Staffer Eddy Patricelli spent 11 days in Mexico riding the Sunova Speed 8’5″. He didn’t plan on doing so. Here’s how it surprised him.
Size: 8’5″ x 27.75”
Volume: 112 Liters
Weight: 7.6 kg, 17.5 lbs
Retail Price: $1,999
Other Models Available: 8’10”, 130 Liters
Eddy Patricelli, 180 lbs, Advanced
What I Didn’t Like: Sharing the Speeed with my wife … Also, the pop-up handle is easy to use, solid, and well-placed. My minor quip is that when not in use, the handle sits flush with the deck. This is great at creating a hole-less standing area, but when I was down in the water, facing incoming whitewater, I missed having an inset handle in the deck, ready to grab without delay.
Best Suits: Progressing paddlers in real-world waves looking to step up and onto a shape they won’t soon outgrow.
Eddy Patricelli has been wave SUPing for five years, trading time between Florida, Costa Rica, Barbados, Mexico and the Oregon Coast. He also loves to windsurf, which by the way, is possible on Sunova Speeed models. See his best video tip for getting your kid hooked on windsurfing here, and find videos, and more on the Speeed at Sunova’s product page.