Cool paddle outs on glassy lakes and winter waves and deep barrels. Regardless of what winter brings to your side of the pond, Surftech is sure to have a board that fits. Surftech's Tuflite technology is excellent for stand up paddle board construction. It's extremely durable yet light enough to allow for performance surfing and speedy flatwater paddling. In this article you'll find a quick review of the current Surftech stand up paddle lineup.
Blacktip: This 9' long 34" wide beauty has received a lot of attention and is always a show stopper at demo days. It's soft consruction and unparalled stability can help anyone get out on the water with confidence. The board features white foot print markers to help you find the balancing point as well as carrying straps for easy transport. This board is not a performance surfing shape but it could very well bring more smiles to the water than any other and they retail for just $699.
Laird Hamilton (12'1" 11'6" 11'0 10'"): With four sizes to choose from, the Laird is a favorite of many surfers and flat water paddlers. Larger models are extremely stable and fast on the water. In fact, Tom Jones set a world distance record stand up paddling the entire California coast on a Laird. Smaller models such as the 10" are definitely more perfomance oriented, quick down the line and speedy through the turns. The Laird series were some of the original production stand up paddleboards and have become a standard by which performance and stability are often measured.
Infinity 10'0" Ku Ku Hoe: This design by master shaper, Steve Boehne, is a peformance shape that checks in at almost 5" thick and 28" wide. It features a vee bottom and plenty of thickness all the way through the nose and tail. A great board for a heavier surfer looking for performance or for surfers that tend to surf heavy on their back foot.
Wingnut by Robert August: At 11' long and 28" wide, the Wingnut is the only production stand up paddle board designed by Robert August. With a slightly more pulled in nose, a rounded pin tail, and more agressive rocker, this board is should perform in knee high mush and glassy walls alike. We paddled this board in flat water.
Hawaiian Pro Designs Ali'i Series by Donald Takayama (10'3" 10'7" 11'6"): The Ali'i Series boards are slightly narrower and feature performance characteristics of Takayama's prone-paddle longboard shapes. While smaller models may be challenging for the novice, larger models are suitable even for the heaviest of stand up paddle surfers. Although fun in the flat water, these boards were built for the surf.
Surftech has an excellent area of their website dedicated to stand up paddle surfing that includes a matrix for board selection according to weight and ability as well as several free instructional videos, a great resource for everyone. To get your Surftech stand up paddle board contact your local retailer or visit the shop at www.surftech.com. They are currently running board and paddle combo packages with shipping for only about $100. www.Surftech.com