Three boards that have created a lot of interest from wave riding stand up paddlers is the 9’3” Ripper by Paddle Surf Hawaii, the 9’3” Sub-Vector by C4 Waterman, and the 9'3" SUP by Naish. All are short, all are high performance boards, and all have knowledge and proven theories behind their designs.
We recently received the following letter from Chris Farmer requesting a head-to-head comparison of the Ripper and Sub-Vector boards. With input from our readers, we agree that the 9'3" Naish should also be included in the review. Although we have our thoughts on the equipment, we have decided to open it up to those who have these boards for your input on the strengths and weaknesses of each. Share your input by registering and commenting at the end of the article. Need help? Shoot us an email at
Thanks again for dropping us the note, Chris, and sparking up the discussion. Here's the letter and responses. . .
"What is the possibility of you doing a surfing comparison of the 9'3" Sub-Vector by C4 and the 9'3" Ripper by Paddle Surf Hawaii like the car mags compare competitive models? These two boards are probably the most progressive on the market. Both companies cannot stock enough to meet consumer demand so there's got got to be something going on! Maybe a series of comparisons over a period of time to allow both boards to be evaluated in a variety of conditions. Unlike cars, surf boards have to adapt to a wide variety of conditions. Mahalo! PS love your site!!!"
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