Okay, I'm putting my damn money where my mouth is. I got a Pau Ricochet 11' Big EZ board which will be a long-term test.
An 11' all-around is kind of backwards step. The tendency is as you get better you go for a more specialized board. But that's not most SUPers. Most people get one board, so I'm going to put this board through a long term test as a one-board quiver. (It's part of a SUPexaminer series I'm doing.) I just unpacked it so didn't get a great shot of the whole board. It's weird unpacking a board in the snow, but it was 60º last week, I swear!
The Ricochet texture is a little odd. Not bad, just different. It reminds me of some of those matt-finish books. It's not plasticy like one of those Bic Dura-Tecs, but it doesn't quite feel the same as a standard EPS board. It doesn't feel very hard, but from what I understand the strength in this board is how the walls bend. I don't think will be a problem.
Not a lot of rocker in this board. It'll be fine for the wimpy surfing I do, but the curve looks biased towards flatwater. It's got a planing nose, but the rest of it feels like a cruiser. It's pretty flat, so I'm sure it would fine for yoga.
It's got nine of these Seamount plugs. This is a fancy name for a screw mount instead the bungie tie-downs were used to. You can get all sorts of accessories for the Seamounts like phone and rod holders. Soon I'll be getting a GoPro mount and some bungie tie-downs. I like the Seamount on the underside of the nose so I can mount an underwater GoPro.
Can somebody tell me what this hole through the tail is for? A flag plug? I'm confused.
I'll get this thing on the water soon. It's 25º and windy right now. In the next week or so. I'm really looking forwards to testing this out!