Board Review: SIC BULLETT 11′
11' X 28.5" X 6.25" (208 LITERS)
SHAPER MARK RAPPHORST: This board is truly well rounded for every kind of condition. Built for recreational fitness paddling and, primarily, ladies looking for all-round performance, this board also works great for lighter males. If you want a lightweight board that does it all: flat-water fitness, downwind gliding, small-wave surfing, and even your yoga class, there is no better board in the world. The low nose rocker creates a long effective water line combining with a slight single concave for easy acceleration, graduating to flat through the middle for stability and for better glide. The design finishes with panel-V design in the tail for a falling sea and increased maneuverability.
OUR TAKE:The Bullet 11 really is just that: a bullet in the water. Born from the mind of renowned open-ocean board shaper Mark Raaphorst, the boards in the Bullet series are a true pleasure to paddle. Refined on the coasts of Maui, the Bullet loves downwinding first and foremost, getting into glides early and proving responsive when connecting bumps. But the Bullet isn't a one-trick pony: thanks to the narrow tail and flat bottom combination it surfs waves really well (for an open-ocean board), flying down the line and reacting well to quick adjustments in direction. It also pivot turns easily, making it a good weapon for surf races. Speaking of racing, the Bullet practically flies across flat water despite the nose rocker. The 11' is made for women and smaller paddlers but the Bullet series is also offered in 12'6", 14" and 17'4" (the last two with the option of SIC's proprietary Active Steering System rudder). Some of the best open ocean boards on the market today.—Will Taylor