Mad Max Elite Race
MAD MAX Elite Race PaddleBoard
"Incredible speed and stability, perfect balance, high-performance all-water. From down winding to flat water racing, Carbon-Armalight Hybrid Technology, Made in the USA!" anything else needed??
With a lot of help and feedback from several high-level SUP racers, we took certain aspects of our popular Elysium model and made the Mad Max a little lighter and quicker.
As told by Jason Zawadzki: Early 2016, I was approached by racers Joe Threadgil and Brett Saquid to make an elite race board that would compete with the fastest boards in the world out of our proprietary Armalight. My first response was the truth that I didn't know if we could do it. I knew our boards were more durable than any other high-performance boards in the world and that riders were loving our river and recreational boards. I knew that our Elysium model was fast and riders love it, but to make a board that was as fast as any other paddleboard in the world was a lot of pressure and an enormous task. Brett and Joe had faith, and they pushed the points that the ultralight boards seemed to be a dying fad and that people realized that ultra-light carbon fiber also means ultra-fragile and ultra-expensive and doesn't necessarily mean a faster board. This is true especially if there is any wind or roughness to the water. So, the first thing I did was hit the books and researched for weeks studying the fastest race kayaks, boats, underwater ballistic missiles and of course other race boards.
We started building and testing prototype after prototype until we got it just right. Shaping an elite race board is extremely technical because every little detail counts and there are so many variables that you have to consider. For example; you can have a board paddled with the same amount of effort, over a 3, 5 or 11-mile race the small difference of 30 seconds could mean the huge difference between a 1st place or 7th place finish.
What we came up with is what we call our Mad Max Elite Racer. The name came easy - it goes hand in hand with our rugged Armalight construction. We joked that, because of its durability, you could run other racers right off the race course. The shape is as unique as everything else that we do around here. We stole our hybrid displacement/planing hull design from our Elysium but put more of an emphasis on channeling water down the entire length of the board versus allowing it to be pushed or displaced off the rails. Then we used carbon fiber to stiffen certain areas to give the ideal flex pattern and weight. Finally, our work resulted in a board that rides high and swiftly in the water especially at higher race speeds. This board time-tested faster than any other board we tried in various different conditions. It performs extremely well in flat water, open ocean, and downwind conditions. For a stronger paddler, meaning a rider who is paddling to win a race, we are convinced this board is the fastest board we can build and that you will love it!
Skill Level: Intermediate to Pro
Ideal Water Conditions: All-water Race Board
- Vent/Handle System: 2018 models have a Custom Carbon Fiber Handle and Self-Regulating Gore-Tex Vent
- Fin System: Hydrus Katana Race Fin
- Traction: Custom Hydrus Traction Pad
Construction: USA Hand Made. Carbon Fiber/Armalight Hybrid construction with an Ultra - Lightweight fused EPS Foam Core
12'6" x 26 (289L, 28.5lbs), 12'6" x 28 (308L, 31lbs) 14'x22" (273L, 28lbs), 14'x24 (302L, 29.5lbs)"
*All Armalight boards are lovingly hand-made in the USA. Including cure times each board can take up to 30 days from shaping the foam to applying our signature matte finish. So, a slight variance in weight and appearance is natural, i.e., each board has its very own "personality." Individual board weights may vary +/- 3lbs. This variance will not affect performance. However, boards on the heavier end will be quite a bit more durable and may carry speed better in between paddle strokes.
According to studies, a slightly textured surface relieves surface tension caused by the viscosity and cohesive nature of water molecules, allowing an object to move through more freely. Our matte finish is devised to emulate high-tech military watercraft and to be the fastest surface texture possible. Plus, you must agree it looks cool!
Nothing is indestructible. Armalight boards are just better. We could make an Armalight board bulletproof, but it would be far too heavy. We aim for the perfect balance of durability and weight depending on the boards' purpose and the riders preference. We can incorporate a certain mixture or formulation to make a boards outer shell thinner which in turn produces an extra lightweight board. Or, we can prioritize durability and thicken the Armalight shell like we would for our hardcore downriver boards that end up bouncing off rocks.
The most dangerous threats to any SUP include; kids jumping on boards on dry land, inexperienced users tightening hold-down straps way too tight and too much heat without a Heat Shield Board Cover.
There may come a time when you crash into a rock or dock, or a kid jumps on your board while it's sitting on a sharp rock - we speak from experience. You may end up having to perform a repair. Unlike plastic, glass or carbon fiber Armalight repairs are not that difficult. If you are a DIY type of person, you may even enjoy the process. If you are inexperienced with repairs or a repair virgin, please contact us, and we will ever so gently guide you through your first.
Like all foam core boards, you need to be aware of too much heat. EPS foam has a softening point of around 190F Degrees which is a temperature that can be reached if your board is left to "bake" in the sun uncovered. Radiant heat from the top of a car, RV, the side of a metal building or asphalt road top can be especially dangerous. We highly recommend an easy to use Heat Shield Board Cover. Insulated board bags are okay, but they are expensive and more difficult to use, so they often go unused. Board socks are not recommended because they can trap heat.