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SIC Maui RS

Price: $2,499.95 Build: Non-Inflatable
Skill: Advanced Use: Race
Weight:  23.4lbs Sizes: 12'6", 14'

About the board:If you’re on the market for a premium race paddle board look no further. The RS by SIC Maui is short for ‘Rocket Ship’ and the name suits the board perfectly. This race board is fast and lightweight and is offered in multiple length and width combos, for both adult and youth paddlers. The RS is best for intermediate and advanced racers looking for a board that excels on flatwater but can also handle some chop. Starting at $2,499, the RS sits in the high price point tier but is a premium choice that is worth every penny. Read more HERE.

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SIC Maui Bayonet

Price: $2,499 Build: Non-Inflatable
Skill: Advanced Use: Touring/Downwind
Weight: 24.6 lbs Sizes: 12'6", 14', 17'1"

About the board:The Bayonet by SIC Maui is a premium downwind specific paddle board that also doubles as a race board and works best for advanced paddlers. At 26 in. wide the board is unstable for inexperienced paddlers but can feel pretty stable for paddlers who are experienced. The Bayonet is great for paddling long distances and is fast, lightweight and easy to carry. The board weighs roughly 24.6 lbs and has a volume of 295L. This board is offered in four sizes (12’6”, 14’ x 24.5”, 14’ x 26”, 17’1”) and starts at $2,499, placing it in the high price point tier in terms of affordability. Read more HERE.

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Bark Vapor Ghost Carbon

Price: $2,799 Build: Non-inflatable
Skill: Advanced Use: Race
Weight: 23.5 lbs Sizes: 12'6", 14'

Who is this for:If you’re looking for a race board that can do more than racing then this is the board for you. The board is very lightweight yet it floats you incredibly well and has a great glide. If you’re not in a race and you’re not training and you want to put your kids, dog or accessories on the board it can easily transfer into a touring or expedition board with the right width. The Bark Vapor is simple yet beautiful with its graphics. It’s definitely the race board that can do more than just race. Read more HERE.

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Bark Expedition

Price: $2,299 Build: Non-inflatable
Skill: Advanced Use: Touring
Weight: 27.02 lbs Sizes: 12'6", 14'

About the board: The Expedition is a fast, non-inflatable board geared towards advanced paddlers who want to invest in a touring/expedition board. It has some gorgeous looks, coming with an exceptionally beautiful play on color and graphics, intended to be potent and yet with class. It’s relatively easy to carry and has a couple cool features incorporated: the GoPro mount located on the nose as well as bungee inserts on both the tail and nose. This paddle board is easy to carry and the glide feels fast, which is great for expeditions. With its superior graphics and smooth glide on the water this board warrants Supconnect’s “A” grade. Read more HERE.

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Hala Nass T

Price: $1,699 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Advanced Use: Race/Touring
Weight: 32.8 lbs Sizes: 14'

Who is this for: If you’re looking for a fast, inflatable, race/touring board to paddle mid to long-range distances then the Hala Nass T is worth a look. This stand up paddle (SUP) board comes in the Carbon Fiber Composite construction which is very durable and has its ups and downs. Due to its narrow width of 26 inches the board is very unstable, however, it is fast. Its construction comes in at an average weight coming in at 32.8 lbs and has 2.34 lbs per foot, putting the board at an average weight for its size. Its shape makes the Nass T a touring and/or race board for advanced paddlers and is designed to be used in both recreational and competitive paddling. Retailing at $1,699, the board is among the high-tier price point but comes with the best that the brand has to offer.

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Red Paddle Co. Race

Price: $1,649 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Advanced Use: Race
Weight: 20.8 lbs Sizes: 12' , 14'

Who is this for: If you’re looking for a fast, inflatable, race board for SUP racing then the Red Paddle Co. Race board is worth a look. This stand up paddle (SUP) board comes in the patented MSL technology construction which is durable and has its ups and downs. Due to its width being 26 inches the board is very unstable however, the board is fast and lightweight. The board has 1.49 lbs per foot weighing 20.8 lbs total. Its shape makes the Race a race board for advanced paddlers. Its construction and shape combined best fit this board for competitive paddling. Retailing at $1,649, the board is among the high-tier price point but comes with the best that the brand has to offer.

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Red Paddle Co. Race Elite

Price: $1,799 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Advanced Use: Race
Weight: 19.1 lbs Sizes: 12'6", 14'

Who is this for: If you’re looking for a fast, premium inflatable race board to paddle in SUP races then the Red Paddle Co. Race Elite is worth a look. This stand up paddle (SUP) board comes in the MSL technology from Red Paddle Co. and is highly durable and has its ups and downs. Due to its width of 26 inches the board is very unstable, however, at only 1.36 lbs per foot (19.1 lbs total) this board is very lightweight. Its shape makes the Race Elite a board for exactly that: a race board for advanced paddlers that can be used in competition. Its construction and shape combined best fit this board for short or long distance racing. Retailing at $1,799 the board is in the high-tier price point but comes with the best that the brand has to offer.

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Starboard All Star

Price: $3,399 Build: Non-inflatable
Skill: Advanced Use: Race
Weight: 26.4 lbs Sizes: 12'6", 14'

Who is this for: If you’re looking for a fast, non-inflatable, premium race board to paddle in all conditions then the All Star from Starboard is worth a look. This stand up paddle board (SUP) comes in the Carbon Sandwich construction which is durable and has its ups and downs. Due to its narrow 24.5 inch width the board is very unstable however, the board is very lightweight for a 14’ paddle board having only 1.86 lbs per foot, weighing a total of 26.4 lbs. Its shape makes the All Star a board designed primarily for SUP racing. Its construction and shape combined best fit this board for advanced paddlers to be used for all kinds of racing (downwind, flatwater, choppy, etc.). Retailing at $3,399, the All Star is among the high-tier price point but comes with the best that the brand has to offer.

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Bark Contender Lite

Price: $2,249 Build: Non-inflatable
Skill: Advanced Use: Race
Weight: 24.12 lbs Sizes: 12'6"

Who is this for: If you are looking for a fast, non-inflatable, race-specific board to paddle then the Bark Contender Lite board is worth a look. This stand up paddle (SUP) board comes in the Pro Elite construction which is somewhat durable and has both ups and downs. Due to its narrow width of 25 inches the board is very unstable however, its construction allows for the board to have 1.92 lbs per foot, weighing 24.12 lbs total, making the board very lightweight for its size. Its shape makes the Contender Lite a race board that should be used by advanced paddlers in competition. Its construction and shape combined best fit this board for sprint racing. Retailing at $2,249, the board is among the premium price point boards but comes with some of the best the brand has to offer.

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SIC Maui FX Pro

Price: $2,899 Build: Non-inflatable
Skill: Advanced Use: Race
Weight: 24.1 lbs Sizes: 12'6", 14'

Who is this for: If you’re looking for a very fast, non-inflatable, premium race board to paddle in a variety of conditions then the FX Pro from SIC Maui is worth a look. This stand up paddle (SUP) board comes in the Single Carbon Composite (SCC) construction and has its ups and downs. Due to its width of 25 inches the board is very unstable however, the board is very fast. Its construction is very lightweight having 1.72 lbs per foot weighing 24.1 lbs total. Its shape makes the FX Pro an all-around race board that should be used only by advanced and lightweight paddlers and was designed primarily for competitive racing. Its construction and shape combined best fit this board for long-distance paddling between 5-10 miles plus. Retailing at $2,899, the board sits at a premium price point but comes with the best that the brand has to offer.

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NSP Ninja

Price: $2,599 Build: Non-inflatable
Skill: Intermediate Use: Race
Weight: 29.01 lbs Sizes: 14'

Who is this for: If you’re looking for a fast, non-inflatable, race board to paddle then the NSP Ninja is worth a look. This stand up paddle (SUP) board comes in the Hybrid Carbon construction which is moderately durable and has its ups and downs. Due to its width of 27 inches the board is unstable however, the board has 2.07 lbs per foot weighing 29.01 lbs which is fairly light for a 14’ board. Its shape makes the Ninja a race board that can be used by advanced paddlers and is designed primarily for competitive SUP racing. Its construction and shape combined best fit this board for spring or long distance racing in flatwater conditions. Retailing at $2,599, the board is at a premium price point but is among the best that the brand has to offer.

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Starboard Sprint

Price: $3,399 Build: Non-inflatable
Skill: Advanced Use: Race
Weight: 26.1 lbs Sizes: 12'6", 14'

Who is this for: If you’re looking for a very fast, non-inflatable, premium race board to paddle in sprint races then the Sprint from Starboard is worth a look. This stand up paddle (SUP) board comes in the Carbon Sandwich technology which is durable and has its ups and downs. Because of the extremely narrow width of 21.5 inches the board is incredibly unstable, however, with 1.86 lbs per foot weighing 26.1 lbs total the board is very lightweight for a 14ft board. Its construction and shape combined best fit the Sprint for sprint racing on flatwater. Retailing at $3,399 the board is among the premium price point but is exactly that: a premium board designed to win.

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