Tested a new 14″ board yesterday made specifically for ocean racing down-winders. The SUPatx team uses this board in those races. What an experience. I paddled that board in flat water two weeks ago and didn’t much like it. It went okay but was slower than my own board because the nose turns up quite a bit so it lacks the length on the water that produces speed. But in the waves its a different story altogether. What a ride!
I took my time just enjoying maneuvering from Viento to the Event Site in the wave patterns. The board is so forgiving. The nose scoop really keeps it from digging into and under a wave. The board barely slows down when it runs into a wave. None of the dreaded diving nose, stall and twist that dumps you overboard. At just 28# and 28 inches wide a good intermediate paddler can handle it in the waves, and even a beginner can paddle it in flat water or light wind (short of whitecaps) I have just one of these boards. The demo I paddled. It’s worth its original $1950 price. But I got it for a lot less and I’ll pass the savings on with a price for this demo board just $1495 – and if you act within the next 5 days, I will through in a brand new all carbon fixed length paddle – a $210 value, for just $75!!!. (if you prefer an adjustable paddle I can do that for just $99 but only with the purchase of this board!)
I plan on doing more down-winders in the coming weeks and am always happy to assist in putting together a group and arranging a shuttle back to retrieve your car.I no longer have the trailer so everyone has to find a way to get their own boards to the launch – or in the case of launching from Hood River heading East, to retrieve their board from the Eastern takeout like Mosier’s Rock Creek or Rowena (Meyer Park) West boat launch.
Want to discuss down-winders? Just send me a message or give me a call. The number is on my card.