12' Flood Native Fishing Stand-Up Paddleboard
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Dude! Is that a longboard or an SUP on top of your car?
Short answer: Yes! Long answer: Sort of both (see below).
So is BOTE's Flood Native board a fishing SUP or a surfboard? Depends. When geared up with a Tackle Rac and a Yeti cooler and launched in flat water, slow moving current or a protected bay, it's a full-up fishing SUP. In fact, it almost isn't fair. The fish should just give up because you're going to catch them if they're there. But what happens if you leave the gear at home and head out to your local surf break? You probably guessed where this is going. That's right, this Native style board with its artistic design, tapered nose and 5" front rocker will easily pass as an uber-cool longboard. Only you'll be standing up paddling before you drop in on the impact zone, while you're carving turns in the pocket and after the wave has broken instead of kicking out. If you don't understand the lingo, that's okay. Just keep paddling!
A fiberglass shell with an expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam core is formed into a double concave hull. The Flood is a hybrid between a recreational surf hull and a displacement touring hull with a tapered nose that glides effortlessly through both flat water and surf. At only 5" deep and 30 pounds unladen, the Flood will let you paddle into waters that were previously too shallow for you to pursue your quarry or ride out that wave all the way into the beach.
The wide 32" deck makes a sturdy platform for aggressive paddling, plus casting, fighting and landing trophy fish if that's what you're after. It's also here on the deck that the Flood really stands out.
Starting at the bow, there's an integrated bungee strapping system that keeps your dry bag (sold separately) and other essentials on your board and above the water.
As you make your way further onto the deck you'll find it covered with a texture that is heat embossed onto the surface of the foam, not only providing incredible grip and comfort, but eliminating water absorption, making the board lighter and faster than traditional deck pads.
Next up is a feature you'll wonder how you ever did without—the Stashpod. Watertight storage, an integrated bottle opener and a place to keep your favorite beverage from tipping over makes the Stashpod a popular amenity.
You'll find the centrally located grab handle has been designed to ensure your fingers won't go numb and you'll have plenty of leverage to carry your board to the water.
Cooler tiedowns are added that feature a swivel action to allow the strap angle to adjust for optimum pressure distribution (you don't want your Yeti [sold separately] floating off full of your favorite beverages).
Then, receivers for BOTE's unique Tackle Rac (sold separately) that can turn your Flood into a fishing skiff are positioned so you have even more places to mount accessories you can't live without.
Integrated latch points in the rail of the board are part of BOTE's patent pending Travelink™ Carry System. By simply clicking in the Travelink™ Sling (sold separately) to the latch points, you can remove all weight from your hands and carry the board more safely and ergonomically with your shoulders and back. The best part is it's permanently flush mounted into the rails—when you aren’t using it, you won't notice it. There is zero effect on the paddling dynamics. The Travelink™ latch points can also be used to lock and secure your board.
A Gore-Tex® Vent Plug keeps the inside of the board (the core) an air/water tight environment. It vents the board automatically so air bubbles don't get trapped between the foam core and the fiberglass shell and cause de-lamination.
Another bungee tiedown is found at the rear of the deck pad for yet more storage options.
And finally the all-important leash attachment point at the tail so you won't be separated from your Flood for long.
Underneath is an included stabilizer fin that helps your board track straight on flat water excursions.
When deciding on an SUP, you'll want to choose a board with adequate volume. This can be the difference between gliding smoothly across the surface or spending your time fighting that very real sinking feeling! With its 32" wide beam and 5" depth, adequate volume isn't a problem for the Flood. You'll find this board will float you and your gear (up to a combined weight of 350 pounds) with plenty of flotation to spare.
The extra wide platform provides the stability you need to paddle confidently in a variety of conditions, while the surf-style shape makes carving waves a fun option.
- EPS foam core, fiberglass shell
- 32" width
- 12' length
- 5" thick
- 30 pounds (no gear)
- 30-day/90-day limited warranty
12' Flood Native Fishing Stand-Up Paddleboard
|Dimensions||Tapered 5" Rocker|
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