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SIC RS vs NSP Carolina vs NSP Puma

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Created by LoudounSUP A week ago, 5 Apr 2021
LoudounSUP
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5 Apr 2021 2:49AM
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I'm looking for a great all-around board 14x26 and considering the SIC RS and Carolina and Puma from NSP. I'm looking for a stable board that excels in all conditions and was wondering if anyone has experience paddling the latest versions of each board?

Bowerboy
NSW, 118 posts
7 Apr 2021 1:25PM
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My friend has a carolina. It is falling apart! Really poorly made.

paul.j
QLD, 3084 posts
7 Apr 2021 6:14PM
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LoudounSUP said..
I'm looking for a great all-around board 14x26 and considering the SIC RS and Carolina and Puma from NSP. I'm looking for a stable board that excels in all conditions and was wondering if anyone has experience paddling the latest versions of each board?



When you say all around do you think you will do more flatwater or more ocean as that will make a difference as to what way you should go.

First question I always ask is the above as if it's more flatwater you might be disappointed with the puma or vice versa.

If you were asking about ONE boards and said 60% plus flatwater I would say the Edge 3 and if you said 60% ocean I would say Evo 2. Very different boards that are both all around but just excel in different areas.

Maybe break down the conditions you want to paddle in as that will help people give a bit more accurate feed back.




gregjet
QLD, 68 posts
11 Apr 2021 6:12AM
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I have a 2020 SIC RS SF 14x28 which I bought for "flatwater" racing and DW. I bought it because I had bought a 14x24 Ocean Deep Dryft and it was way too unstable for me.
The RS is exceptionally stable to the point that it is the most stable board I own even compared to my Starboard Whopper which is 34"wide.
The dugout is just a touch too shallow but what is there definitely helps make the board as stable as it is. It is a fast board for the amount of rocker it has and the fact that the flat bottom comes right up under the nose. If it had a flatter rocker and a deeper dugout area it would be even better. They dugout the new Atlantis but it has even more rocker , so it will lose out on flatwater speed.
Now those drawbacks are pluses for Downwinding. The nose and rocker make catastrophically burying the nose quite hard to do even for a beginner like me. The wide hivol tail gets push from waves easily , BUT you can't bury it easily to get it to pick up a round lip . That also makes it easier to pearl it on short steep waves.
The stability is a double edged sword though. In sloppy water the lateral primary stability means it stays level with the water even when you need a bit of sloppiness to stay level. I now know why my starboard Waterline has lower primary stability and great secondary as in sidechop it doesent tip you off.
The shop told me I should have bought a 26" instead of the 28" and I should have listened. I think the smaller board would have been stable enough for my flatwater and a little more forgiving in side chop.
Hopefully the next RS will have a less rocker and a deeper dugout.
PS the finish marks very easily and looks old fast. That is a pity as it a beautiful board to start off with.

LoudounSUP
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Monday , 12 Apr 2021 4:09AM
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gregjet said..
I have a 2020 SIC RS SF 14x28 which I bought for "flatwater" racing and DW. I bought it because I had bought a 14x24 Ocean Deep Dryft and it was way too unstable for me.
The RS is exceptionally stable to the point that it is the most stable board I own even compared to my Starboard Whopper which is 34"wide.
The dugout is just a touch too shallow but what is there definitely helps make the board as stable as it is. It is a fast board for the amount of rocker it has and the fact that the flat bottom comes right up under the nose. If it had a flatter rocker and a deeper dugout area it would be even better. They dugout the new Atlantis but it has even more rocker , so it will lose out on flatwater speed.
Now those drawbacks are pluses for Downwinding. The nose and rocker make catastrophically burying the nose quite hard to do even for a beginner like me. The wide hivol tail gets push from waves easily , BUT you can't bury it easily to get it to pick up a round lip . That also makes it easier to pearl it on short steep waves.
The stability is a double edged sword though. In sloppy water the lateral primary stability means it stays level with the water even when you need a bit of sloppiness to stay level. I now know why my starboard Waterline has lower primary stability and great secondary as in sidechop it doesent tip you off.
The shop told me I should have bought a 26" instead of the 28" and I should have listened. I think the smaller board would have been stable enough for my flatwater and a little more forgiving in side chop.
Hopefully the next RS will have a less rocker and a deeper dugout.
PS the finish marks very easily and looks old fast. That is a pity as it a beautiful board to start off with.


Thanks for the write up. I have a 2019 RS Air Glide (iSUP) and I do love it. I think a 14 x 26 would make a nice addition.



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