Raceboard Comparison 10km

While not being able to compete in a 2020 race season head to head, austrias fastest paddler Chris Diver started an online Competition with the Corona SUP Timetrial Challenge to stay motivated and compete at online challenges, ranging from 10km, 5km, 1km-races and last but not least a 200m sprint time trial.

Also a great opportunity to compare my raceboards at race distances 😉

1:10:25 vs 1:08:28

The first challenge was a 10k time trial, I did with the board I felt most comfortable paddling longer distances. As I paddled nearly 400km with the SIC RS, I thought it was a good idea to start with this board and had a great run with near perfect conditions at the traun.

I started 5km down the river with minor current and only slight headwind, one turn and back to the starting point. The RS felt very familiar, was easy to track and saved a lot of energy in the lower body, but it likes to be paddled in less than ideal conditions. The last km was a little hard for me, as sun came out and led to sous vide cooking me in my drysuit 😀

Second attempt- Fanatic Strike 14×21,5

At the end of this challenge a second 10k time trial should have been done at the same spot with hopefully comparable conditions. This time I chose the Fanatic Strike 2019 and while lending my favorite fin to a sup buddy, I had to use the stock fanatic fin I feel less than comfortable with. With some stability and tracking issues but equipped with a new larger paddle, the fantastic Quickblade Trifecta 96, I was able to finish 2min faster than the first time. The first kilometers I was facing much stronger headwind than in the first run and had to deal with slight choppy water. Nevertheless I could hold the pace until the end of the run while not being totally wasted.

5k – 33:29

So there is only one run left to tell you which board is fastest at this particular spot.

Stay tuned to find out if I’m able to double the time I was able to do with the Allstar at the 5k time trial. This was at a different spot with much more current and of course half the distance, so I’m really excited to find out what’s possible with the Allstar.

Starboard Allstar 2019/2021

Right now it’d be a little unfair to post my results with the Allstar as my paddling technique improved by some margin. Therefore it’s clear that now I can manage to do the 10k easily at 8,7-8,8km/h.

There is a totally different feeling in how I can do those average speeds.

With the Starboard Allstar 2021 14×24,5 it takes a lot less energy to keep this board moving with good traveling speeds. The Fanatic Strike on the other hand needs a lot of power to get it up to good speeds, but saves you some energy when pushing it beyond 9km/h, where the Allstar can’t hide it’s still an allwater board.

During Races different things like drafting etc have to be considered when comparing raceboards and in this case both Allstar Models perform exceptionally well due to their rocker, nose shape and forgiving handling.

Hopefully I can do some more tests at the end of the season where new time trials have to be done.

Until then…stay tuned for some other stats and feel free to ask me whatever you want to know.

Raceboard Comparison Traun Short Lap 3,7km

Here we are, … these were the best results I could manage to do in the last months on the short lap Traun with 3,7km :

I know that with my paddling technique I’m bobbing up and down too much and I tried to achieve my goals with lowering my strokes per minute in order to focus on a clean catch and strong power phase.

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By now I’ve been paddling 99km with the Allstar, 263km with the Strike and 356km with the RS. For sure, the strike is the tippiest board out of those three and it likes to be paddled with high cadence and a very clean technique. As I’m a heavier rider, a narrower board with low projected bottom area is harder to get planing and sinks down faster, when entering the recovery phase.

During the power phase you can feel that the drag factor is lower with the strike, but when sprinting, it’s way harder to lift it out of the water and getting to top speeds.

The RS feels very easy to paddle and my results were very consistent, with it being always within +/-5 seconds per km. It’s also the easiest board to accelerate due to its low weight and large and simple bottom shape.

I think the Allstar is faster than the RS because of its sleeker nose shape, what also makes it easier to catch the paddle parallel to the rails.

Whilst at flatwater conditions each board is relatively easy manageable, things are changing drastically when hitting bumps! The Allstar with its high profile nose likes to go over each wave and there’s little chance that water flows over the high volume Nose, but the higher standing area compared to the RS and Strike do sometimes feel a little less safe.

When paddling upwind my feelings totally fooled me, as the strike cuts through waves like a hot knife through butter and splited higher bumps effortlessly with it’s deep concaved bottom shape. So it had to be really fast, or?

As watched the time I was a bit shocked as the RS and the Allstar have been more than a minute faster! The RS felt slowest but maybe that’s because it seems to hit the waves way harder than the opponents you can also feel the board flexing a lot. Higher waves tend to be pierced, rather than going over the bumps as with Allstar . The Allstars bottom shape makes the ride over bumps quieter and there is also flex in the board, but it’s definitely faster recovering and less noticeable.

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As you can see the river Traun isn’t always dead flat 😉

If the RS feels like an elastomere damper, the Allstar seems being spring loaded. The Fanatic Strike is sooo stiff, there is no chance to feel any flex, what makes it feel very connected and solid.

I have to work on a proper technique to master the Strike, but when facing difficult conditions I would always go the safe route and take the RS or the Allstar.

In those dreamy weather conditions you’ll be fine with each of these boards 😉

In the last weeks there were some online challenges I could use to gather some data and I’ll post my findings soon!

By now I wanna thank you and please let me know if you have any questions 🙂

Raceboard Comparison

Three well known brands in the SUP Racing scene and their most successful Boardtypes stay ready for an comparison within the next months.

3 different brands, 3 nose shapes, 3 different constructions, the brands Top of the Line Raceboards in noble carbon constructions head to head.

Test Framework

I’m a hobby SUP-Sportsman who’s highly motivated to gain expierience and wants to get better each time I’m on the water. What seperates me from many top athletes is not only their expierience and speed, it’s also my realatively high weight of 92kg+.

Mostly I’m riding my boards 500m away from my home at the river Traun, situated in upper austria and on the nearby lakes Traunsee, Attersee, Mondsee.

At the traun I’m mostly facing flatwater conditions and depending on the the water level the current can challenge my stability when hitting swirls, or switching sides.

Up and downwind I’ll post my expierience with those boards.

The Contenders

Fanatic Strike 14×21,5 (2019)

A narrow flatwater racing machine with 274liters of volume, big concaves on the bottom, a nosepiercing hull and a dugout concept.

This board rolls more than it’s competitors due to the fact beeing narrower, but it has great secondary stability and is the stiffest board I’ve ever tried.

Fin choice is crucial for me to get this board working properly for me, I’ll adress this during the tests.

SIC RS 14×24,5 (2019)

Beeing one of the most successful allround raceboards of the last race seasons, this board with it’s relatively simple bottom shape works quite well in every condition.

Initial stability is good and thanks to the open deck design with only slighty lowered standing area. This board shines in sidechop and when you don’t know what conditions you’ll be facing.

In sprints the high volume in the nose let’s you propell the board easyly out of th water and secures a good position at standing waterstarts.

Starboard Allstar 14×24,5 (2019)

The last Allstar with big concaves and a squared tail provides a lot of volume in the nose and shares the same weight as it’s competitors in the Carbon Sandwich construction.

Stability is key – this boards seems to combine the great initial stability of the RS with the strikes stability reserves when tipping a bit more.

What to expect?

I’ll do a speed comparison on a short track with 3,7km and some sprint tests from 200 to 1000m. You’ll get the garmin records to do some deep comparisons.

By now I’m having some troubles with the SUP App on my Garmin Fenix 6X Sapphire, so I hope garmin will fix that soon.

These tests should be helping people beeing new to the sport, to get some information and to give a little help in their buying decision.

Part 2 : Saisonende Vergleich RS vs Strike

Fanatic Strike & SIC RS

Um im Frühjahr einen aktuellen Leistungscheck durchführen zu können, bot sich dank guter Wetterlage und geringer Strömung nochmal die Möglichkeit, einen Vergleichstest meiner Hardboards anzustellen.

Geändert hat sich gegenüber meines ersten Tests relativ wenig, schneller bin ich auch nicht geworden, aber ich scheine mit geringerer Zugzahl gleich schnell zu sein.

Nach einer kurzen Aufwärmrunde ging es mit dem SIC RS 14×24,5 (2019) los. Dank mittlerweile über 250km auf diesem Board, konnte ich mich voll auf’s Paddeln konzentrieren, beim Strike fehlt mir hingegen noch etwas Übung.

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Die Tatsache, dass ich bei der zweiten Runde am Strike schon etwas vorbelastet war, änderte nichts daran, dass ich abermals am Strike schneller war.

0,2km/h oder 8-10sek/km

In einem Rennen würde mir momentan noch die Zuversicht fehlen, mich mit dem Strike an den Start zu wagen, mal sehen wie sich das nach hoffentlich einigen Trainingskilometern im Winter darstellen wird 😉

Hier der erste Durchgang mit dem RS

Runde 2 mit dem Fanatic Strike 14×21,5

Gerne werde ich auch noch eine weitere Runde mit dem SIC Bullet AirGlide 14’x28,5″ drehen, der Umstieg von den Hardboards auf die Inflatables fällt momentan aber schon eher schwer 😉

Sprint Tests auf 200m und 1km werde ich aber bestimmt noch machen.

Bei Fragen, Wünschen oder Anregungen, freue ich mich auf euer Feedback!

Erster Vergleich: Fanatic Strike vs. SIC RS

Heute hatte ich zum ersten Mal einigermaßen vergleichbare Bedingungen, um auf der Hausstrecke einen ersten Geschwindigkeitsvergleich der beiden Raceboards zu machen.

Hier die jeweiligen Ergebnisse:

Fairerweise sei erwähnt, dass sowohl die unterschiedliche Strömung als auch die Außentemperatur keine 100%ige Vergleichbarkeit ermöglichen. Die Tagesverfassung tut natürlich auch ihr Übriges!

Sofern es die Wetterlage noch ermöglicht, werde ich weitere Vergleiche anstellen, um eine bessere Einschätzung der Geschwindigkeitsunterschiede zu bekommen.

Soviel kann man aber schonmal sagen, das Strike ist das schnellere Flachwasserboard. Beim RS fällt es allerdings leichter sich voll auf’s Paddeln zu konzentrieren, die Zeit wird zeigen wozu die Anpassung an die jeweiligen Boards noch führt.

Hier noch der Link zu den beiden schnelleren Fahrten: