14ft Carbon Race Board Review
Blu Wave’s Race 14ft is surprising stable to set foot on initially. With a quoted 26″ width you’d expect a board like that to be as wobbly as a wobbly thing at wobbly party – yet, not so. Cool, calm and composed is more the case – a point which should instil confidence in even the most tentative of paddler.
The Blu Wave 14ft is an extremely groovy machine. By groovy we mean it literally cuts a groove through any sea state eating up flotsam and chop with ease – the board’s sharp nose piercing with ease. Akin to a slender super yacht it’s hull tracks beautifully with dart like accuracy focused on the target ahead and little deviation experience – great when podium sites are firmly set.
We’ll not lie; the 14ft Blu Wave isn’t the lightest race sled but this isn’t a bad thing. Being manufactured in bomb proof construction ensures that momentum builds from the off with only the bare minimum of paddle strokes needed to get from zero to redline. Combine this with the Blu Wave’s tracking and you have a superior distance machine.
More of a flat water, or moderately choppy, water state racer the Blu Wave could be a devastating weapon for those with skills. We’d recommend it especially for anyone considering endurance – the board’s monumental glide helping to fight the pain of distance paddling.
A supremely stable and confidence inspiring ride considering the narrow width, Blu Wave’s 14ft Race is a sled built for even the most nervous SUP racer – especially those who love to chew up the miles. Arrow like procession and effortless glide across increased distances will see this stick become a favourite of any endurance paddler. Buoying turning is admirable and aft stability helps to tutor the lesser skilled, however, sprints and turns aren’t the Blu Wave’s forte. Wind it up, set it free and glide like a pro!
Tez – Stand Up Paddle Mag UK.