The 14′ VORTEX XL is an Extra Large version of our regular Vortex, designed for paddlers over 85kgs, for those who expressed that they want the same shape to suit their heavier body mass. However many paddlers from 75kg and upwards have also had a lot of success and improved performances with the XL.
The vortex shape has been proven to be quick and was an exercise in minimilisation. Low windage, low drag, low volume were all key factors in making it efficient, but where does this leave the heavier paddler, someone who is say over 85kg?The vortex shape has been proven to be quick and was an exercise in minimilisation. Low windage, low drag, low volume were all key factors in making it efficient, but where does this leave the heavier paddler, someone who is say over 85kg?
How and where to add volume was an interesting challenge and it was concluded that the side walls should be increased in height by a further 3cm compared to the regular Vortex. This does a number of things; notably, it keeps the deck-well area drier and increases the boards secondary buoyancy so as the ‘righting moment’ is more noticeable and more effective (the ‘moment’ at which the board meets resistance as it rolls, in this case as it rolls onto the flat side of the wall).
The nose shape was an interesting issue for us. We are convinced in trails that the sturgeon nose shape (dolphin nose if you like) works beautifully, even if it takes some getting used to.
For the 2016 11 Cities event, we made Stevie a board with a slightly squarer, more vertical nose, however subsequent to observing the boards performance in Holland and testing the board in Mauritius, we have concluded to opt for the same nose on the standard Vortex; it simply works better by keeping the nose in a downward trajectory, rather than lifting too early.
- Grab handle
- 10” US Fin Box (fin not included)
- Dual scuppers (drain holes)
- Dual leashes (Front / back)
- FCS deck insert
- Double to single concave
- Super quick and long glide
- Suprisingly stable