Location: Avila Beach (Distance 3 miles)
Conditions: Glassy, Air Temp 73
Riders: Jason Lee, Natalie Lee, Mike Mack (Hammer)
Other: Peakock Photos at Kesley Winery http://www.kelseywine.com/
Wines at Kelsey Winery: 2009 Zinfandel, 2009 Merlot, 09 AG Pinot, 2009 Avila Pinot Noir, 2010 Grenache Rose, Red Tug, Red Delicious, Golden Delicous
Review of the Navigator: Riders Jason Lee, Natalie Lee, and Mike Mack (Hammer) went to Avila Beach and tested out the new 2012 Jamie Mitchel Navigator by Surftech. They went a distance of three miles in a glassy air temp of 73 degrees. Surftech continues to be the leader of SUP boards and the Jamie Mitchel Navigator is an example of their work. Owner of California Kiteboarding, Jason Lee, gave his take on the board.
"At first glance from the 2012 Catalog I assumed it would be a spitting image of the Dominator with smaller dimensions. Well, I was wrong. You can't really tell anything from these catalog illustrations. The main differences are the nose, tail, and hull. The nose is like the Domintor, but about 30% smaller. The tail is very interesting and completely different from the Bark Dominator. It has a lot of thickness and almost looks like a submarine. While paddling I turned around to see how the tail design affected the water around it, and was astonished about how little edgy currents were created. This obviously is a great design feature to help reduce drag and increase glide. The board also sits a littler higher than the 2011 Bark Dominator. I feel this can be more of a personal preference, but does help for smaller riders. The width is definitly narrower than the Bark Dominator since it was built with smaller riders (170lbs or less) in mind. I still think I could go even narrower, but that might be best suited for a custom board. Overall, I am extremely happy with the Navigator. The glide is insane and after all Birse and Jamie Mitchel make a great combo. So far we have had 3 experienced paddlers try this board out and love it!" –Jason Lee
More info on Surftech: 20 years ago Surftech was created to bring new technology to the process of board building. Founder, Randy French, saw that the way boards were being made hadn’t changed for over 40 years. The old way wasn’t very durable, so a lot of boards ended up in landfills and the toxic materials weren’t kind to the environment. He made it his mission to bring revolutionary new construction technologies to the world.
The Wood Veneer Series was the first technology, resulting in beautiful, durable, precise boards created with a seamless construction process. It was embraced by many legendary shaper/designers and continues to be used in select models.
Randy kept pushing and looking for better materials and techniques that would enable him to exactly reproduce master shapes that were lighter, stronger and more ecologically sustainable. The result was the creation of Surftech’s Tuflite epoxy composite technology, which was a game-changer in the industry. After years of research and testing, Surftech was proud to be the first company to offer a real alternative to the fossil-based foam cores currently being used. The resulting “Natural Composite” core material is made from a renewable cellulose fiber that is sustainable and recyclable. Unlike the competition, our Fused-Cell cores are actually waterproof and have remarkable flex properties, retaining incredible structural integrity for years of enjoyment.
The evolutionary progression continues and Surftech has developed a wide variety of technologies that were each developed with specific characteristics in mind. Surftech continues to be the SUP leader, and this is why everyone from the world’s top designers to world-class athletes have chosen to work with us.
If you would like to purchase the 2012 Surftech Navigator or the 2012 Surftech Latitude you can click on the two thumbnails below.