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HOME arrow GEAR INSIGHTS arrow BOARD REVIEW: 10' Laird Stand Up Paddle Surfboard
BOARD REVIEW: 10' Laird Stand Up Paddle Surfboard PDF Print E-mail
By: Assc. Editor, Bill Ward   
Monday, 28 July 2008

    One of the coolest things about attending SUP surf contests on Oahu these days is that in addition to watching some incredible surfing, they also provide a wonderful opportunity to test many of the stand up paddle boards available on the market. Committed to unite surfers with the right board is Surftech; they understand the absolute need to demo these boards in order to make an informed decision on what size and model best suits our needs. They often have a full lineup of boards available to demo for free at Surftech sponsored events. 

 

   At a recent China Uemura contest I had the perfect opportunity to demo some stand up paddle boards I had never tried before. The event itself was held at Queens in Waikiki with a killer 3-5 foot (Hawaiian scale) south swell. There were so many boards to chose from I had a hard time deciding. However, I heard good things about the Laird 10’ and opted for that one. This is my review. 

 

Laird Stand Up Paddle Surfboard by Surftech
10' Laird SUP Surfboard by surftech.
Dimensions
Length 10”
Nose 20 ½”
Width 27”
Tail 16 1/8”
Thickness 4 3/8”
Fins-Future
Technology-Turflite

I have added a 1 to 10 rating scale to assist in this review, but as always I want remind everyone that all reviews of stand up paddle boards, especially when tested in the surf, are highly subjective because there are so many variables. The height, weight, body type, experience of the surfer and his personal style of surfing and paddling must be factored in with the ocean conditions.

RATING SCALE


0-2 poor
3-4 below average
5-6 average
7-8 very good
8-10 excellent


SURFER’S STATISTICS

Age 50
Height 5’8”
Weight 215
Year’s surfing-40 years

OCEAN & SURF CONDITIONS

Swell-solid and consistent 3-4 feet (5-7 faces) from the south.
Wind-light 10-15 knot from the E-NE making for very smooth and clean offshore conditions.


FLAT WATER ATTRIBUTES


Stability 6/10………as a heavier guy I found this board to be quite manageable. There was some initial side to side “tippyness”, which not uncommon when trying any new SUB for the first time. After 20 minutes of paddling I was able to find a comfort level and had no problems. Obviously this will not be an issue for lighter surfers.

Paddling speed 9/10….without question the board excelled in paddling speed. I found it to paddle as fast as many 10’6 to 12’ boards in have tested. It cut through the water easily and paddling back to the line up was a breeze.

Turning 8/10………this was another very good area for this board. As solid 4 foot (6-7 foot faces) sets approached the line I had no trouble turning quickly to catch whichever wave I wanted.


SURFING ATTRIBUTES

 

Wave entry 7/10……… the narrowness of the board combined with my own body size made the board a tad shaky when paddling for the wave and on take offs. (Smaller surfers will likely not have this problem). However, once I caught the wave and got some speed gong the board stabilized with no problems

MANEUVERBILITY- 7/10…....this board was not designed to go vertical, however, it performed well with big sweeping cutbacks. If you are looking for high performace “longboard” SUB this is an excellent choice.

NOSE RIDING 6/10.........walking to the nose was no problem, but staying there with stability and comfort took more effort than I felt with other boards.

SPEED 9/10…….exceptional! This board absolutely FLEW down the line and I had no trouble making every section I wanted and even made a few I thought were impossible. I was tempted to rate a 10 of 10

SUMMARY-with it straighter rails and narrower outline this board falls in the category of a “high performance longboard” stand up paddle board. It would be excellent for short down wind runs, cruising and most certainly for surfers who want to ride waves with speed and long drawn out turns.

feed4 Comments
Monty
March 08, 2011
8.17.100.2

These made in china boards are not that great. I met the pres of kingfisher couple and he was such an erogant jerk and trashed my Hulakai board(which I can't say enough good things about and the staff at Hulakai) calling it a "piece of cardboard". Swore I rather paddle surf with ironing board before useing his crap boards!

jason
August 24, 2010
76.244.162.211

Really???That thing is narrow and has a boxy rail and straight outline. Does not turn at all. Great for flat water beginner but horrid board for someone looking for performance...

dwight tommie
June 01, 2010
75.178.76.158

I live on east coast of US near wilmington nc and am looking for something that would suit the smaller surf we have hear. I am 5'10" and 185lbs. never surfed but have done some sit on top surf kayaking and a lot of body boarding. any suggestions? Any experience or suggestion with the inflatable SUPs? thanks,

srfnff
July 28, 2008
69.104.141.91

Good review Bill, thanks for the info and insights. I'd like to respectfully suggest that you add "Fin-Setup" to your dimensions section for board reviews. Fins can make a big difference in how the board performs and paddles as you know.

Thanks also for qualifying the board as falling into the "high performance longboard" category. That says a lot about the board and one of these days I'd love to see "standardized" categories applied to the different types of SUBs.

Mahalo, gary


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