2nd& 3rd place 2018 ICE SUP Race 14ft

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Sweet memories of a great fun day in the Alps Thun Switzerland.

4 FIT OCEAN Team racers at the start on the ULTRA hybrid inflatable 14ft Boards in fields of mainly hardboards.

Results say more then words.. Yes we are creeping up on the hardboards guys :)

**Christoph place 2 and Mark place 3 on the 4.7 KM race in a hardboard field of 12 participants

***Marcel place 25 and Michael 29 on the 18KM longdistance in a hardboard field of 53 participants

Such a great day in Thun Switzerland. Many thanks to Honu SUP for organizing. Thank you all, this was fun!

Here the official results https://tinyurl.com/ychfpznl

FIT OCEAN go hard

The FIT OCEAN Ultra 14ft inflatable with the build-in finbox was delivering: (product details/ orderhttps://tinyurl.com/yaflcqd2 )

 

1st place 2018 GlaGla SUP Race 14ft inflatable

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Saterday FIT OCEAN Team racers paddled the GlaGla Race. This is a race in Annecy France with 500 participants on lake Annecy.

For FIT OCEAN Team racer Michael paddled place 23 in his catagory, much respect as we only had a Ultra 12’6 board available. And Christoph who paddled place 1 in the 14ft inflatable short distance catagory. 

 

Interview with Christoph, who won the shortdistance, catagory 14ft infltable SUP

FO: How was it?
CH: My goal here was the olympic motto: participating is more important then winning. I had not done a lot of preparation so was not aiming for competition. As they say in Switzerland: ” being there is everything”.

 

FO: What about the race itself. How did it develop?
CH: Basically it was a long haul forward, a turn around the buoy and then i saw lots of paddlers behind me.

 

FO: What did you think about the board (Christoph paddled the 2018 FIT OCEAN ULTRA 14ft)
CH: It was very stable and fast. It is more stable then my Red Paddle Elite 14ft. The conditions were sometimes very choppy so stability is key for racing. I don’t know if it is faster, we would have to measure that. I loved the ULTRA board and will buy one for my next season.

 

FO: What would you change about the board?
CH: About the 14ft I really would not change anything, except maybe include a fin with the FCS II connect system instead of the now included FCS I.

 

FO: What fin did you use?
CH: Danny Chang FCS II

FO: Do you have any other technical tipps for board design?
CH: First off, I am impressed with the quality of the fIT OCEAN boards. I am amazed how good the gluing of the FIT OCEAN boards are. I had the shorter version ULTRA 12’6 for more then a month at home and kept it’s pressure perfectly. What I would change is the following. I really like the tail of the 14ft and think you should use that design also for the shorter 12’6 ULTRA board.

 

FO: Thank you so much for the interview, see you on the water!

 

Congrats Jan & Marcel + great familyday @SUP Race Bern

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Hey, we had such a great day taking the FIT OCEAN crew and family to a SUP Race in beautiful Bern at the heart of Switzerland. Wether it was trying a climbing wall build in a river, dreaming away at the helm of an abandoned boat in the harbour or chatting about SUP Board rocker design with the racers. Very well organised event by faltboot – a big thank you.

 

Ofcourse it’s a race and FIT OCEAN also had business to do. Jan and Marcel on 12’6 FIT OCEAN Ultra took 4th and 6th place in a field of racers on 14ft boards… extremely well done !

 

Amazing they can keep up with a 12’6 board between 14 feet boards.

 

Jan battling it out with a hardboard

Marcel overtaking a yellow board

Going deep :)

Congrats Marcel on the 1st Place 12’6 inflatable SUP Switzerland Biel 9.7.2017

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Short story

Marcel on his 2017 FIT OCEAN ULTRA inflatable 12’6 x 25′ x 5” finished 1st. 

Long story

We had the pleasure to attend the SUP Tour Schweiz SUP Race in Switzerland Bielersee, Nidau.

Several races happening and our team rider was up for the 5.2 kilometer race over the lake and through the village of Nidau.

Organisation with KayLenny attending.

Time to race

To be honest we don’t have clue how he does but Marcel always manages to land a top 3 position. He seems deliberately not to start on the startline but strategically ? at the back of the field and then creeps up on them.

On 3/4 of the race on a bridge he is in 4th position in the 12’6 inflatable category behind some Naish one boards. Nice to see in the video how good he is tracking in a cool straight line rather the zig-zagging.

We leave him on the other side of the bridge and head over to the finish.

Where to our exitement he has overtaken the last people and finishes as the 1st on a 12’6 inflatable Race SUP. In 39 Minutes he did 5.2 kilometer which makes a 8 km/h average speed.

Number 129 resting after victory

Next up the fun race where the Support team comes in action. Timo doing his first race and finishing second in the fun race on the FIT OCEAN Speedster 12’6 x 29 x 5”. And respect to Anes who is new to SUP and finished the fun race on the FIT OCEAN Cruise 12′ x 34” x 6”

Thanks to all participators and see you next race!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Training for the Swiss ICE SUP Race and doing a little R&D…

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Ready – start – go!

The Swiss ICE SUP Race is on for April 30, 2017. The race is 16 km and can be paddled solo or in Teams. FIT OCEAN will participate in a team-effort. 2 men (both 6km) + 1 woman (4 km)

At least that is the plan… 

  • Have done 2 training-sessions this far on FIT OCEAN Speedster (12’6 x 29’’x 5’’) and on the FIT OCEAN Ultra (12’6 x 25’’x 5’’) I am managing 8 km/h average over a 3km run.
  • No idea if that is good or bad.
  • It is definitely not getting everything out of the boards as Dani from supsafari.ch can do 10 km/h on the FIT OCEAN ULTRA. ? Why the FIT OCEAN boards are that fast you can read at the bottom of the article.

So I need to crank up the condition/ skills/ mindset. And stop playing with the go-pro, gliding just from the wind…

Training goals:

-Less ‘way’ (zig-zag). Going more in a straight line and stop wasting energy. Here is a link to a thread I found useful

-feathering the blade. Link

-Build up condition. I need to be able to paddle 6km non-stop at a decent speed.

? Why the FIT OCEAN boards are that fast?

The boards are that fast because of the combination shape + design details + construction.

 

We develop shapes in our backyard in Switzerland, here is Marcel testing a sample. We are a bit addicted to ordering samples and drive our factories crazy, but creating 3D shapes on the computer is one thing, but the real input comes from testing.

The design-details (width, thickness, fin, etc.) results also from testing.

One of the main points is that we make the 12’6 length (which is an official race-class) boards not 6’’ (15cm) thick, but we make them 5’’ (12 cm). This has several advantages that contribute to speed: Less weight, more stability (lower center of gravity) and sharper rails (better water release). This thickness is also used on some starboards, red paddles and especially the ULI Race-board (ULI won the Molokai 2 Oahu race). Some think it is a disadvantage from having a thinner board, and that will bend more, but the 20 PSI fused double layer takes care and provides a super stiff boards easy.

Here is a test-report from a happy customer on Amazon (German)

The construction is very stiff because they are made out of fused double layer MIRASOL drop-stich. We call it Premium Double Layer Light (PDLL). This fusion (melting together 2 layers) is much lighter and stronger then gluing the layers. The boards can therefore be pumped up to 20 PSI and are much stiffer.

Here is a link to buy the speedster online in Europe or in Swiss

Time to make time to do more paddling.