BOARD REVIEW – Blu Wave Carbon Race 12.6/14.0 and Carbon Race 12.6/14.0 Pro Elite

2016 Carbon Race 12-6 x 25

BY: Aaron Pilon

RE-DESIGNED FOR 2016!   For 2016 we have overhauled the shape of our winning race design, and introduced two different widths in each length – 12’6” x 25”, 12’6” x 27”, 14’ x 24” and 14’ x 27”.   In the 27” versions we’ve created a more stable board that will excel in a variety of conditions, including waves and will be ideal for downwinding and racing in various conditions.   Increased tail width and volume ads to the stability for downwinding and open water racing. Fibreglass and Carbon layers, with Kevlar edge reinforcements yield a light weight board with far greater durability than full carbon constructed race boards.

For 2016 we have added 25” and 24” widths in the 12.6 and 14.0, under the Pro Elite badge. Constructed with our biaxial carbon construction with re-enforcement layers of Kevlar in impact and standing areas (rails and edges), the new Carbon Race Pro Elite models are light weight speed machines. Advanced and expert riders will feel ample stability despite the narrow profile, due to the slight concave bottom shape. We’ve downwinded on these boards and continue to be amazed by the combination of speed and stability we have achieved with this design.

Shapers Notes: With distinct piercing entry nose, the board cuts through the water like a knife and convex deck shape sheds water to minimize water washing over the standing area. A wider and thicker tail than the 2015 versions, and slight V bottom through back third of the board releases water effortlessly and assists in directional efficiency. A moderate rocker line, prevents pearling in chop or while downwinding, and promotes planning when at race speeds.

We’re proud to say that the Pro Elite 12.6 and 14.0 versions are the board of choice of the Ontario SUP Series Elite Division points leaders, Ariel Amaral and Mike Howes, both Blu Wave SUP Team Riders.

Call us toll-free at 1-866-404-3155 or find your local Blu Wave SUP dealer @ http://www.bluwave.ca/dealers.html

Features:

  • External middle handle for beach starts and easy carrying
  • Goretex self venting valve
  • Textures light-weight EVA deck pad
  • Single fin set-up
  • Light weight and durable brushed carbon finish
  • Built in GoPro and GPS mounts at nose and in-front of standing area

The numbers:

Model Width Thickness LBS Volume
12.6 27” 6.5” 24 246L
12.6 Pro-Elite 25” 6.5” 22 235L
14.0 27” 7” 26 279L
14.0 Pro-Elite 24” 7” 24 258L

 

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