After introducing their whole range of inflatable boards, Aztron is now entering the hard board space with a broad line-up featuring surf to all-round, touring, and carbon race boards. Aztron selected a variety of materials ranging from carbon sandwich and epoxy to bamboo and soft-tops according to the desired characteristics of the board. Let’s take a closer look.
SURF SUP: APUS 9’4”
The Apus surf SUP board weighs less than 10 kilos according to Aztron’s specifications and is constructed with full 3K carbon. The tail of the board is fairly thin and looks like it offers a good amount of bite in the waves. The Apus is designed for beginners who will have a pretty easy time getting into the waves due to its generous width and length. Intermediate paddlers or heavier advanced riders might enjoy the extra stability the 32″ width provides.
ALL-ROUND SUPs: ECLIPSE 11’0” & JUPIT 10’8”
The soft-top Eclipse is a complete EVA deck board with a slightly flexy soft bottom. Designed for families that paddle on flat water and on smaller waves, it is soft and forgiving so that it won’t get dings when you accidentally place it on pebbles on the beach. According to Aztron, the Eclipse is well suited for sup surf lessons due to its softness but stiff enough to allow you to progress.
Also an all-round SUP, the Jupit is the upgrade version of the Eclipse built with a bamboo veneer. Aztron says this composite SUP board is relatively stiff and lets you get in and out of the waves easily. It has a fairly thin rail for better control during turns and maneuvers on the waves.
TOURING / FAST CRUISING SUP: APOLLO 12’6” & MARTIAN12’6”
The Apollo with a length of 12’6 is relatively wide (30”), which provides ample stability for beginners and intermediate riders. The relatively long waterline makes it a good board for cruising and touring. Aztron claims that the rounded section underneath works well in the chop as well as in windy conditions. Its recessed deck design offers a lower center of gravity for more stability and better balance. The tail design of the Apollo is square, which adds to its overall stability. The Apollo is suited for riders up to 115 kg, while the narrow Martian with 27” is designed for lighter paddlers looking to go faster and do a bit of racing.
RACE SUP: LIGHTSPEED 14’0”
In a quite ambitious move, Aztron is also entering the race board market with its first carbon race board: The Lightspeed. Aztron specifies that this board is fully wrapped with premium ultra-light 3K carbon and glass mixed layers, which gives it fairly low weight for downwind races. It has quite a bit of rocker to catch bumps in choppy open water. It features two neoprene handles for beach starts. The square tail provides extra volume and stability when stepping back on the board to ride some bumps. The board comes with a fiberglass fin.
Visit www.AztronSports.com to learn more about Aztron’s composite boards.