SIC has stepped into the foil market with a tight collection of thoroughly tested shapes, high performance construction and beautiful graphic execution. Mark Raaphorst has been one of the leading designers of foil boards developing refining his foil designs for the last 3 years. As with all SIC products these boards have been tested in the waters on Maui as well as put to the test by team riders like Eric Terrien who has also been a pioneer and top competitor in windsurfing, SUP and now foiling. Terrien won a number or races in 2019 on the prototypes which have led to the 2020 production designs. Terrien turned heads in April 2019 at the Kelt Ocean Race in France where he finished 1st in the foil division and set a French first when he also finished ahead of all the SUP racers in this prestigious downwind event.
Technology: SUPER FLY 2 (SF2)
- All boards are constructed using a Full PVC Sandwich with Co-Woven Kevlar/Carbon. This is SIC’s highest end foil construction with a full PVC sandwich wrapping the EPS core (top, bottom, 360 degree rails) for a light, stiff and very durable construction.
- The board is wrapped in co-woven kevlar/carbon weave as foiling introduces new challenges in terms of taking load from the foil and the impact from the paddle. This construction addresses weight, strength and durability like few if any other boards on the market.
- These boards are moulded to ensure great lamination strength and that every board is precisely like the master shaped by Mark Raaphorst
Manta Surf Foil 6’0 x 28.5″
The Manta always finds room in the back of the van for when there is the slightest bump or when its firing. The Manta, while primarily a surf foil board, is also a lot of fun on shorter downwind runs. This board however, is designed to catch waves and swells that are not ideal for traditional surfing.
In Hawaii they have a lot of trade winds which can make for messy wave conditions, but with the Manta foil board, you don’t have to miss a day on the water. This board pops up on foil, glides on low energy swell and can carve up a storm of its own. Call the Manta your ‘daily driver.’
This board is stable and has enough length, volume and glide to lift you up out to foil in the big blue, yet has a low enough swing weight that you can also drop in, kick out, and pump your board back out to the lineup for another ride.
Mako SUP Foil 6’5 x 27″
Launching up onto the foil with ease was the main focus when SIC shaped the Mako. Compared to the Manta surf foil the Mako SUP foil is longer in order to gain speed under paddle power, as opposed to having the push from a swell or wave.
The Mako is slightly narrower than the Manta but has 10 liters more volume to support the paddler’s standing weight.
The nose has a more sleek and pointy design to be more forgiving and to surface faster if the board purls. The general dimension and foam flow distribution enhance fore and aft stability and the bottom rail chines help to mitigate board catapulting when you touch down and during steep turns.
Marlin Convertible Foil 7’8 x 29.5″
Early planning was top of mind when SIC visualized the deep center step channel of the Marlin, similar to what they put on the RS but much deeper. There are two primary goals of this deep step channel.
The first goal was to build up a high pressure at the center line of the board, creating lift, in order for the board to get on foil early.
The second goal was to ensure that the angle of the bottom boxes were parallel to the deck standing area allowing the board to fly level when on foil. When using Marlin as a SUP, they wanted the overall volume and width to give the paddler ample stability, allowing the paddler to get through shore break and into the lineup with ease.
The rocker and quad-fin setup provide great maneuverability on the wave face and the overall rocker and outline provide great speed and agility down the line.
The ratio of the length, width, and volume will help to decrease the learning curve and bring on the fun factor in no time.
SIC Maui is a brand distributed by BIC Sport, a leader in the world of watersport. All boards come with a 2 year warranty.
Credit: Words and images from SIC Maui