SLIPSTREAM BY NAME AND NATURE
The Slipstream is one of the smoothest and fastest flat water 12'6 boards on the market. It has already won races in the USA, including the 30 mile plus Chatterjack was the board used to win the Florida USA Race Series in mixed ocean bay and lagoon waters and the winning board of the 2016 Battle of the Thames London England and of the River Dart UK 2016 Race in a new Record Time.
Not for 'heavy' paddlers, the 12'6 board performs best for light to medium weight riders up to 75kg. Favoured by many women and lighter weight men, the 12'6 can often be a faster option than a 14' board, given certain strength to weight considerations, where there is less board to have to 'muscle' over the water.
Champion paddler Seychelle Hattingh explains why loves the Slipstream (she won many top level events with this board).
It continues to be highly competitive in flat waters.
Slipstream 12'6 x 26" version shown in movie clip - also in 23.3" wide version.
The bow and combined displaced hull area, give this board and its longer sister board the Vortex, the same reversed bow wake, which is minimal and in typical torpedo fashion, the bow is designed to 'split' the water and create a pressure wave, which forms a vacuum area, so as the drag is highly reduced. Unlike many designs, where you may experience 'diminished return on output', on this board design, the more you put in, the more you get out. Another strong feature of this board, is that the 'sweet-spot' in which the paddler can stand to trim the board in differing circumstances, are many and varied all due to the clever design and consistency of volume.
Not a technical board, this is a flat water specialist craft, that handles choppy waters with ease.
It's low lying above water structure, ensures that high winds, affect the hull as minimally as possible an often overlooked factor of design.
SLIPSTREAM 'PRO' 12’6” x 23.3" x 19.8lbs / 384.50cm x 59.18cm x 9kgs - Optimum for paddlers up to 175lbs / 80kgs
SLIPSTREAM 12’6” x 26" x 20.5lbs / 384.50cm x 66cm x 9.3kgs - Optimum for paddlers up to and over 185lbs / 85kgs
- Carbon layup with PVC Laminated reinforced deck area
- Leash plug
- Central US fin box
- Central carry handle
- Nose side grab handles