After cutting my teeth with Bluefins Cruise Carbon, I wanted to see how other boards in the range looked, held on the water and most importantly.. Did they provide any variation in their range? After chatting with Liz at Bluefin they sent me down a 14 Sprint to test..
Some similar, but also great, features to what the 10’8 CC has (see my other review) yet in a slightly different package. The Sprint 14 is the Tourer of their range, it is of course narrower in profile, which requires extra balance for more proficient paddlers. I wanted to test this board purely to see if it handled as a faster board, and it’s safe to say it did!
How much better? Well, I took this bad boy to the Algarve in Portugal to give it a test on the Atlantic!
We were staying right on the coast of the Algarve in Vilamoura, perfect location for paddleboarding..
The board dims; 426.5cm x 77cm x 16cm (L x W x H)
The Sprint really does ‘cut through waves but tracks well on flats’ as they state on their website. The double layer side rails are again reinforced with 500 denier PVC fabric & bonded with heat welding.
Staying in the Marina was perfect. The ability to jump on the water was excellent. The Sprint absolutely chewed up the flat water in here. I was shocked by the pace I was getting out of it.
I tested the board for about 3 solid days on the sea, both in the Marina and out on the open sea. As with the 10’8, very impressed by the overall package but more so impressed with the board this time. The speed I was getting was great, the step up from an all rounder was just what I personally needed and would suggest anyone thinking about taking that step to consider a 14 Sprint.
The board held really well on the open water, several times I was hit with waves from speed boats and rip boats, but it held up well (less stable than the 10’8 but expected due to it’s dimensions and size), however when hitting the waves head on the board cut through them with ease – a thigh workout for me but the board held up well.
I like the ‘Smart Lock Fin System’, there’s no loose metal parts, really simple to click into place and it secures the fin nicely. I’ve had tons of use up to now and it is still snug and tightly fits.
Obviously Bluefin has slapped on the GoPro mount – it’s almost a requirement nowadays, but it’s still something I value as a must have given what I do.
After this trip I’d been solely using the 14 Sprint on the Canal system in Milton Keynes.
The Sprint 14 is more than capable in most water conditions I’ve taken it into. Really impressed with it’s stability in choppy water, and how easy it was to ride the board off the bat. It’s a more advanced board so newcomers should look into a 10’8 / 12 before progressing to a longer tourer. RRP is £1299 but there are currently sales on the Bluefin site, click here to be directed.