RAPID - SPEED
RAPID - SPEED
RAPID - SPEED
RAPID - SPEED
RAPID - SPEED
RAPID - SPEED
RAPID - SPEED

RAPID - SPEED

€2.699,00 EUR
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With great pleasure we introduce the Tribal Rapid Speed board line. After an extensive R&D spanning several years, Chris and Peter have now finished the first Tribal Boards production series....
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RAPID - SPEED

Board width: 37

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    Amphoraweg 10
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RAPID - SPEED

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SHAPE

It’s tempting to just scale down a fast slalom board and drop the rocker, as others have done, but we designed our speed range from scratch. With purpose. Speed sailing creates a different set of demands to slalom sailing, so we designed the optimal shape to cover important performance features, making these new speed boards outstanding.

Slalom boards need wider tails so that longer fins and more outboard foot position can be used for crosswind and upwind capability. In gybes you can accelerate quickly out of the turns in chop by providing additional surface area in the tail. When going downwind at very high speed, the wider tail board can operate efficiently with no chop and short wetted length. Cutouts help to keep the angle up, and reduce the planing area behind the foot. In chop, the board has to sit at a lower angle otherwise the impacts create too much lift, but this results in a lot of contact area and higher drag due to the width. 

Our speed board shapes allow significantly reduced board width in the contact areas for a given sail size, resulting in immediate reduction in drag, and less effect from chop impact. When banking a turn with a good slalom board, forward rail engagement needs to produce a significant turning moment but with a very stable manner. Hitting chop in the gybe should result in a moderate but predictable increase in the turn rate. 

Slalom board rockers, with aggressive V around the mast track, whilst helpful for turning in heavy swell and chop, causes instability where the board hits chop in this area at high speed, especially when the chop angle is not dead square to the board. One side hits the chop first, and this causes the board to roll, creating control problems and instability. The narrower the board, the more pronounced is this effect. This is the point where the board no longer “flies” and the rider has to resort to more blunt methods of control using body weight on the board to keep the fin wet and avoid spinout- increasing drag and further reducing stability. 

The result is that we understand that the optimal shape for a slalom board fundamentally conflicts with those of a speedboard. In aiming to satisfy these optimisations for speed, we necessarily sacrifice the ease of gybing in heavy chop and swell to make a better speed board. On water, where our speed boards are intended to be used, the turning capability is outstanding: full control of the rail at full power and really high exit speeds. Perfect for smoking fast “alphas” on GPS. 

 We designed the Tribal Rapid speed board series with this, and other subtle requirements in mind. They have no-compromise stability in a straight line at high speed, even when there is moderate chop, which is inevitable at most real-world speed venues. The result looks quite different to the already super fast slalom line, but geared for practical, pure speed sailing. 

 Standout features are the length - slightly longer than other boards in this class (237cm), and the outline having its wide point forward, and a pronounced pin tail. Essentially we stretched the tail. The rails through the middle of the board are noticeably bulked out and jacked up, so that the board pops onto the plane easily, glides through lulls, and punches upwind for the next run. 

 Combined these allow a reduced wetted area for the size of the board, and starting wind range, whilst maintaining a more balanced and stable trim due to the extensive low rocker mid section. Overall you can use a smaller board comfortably, with a larger sail, in less wind, with higher overall speeds. You get to use and enjoy the true speed board more often than ever.

BOTTOM SHAPE

The well known Lockwood bottom shape has been revised and used throughout the whole range from Tribal. 

Beveled Double Concave Hull: unique beveled parallel double concave design to minimize chop impact effects and reduce rail pressure, resulting in the smoothest ride on the market, without adding drag. The Bevels put less pressure on the rails when hitting chop and they increase the lift on the front part of the rail during gybes which makes it turn faster. 

Pronounced double concaves prevent the windward rail from dipping when punching through lulls. Overall V assists in railing the board when desired. The combination makes it especially easy and natural to rail the board when needed, and keep it flat at other times.

LAY UP

We chose a full carbon construction with Glass patches for impact. We use BIAX carbon on the bottom and deck of the boards giving perfect balance of comfort vs stiffness, whilst maintaining a crisp but non-fatigueing feeling.

VALVE

We make use of a Gore Tex valve in our boards. The valve doesn’t need to be opened and closed as the membrane allows air pressure to be equalized without water getting through.

STRAP POSITIONS

Vario-Inserts provide adjustable strap spacing to allow for use with boots or barefoot riding, along with options for forward and rear placement and spacing catering for all shapes and sizes.

SPECIFICATIONS

SIZELENGTHWIDTHOFOVOLUMEWEIGHTSAIL RANGE
37237372154tba4.0 - 5.8
39237392258tba4.0 - 6.3
41237412360tba4.0 - 6.3
45237452667tba4.5 - 7.0
48237482872tba 5.0 - 7.0
53237533182tba5.0 - 7.7
572375732.598tba7.0 - 9.0
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Tekengebied_4_52cea8d8-42a3-40c7-b124-bc116fc3710b


MK2-4


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TECHNICAL DETAILS

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FULL CARBON LAY-UP

Deck and Bottom have a full BIAX carbon lay-up with added UD Carbon and Glass patches

VARIO INSERT

Providing adjustable strap spacing to allow for use with boots or barefoot riding, along with options for forward and rear placement and spacing, catering for all shapes and sizes

SOFT 6 MM FOOT PADS

TUTTLE BOX

Normal Tuttle or Deep Tuttle depending on the size of the board

DECK CONCAVE

Subtle use of deck concaves to stiffen up the deck surfaces without adding extra weight

GORETEX VALVE

Letting air in and out to avoid damage from air pressure changes caused by rapid heating/cooling of the board during transport

GLASS PATCHES

Extra glass patches protecting the nose from impact

Unique bottom shape with parallel bevels, and double concave with V, blending into moderate V in the tail, to give ultimate ride stability, comfort, and freedom at top speed...
MK2-4

Chris Lockwood

designer

RANGE OF USE

SPEED

100%

GPS-SPEED

100%

BEHIND A SANDBANK

100%

OPEN WATER

96%

CHOPPY WATER

96%

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FAQ

What will be included in the board's delivery?

We ship all boards (Radix and Rapid) in a fitting boardbag to make sure they will stay safe during transport and handling. You can use this daypack to transport the board safely yourself, but please do not store a wet board in the bag or keep the board in the boardbag without ventilation for a long time.

Also included in the package are of course the footstraps and screws, and fin screws to make sure you are well prepared to take your new board to the water for the first time. If you have any questions regarding the footstrap set-up or way of attachment to the board, please do not hesitate to contact us for more useful tips and advice!

How do I attach my footstraps properly?

We deliver the footstraps with 2 options. We have included a set of plastic plates to use when you have chosen to mount the straps with 2 screws at each side. If you use only 1 screw, it's also possible to use these plastic plates, but they can twist a little. To avoid this twist, we will also supply the iron plates, which is basically the way to go with the 1-screw set-up. 

Apart from personal preference and what you are used to, the recommended starting position to mount the footstraps to your board will be second from the back and then spaced as wide as you like or need. The front straps can consequently also be mounted to your liking to make sure you have your preferred spacing between the footstraps on the board. Again, if you have any doubts or questions, just drop us a line for some advice or tips! 

We recommend not using a powertool to mount the straps but to do it manually, just using the correct size screwdriver. A powertool might be too powerful and drive in the screws way further than needed or damage the heads of the screws.

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The images are a good representation of the products. Colours of images may deviate slightly from the items delivered. No rights can be derived from this.

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