F-ONE TAIBA

8’10” X 30” (125 LITERS) $ 1,759 F-ONESUP.COM

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OUR TAKE:

Per­for­mance and aes­thet­ics aside, com­fort is an oft-over­looked qual­ity in a SUP surf­board. When a board maker suc­cess­fully mar­ries all of these at­tributes, though, we have a winner. F-one’s new Taiba surf model feels as good un­der the feet as it looks on the rack. It’s avail­able in three sizes—8’6”, 8’10” and 9’2”—all fea­tur­ing am­ple width and vol­ume to cre­ate a model you can stand on all day. We rode the 8’10” and while the 125 liters it boasts pro­vide more vol­ume than we’re used to, it was sub­stan­tially eas­ier to pivot and lay on rail than other boards of equal size.

That’s thanks in part to the chined rails and rounded pin­tail, two de­sign sub­tleties geared to­ward mak­ing big boards more ma­neu­ver­able. The chined rails al­low a softer en­try an­gle when putting the board on edge, adding drive in turns. The re­spon­sive­ness of the Taiba’s rounded pin­tail works with the lift cre­ated from its sin­gle con­cave V-bot­tom for whippy bot­tom turns and sur­pris­ing con­trol on steep waves at speed.

The Taiba’s layup is EPS foam and bam­boo with a sturdy fiber­glass fin­ish. We’re par­tial to bam­boo decks on surf SUPS be­cause they tend to weather bet­ter than typ­i­cal fiber­glass/epoxy fin­ishes and pro­vide a de­sir­able weight-to-re­sis­tance ra­tio. Em­bed­ded in the Taiba’s deck is an at­tribute unique to F-one: the “smart han­dle.” It’s a con­trap­tion built into the car­ry­ing han­dle (which is deep and com­fort­able in it­self) that works as a de­com­pres­sion valve and a mul­ti­func­tional tool com­part­ment, car­ry­ing a built-in screw­driver head and fin key. With such a rounded ar­ray of fea­tures rolled into a sin­gle sled, the Taiba may just be your one-board quiver this sea­son. – MM

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