Sunday, March 23, 2008

About Gear - Ron House and Laird SUP Boards

Surftech manufactures the Laird Hamilton SUP boards. These Stand Up Paddle boards are shaped by Ron House with Laird's endorsement and are available in full gloss deck or soft deck. The first size available was the 12'1" x 31" and it was immediately in high demand and hard to get in 2007.

New 2008 additions to the Laird line include an 11'6" x 29", a 11' x 27" and a 10' x 27". I raced the Laird 12'1" SUP board in the 28th annual Odell Lake Pioneer Cup and loved it in the five mile downwinder. I also rode it in The Gathering-Rogue Longboard Classic. The 12' 1" Laird Stand up Paddle board was my choice for confidence and stability, being my first surf contest. The big 12 footer stand up paddle boards are also great in cold water because they are so stable on flat water that an experienced paddler will rarely fall in. I'm on this board every winter when I paddle places around Bend, Oregon (snowy and cold for about 6 months).

The new 11' 6" Laird Stand up board has a narrower tail that's more responsive when you step back. The 11' 6" Laird SUP board is smaller and therefore more popular with women paddlers. This makes flatwater pivot turns faster and makes for better surfing. The 11' and 10' Lairds are high performance surfing boards. Their narrow width requires more skill.

Ron House recently shaped and introduced his own line of production SUP boards built the traditional surfboard way only lighter and stronger with eps core and epoxy fiberglass. Ron House's SUP boards also feature a 1/4" wood stringer and full gloss finish. The two models we'll feature are the 12' x 30" and the 11' x 29".

I talked with Ron about these stand up paddle board models and he's really enthusiastic about these boards because they reach a different customer than the Surftech Laird models. Thin-skinned wood-stringer boards feel different under foot. It's subtle and comparable in other sports. In biking it's the feel of a steel frame vs aluminum, in skiing its a wood core ski vs foam core. It comes down to personal preference and we're excited to offer a great selection from Ron House!

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