Starboard 12’6 Surf Race (2010) vs 12’6 Race (2011)

Starboard 12'6 x 26.5 Surf Race (2010) vs 12'6 x 27.5 Race (2011)

Excuse the grubby marks!  Had been paddling on the river 🙂

In summary the new 12’6 board has:

– Very square boxy rails all the way up the board (helps glide in flat but can tend to catch in swell conditions)

– More consistent volume throughout the board

– A lower profile nose (will help in side winds)

– Different fin shape & placement (makes turning a lot easier round bouys)

– Much more stability (better suited to those with less balance or more weight)

– Strap points for carrying gear on the nose

Starboard 12'6 x 26.5 Surf Race (2010) vs 12'6 x 27.5 Race (2011)
Starboard 12'6 x 26.5 Surf Race (2010) vs 12'6 x 27.5 Race (2011)
Starboard 12'6 x 26.5 Surf Race (2010) vs 12'6 x 27.5 Race (2011)
Race Tail
Surf Race Tail
Starboard 12'6 x 26.5 Surf Race (2010) vs 12'6 x 27.5 Race (2011)
Surf Race Nose
Starboard 12'6 x 26.5 Surf Race (2010) vs 12'6 x 27.5 Race (2011)
Race Nose
Starboard 12'6 x 26.5 Surf Race (2010) vs 12'6 x 27.5 Race (2011)
Nose profiles (Race nearest with lower profile)
Starboard 12'6 x 26.5 Surf Race (2010) vs 12'6 x 27.5 Race (2011)
Fin placement & waterline outline (Surf Race left / Race right)
Starboard 12'6 x 26.5 Surf Race (2010) vs 12'6 x 27.5 Race (2011)
Rail profiles (Surf Race left / Race right)
Starboard 12'6 x 26.5 Surf Race (2010) vs 12'6 x 27.5 Race (2011)
Surf Race nose underside profile
Starboard 12'6 x 26.5 Surf Race (2010) vs 12'6 x 27.5 Race (2011)
Race nose underside profile

General summary:

This board will be a popular 12’6 race board!  It’s got really improved stability (something the Surf Race was criticised for).  It’s super easy to turn with the different fin/placement, wider tail.  For me I’m not sure it’s quite as fast in downwind conditions, based only on the tendency if you’re tired to catch a rail occasionally.  I didn’t get to GPS it in the flat as the weather was shocking when I had the board but from a report I had form a fellow team rider it was pretty quick & easy to get maximum power down due to the extra stability.

For anyone starting up racing, or wants something they can tour rivers & lakes easily as well as enter the odd race then this will be the board for you!

Get your’s now, the boys at SUPStore have them in stock & for demo! It also comes in a slightly wider 29.5 & the plain AST finish with no deck pad for budget price.

3 Replies to “Starboard 12’6 Surf Race (2010) vs 12’6 Race (2011)”

  1. Thanks for the pictures and comments. There is limited information and pictures with the 2011 12’6″ Race and this helps out. How did you find the rocker on this board. From the pictures, it doesn’t look excessive and the rails should help with glide.

    I ordered the wide model and I’m looking forward to using it as a touring board.

    Thanks.

    1. Hi Mel,

      Yeah I had noticed he lack of info online which prompted me to get some pictures taken!

      The rocker is very similar to the surf race actually, a little bit in the nose that helps keep the nose from pearling when paddling downswell/wind. As with the surfrace it does push a bit of water on really flat conditions but it’s not too big a problem if you shuffle up front a bit to engage the nose as much as possible. It makes the board more flexible for different conditions.

      As mentioned think it will be a great board for touring/racing due to the stability over the 2010 model.

      When do you get the board? I’m sure you’ll really enjoy it 🙂

      Pete

      1. The board should arrive within the next few days. I hope I enjoy it too. I was looking for a versatile board that can be used for various conditions, and the Race seems to fit the bill.

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