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.
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.
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 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 🙂