2017 12’6” Loco Motion Race Board SUP Paddle Board
The Motion range builds on last year’s Pro Race shape which performed exceptionally well as an all-round racer but feedback did suggest that the 12’6” seemed to have a little bit too much rocker for racing on flat water (where most of the UK races take place). Consequently we’ve kept the good elements such as the piercing bulbous nose, quick release tail shape and matt paint but have spent time refining the rocker-line to make sure the 2016 versions are just as competitive on flat water as they are in BOP style racing environments. As you can see from the designs we’ve moved away from the brushed carbon look as feedback suggested they looked a bit scruffy and with every other brand flocking to brushed carbon we decided to rework the whole dynamic. The Motion name, as in Locomoti0n, draws on Joe’s North East heritage with Stephenson’s Rocket being the first ever train service from Stockton to Darlington! Less sold on the locomotive look from back then we decided to take inspiration from the Japanese bullet trains which is particularly noticeable on the rails of the board and looks amazing careering through the water at speed!
A real win from last season was the weight of the Pro Race boards coming in at around 9kgs in 12”6” and 9.5kgs in 14′ in the carbon constructions. We’ll be using this construction again this year but will also be testing a new construction that boasts somewhere in the 6-7kg range for 12’6”!! Those less bothered about ultimate speed or race results can access the shape in slightly detuned (wider) versions finished in beautiful dark wood with gold rails for that premium finish. We’re also proud to announce that we’re the first brand to bring to market a kids production race board in 10’6” x 24” which will offer junior racers a performance-driven alternative to iSUPs and will be much more weight relevant than simply borrowing Dad’s old board. These boards are already attracting a lot of interest in Europe and are largely only available on pre-order unless stock indicated.