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Paddle Board Highlights
Who is it for?
If you’re looking for a classic downwind/touring board that does it all, take a look at SIC Maui’s F model. The F was designed to suit paddlers of all sizes and offers more stability than other boards in the same category due to its generous volume. The board is offered in two different sizes (12’ and 14’) and is perfect for downwind paddling. The board is fast, stable and pretty easy to carry, weighing slightly over 28 lbs. Starting at $1,899 the F is a premium paddle board that is best suited for intermediate paddlers looking for a downwind-specific board that can also be used for touring and all around paddling.
The F12 is the legacy, and also flagship downwind board for SIC Maui. The board is incredibly versatile for someone who is in the surf a lot, doing downwinders, needs a bit more of a rocker to handle chop and something that is a bit tighter to maneuver around the lineup but can also cover a lot of distance, then check out the F12. The board is built really well and the graphics keep to the elegant and minimal SIC Maui vibe. The board is very stable even though there is quite a bit of rocker on the nose, which came as a pleasant surprise. The F12 is a board that will give you plenty of stability, allow you to cover long distances, while still allowing for high maneuverability in the surf and being able to handle bumps in downwinders.
Paddle Boards fall into two broad categories, All-Around and Specialty boards, with all-around designed primarily for recreation while speciality boards for top performance in specific disciplines
Durability is largely a result of the board construction and shape, with more durable boards typically carrying more materials (added layers, PVC, etc) and as such adding to the weight.
Stability is a product of construction and shape, where boards w/ 30”+ wide and 200+ liters in volume offer plenty of stability for your AVG adult while a board under 26” wide is a challenge.
Glide is a result of board shape and construction, w/ boards weighing under 30lbs and designed for racing offering best glide while recreational boards normally being on the slow side.
Dimensions12' x 30"
Industry standard in board dimensions reads: L (length, from nose to tail) x W (width, from rail to rail at midpoint length), and H (height, from top to bottom of board at midpoint length).
Standup paddle boards tend to fall into 4 different weight classes: extremely lightweight (under 20 lbs), lightweight (20-28 lbs), average weight (28-35 lbs), heavy (above 35 lbs).
Volume is a key metric to determine how much weight a board can carry. Boards w/ 200+ liters offer most floatation with boards under 150 liters typically for high-performance surf.
Capacity is the max cargo weight a stand up paddle board can carry, considering not only the paddler’s weight but whatever else the paddler may choose to carry alongside him/her.
Add On'sBungee Nose
Add-on’s include bungee cords, a minimalist way to haul things; Connexsup, which allows for all sorts of attachments, even fishing rods; and FCS II/Connect, for easy fin install.
Handles directly affect carrying ease, with external grip handles (Liftsup & EZgrab) offering most comfort, Internal Ergo Grip the mid-tier comfort, and box handles as least comfortable.
Fishing rod holders and/or paddle holders can make paddling that much more pleasant, esp. when needing holders for the rod or having a safe place for the paddle during yoga.
|12 Feet 0 Inches||30 Inches||unknown Inches||265 L|
|14 Feet 0 Inches||30 Inches||unknown Inches||298 L|
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