|9'8" SUP Board by Rusty|
|Wednesday, 01 December 2010 01:11|
Rusty 9'8" Standup Paddle Board, designed for Surf and Paddles.
Rusty SUP's are designed to surf. All feature similar bottom contours: Slight release in nose, Flat entry, Light concave in center, A slight double barrel vee coming into the fins, Flat off the back. All boards feature a tight bottom radius on the rails. This contributes to stability and helps to get the board up and planning more efficiently. This is a proven, go-to, bottom design for surfboards that has stood the test of time for decades. It generates a lot of speed yet enables the rider to make smooth, controlled, rail-to-rail transitions with minimal effort.
Dimensions: 9'8" x 29 1/4" x 4 3/16" – 158L
Fins: 2 + 1
Tail: Round Squash
Nose: Hybrid Pulled in/Full Nose
Other.1: Deck handle
Use: Surfing & Paddle
Manufacturers: Contact Boardworks SUP
Andre Niemeyer's Notes
The 9'8" SUP is an excellent crossover board for surfing and paddling, featuring an extremely strong construction. The fairly tapered rails permit the board to have good transitions from rail-to-rail on the wave while the combination of width, thickness, and rocker allows for a very comfortable paddle with relatively very little yaw.
As one of the world's most accomplished shapers, Rusty Preisendorfer needs no introduction. But here is some anyway. He has had several of the world's top surfing professionals riding his boards, was nominated shaper of the year by Surfing Magazine, and today still designs what's arguably the world's most widely recognizable board label. And the 9'8" SUP reflects all that expertise. The board has an incredibly fluid template, resulting in a very smooth ride and fast glide, but at the same time being highly responsive with maneuvers in the surf. And striking an excellent match of surf and paddle, the 9'8" SUP can still be taken out for a comfortable paddle, for it offers great stability and it holds it's paddling line. The boardworks molded construction is highly durable and fairly lightweight.
The board is a surf/paddle board. That is, it's designed for someone who wants to have some fun riding waves but also who would like to just go out for a paddle sometimes. And as such, anyone looking for something other than that on the board might be disappointed. If all you'll do is paddle, then (anyone weighing more than 175lbs) should look for a longer board, for the surf-related features in the 9'8" SUP will not give you the comfort and glide longer boards can offer. The 10'4" and 10'10" might be your boards.
Disclaimer: Andre Niemeyer's notes are typically taken from a one-time use and assessment. Several features were gauged, ranging from design and construction to pricepoint and usability. Now some of these features, such as durability, may receive an initial assessment based on the construction materials and foil, among other things. But this is not a final and definitive assessment. For some features, durability included, any final and definitive assessment requires a longitudinal study. No such study has been made for Andre Niemeyer's notes. These notes are initial, not final, assessment reports.
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