Black Cat in Denia SUP Stand up paddle race
Swedish SUP and Stand up paddle board brand Black Cat Does it again!!!
Read the exciting full report from Black Cat team rider Christian Ras and the story of the Denia SUP Race. Once again we prove that Black Cat is direct in line with the RED Paddle boards and other well known inflatable brands. We ARE damn fast!
Denia SUP Race: Mediterranean SUP Circuit
Circuit: 10km Distance Race with 5 technical turns.
Laps: 4 Laps in total with 20 pivot turns in total.
Conditions: Flat and glassy
Wind: Slight SW breeze in morning picking up in afternoon.
Race Competitors: 68 in total, 30 in 10KM long distance.
Rigid Brands: Starboard, SIC Maui, Fanatic Jimmy Lewis F-One
Inflatables: Black Cat Boards and RED Paddle
Division: 12’6 and 14 Foot
Inflatables: 12’6 x30 Touring vs 12’6 x 26 & 12’6×28 ELITE RACING BOARDS
Results: Starting off I was in the mix between only rigid boards, ahead of all of the RED inflatables ELITE Race boards. Slowly, the rigid boards slowly made their advancements. For the entire first 3km, I was alone in the first place position in inflatable division. As we progressed, I passed a few rigid board paddlers and continued to lead the inflatable pack. I was ahead of some 14 Starboard and 12’6 F-One boards rigid boards, and remained focused on my paddling. I noticed after the 6km, one of the younger paddlers from RED 12’6 x 26 Race Elite Inflatable was gaining ground on me. He slowly started drafting me making use of my hard paddling and using his technique to regain strength by drafting me in my wake. This young guy could not get passed me, but was making me incredibly nervous and stressed as he continued to draft behind me for the next 4km. Every time I made a pivot turn
around a buoy, he would break out of his draft and try to overtake me, but I did not let him. My turns were as quick as possible, and I made sure he was locked out on the outside, not being able to pass me.
Due to this, he continued drafting me until almost 9.9km and it was only until the last buoy, which was a backside turn for me, that he decided to make a break for it. Having the wind against me, the last 100m was indeed tougher, and as he broke the draft, we entered into a sprint and we both were side to side. I was ahead by only a board length and his 12’6 x26 seems to cut the wind better than the 12’6 x30 due to the bigger rocker. But, we passed the finish line basically simultaneously, with his board passing only less than a boards length before mine.
The Black Cat is a Touring Board, is wider and bigger and still kept the lead for 10km. The entire fleet of RED Elite Race boards were behind, incuding many rigid race boards in both 14 and 12’6 lengths. Finally, proof once again that the Black Cat can perform in even harsh competition from Elite race boards and multinational brands.
Black Cat Does it again. Proves that Black Cat is direct in line with the RED Paddle boards and other well known inflatable brands. We are also damn fast too!
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