Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Ride Review from Standup Paddle Magazine on the John Becker Race Keel by John Becker and Larry Allison
STANDUP PADDLE MAGAZINE More Pro(fessor) Box Larry testing. The John Becker fin and history. I think all of Larry's race keel fins derive from the one he made for John Becker. Not certain but I think it's a good conclusion as the race keels all have that "JB" feel. Still one of the most ridden of what I have taken out, that JB fin works in fl...ats, open water, surf.Now, (don't know what to call it but is says mini-race keel) JB Jr. I took it out today for 30 minutes and this one was super fun as well. Don't think it'll go in surf (still have to try it) but it goes in flat water. Good straight line but with more looseness going around buoys.
Posted by ProBox-Larry/Larry Allison at 12:23 AM
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Just did a 2 mile R&D run at Ala Moana Beach Park. The Jimmy Terrell Fibre Glas Fin. Co. Larry Allison race keel to be exact was the test. I always gauge Larry's Becker/Mills race keel against whatever is placed in front of the Standup Paddle Magazine feedback team.This was the result;The Jim Terrell race keel gets way more strokes per side and even in the wind, the "yaw" was minimal. On a straight course, this one will have a lot less cross over which means keeping speed rate up and momentum going. I even went up to 16 strokes per side. I never thought that was possible.The Becker/Mills fin got me 12 plus strokes but what I like about that fin is on buoy turns, especially on those hard cross-bows, you can yank and turn a lot easier than the JT race keel.Both fins are good. Like having a 12'6 and a 14 or open water and flat water board, you should always have a quiver of at least 2 race fins. It could be a matter of a gold, silver or bronze medal at the next race. Or even 4th which means no medal especially if it was your neighbor who beat you at the last race.So whether you're doing a course race or straight course, know your equipment.
Posted by ProBox-Larry/Larry Allison at 3:03 PM