CARLSBAD, California - Team Boardworks Surf paddler Jessica Cichra completed the Key West Classic last weekend on the New 12.6 Boardworks SHUBU Raven Inflatable. After a flurry of races this spring in Florida on the Boardworks Eradicator 12.6, Jessica decided to give the 12.6 Raven Inflatable a go on what has become one of the toughest races in Florida. The key west Classic put on by Lazy Dog SUP in Key west, is a complete navigation around the key west island. The race course has been known for its extreme weather and currents, giving paddlers a true test of their abilities!
Here is what Jessica had to say about the race after finishing the grueling course on the Raven Inflatable!
Choosing the Raven Inflatable for the Race……
Jessica – “I chose to race the Boardworks inflatable Raven because of its stability, versatility, and easy portability. I also wanted to demonstrate to the SUP world how great the BW inflatables perform in a variety of conditions, including distance racing!”
Performance of the Raven Inflatable during the Grueling Race…..
Jessica – “The board was very stable in the 2-3 ft choppy sections, compared to the raceboards around me that were dumping paddlers left & right. She screamed in the downwind sections, catching bumps easy, and I was keeping pace with other 12’6″ raceboards. During the side wind/ side current/ up current conditions, I was a bit slower due to my size on a wider board, but was able to save energy for a strong finish!”
The overall feel of the Race……
Jessica – “The race was very challenging with all kinds of conditions to tackle including the distance itself. I feel very accomplished to have completed the race around the island of key west. The island vibes & festivities will keep me coming back!”
The Raven Inflatable has quickly become a favorite board for all different types of paddlers because of its ease of transport, great design, versatility in the water, and its sleek and fast shape. Here is a great review from team paddler Ben Morton that gives you a little more depth into the SHUBU Raven Inflatable.
Take a minute to follow Jessica and all of her adventures and connect with her Business Wave Of Wellness in Orlando, FL!
Jessica will also be putting on an amazing event on May 24th at the Orlando Watersports Complex to benefit some great Charities!
Based in Carlsbad California, Boardworks Surf, a leader in the standup paddle industry, designs and manufactures innovative and award winning standup paddle boards, paddles, surfboards and accessories. The focus of Boardworks is to build user-friendly performance products that make your time on the water more enjoyable. There are many types of waterways in this world and many different ways to enjoy Surfing and Stand Up Paddling. Boardworks’ design approach ensures that you have the perfect board for your next SUP or surf adventure. Along with the Boardworks branded products, Boardworks manufactures SUP boards and surfboards for some of the worlds premier brands including Infinity, Badfish Standup Paddle, Morrelli & Melvin, Ohana, Rusty, Hynson, Dewey Weber, Ben Aipa, and Hansen using our proprietary construction technologies.