Latitude 44 Orion 12'6" SUP
As the lead missile in the Latitude 44 carbon board family, the Orion is blistering fast. The Orion's dimensions and shape were labored over, tweaked here and there for hydrodynamic efficiency, drag minimization, stability, and desired experience on the water. It's amazing how paying attention to physics can result in an object that one intuitively knows is beautiful in both form and function.
The Orion’s 12’6”x 29” x 6.5” dimensions are only one part, albeit an important part, of many that add together to make the board fast and easy to paddle. While the Orion could certainly be raced (and we anticipate a bunch will be), this board’s 29” width (carried in a long gradual taper to the blunt back) allows it to avoid the tippy feeling of a typical race board. The Orion is stable so that you can put your full strength into your paddle stroke.
The Orion paddles exceptionally well on flat water, but thanks to its shallow rocker design, it’s equally at home in offshore chop. Think down winding the swells along the NaPali coast or on the mighty Columbia River. Notice that the Orion has a lot going on with its shape. Volume is pushed into the top side of the nose which, in turn, allows the deck area to be recessed and carried thin to the back of the board – which aids stability. The croc-skin textured foam deck pad keeps your toes comfy for the distance and provides the grip to keep you secure even under the most aggressive paddling sessions.
The sum of these parts is the beautiful Orion. There’s an air of superiority about the Orion that we like and that we think is well deserved for its class. Fast and stable with an easy efficiency over the water. We are glad to report that the Orion has an oh-so-beautiful glide, the kind that we live for and the reason for our addiction.
The graphics on the Orion are so new school art – fresh and bold, no clutter. The airbrushed matt finish perfectly complements the board.
- Fin Included
- Carbon construction
- Recessed Standing Area
- Croc-skin textured EVA deck pad
- 6 tie-down points
|Fin System||Single Fin|
|Deck Pad||Croc-skin Textured EVA Foam|
|Skill Level||Intermediate to Advanced|
|Recommended Weight Capacity||Beginner: Up to 200 lbs. / Intermediate: Up to 225 lbs. / Advanced: Up to 245 lbs.|
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I wasn't planning on buying this board but made the "mistake" of checking out the Stand on Liquid shop and saw it, paddled it, and bought it. No kidding, its a perfect tour board. Lots of volume in the bow like my race boards and the rocker is dead on. Easy to balance on and paddle. My new favorite. Already sold my old 404 and my PH Viper is on consignment.