Speed Freak Riccardo Rossi and his Infinity BlackFish

Introducing the Infinity Blackfish, the classic “allrounder” of the infinity range.  The model has been around for a few seasons, and has been tweaked for 2018. The Blackfish is a board that is ever present on the SUP circuits across Europe and the USA. Italian Infinity rider Riccardo Rossi introduces the Infinity Blackfish to TotalSUP, this is the paddleboard that he has ridden to produce some good results in Italy and on the Euro Tour.

Hi Riccardo, Can you tell us about your race board?

I’m riding the Blackfish 12’6’’x 23’’ and have been for about six months, I love this board. It is an easy board to ride even at 23’’. For this reason you can push hard without thinking you are standing up, another great point about the board is the weight, it weighs more or less 8,5 kg. The shape is very particular, it is concave giving it good stability in all conditions. The board has a big nose and an accentuated scoop which facilitates the board to punch through the waves.

How does the Blackfish perform in waves?

The Blackfish 2018 has been developed to handle choppy conditions. Upwind the board travels through the waves easily, and with sidewinds it is easy to paddle straight. But in downwind conditions the Blackfish is fantastic! When you are surfing the bump, either big or small it connects to the bumps extremely well, whilst maintaining stability.

In choppy conditions the board glides well, I think that this board is made for the race where there are waves like the PPG (Pacific Paddle Games). When I am surfing with the Blackfish it behaves like a longboard because the board is very easy to turn as its tail is large and has more stability.

What is next for Riccardo Rossi?

For next year, it depends what the ISA decide about class size, at the moment I prefer to ride with 12’6 size boards.  I know that Dave Bohene is working really hard for the next year and I’m sure that the next board’s to be released will be fast and super slick in the wave.  I would like the chance to continue to work with Infinity SUP and their distributor in Europe JLID srl Distribution. My focus has always been the same for last six years, that is to improve my results in Italy and Europe step by step….So now it’s time to paddle like a freak!

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Helen Trehoret

SUP, OC1, V6, Surfski ... and field hockey coaching, Helen is a busy British mother of two who lives in Bretagne, France with a passion for all things Ocean. Helen runs Barrachou SUP, a SUP tour company specialized in excursions around Bretagne and Scotland.

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