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.
10' Laird SUP Surfboard by surftech.
Nose 20 ½”
Tail 16 1/8”
Thickness 4 3/8”
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.
3-4 below average
7-8 very good
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.