How To Choose Your First SUP The best way to go about figuring out what sort of SUP to buy – is probably start with a lesson – we offer at X-train, West Wittering a BSUPA Introduction to SUP course (Ready To Ride) which takes about two hours and covers the basics which includes the […]
RRD COSMO 8.5 SUP We have been testing the RRD Cosmo 8.5 for a few months now and in the irregular swell we have all begun to really like this board. As paddle surf surfboards go this is a wide body, surf and all-round model which I reckon suits the the south coast and cornwall […]
The Jamie Mitchell models look very different this season – gone is the drawn out pin tail and now there is a high volume squash tail. The boards are super fast and feel more stable than the 12.6 of 2010 – we tried them in choppy windy conditions so it was not the most perfect test conditions. What you notice straight away is their weight – they are super light – the high volume tails give you the chance to get more pop when you paddle. As you compress into your paddle stroke as the paddle is forced down in the water – the shape and high volume tail is forced down into the water as the paddle gets released, the board rises out of the water and with forward momentum picks up speed. All sounds very technical but you do it nearly all the time on a sup with good paddle technique-the Mitchell tail shape improves this. The 14 ft is narrower than the 12.6 and once a cruising speed with hold that speed with a little less effort.
This is big volume board 275 ltrs 14 x 29.5 width 7.5 inches thick will suit big guys and we felt this board would make a great downwinder –super fast downwind has good footstearing and the vee bow drives through chop.We had a swept back fin on the test board so it was harder driving up into the wind I think a more upright fin would work better into the wind.The Elite model will cost £1595 –personally I spend the extra and get the lighter board. This board has been a collaboration between Joe Bark and Laird Hamilton so you know its going to be good. There is 12.6 model x 30″ and 7.75 inches thick 259 ltrs. This has a different shape more of a squash tail –feels very stable a similar concept to the bark competitor and is a great all rounder in different conditions. Volume has been reduced in front of the foot pad to reduce windage. They come in both pro elite construction £1395 and tufflite £1345.
West Wittering felt like Malibu really warm nice waves no wind a perfect Sup session plenty of folks riding long boards.
Don’t forget if fancy trying paddle boarding or want to learn wave riding on your SUP contact Simon who can help if you fancy trying this [email protected] or we rent direct from the windsurf club.