Bought Hobie Venture 10' 4" cruiser and loving it. It would have to be the most comfortable paddle board I have owned.
Hard to find a cruiser board this shape and size to fit two boards on my small car.
The board has a beautiful glide and is a pleasure to paddle. I bought one for my wife as well and she loves it. Although I'ts not a race board at 10'4 x 30 it does get up a bit of speed. I would normally go surfing on my Prowave but am really enjoying flat water paddling on this board, and no, I have no connection whatsoever with Hobie but just wanted to share this
Very nice.. it looks great..
I hate the way most brands are so locked into the whole 12'6''/14' size thing for flat water boarda.
Great looking board, looks like a great do every thing board
The way the airlines are going, we may find the 12'6' VS 14' debate is redundant and it will be a 10' raceboard category for the travelling pros.
Nice clean lines, I thought I was over this type of board.
There is a local Hobie store and I will go for a look this week
What is the weight and CONSTRUCTION?
Bamboo composite epoxy with reinforced carbon fibre called BCX4. Weight is 11.3 kg. Check out the Hobie AUS.website and download 2014 brochure.
It's all in there
I have a Hobie Inflatable great board. all their boards look the goods especially the "fish net" models
Had a paddle of the 10'4" on the weekend and thought it was a great little board. Now to try and smuggle it in for the wife
Make sure you get the 2014 Model with full 3/4 deck pad and BCX4 carbon and not the 2013 model which is still around. Has a middle pad and sandpaper like rear deck and no carbon re- enforcement.
I bought a Hobie ATR 11 in the 11" size last year. It was the perfect board to learn on -beautifully made and finished. I have no connection with Hobie though I do confess to becoming a fan of the brand after buying one of their mirage drive kayaks 4 years ago. It is a beauty. I was out for 2 hours on Port Phillip Bay in Melbourne yesterday and have decided that, now I know I can actually ride one of these things, a slightly longer and narrower board is in order. They make the venture in a 12'4 model as well but I am really looking at the 2014 12'6 elite touring model. It looks perfect for me. My local hobie dealer doesn't sell SUPs anymore but is happy to get one in for me so I will be buying it untested later this year - after another crappy Melbourne winter!! Any reviews on the Hobie range would be much appreciated. The US home page has a few videos about construction and features. Here is the link to the 12'6 elite touring.
There is a Hobie dealer on the Sunshine Coast but they do not seem to promote their boards. I paddle most days but seldom see a Hobie SUP on the water.