If you are kicking the tires of a 14-foot race board it means you are most likely serious about elite stand-up paddleboard racing and have a bit of brass polish on hand to brighten up the ole gaudy metal on the mantelpiece at home. So let’s chuck the infomercial patter and get down to brass tacks: The C4 Waterman V1 series owns the stock-class race scene in Hawaii. Period. After last summer’s highly competitive race season, in which the C4 14’ Vortice XP dominated every stock-class race in the Islands, the C4 elite race team of Greg Pavao, Archie Kalepa, Todd Bradley, and designer DaveParmenter decided to look ahead to the next summer season. So they went back to the drawing board and came up with the V1: A sleeker, faster, more efficient Vortice class racer, one that is at home in flat-water races as it is in oceanic bump-riding distance hauls. With a straighter, more centered plan shape than the original Vortice XP, a steep water-deflecting rail profile, plus a ‘V2R2V’ displacement hull, the new V1 glides though the water like it’s hurtling downhill on a cushion of Teflon coated ball bearings. But the fun’s not just for the flat-bellys: at almost 28” wide and 6” thick there’s plenty of stability and buoyancy for paddlers or fun-seekers whose only six-packs come from Seven-Eleven.
- Length: 14'0", Nose: 14 3/8", Width: 27 5/8", Tail: 15 11/16", Thickness: 5 5/8"
Construction: Thermal Epoxy Compression (TEC), a super-lightweight but extraordinarily strong composite foam sandwich construction, consisting of a feather light 1-lb density EPS core stiffened with three Dininycell stringers, and a tough skin of fiberglass and epoxy resin sandwiching a 1/8” thick fuselage of 9-lb. density Divinycell completely enveloping the surfboard.
Light & Strong TEC Construction
“V2R2V” (Vee-to-Round-to-Vee) displacement hull for speed
Single 10” Box
Can support advanced paddlers up to 250 lbs. Designed for racing, doubles as a touring SUP paddleboard.
This 14-foot board is more sturdy than our hollow Vortice XP. It floats a bit more weight so riders up to 250 pounds should feel comfortable.