The evolution of The Maliko 14′ Downwind SUP… Series 1 (and Gumby)

Maliko 14′ – Series 1 – Jeremy Riggs


Cont’d from Intro..

Bill Foote… “In the beginning after doing Maliko runs on 12′ surfboards with surfboard rockers.. I realized that these boards didn’t have the volume, rocker, or bottom design to suit downwind conditions.. and they were far too heavy. These boards weren’t able to get on a plane!




Which led me to make “GUMBY” – a squash-tail 12’6″x29″x5.5″. This was my first ‘downwind exclusive board’ using the longboard nose-rider technology of  plane and trim, along with concaves, smooth nose entry, and a flatter tail rocker. To make the board light-weight, Gumby was constructed of vacuume-sandwiched PVC over 1lb foam.

I wanted the DW board to be able to get on a plane and stay there as long as possible, which would give the paddler ‘time’ to seek out the continuum of windswell bumps ahead…. the end result being to acheive continuous propulsion via the technique of ‘connecting the bumps’.

It was one of the first prototypes of its’ kind to be paddled out of Maliko Gulch. Gumby was eventually purchased by Bill Babcock, and back-in-the-day was a well performing DW SUP on Maui’s North Shore.

After seeing the success of Gumby, Jeremy Riggs approached me to make him a 12’6″ with altered dimensions. Jeremy brought me a prone paddle-board that he liked which we used as an example.. as there was no other bench-mark at the time for this new type of board. I kept the same construction and the bottom design as Gumby, then scaled down the dimensions to 24″ wide, with a pin-tail. Jeremy really loved this board… which is still super competitive to this day. We then felt the need to produce a 14′ board to give us more water-line and glide, and the Maliko 14′ – Series 1 was borne.

Maliko 14′ – Series 1 – Travis Baptiste, M2O 2012

The Maliko 14′ – Series 1  is a design orientated towards both competitive as well as recreational downwind enthusiasts. It utilises a smooth nose entry, concaves, thin rails, and a wide point forward, with a drawn pin-tail template. The series 1 is characterized by its unique ‘surfing-feeling’ on the waves.

The nose entry is critical as this is what allows you to get on a bump easily. As the tail lifts, the smooth nose-entry  is what draws you into the swell – in that it ‘fits’ the board into the trough of the wave. Once you’re on the swell, the concaves then lift and maintain your speed as you cruise from bump to bump, connecting the dots… so to speak.

Having the wide-point forward on this board allows the water to break early and draw down the length of the board – creating a release of tension, that in-turn propels the board forward. These features, combined with the thin rails, enables this board the ability to angle on the swells… giving the Series 1 its’ unique ‘surfing-feeling’.

A great example of the technique required to connect the wind-swell bumps is shown by Jeremy Riggs in his video below. Jeremy is an elite standup paddler, surfer, and coach who lives on Maui and trains local and international paddlers.

Reading Bumps from Paddle With Riggs on Vimeo.

If you are visiting Maui for the summer downwind races in 2013, a few sessions with Jeremy will certainly go along way to help you gain valuable local ocean knowledge, and learn some of Jeremy’s latest innovations in paddling techniques.

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