Today's board profile is the brand new 14' Killer Bee!! The Killer Bee is shaped and moves much like it's name. Designed with the serious racer in mind, it boasts a 14' length, a narrow 23'' or 25'' width, full rails coming in at 270L for the 25'' and 256L for the 23'', flat rocker lines for quick movement in the water, and a square descending tail which releases water with ease. The Killer Bee also comes in a carbon model and fiberglass model to give the customer a choice between each construction! So, now that the introduction is taken care of, what is this board best used for? To race!!! ...of course. And to flat water paddle long distances. The Evovle team has been involved in many races, ranging from the Molokai to Oahu, the Rincon Beach Boy, the Cold Stroke Classic, and the list can go on. We have been racing paddleboards for as long as there were races to be in. And it is through this constant dedication and time spent on the water testing, re-testing, and innovating shapes that we were able to come up with our newest model- the Killer Bee.
When racing first started to become popular and the first race boards were engineered and designed, there seemed to be a trend in the way they were shaped. This being a low keel/cutting bow type nose- with the idea being that the nose would sit low in the water, cutting the surface area of the water, and propelling the paddler to a quicker rate. Most tails on the older models were square and flat and thinned out the farther down the board it went. (Think almost like a steady decline from the nose to the tail) And these earlier models worked great! But then the tinkering came into the picture and we started noticing a few things on our models. We thought- what if we were to instead make a fuller nose that doesn't sit deep in the water? Because we would often see the noses of those early models sit too low in the water and actually create drag and resistance- thus making the paddler stroke twice as hard, and lose half of the glide. And then we thought- what if instead of gradually reducing the thickness of the board all the way to the tail, we instead left the same rail thickness until the end and then sharply cut it down almost as if the thickness fell off a cliff- making buoy turns more stable by being able to step farther back on the board without sinking the tail all the way into the water which would often result in poor balance and making the turn slower and less stable. So we did- and we came up with the Killer Bee!
We kept the good- the recessed deck to create a lower center of gravity which increases balance, the drainage hole to release water which splashed onto the deck, the tie-downs straps, the raised felt handle made for beach starts, and the kick pad for turns, and just added the little tweaks to the nose and tail. And what we have come up with, is simply our best race model to date.
So, if you're looking to get into the race game- look no further than our new Killer Bee. Because if you don't, you'll most likely be looking at the tail of it as it passes you on the water!