Seems like everyone is coming out with a production downwind board with a “barracuda inspired” tail (at least by the look of it). Here are a few that I know of, can others please add anything I’m missing:
Kalama Barracuda - OG
Fanatic Downwinder (not a barracuda tail)
FOne Rocket SUP Downwind (not a barracuda tail)
KT (2023 unreleased?)
Axis (2023 unrealeased?)
Armstrong (2023 unreleased?)
I received my 7’ FFB Dagger yesterday, such a beautiful board. I can’t wait to use it. I plan to wing and prone foil with it to sort out mast position before starting the DW struggle. Not sure of the goal of this thread but it seemed like it could use some pics.
I was comparing dimensions and design characteristics between a few designs and the original intent was to see if there were others that I was missing.
My takeaway is that tail nuances, width and volume distribution are vastly different between the designs out there. Seems like the Barracuda design theory has changed the paradigm for downwind board design, but it’s going to take a couple generations to actually work through the details.
The Dagger looks amazing. That’s definitely one that I was studying and it’s a very clean implementation of the design characteristics (to the naked eye). I’ve got to think it’s a pretty tough board to learn on, but I could be wrong. keep us posted once you get going.
Also interesting to see some of these characteristics work their way into small wing boards. Wonder how well that application translates.