But sadly, it’s been months since we’ve had an SUP on the boat or since the little guy has gone for a paddle, which used to be his favorite activity. The photo in this post is Sparky swimming back to me after jumping off of the board during a tour, a very frequent occurrence.
The SUP We Really Want
The board that I’ve really wanted to get is the BIC Sport ACE-TEC Wing, especially since I saw the Limited in the new blue color at Surf Expo a few years back when it was first announced. The Wing comes in both a 12’6″ and 11′ version.
The 12’6″ is more stable and can handle a heavier load, making it great for long distance paddles. This is the one I’m really leaning towards. The 11′ is a little less stable, because of it’s small size. It still tracks very well, though, and it’s very light weight, making it easy to haul onto a deck.
The Wing is part of BIC’s ACE-TEC line, which features a thin plastic skin over the fiberglass. That makes these boards more resistant to UV, and more importantly more resistant to chips, bents, and dings. Perfect for full time use on a boat!
My choice is the Wing, because I really want a touring board for eventually doing longer distances, but there are plenty of other models to choose from in the ACE-TEC line.
Poor Pirates & Plans For After The Season
Sparky is finally getting his wish! No, we’re not getting a Wing…at least not yet. Between closing the charter business down, engine problems, and a other unexpected expenses, I have a nice hole to dig myself out of. Hopefully after the season winds down we’ll be in much better shape, and maybe finally ready to buy that board.
Of course I’d really like to make it back to Surf Expo this year, especially now that that blog is starting to take a new direction. And we really need to haul out again to do some repairs on the boat. And I want to finally take the Freediver Level 1 class.
Please, share this post, subscribe, follow us on facebook! Maybe if we have enough traffic and fans by September, between that and Sparky’s sad little face, BIC will just sponsor us and give us a Wing Limited at the show.
Free Can’t Be Beat!
I was talking to my friend Allen a few days ago and the subject of paddleboards came up. It turns out he has one sitting on his boat that we can use. The same board we used to use on our tours! Apparently it’s been sitting there collecting dust since we left.
Boat friends are the best!