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14 x ?? What width should I look for?

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Created by Nugdam A week ago, 10 Oct 2020
Nugdam
QLD, 505 posts
10 Oct 2020 3:08PM
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I'm looking to buy a 14 footer for cruising the canals or River when the surf is horrible and a little shoreline paddling when the surf is non existent in winter. I'm riding anywhere from 108- 120L in the surf I'm sitting at about 90kg.

What width would you go for in the 14foot and any particular shapes to keep any eye out for?

DaveSandan
VIC, 1031 posts
10 Oct 2020 5:46PM
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I find 27 works for me and have had a 29.5 which is super stable but secondary stability not so much, the 27 wide JL has great secondary balance which is great if the wind picks up during your paddle and things get messy. Depends on your overall balance too, some people have great balance straight off the bat, I am not one of them unfortunately. Personally the Sidewinder shape is great and looks like the SIC has a similar look and from the same factory, also noticed ONE also comes from the same factory and they do produce great boards from all reports. That gives you 3 possibles?


Nozza
VIC, 2567 posts
10 Oct 2020 6:06PM
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If you're just cruising, does it matter?
Get something that is comfortable.
SIC Bullet still does it for me

Nugdam
QLD, 505 posts
10 Oct 2020 6:02PM
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Nozza said..
If you're just cruising, does it matter?
Get something that is comfortable.
SIC Bullet still does it for me



I guess that was also my question, will width matter? I am just looking to cover some ground and exercise.

I think around the 28 should be fine.

Gboots
NSW, 1003 posts
10 Oct 2020 8:23PM
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Nugdam i don't reckon you will stick to just cruising .
Like you I am thinking about a 14 footer but not for just cruising but for bump riding as well. At 60kg my understanding is that 24 width would be best and max 26

paul.j
QLD, 3024 posts
12 Oct 2020 8:38AM
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Nugdam said..
I'm looking to buy a 14 footer for cruising the canals or River when the surf is horrible and a little shoreline paddling when the surf is non existent in winter. I'm riding anywhere from 108- 120L in the surf I'm sitting at about 90kg.

What width would you go for in the 14foot and any particular shapes to keep any eye out for?


If you are wanting mostly flatwater as you say the i would say 25-28 wide for your 90kg would be a good start, off course wider is more stable and the narrower might be a little faster. I would say boards like this would be perfect in the 14 x 25.5 or 14 x 27.5 as they are super fast so if you did want to get more into training then these will do it no worries pluse they are still really fun to catch waves on when the surf is small. www.oneoceansportsaustralia.com/shop/plpb19xhozmp05t812q7jwiiwrbt3z

Disclaimer: I own ONE so just using that board as an example of what I would be recommending if you had come to see me but should give a good idea of the board style.

Cheers Jacko

paul.j
QLD, 3024 posts
12 Oct 2020 8:41AM
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Gboots said..
Nugdam i don't reckon you will stick to just cruising .
Like you I am thinking about a 14 footer but not for just cruising but for bump riding as well. At 60kg my understanding is that 24 width would be best and max 26


Your sizing is pretty spot on for your weight, if you have good balance then go on the narrower side as 60kg is pretty light so you might not need that full 26 wide board. Try and demo a 14 x 24.5 One Storm 2.0 as this might be about perfect for what you are chasing if looking for a great downwind board.

Cheers Jacko

Mahanumah
VIC, 288 posts
12 Oct 2020 4:41PM
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As a 90kg guy riding 130 litres in the surf (I'm trying to cut down ok...), I reckon 28" is going to be too much for you.

I currently have 2 x 14' boards:
- A 27.25" SIC Bullet v2 that is great for downwinding but not very fast anywhere else
- A Deep Dryft 26" that I haven't quite got dialed for downwinding yet. This board is significantly faster but also more technical although I think I'd prefer it in proper surf...

I also have a Deep Riot 12'6" that's 26" wide. I have previously used a 28" wide Riot but found it too wide (It was like standing on pavement...). And I've had it out in the surf when it was well overhead...


If your goal is the flat days and small surf then I'd go a 26" wide board. It will be a lot of fun.

Ishie
NSW, 28 posts
12 Oct 2020 5:04PM
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The starboard allstars have a huge channel in the middle which turns them into a mini catamaran which makes them super stable (that's not very technical). They have designed them that way for years now, so you could get a second hand one. I reckon at your weight a 26' wide would be perfect for flat water as well as cruising on the ocean.



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