| Submitted by: lrpavlo on 2013-10-26
Summary: First "Downwind" run 10/26...about 4 miles winds 10 - 13mph. Waves much bigger than I would have thought! I had trouble in 4" waves before, today they were running about a foot! This thing is fast! I was off the board in an hour! I did go down to my knees to cross a 3' wake and was not paddling hard, plus I stop to drink...finished up a water bottle!
Pros: This board handles rough water a whole lot better than my Bote HD. I'm really liking the 7 - 9 paddle strokes per side before switching on my Bote it was 4 - 6. Much better glide
Cons: I'm going to have to learn how to do fast turns!! Now that I can go out in rough conditions (well I can either go into or with....BUT not sideways!)
Usage: Touring...exercise though I'm now thinking maybe next year the causeway to causeway race!!
Submitted by: lrpavlo on 2013-10-22
Summary: 14' x 30" wide 340 liters volume, 33 lbs in Carbon. Strange looking bow that provides lots of floatation yet a fairly clean entry into chop. Pretty easy to turn with a bow rudder. Plenty of deck tie downs built in including one in the bow. 5 deck tie down points built into the stern.
Pros: Great glide, good choppy water handling, easy turning yet great tracking. Dry ride, lots of deck tie downs, bow tie down!
Cons: Expensive in Carbon, but when you are old every pound you have to lift to the roof rack hurts more than the lighter wallet. Not sure how the finish will hold up to 3x per week use. 14 feet in the wind when you are carrying by youself is something...This thing sticks out of the water a lot....so paddling in wind a leash is a good idea as you won't catch it if you fall off!