Bic’s Biggest selling all-rounder was light and tough and will be by far the most durable board on test. It felt stable and tracked well and offered smooth predictable wave riding performance. Soft comfortable deck pad and a deep ledge handle only add to the convenience. The Performer brings accessible sup surfing to the entry level at a very competitive price. Perfect for a family wanting a trouble-free ding proof board to cover all bases and foster skill development.
Bic’s Moulded plastic skinned construction creates a light but incredibly durable product, it would ideal for families and centres who don’t want to worry about repairs. The deck has two cargo tiedown points and the softest deck pad of the bunch finished with a good size ledge handle. Underneath it’s a slightly rounded bottom and hard rails back to the widest tail in the group with increasing vee. The Bic also has a towing eye in the front (extra points for this essential feature) as well as the normal rear leash plug.
Bic’s blend of user friendliness and durability works great in the 10’6 Performer, we liked it’s smooth stable feel in the water and soft comfortable deck pad. It’s slightly domed deck hid it’s volume well when we were surfing and it’s thin hard rails sit into the water giving the board a stable feel when stationary. Catching waves on the Bic was easy, it had the widest tail of the group of boards so picks up waves with little effort. Once up and going on a wave the moderate nose rocker and hard rails gave a secure speedy platform, ideal as a first time board to play in some waves on. The Performer is the only board with a plastic seam running around it which didn’t really look so evolved but it didn’t appear to be noticeable in its performance. We loved the quick releas centre fin which worked well. It’s the cheapest board on test and the toughest one – it would make a perfect upgrade from an iSUP into the performance market. A good family all-rounder which is at home catching waves for the first time or just as happy pottering around the coast too; loan it to your mates and there’s no need for a board bag either. A tough contender.
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