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I have distance SUPs that vary in width from 23" to 30" wide. I use the narrowest ones just for balance and technique training really - I can't really put the hammer full down on them. So I use the wider boards for aerobic/power development. It's hard to find a single board that would allow you to develop both balance and cardio/power at the same time. You could use the same board but in different conditions but then you'd probably be compromising somewhere on design which would be frustrating.I often train with a bigger blade than I'd race with too. No one paddle does it all either IMO...Good reasons to have a quiver
"The 24.5 is a better prospect I guess."Just tested the 24.5 with chamfered edges this pm. It is def less stable than the 25 -> but is still quite a bit more stable than the 23. SB did exaggerate the stability aspect in their vids. The chamfered edges do give more roll vs the triple concave 25 -> but the 24.5 feels noticably faster and more efficient to paddle. So with enough inherent stability the 24.5 with a touch less drag would be a my pref over the 25. The 25 felt a lot slower.
Never mind multiple fins and shaving half an inch of the width of a board, if you want to be a regular in the podium your best bet is to persuade Naish to bring out an UL board like Starboard have. You are probably too big to reach the upper echelons on a 14ft board, no matter what the design.It would be great if Naish and Starboard would go head to head in the UL division, and reboot that class.But of course, if you want to flog yourself to death in training and spend a lot of money on racing just to watch the guys who are the size of some 12 year-olds take home the silverware, then I guess that is up to you Even better, get a UL DW board and set your sights on winning the Icon DW race, or the French downwind ones. Dave Kalama is a pretty beefy guy and he was still able to give nanoperson Kai a run for his money downwind even at twice the young superstar's age and probably about 140% of his weight.
UL isn't dead. It's just waiting. It's chicken-and-egg. The brands aren't making them so no-one paddles them. But once you actually have paddled one, it's hard to go back. Storage isn't much harder for a 16 than a 14.
"It's bound to be less for one of the typical English distance races of around 80 minutes. Reality will kick in then and I can't paddle a narrow board like you guys. I'm hoping to average 9.1-9.2 in these. Our fastest guys in this country will be 0.3-0.5 faster than that."A few guys bigger than Danny and up to Dave and Travis can do fine. Seems to come down to strength to weight -> balance skill endurance etc. Not many if any top local guys can keep up to either of those guys. BF and lean muscle are useful determinants when it comes down to speed. ukgm says he is fairly lean so he should do fine at the local level. His average speed is good.At the current pro level -> lighter weight lean but muscled low BF racers from around 140 - 160 win more races by far kinda like Robby says. But guys up to 200 win many races as well. They just cannot use the narrowest boards in the model line. Instead they need to go up a width. Larry is a good example as well.AS23 -> AS24.5 and M24 -> M26 make perfect sense for the heavier serious racer. Weight is not so critical as low BF and high muscle mass etc.For us and many we know - moving up to a UL does pose storage problems. 14 is the perfect length board for us. No question.
Quote from: Area 10 on March 20, 2017, 03:57:11 AMUL isn't dead. It's just waiting. It's chicken-and-egg. The brands aren't making them so no-one paddles them. But once you actually have paddled one, it's hard to go back. Storage isn't much harder for a 16 than a 14.Yes totally agree and back 7 or so years ago there were more unlimited than 14 in the uk. I know for me its going to be hard to ever go back to a 14' DW board and I have even solved the storage issue for those that don't have space.