ultimately make them more useable and enjoyable when in the real world. For me, that’s going to be the main intrigue when many of us demo these soon.”

Read on for brand details and website www.star-board.com

BOARDS THAT WIN –

Starboard  2019 SUP  Race Range

Leading the SUP racer world ranking every day, 5 years straight,
with all riders using stock production boards.

An exhausting hunt for the highest-performance and more environmentally-friendly materials, the new designs are tested by our multiple World Champions; Connor Baxter , Michael Booth, The  Hasulyo brothers, Fiona Wylde and Sonni Hoenscheid. Only the best shapes survive and go to production to yet again produce more titles in 2019.

Starboard’s 2019 race range is faster and again more stable, breaking new boundaries in our sport.

For every board sold, we are picking up plastic equivalent to 200 plastic bags from our coastlines.
We also plant one mangrove for each board sold, absorbing one ton of CO2 over the next 20 years.

Live a deep blue life and paddle for the planet with us.

ALL STARhttps://star-board-sup.com/2018/boards/starboard-2019-all-star-race-board/

One board, all conditions. Be an all-star at every race.

 High-performance race shapes designed by world-class athletes.

  • From progressive level riders to elite racers. The All Star is the world’s most successful, user-friendly and versatile race design.
  • The updated bottom shapeis more stable when switching between strokes, allowing you to maintain a smooth and balanced glide without disrupting the speed.
  • Narrower tail outlineoffers faster acceleration and gives you more glide with every stroke.
  • The Flatter tailmakes turning easier and gives a smooth release.
  • The Boxy taillet the waves push the board forwards on downwind courses.
  • 14’0”x22.5” & 12’6”x23” All Star remain the lower-volume models with a thinner overall profile and the narrowest width for lighter riders.
  • Target rider: Riders up to 115 kg.
  • Key features: Boxy rails. Fast center channel, flatter tail concave, stable side planes.
  • Conditions: All.

 

SPRINThttps://star-board-sup.com/2018/boards/starboard-2019-sprint-race-board/

Meet our fastest board.

The ultimate speedster for flat water and chop. Instant acceleration, amazing top end speed.

  • The all-new 2019 Sprint – instant acceleration, direct turning and controlled stability.
  • A refined bottom shape with a straighter channel, flatter side planes has a faster and more stable glide.
  • The new extended standing area with straighter tail angle makes for more controlled trimming and buoy turning.
  • Flat-rockerextends the glide for fastest speed, while the sunken standing areawith high side rails gives stability and control in chop.
  • Carbon Sandwich. Only available in the lightest, fastest and strongest Carbon Sandwich Technology.
  • Target rider: Riders up to 115kg.
  • Key features:  Boxy rails. Fast center channel, flatter tail concave, stable side planes, sunken standing area, flat rocker.
  • Conditions: Flat-water to small chop.

The 2019 Sprint is hands down the fastest race board we ever produced. Refinements in the standing area increase the overall comfort and control, while the improvements in bottom shape upgrade the overall stability and speed.

 

ACEhttps://star-board-sup.com/2018/boards/starboard-2019-ace-race-board/

When there’s chop, you need pop.

The downwind game-changer for choppy water and open-ocean conditions.

  • Narrower nose outline for less resistance and better  glide through waves.
  •  Refined nose design and rail height allows more pop and stability in chop.
  • Lowered nose rocker andraised tail kickhelps the swell push the board into bumps earlier and gives greater maneuverability when surfing on the tail.
  • Widened inside tailgives more room for greater control and comfort when surfing and in buoy turns.
  • High sidewalls block water entering the tray, offers increased pop & secondary stability, and greater control surfing on rail. New rounded rail edge in the sunken standing area makes for a friendlier entry getting into the board.
  • Target rider: Riders up to 100kg.
  • Key features: NASA outline with full nose and narrow tail, sunken standing area, high volume nose, curved rocker.
  • Conditions: Open ocean, upwind and downwind races.

All models feature new diamond grooved deck pad in the standing area. All Star and Sprint have diamond grooved tail pad for extra grip and control for buoy turns.

All models feature multiple handle mount positions for beach starts.

 

 

So lets talk SUP rocker-lines or board rocker shapes. Understanding what rocker is on a board doesn’t have to be complicated or a subject that only applies to more advanced paddlers. Understanding the basics about rocker-line shapes can really give you a good grasp on how certain boards should perform on the water. In this video we look at rocker-lines in the simplest way, and which boards you should expect to see the different types of rocker-lines on.

Well, the new 2019 Fanatic Strike has caught our eye for sure. Available in just 2 sizes, 14′ x 21.5” and 14’x25” it says to us just one thing… “If you want to go fast these are the boards to have!” The new Fanatic Strike has been designed for optimum speed and performance in the 14” class, with a 25” wide option for riders over 85kg and 21.5” for those below 85kg. By focusing their efforts on just two widths Fanatic make it easier for paddlers to choose their racing machine!

For us the shape of the Strike does look very promising indeed. We know from testing other race boards that bottom channels/concaves and subtle rail shapes can make a massive difference to speed and stability  The Strike definitely looks very refined and you can see that the board has had a lot of RnD put into the new shape. The recessed deck and large open standing area at the tail will offer a huge stable area for trimming the board forward and back, and help with buoy turns.

And as always, we can’t wait to get our hands on this board and give it a real going over, and compare it to the other worlds fastest race boards.

Please let us know your comments and thoughts on this new Strike shape for 2019. Have you seen it? Have you used it?

Thoughts from our race doctor Bryce Dyer
“I think this board really illustrates where race boards have been going over the last couple of years. i.e. The narrowest profile possible but with shaping measures applied to then make it as stable as feasible. Other aspects include that the 12’6 raceboard interest is slowly being phased out by manufacturers, a flatwater boards design being tweaked to accept that most racers will see some level of chop or small waves and that the widths are now coming down to levels that will dettach them from use from all but dedicated racers. The Fanatics design seems smart and well thought out on paper if speed is the game. 

What is interesting for me was that the widths of the strike in this case are wide apart (at 21.5 and 25) with nothing in between. Unless the 21.5 is attainable for club level racers, I feel this may well be a risky strategy as once you get past elite team paddlers, it may see one version too narrow for most and the other too wide to justify for a relatively specialised board type.  The Strikes design makes complete sense though for those who race in events typical of those seen in the UK. Whilst I have more general concerns that the direction that manufacturers are taking their race boards in will kill off mass participation racing in the long run (and therefore ultimately hurt their own sales), personally the Strike only makes me curious as a scientist to know whether I can personally tame it and how much faster can I paddle when being on one ?” 

2019 Fanatic Strike

Read on for brand details and website www.fanatic.com

Redesigned for 2019, the Strike is our out-and-out speed machine. Quite simply the fastest board you can put your feet on! Its unique shape defies convention, delivering the stability of a wider board with the efficiency of a much narrower one.

Everything about this design is feature packed for speed and efficiency.  The forward rake in the nose cuts a sleek line through the water and ensures that all 14’ of the Strikes length is put to good use.  Plenty of volume up front ensures that the nose rides high for speed and control.

The bottom shape is where much of the Strike’s magic happens.  Starting out with a double concave at the bow to deliver a smooth, efficient glide, the hull soon blends into a deep monoconcave for tracking and stability, designed to keep the rider fresh and fast mile after mile.  The wider tail profile of the Strike further boosts stability, whilst plenty of tuck delivers manoeuvrability when required.

The recessed deck is another new feature for 2019 enhancing both the stability and efficiency of the Strike.   The 14’ long Strike is offered in two sizes with widths of 21.5” and 25”.  The 21.5” is the go-to race board for the super competitive.  Nothing paddles quicker over flatwater, and yet the Strike 21.5” still retains enough stability for chop and messy water conditions in experienced hands.   The 25” is the first choice for riders over 85kg and for all-round racing on flatwater, combined with a few open ocean races.

This is a really interesting concept. It’s not the first time a company has tried 2 or 3 piece boards, but previously it’s mainly been with hard wearing plastic boards that are heavy in weight and therefore not ideal. But could this idea be a go, with lightweight, multi section boards? Especially for those racers out there? The idea of being able to break down your 14′ race board into two sections would really reduce travel dramas and airline costs. Maybe there’s even the option of buying a smaller section to make a 14′ into a 12’6”?!

Multi section boards

So, when it comes to racing a hard board is always going to be fastest… right?! Well yes (at the moment!) but with the new Starboard All Star and its patent pending Airline design coming on all their inflatable race boards, it looks like Starboard are closing the gap between carbon and air. In this video we look at the 18′ Starboard Airline and the 14′ Starboard Airline All Star, and compare them to the 14′ All Star Carbon Sandwich board.

2018 Starboard Airline All Star 14′ x 28” / £1299
Board details:
  • Length        14′
  • Width         28″
  • Thickness   6″
  • Volume      345l
  • Fin set up  Single US box
  • Weight       12 kg
  • Rider size   60-115kg

2018 Starboard Airline All Star 18′ x 27” / £1399
Starboard Airline All Star Vs Carbon All StarBoard details:
  • Length        18′
  • Width         27″
  • Thickness   6″
  • Volume      384l
  • Fin set up  Single US box
  • Weight       13 kg
  • Rider size   60-140kg

Other sizes in board range;
14′ x 28″ = 345L Downwind
14′ x 26″ = 320L
14′ x 24″ = 301L
12’6”x 27″ = 299L

View the sprint data on GeoSUP here : www.geosup.com

Read on for brand video, details and website www.starboardsup.com

18’0″ x 27″ All Star Unlimited Flatwater. Jump on board and be amazed. The 18’0″ x 27″ flat water board simply is the quickest way to get from A to B and it all packs up into a small bag. With the Airline tech, the long inflatable hull maintains rigidity and the fin is positioned far forward to help turning.

14’0″ x 28″ All Star Downwind. The perfect solution for those wanting a downwind race board that’s fast and easy to travel with. 28″ width offers extra stability and control in choppy ocean conditions, while the curved rocker with raised nose kick prevents the nose from diving when connecting bumps.

14’0″ x 28″ All Star. Widest outline provides added stability so the rider can reserve energy from balancing and instead use it to maximize paddle power. The wider outline gives extra control in choppy conditions, while the flat rocker maximizes glide for the fastest speed on flats.

14’0″ x 26″ All Star A popular size for many riders that gives enough stability to be in control when conditions get choppy, yet fast and slippery to cover distances quickly. With the extra stiffness and rigidity from the Airline system coupled with the lightweight technology, this board will make you question a hard board.

14’0″ x 24″ All Star Extra fast from the narrow outline. Insanely lightweight and now incredibly stiff from the Airline technology, the 24″ is the real companion for any serious racer. Narrow width is designed for lighter and higher skilled riders that want the fastest speed from the reduced wet area.

12’6″ x 27″ All Star New 27″ width has a slightly wider nose for extra pop in choppy water and wider tail for greater control and stability when buoy turning. Twin stringers on the deck combined with the Airline Technology creates the fastest and smoothest glide ever.

 

SIC RS 14′ Carbon composite / £2755

In this SUPboarder review we look at the 2018 SIC RS 14′. The RS is a 14′ all water raceboard that has a very simple, subtle shape compared to other top boards on the market. The smooth lines and curves make this board fast in a wide range of conditions. A board that an intermediate to advanced mid weight paddler will love.

Board details:
  • Length        14′
  • Width         26″
  • Volume      306l
  • Fin set up  US box and 8.3′ 12k carbon race fin
  • Weight       11.9 kg
  • Rider size   100kg & under

Other sizes in board range;
12’6 x 23.5”
12’6 x 25”
12’6 x 27”
14′ x 23”
14 x 24.5”
14′ x 28”

For more information on the SIC RS range visit SIC’s website here : SICmaui

Check out the GeoSUP tracks of the test paddlers here :
Reuben’s GeoSUP paddle
Will’s GeoSUP paddle

JP Australia Allwater GT 12’6” WE Wood Edition / £1599

In this SUPboarder review we look at a brand new board for 2018 – the JP Australia Allwater GT. Using the same shape as their narrower Allwater raceboards the GT is the wider bodied board that comes as 12’6” and 14′. Larger paddlers who want to get into racing or fast touring should look at the new Allwater GT range. Stable but still shaped for performance.

JP Australia Allwater GT
Board details:
  • Length        12’6”
  • Width         28.5″
  • Thickness   9.8″
  • Volume      322l
  • Fin set up  US box and 8.4′ race fin
  • Weight       13 kg
  • Rider size   70-110kg

Other sizes in board range;
14″   x 27.5″ = 343L

JP Australia Allwater GT

For more information on the JP Australia Allwater GT range visit JP’s website here : JP Australia

Watch on SUPboarder Pro
If you want more information about this board check out the SUPboarder Pro video of this board where we compare this board to other equivalent boards on the market. Also with SUPboarder Pro you can ask us direct questions about the product and any other products, to guarantee you get the right advice to help you make the correct board choice. Find out more about SUPboarder Pro here : www.supboardermag.com/pro 
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With the world going hydro foil mad in 2018,  lets not forget how much you can do, and how much fun you can have on a race board. Dave Boehne takes out one of his Infinity race SUPs for a morning paddle and catches waves early and gets some endless glides. Just like a SUP foil except you can paddle up a river and race it at the weekend too.

We take a look at the two big players in the 2018 Starboard race range… the Starboard All Star and Starboard Sprint. They’re both already proven race winning boards, but the 2018 boards have been refined and the range of conditions they work well in widened (from the 2017 models) to give all level of riders the best boards under their feet in a wider range of water states.

In this video we compare and dissect the two boards to give you real world facts and feedback – what conditions we found the boards work best in and who we think the boards will be best suited for.

Boards other sizes;

2018 Starboard All Star
14’0”x28” – 14’0”x26” – 14’0”x24.5” – 14’0”x23.5” – 14’0”x22.5”
12’6”x28” – 12’6”x26” – 12’6”x24.5” – 12’6”x23.5” – 12’6”x23”

2018 Starboard Sprint
18’1”x23” – 14’0”x25” – 14’0”x23” – 14’0”x21.5” – 12’6”x23”

Visit the Starboard website for more information on these boards.

The App used to track data was GeoSUP. More information about GeoSUP can be found here : www.geosup.com