After 12 months of extensive research and development, Black Project’s elite collection of high-performance SUP racing fins is getting a new addition for 2020. Meet the Condor.
Representing our smallest race fin to date, the Condor combines elements of the Tiger and Sonic to provide better top-end speed for both advanced and elite level paddlers.
Determined to develop the fastest fin on the planet, we enlisted the knowledge of Black Project athlete and 2019 ICF Sprint Racing World Champion, Connor Baxter. One of the most winning paddlers in the sport, Baxter took a lead role in designing the Condor, applying both his invaluable experience and our advancements in fin technology to create a world-class product.
This new fin is dramatically smaller than anything we have made before and is the fastest fin we’ve ever developed. Of course, pushing boundaries comes with a disclaimer. To achieve industry-leading speed, the Condor sacrifices some of the stability found in other Black Project fins like the Tiger or Ray.
Our disclaimer: The Condor is not for all paddlers. It was designed to give elite paddlers a competitive edge during races where fractions of a second make the difference between winning and losing.
Who will benefit most from the Condor SUP race fin?
The Condor is best-suited for expert paddlers with excellent board handling skills looking for some extra speed. It was designed to be paddled with a high cadence using foot and paddle steering techniques, rather than relying on increased fin size to achieve tracking. The smaller size of the Condor offers a higher potential speed without sacrificing too much tracking thanks to the new foil and 18 cm depth.
The new Reduced Cord Concept combined with a newly optimized foil enables us to reduce the fin size while maintaining tracking. It also increases tuning options as the Condor can be moved forward and aft, even in short fin boxes – move your fin forward for more pivot and back for increased tracking.
As board technology has developed and provided paddlers with better stability and tracking, it has allowed us to design a smaller fin. With this in mind, back in August we assembled the Black Project team in Hood River, Oregon to complete final testing of the Condor. Using brand new 2020 boards, our athletes were impressed by the increased speed potential and maneuverability of the Condor and Baxter signed off on his namesake fin.
- 15% smaller than the Sonic – 182 cm2 / 28.21 in2.
- Reduced Cord Concept – 13 cm / 5.12 in compared with 16cm of the Sonic and 14cm of the Tiger.
- Enhanced foil.