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Paddle Board Highlights
Who is it for?
If you’re on the market for an all around board that works for all skill levels and is in the mid-tier price point, check out the Catalyst from Surftech. The Catalyst is a non-inflatable board and uses Surftech’s Tuflite V-Tech construction making it nice and durable. The board is fairly lightweight for its size at 25.5 lbs and is easy to carry. Best suited for paddling short to mid-range distances, the Catalyst is a great all around board that can be used as something to learn on, something to go for a quick surf on and go for some adventures along the coast. Offered at $1,399 the Catalyst sits in the mid-price point market and is a quality choice at that price.
The Catalyst is a brand new edition to the Surftech SUP lineup for 2019. Once again Surftech delivers a beautiful combination of graphics together with an incredibly comfortable traction pad. The board is truly a hybrid board that generally looks like it is an all around / surf paddle board but it also features a displacement hull. This displacement hull allows you to paddle really well in flat water but if you want to also catch a few bumps this board will serve you well. This board is a beautiful edition with a beautiful color scheme and is an excellent choice for an all around board that even offers an environmental touch with the bloom foam plant-based deckpad.
Primary UseAll Around
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.
Dimensions11'2" x 32.5" x 4.8"
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, FCS II
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.
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