Stand Up Paddle – 14′ Race Board Shootout

On Monday the 12th March 2012, RPS The Boardstore in conjunction with SUP VIC, staged a world-first side-by-side test of 14′ current model production stand-up paddleboards available to buyers here in Melbourne. It is important to note that not every 14′ board in the world could be included in this test as we do not have access to all makes and models locally. Furthermore, the conditions decreed that this would be a flat water test and therefore unavoidably favours boards intended for flat water racing. We do not apologise for any of this, however we welcome other groups conducting their own tests in different conditions using other boards as it all adds to the global knowledge base. Anyhow, on with the test…

14 boards, 14 paddlers and a beautiful sunny Autumn day in Melbourne… the scene was set.  Warwick from RPS and PT from Sup Vic had done the lion’s share of organising the event, and as you can imagine, the logistics of gathering as many current model boards as possible, from Starboard, Naish, NSP, Fanatic, Bark, DC, JM, & Sunny King was no mean feat, and much kudos due.

The test run was done at Half Moon Bay, on Port Phillip Bay in Melbourne.  The course was a 150+150m run with a 180 degree turn at one end and a standing start.  Each of the 14 paddlers randomly drew a board out of a hat, (yes, literally) to determine the board selection at the start of each round.  They were timed manually using line of sight to determine the start and end crossing.  Each paddler proceeded to the starting mark and from a stationary start, were counted-down 3-2-1-Go!  The starting procedure and stopwatch were consistent throughout the day, with Stuart Thomas acting as chief timekeeper.

Each round, the times were marked down, all paddlers returned to shore, and drew the next board from a hat.


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DC 14 – 14′x30″ 15.2kg

Fanatic Fly Race Flat – 14′x27″ 11.2kg

Fanatic Fly Race Open – 14′x28″ 15.3kg

Naish Glide – 14′x27″ 14.1kg

Naish Javelin – 14′x26″ 13.2kg

NSP – 14′x28″ 14.6kg

Starboard Ace 25 – 14′x24″ 13.4kg

Starboard Ace 27 – 14′x27″ 15.7kg

Starboard Ace Pro – 14′x28″ 10.8kg

Starboard Pierce Touring – 14′x30″ 12.5kg

Starboard Open Ocean AST – 14′x28″ 16.3kg

Sunny King – 14′x30″ 17.4kg

Surftech Bark Dominator – 14′x28″ 11.5kg

Surftech JM Paddleboards – 14′x29″ 15.3kg


Read the full test results on the SUP Victoria website


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