The Channel Islands Caddi from Surftech is a Stand-Up Paddle Board designed for good stability for open water paddling but still allows for easy maneuverability in the surf. The board comes in Surftech’s durable Tuflite (click here to learn more about Tuflite) construction that I am definitely a fan of so far, especially since they can take a beating and remain waterproof.
Length: 10’1″ Volume (L): 156.3
Width (nose/mid/tail): 21″/30″/17.6″
Thickness: 4.25″ Weight: 24.25 lbs
The Caddi comes with a standard fin box plus FCS side biter fins. I prefer riding it with all three fins as it feels much more stable and tracks straighter while paddling, but if you wanted a more traditional fluid ride and more maneuverability you could go for the single fin setup. It has one traditional screw vent but I will most likely replace that with a gore-tex one when I have the chance.
The board has decent rocker that allows for great maneuverability but still tracks well while paddling and surfing. The bottom has a slight concave through the nose/entry rocker that gets you into waves with ease. It transitions into a flat section under the standing area for speed and tracking, blending to a moderate “V” through the fins for added edge to edge maneuverability.
After much research and consideration I chose the Caddi for my first surf specific SUP. I went with the largest size since here on the Gulf it will make those small mushy days more enjoyable and I couldn’t be happier with my board choice. Took it out for it’s maiden voyage on a glassy knee-thigh high day in Galveston and had a blast. The board paddled fast and caught waves with ease. Once into the wave the v-bottom made it go rail to rail quickly and with ease. I can’t wait for some bigger swells to really have some fun with this board.
For beginner paddlers it could be difficult to balance on chop or rough conditions but the larger volume option makes it more feasible. On flat water this board is very stable even for a bigger guy like myself (6’4″ 185lbs) especially if you have some previous paddling experience. The v-bottom will make it harder to balance on than a flatter board but is still a great board for all around paddling. In fact I paddle this around the lake when I want more of a workout instead of using my 11 foot crossfire with more volume.
The Verdict: This is an awesome board for surf from ankle to chest high or a perfect flat water cruiser for a good workout. The 10’1″ Caddi is the ideal size for a larger advanced paddler/surfer (up to 210-215lbs) or smaller less experienced riders. For lighter paddlers here are the dimensions for the other smaller options as well:
9’1″ x 29.5″ x 4.25″ x 136.6 liters
9’7″ x 29.4″ x 4.25″ x 144.2 liters
I will post a video review and some photos of the board when I get a chance but here is a video of a guy putting a Caddi through the motions to give you an idea of the performance.
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