RRD Barracuda V3
INNOVATIVE SURF STYLE
Designed, tested, and developed by Ralf Bachschuster, The Barracuda V3 was created to be used for strapped-in riding, but is also loved by many strapless riders. These phenomenal sticks are very fast, securely grip the water, and deliver an abundance of hold in the most extreme conditions
The third version of this power house has an entirely redesigned outline. Our goal was to take this radical shape and make it more well rounded for all to enjoy it’s high-end performance. The maximum width has been moved forward to allow more parallel lines towards the tail while the nose has been slightly widened to create a better balance and improved control and comfort. The new Barracuda V3 is easier to ride and more comfortable both in light winds and strong winds and now fits within a true “one board that does it all” program.
In addition, the new pintail winger tail was introduced with the idea to slightly increase tail width for better upwind performance when the back foot is moved forward, in front of the strap, and then drastically reducing the tail width right after the winger for an incredibly quick response and insane turns! The full mono-concave hull with heaps of rocker on the tail makes planing fast and holding control on choppy waters a breeze.
Developed and tested in Cape Town by one of the most influential and radical kiteboarders in the South African kite scene, the Barracudas are not only fast boards that were born to handle full power but can now be revered as the one and only board you need in your quiver!
- Slightly wider outline towards the nose with a pintail winger tail to increase control and comfort while allowing great turning potential with plenty grip.
- Full mono-concave hull with heaps of rocker on the tail. Planing fast and holding control on choppy waters.
- Thicker volume mid section in between your feet to allow floatation and keeping momentum at lower speed.
- Thin rail profile on nose and tail to allow best grip at high speed and lower the volume to keep the weight down.
UC (United Cores of RRD) TECHNOLOGY
Maximizing lightweight does not only mean making a light board, but making a light board that LASTS. This is what we accomplished with the new UC construction; the updated & improved version of the LTD technology. The EPS core is re-known for lighter weight/strength ratio and memory compared to PU foam but it has one big limit, it absorbs water in case of a hole or a crack through the laminate.
Fortunately, we have put together the best of the both worlds. In order to accomplish this feat, we have cut a 4 cms wide slice that runs throughout the entire outline of the board and have replaced the EPS external outline with 2 x PU outline slices that are glued to the EPS core. By adhering the PU to the EPS, we have created a 4 cms wide “waterproof” band that covers the entire rail, nose, and tail areas, keeping them totally waterproof in case of a crack through the laminate.
The EPS core covers 80% of the board and creates a lively and buoyant center while the PU foam slices on the rails cover about 20% of the total foam volume. The PU rail slices combined with the deck and bottom carbon stringers laminated over the EPS core create a fantastic and unique pop and flex feel.
The Carbon net of the previous LTD construction has been modified with the use of a stronger but more flexible net. This new net is made with Innergra fibers, crossed at 45°, and combined with unidirectional, red colored, polyester fibers that keep the maximum flex from nose to tail. To finish the board off, and to keep it looking amazing for a long time, it is laminated with premium UV resistant Epoxy Resin formulated with a 30% Biodegradable mix. The new United Cores of RRD (UC) construction will provide that lightweight, sharp, precise EPS feel with the added bonus of longevity and durability.
CLASSIC PU (The Real Surf Feeling) TECHNOLOGY
The Classic PU construction has been developed to create pure surfboards for pure wave riding and to allow control over choppy waters. We have improved the weight and strength of the boards this year. We are now using a hi-volume lightweight pigment in the resin. This type of resin fills up the holes in the foam and reduces the amount of resin content in the glass fibers, making the boards lighter. The Classic boards have low fiber memory and low foam memory at the same time. This low memory gives our boards a proper surfboard feel. We recommend the Classic PU technology to the riders who love a comfortable ride which this construction provides through its flexibility.
SPECS BARRACUDA V3 UC
|MODEL||SIZE “||VOLUME “LTS”||FINS|
|BARRACUDA V3 UC 5’8″||5’8 “x 18 ¾” “x 2 ⅛”||22||K4 for RRD Thruster Set|
|BARRACUDA V3 UC 5’10”||5’10”x 19 “x 2 ¼”||24||K4 for RRD Thruster Set|
SPECS BARRACUDA V3 CLASSIC
|MODEL||SIZE “||VOLUME “LTS”||FINS|
|BARRACUDA V3 CLASSIC 5’8″||5’8 “x 18 ¾” “x 2 ⅛”||22||K4 for RRD Thruster Set|
|BARRACUDA V3 CLASSIC 5’10”||5’10”x 19 “x 2 ¼”||24||K4 for RRD Thruster Set|