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The Club Locarno SUP Fleet
There is something for everyone, from beginners to strong recreational paddlers, and even racers, with a mix of adjustable and fixed length paddles. We also provide board leashes and PFDs for members to use.
There are 2 levels of membership for the SUP fleet. Level 1 has a wide variety of plastic boards, and should suit most members looking for recreational paddling. Access to level 1 requires a one-hour free checkout. Level 2 is for experienced members who want to go faster, for long distance paddling (e.g. touring) or racing. These boards are made of fibre glass or carbon fibre. Access to level 2 requires a separate additional free checkout, to ensure good paddling technique and appropriate care of the more fragile boards.
All club members must wear a PFD when on the water. All level 1 fleet members must use a leash. Level 2 members must use a leash when it's windy (8 knots or more).
We currently have 12 SUP boards, which includes 5 touring boards, 2 racing boards, 4 hybrid boards, and an inflatable iSUP. There is a board for everyone, whether you have never paddled before or you are interested in using our racing boards to participate in some of fun local races.
When choosing your board, consider that:
1. Longer boards (e.g. 11'6'' and longer) tend to be faster and track better
2. Wider boards (32" or more) tend to be more stable, but can be slower
3. Shorter boards tend to be more maneuverable and lighter, but they are slower and can have lower volume, making them tippy for heavier/taller paddlers.
BIC Surf Ace Tec 10'6''
Great for lighter paddlers (under 50 or 60Kg) or anyone who wants more maneuverability. It's quite stable, at 32" wide, and it's also lighter, making it a bit easier to carry it to the beach. It is slower than longer boards, particularly if you are a heavier paddler. They can be used for general recreational paddling and surfing.
BIC Surf Ace Tec 11'6'' are great boards, suitable for most paddlers. With a balance of maneuverability and tracking, they are quite stable at 32" wide. For paddlers up to 110Kg, although those over 90Kg may need good balance, particularly if they are tall. They can be used for general recreational paddling and surfing.
We currently have 4 of these.
2014 12'6'' 2013 BIC Sport Ace Tec Wing
A fairly high 285 litre in volume, for paddlers up to 120Kg. When compared to boards #1-#4, these have much better tracking, but despite the high volume, they are tippier, at around 30" wide. These are our fastest level 1 boards.
These are plastic boards. Although plastic is fairly resilient, it's also harder to repair than fibreglass, and the plastic on these
boards is thinner than that on the Bic Surf Ace Tec boards. Dropping or dragging them can damage the seams, making them leak.
We currently have four of these.
2021 Kahuna iSUP Touring Lite
This board has large capacity being able to hold 250 pounds. The TOURING LITE comes as a package, which includes a dual action high velocity pump, 3-piece full carbon paddle, coil leash, 11″ touring fin, repair kit and a wheelie bag for easy transport. The two boards are both available for rentals, perfect for those days on the lake.
Although inflatable boards are unlikely to be easily damaged by impact if accidentally dropped, they can of course suffer from punctures and they shouldn't be dragged. Just like any other board, they should never be beached (i.e. when returning to the beach, always make sure you stop well before hitting the sand/rocks).
2015 14' Starboard Race (27" wide)
Carbon board designed for racing. This is the fastest board in the fleet. Less stable than the other boards but gains stability at high speed. Designed for racing and is fasted in a strait line.
A great board to take out for some of the local race events such as the Wave Chaser Series!
2016 14' Amundson Hawaii TRX (27" wide)
With all-carbon construction, this board is stiff and light for its length. This is a level 2 board, and can be used for touring or racing. It has great tracking (which also means it won't take tight turns without stepping way back on the board) and great glide, because of its length. It's only appropriate for experienced paddlers, as a beginner would find it way too tippy.
The Amundson Hawaii is made of bamboo/carbon, has a volume of 270 litres, and weighs 26lbs (11.8Kg). Recommended paddler weight: from 175lbs (novice) to 275lbs (advanced).
Starboard Elite Touring 14'
A great board for covering longer distances. Also makes a great alternative for a more stable race board that can still put out enough speed to stay competitive. Ideal for flatware touring, but performs surprisingly well on small chop and waves if the wind picks up while you’re out.