The Tower Competitor 12'6" - an aggressive racing SUP designed in the USA with the latest ultra stiff carbon matrix construction will satisfy the competitor in all of us... at well over $1000 off retail prices with our manufacturer direct business model.
Towers Competitor 12'6" features cutting edge carbon matrix construction to create a stunning blend of form and function. In elite racing, it's all about having an ultra light board that is also ultra stiff. The carbon matrix construction serves both masters well as these boards only require a single 10oz layer of carbon matrix material that gets a speed finish. The white space in the mesh means we can lighten up the black color of solid weave carbon fiber without resorting to painting via a brushed carbon look (which adds weight). What's more? The triangulation of the carbon matrix strands makes for a stiffer configuration than a cross hatched carbon fiber mesh. It's the best of both worlds. The result is an aggressive racing SUP designed for any competitor that wants a lightning fast paddle board designed in California by one of the worlds premier racing SUP shapers at a fraction of retail racing SUP offerings.
At only 28.4" wide, this board is not for your everyday rider. It was designed with an elite SUP racer in mind, and thus features a displacement nose, a water-shedding front deck design, and the unparallelled stiffness/lightness combination afforded by the carbon matrix construction. The standing area drops down for a low center of gravity on this narrow racing shape. The combination of a flat bottom and the displacement nose makes this board surge horizontally forward and back, instead of inefficiently up and down as you paddle.
Tower's Competitor is a beautiful blend of technology and aesthetic design. This stylishly futuristic board features a 10 oz layer of carbon matrix material on top and bottom joined at a cut lap along the rail. This is the same carbon matrix material used in sails on elite racing sailboats because it's the absolute latest and greatest technology at producing stiffness without the weight.
Benefits of Carbon Matrix Construction
Ultimate Stiffness - Compared to traditional epoxy and fiberglass construction, carbon matrix boards are substantially more rigid. In fact, they are even stiffer than boards made out of full carbon fiber mesh.
Less Susceptible to Overheating in the Sun - As EPS foam starts melting at 140 degrees Fahrenheit, having a black carbon fiber board lying on the beach has never been a great idea. Brushed carbon fiber boards were one answer, but that required adding a white/light paint layer and then sporadically wet sanding it off to "lighten" up the board color while also minimizing the added weight of the paint. Carbon matrix construction achieves the same "lighter" absolute color without any paint as the holes within the matrix let the lighter color of the board shine thru on a good percentage of the surface area.We do sell a white SUP board cover separately that can be used with this and other dark colored boards.
Lighter - A solid carbon fiber mesh has always been thought to be the lightest way to get the stiff, strong shell benefits of carbon fiber in paddle boards. With our carbon matrix construction, that involves parallel strands of carbon fiber conjoined by thin triangulating strands, the benefits of the triangulation create more rigidity with less material. Add to that you don't have to paint the boards to bring down the overall color valuation (overheating concerns of solid black), and weight is minimized thru design, not layered on paint, which adds weight.
Stylish design - The look of these boards really blows people away. The carbon matrix looks like nothing else on the market and gives the board a clean, stylish, and futuristic design.