Board Review: BOGA Classic

BOGA Classic2

11’2” X 30” X 4.25”
$ 1,375

SHAPER DAVE MEYLER: The BOGA Classic has earned its name as the favorite shape of many paddlers. In today’s age where most all-around boards are shaped like super tankers, the classic takes its design cues from more of a surfing long board profile, making it one of the best gliding shapes we offer whether on flat water lakes or small waves. With the combination of good volume distribution for great stability and lightweight construction for ease of carrying and performance, the Classic remains BOGA’s top-selling all-around shape. New for 2014 is a cleverly designed six-point tie-down system on the deck for storage.

OUR TAKE: The Classic is Boga’s take on a one-board quiver. With a healthy 11’2” length and 30” width it’s a versatile board that’s just as comfortable skimming across a glassy lake as taking on the summer surf. The aggressive nose, thin rails and pulled-in squash tail allow the Classic to surf a variety of waves from small ankle-slappers to overhead and down-the-line, although the rail-to-rail performance felt a little sluggish at times, as any board of this size would. The deck pad was divided in quarters with wide gaps in between that are slippery but also let you know where you are on the board. The board tracks well in the flats and is stable when things get rough. The bamboo veneer with nice teal pin lines makes for a dang good-looking board that will hold up to the abuse of inland or ocean paddling. A fine choice for a wide variety of paddlers.—WT

This gear review originally ran in our Summer 2014 issue.

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