2011 Fanatic SUP

New 12'6" X 27 3/4" Fly Race
http://vimeo.com/25008144 Good video from down under!

8 years ago Fanatic’s shaper Sebastian Wenzel pioneered our shape-shifting CAD/CNC design and production process. But when it comes to sculpting beauty out of blocks of foam, pinpoint accuracy and duplication is only one advantage of such a system. Fanatic’s eternal commitment to design has made for a perfect marriage of both software and shaping harmony. After several seasons precise tuning and tweaking, the process is now perfected, and it’s certain that our competitors will take as long to catch up.

What’s more, this work flow is backed-up by an unparalleled database of figures from countless tried and tested rocker lines, rail shapes and outlines. This resource grows daily as we learn more and more about hull performance during intensive periods of rigorous testing. With the stats to back it up with we can confidently continue to innovate and present proven designs to you.

Dialy Ndiaye on new 14' carbon race.

photographer ( David Haag).
When I first saw the 2011 Fanatic Fly Carbon Race, I was impressed by its looks. Stunning design and beautiful red color. The significant nose rocker  had me thinking that the board was designed mostly for open ocean and downwinders.
After extensive gps testing, I realized that this board was just as fast, in strictly flat water conditions,  as any 14' race board I had ever been on. Part of the reason for that might be the V on more than half of the front bottom of the board.
As good as it is on the glass, the 14 Fly really starts to shine when the wind picks up and the surface gets bumpy. It is the most stable 14 footer that I have tried and this is a very important quality. You can't paddle fast if you struggle for balance or are swimming beside your board...
The nose makes it a pleasure to catch runners and, where on other displacement nose boards, I would have to run back to the tail to prevent pearling, the Fanatic 14 will comfortably fit in the trough. Also, contrary to most race boards in the bumps, it does not "track". It is very easy to turn while riding a swell.  Great downwind board!
The full carbon construction also means that there is no flex whatsoever and it is remarkably light (24# on a digital shipping scale).
The Fanatic Fly 14 is now clearly my favorite race board. I know I can count on it for a fun paddle, regardless of the conditions. It doesn't hurt either that it looks so darn good!
Apparently, Sebastian Wenzel, the shaper, knows what he's doing. So far, I have not been on one of his boards ( race or surf) that I did not like. Keep up the good work!