12’6″ Model Especial – Blue
The goal was to craft one of our longest boards to become one of our lightest boards in the fleet. Mission accomplished. Enjoy crossing the finish line with our Model Especial. Shaped for speed and distance and built for a competitive, spirited rider, this board holds a line and glides like no other board we have ever ridden. The inspiration behind the name came from the making of this race board. “The Model Especial” is simply a very special board to own.
|Width||29 1/2″||Tail Shape||Squash|
|Thickness||6 1/2″||Bottom Shape||Full|
|Volume||231 Liters||Rail Shape||Round-Rolled|
|Weight||24 Pounds||Rider Weight||100 – 285 Pounds|
At POP, we’re always striving to enhance the quality of our products. Our latest line of paddle boards now features our wildly durable Nature-Tech Construction. Less fiber glass and the addition of a bamboo veneer has resulted in a tightly bonded, air tight SUP board that performs better than its predecessors. The use of bamboo, one of the strongest and lightest woods, also makes our paddle boards 10% stronger and 10% lighter, a difference that every rider can appreciate.
Every SUP board crafted by POP is hand finished; ensuring the each board we shape receives a great deal of attention and soul. Our hand laid glassing fortifies the bonding between each layer, resulting in an evenly structured and lightweight paddle-board. Once dry, each board is hand painted with our signature color blocked designs and polished by hand for a sleek and glossy finish. Using these handmade techniques consistently enhances the build quality and integrity of our paddle boards.
Vacuum packed technology is used with Nature-Tech during our board construction process. Once glassed our boards are inserted into a plastic sleeve and vacuum packed to suck all the air out during the bonding process. This successfully reduces the overall weight of our SUP boards while increasing strength and durability. Using this premium construction method, riders can expect a POP board to weigh between 20-30lbs depending on the model selected.
POP Paddleboards is a company conceived by three riders with three different ideas about what it takes to make a great paddle board. With backgrounds in surfing, long distance paddling, and racing, the O3 Science combines these three different perspectives to carefully R&D every product before external testing is conducted. Using three heads instead of one ensures a final product that caters to a variety of different SUP backgrounds, riders, and riding styles. The O3 science is why POP boards are among the most well-rounded SUP boards in the industry.
Futures: The 12’6 Americana used Futures Quad (4+1) fin setup. Quad setups are specifically used for SUP surfing and allow you to adjust your fins to dial in speed, thrust, and maneuverability for your local break. Futures is based in Huntington Beach, California and offers a wide variety of adjustable and removable fin systems used by world champions to make quick adjustments while on the go. You can spend less time tuning your board and more time paddle surfing the 12’6 your way.
POP Paddleboards’ 360° diamond traction connects riders to their paddleboards with and ultra-tacky grip that’s firm and forgiving. The recessed diamond ridge design provides 360° of grip that keeps riders glued to our boards. Whether you are circling the buoys around the harbor or dropping in on an overhead wave, our trademark pad will allow you to seamlessly pull off the most critical maneuvers. There’s no blaming your next wipeout on traction-pad-slippage with POP’s diamond 360° traction pad.
POP uses a one-way military grade vent plug to release heat pressure buildup from the inside of our boards, without letting water in. The materials used in making most paddleboards can expand when exposed to high heat for extended periods of time. This can cause internal warping of the foam core and fiber glass, causing delaminating between the bonding layers of the board. For best results loosen the vent plug when racking your board on a hot day or setting it dockside under the hot sun.
How do you make something that weighs 25lbs feel like 5lbs? Put a good handle on it. POP SUP boards feature our very own ergonomically recessed handles with ribbed finger grips for extra carrying comfort. No more finger cramping, the handle is designed to transfer the weight of the board from your finger tips to your hand and arm. We carefully position the handles on the center of our boards to give riders optimal balance, making our boards feel weightless carrying them to and from the water.