|The 14′ Expedition is the result of over two years of R&D with the help of a qualified team of remarkable paddlers testing and refining it’s shape in test sites throughout the US including Lake Tahoe, California, Coeur d’Alene Idaho, Lake Placid, New York and Long Beach, California. The 14’ Expedition was specially designed for long distance paddling and touring on any body of water you choose.
Built for stability and speed, the outline of the board features a narrow nose and wide point under your feet with a gradual curve in the tail. The rocker or bottom curve, allows the board to perform in sheet glass conditions without pushing water or in windy, choppy conditions without being “swamped”. The profile and thickness of the board provide the floatation and stability necessary but doesn’t carry any extra volume and wind age that would allow wind or cross chop to blow or push the paddler off course. The Expedition’s flat deck is comfortable and makes moving around on it easy for adjusting your paddling stance. The single fin holds a good straight course and makes it easy to keep the board under control in a turn or while running on a wind swell. The flat bottom combined with sleek rail line and rocker is quick to get up to top speed and able to hold that speed and glide between strokes.
The 14’ Expedition provides a number of options for the touring paddler. The balanced handle placed near the center of the board makes for easy carrying to and from the water. In addition, two sets of stainless steel inserts are located on each rail opposite the center handle for added carrying options if used with the included nylon/neoprene handles or can be used with Velcro attachments to hold the paddle while carrying the board from the center handle. Two sets of inserts are featured toward the front of the board allowing for various attachment options such as handles or webbing to store food, clothing other necessary items. An additional set of inserts have been provided to accommodate a GPS devise or water bottle cage.
The 14’ Expedition’s design along with it’s added features make this board the ultimate Standup Paddle touring vessel!
UPDATE: Mountain Surf Adventures reviews the Surftech 14′ Bark Expedition, what did they say?