Paddleboards

My inspirational quote for 2018 and what drove my work on the new 2019 shapes is: “Be the work of art in your backyard”. This slogan helped me go beyond my normal “make it fast and make it sexy”, and allowed me to conceive of slightly humbler designs focused on inspiring and giving confidence to paddlers looking to explore new places or go beyond geographic, emotional and physical boundaries.

These new designs reach back to voyager roots as opposed to the traditionally competitive pedigree that SIC has become known for. This year, I wanted to fuse performance with the culture and art I see in my backyard every day, from the Pacific Ocean to the lush forests of Maui.

In the Okeanos this inspiration is manifested in a more traditional look using natural wood and ocean-inspired line-art to symbolize voyaging and the waterman lifestyle. Aesthetically, the artwork spilled over into SIC’s new cruising (Saber and Sage) and surf shapes (Slice) which offer a balance of progressive shapes combined with a natural and organic appearance. Don’t get me wrong, I’m known as a guy who loves to make the fastest boards on the water, but I also love cruising and surfing with my friends and most of all my wife, Donna. Getting back to the roots of paddling for pleasure helps me remember what compelled me to leave the Netherlands when I was 16, to chase my dreams of becoming a waterman and master the craft of shaping.

Thank you for supporting SIC and for all you do to inspire me. While it may seem like I am a one-man-show, please know that there is whole team of passionate people and paddlers contributing to the creation of SIC’s great products. From our team of athletes to the folks in sales, marketing, customer service, shipping, finance, logistics, R&D, QC... There are many people working hard to ensure SIC’s aspirations are achieved and that you get the best products possible. SIC has a very special ohana and we hope that you feel this care and the aloha in every SIC product.

I look forward to seeing you on the water

Mahalo nui loa to all.

MARK RAAPHORS SIC MAui shaper for best SUp race

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  1. BULLET (SCC) 14'0 w/FAST

    The Bullet 14.0 V2 is the ultimate downwind racing machine. This board is offered with and without the SIC F.A.S.T. Steering. The outline’s widest point has been shifted slightly forward and the rocker flattened, which provides the rider with better stability when powering up in lower wind ranges and smaller chop. You would think that straighter rocker would cause the board to pearl easily, however, the narrowed tail brings the nose up, mitigating purling and unlocking top end speed by reducing wetted surface area. The board has slightly lower volume than the Bullet 14 TWC, but maintains its iconic full volume rails and gradual tuck to promote stability, which incidentally also reduces paddler fatigue over long races or touring distances.

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  2. Sonic 11.0

    The NEW Sonic 11’0” and 12’6” are the most durable fitness, touring and recreational race boards on the market. Offered at an extremely affordable price point, the Sonic provides a smooth and effortless paddling experience. Whether paddling flatwater, cruising lakes, rivers or the open ocean, touring the Sonic will provide the durable performance you are looking for. It is designed for paddlers looking for a board with excellent glide, stability and versatility. The Sonic is ideal for beginners to intermediate paddlers and has enough flotation to support larger riders or those looking to tandem with a child or pet. The unprecedented durability comes from ST (Space Tec) construction. ST is thermoformed construction technology with tremendous impact and puncture resistance which comes in handy when paddling in rocky areas, storing the board on a boat or sharing with your friends and family. These boards are the perfect boards for resorts, rental and tour operators.

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  3. Sonic 12.6

    ST (Space Tec) construction, utilizes a polymer outer skin for impact resistance which is then thermo-formed over fiberglass and a closed cell EPS core for incredible durability, 9.0” FCS Connect Touring fin, smooth textured EVA pad for maximum comfort and non slip grip, Ergo-Undercut handle, bungee tie downs, leash plug

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  4. Bullet Air Glide 14.0

    Not everyone has the space to store a 14 foot+ paddle board or a vehicle to transport a 14-footer, let alone a 17-foot board, but that shouldn’t keep you from owning one. With the Bullet Air-Glide inflatable now anyone has access to the beach and a high-performance board. Made from the Finest Drop Stich Construction (DSC) and the stiffest Fusion Skin Technology (FST) these boards are light, stiff and fast. They are great for adventure and fitness paddling and designed after their composite counter-part (the Bullet composite) so they are ready to drop in and power up on the windier days for those looking for a compact downwind board. Don’t let your tiny spaces keep you from the vastness of the open water.

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  5. Bullet Air Glide 17.4

    Not everyone has the space to store a 14 foot+ paddle board or a vehicle to transport a 14-footer, let alone a 17-foot board, but that shouldn’t keep you from owning one. With the Bullet Air-Glide inflatable now anyone has access to the beach and a high-performance board. Made from the Finest Drop Stich Construction (DSC) and the stiffest Fusion Skin Technology (FST) these boards are light, stiff and fast. They are great for adventure and fitness paddling and designed after their composite counter-part (the Bullet composite) so they are ready to drop in and power up on the windier days for those looking for a compact downwind board. Don’t let your tiny spaces keep you from the vastness of the open water.

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