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  Touring / Racing Board Questions
  Posted by: yentna on Jul-17-14 2:42 PM (EST)
 

Having a hard time finding places to actually demo or rent boards I'm interested in buying. A dozen shops/retailers that say "demo" on their websites either don't demo anymore or only have all-round boards.

I'd like a touring board that's good for the occasional fun race in our area (near SLC in Utah), but that also has the volume and stability to carry a dog or small child...been researching and the following handful seem like good options.

Any experience with them, feedback, or other suggestions?

- Boardworks Raven
- Hobie Elite
- Focus Cali or Freedom
- Surftech Lahui Kai
- Bic ACE-TEC Wing (though that one seems much too heavy)

PS. I actually posted wanted ads on Craigslist and a local classified site to see if anyone owns one that would let me demo; no bites yet but fingers crossed. REALLY want to try before I buy...have only paddled all-rounds so far and got blown to a standstill in a windstorm yesterday.

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  • Touring / Racing Board Questions - yentna - Jul-17-14 2:42 PM
    • demoed - angstrom - Jul-28-14 4:39 PM




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  demoed
  Posted by: angstrom on Jul-28-14 4:39 PM (EST)
-- Last Updated: Jul-28-14 4:41 PM EST --

I spent a short time on a few boards at a demo day this spring, and liked the Raven a lot -- much more than the Bic. Not sure I can quantify at this point -- it just felt better on the water.

 

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