The Rail is Jimmy’s favourite down-wind shape after testing many different prototypes on the famous Maliko run on Maui. Available in 100% carbon for maximum performance, or Classic construction.
Jimmy has spent a lot of time getting the rocker just right, so that it’s fast, but won’t pearl or stick. It is one of the smoothest riding downwind boards ever designed!
Which width? The wider 28″ version is very stable and will catch smaller waves easier due to the added surface area. The narrower 26.5″ shape is faster on flat water, but is still much more stable than the width would suggest, and is the choice for experienced paddlers.
Construction: 100% Carbon, or Classic
Width: 28″ or 26.5″
Volume 28″: 290 liters Weight Carbon: 10.98 kg (24.2 lbs) with fin.
Volume: 26.5″ 270 liters
Price: $3549 CAD (2016)
The M-14 and the new M-12’6 down-winder boards are designed for down-wind riding on swells and it’s great as a flat-water board too! Even if there are no wind or waves, these are excellent all-around boards — super-fast and very easy to paddle.
This board picks up the smallest bumps and the rocker lets the board glide smoothly down the wave face without sticking the nose. The harder rails in the tail add planing ability, and extra stability.
The M-14 and M-12’6 are quite stable for their width and even beginners will have no problem with balance no matter how choppy the water is!
Volume: 290 liters
Weight: 24.6 lbs/11 kg.
Colours: Red, Orange, Ice Blue
Price: $2999 CAD
Volume: 232 liters
Weight: 19.6 lbs (8.89 kg) Weights may vary.
Colours: Red, Yellow, Green, Blue
Price: $2899 CAD
Lee’s Performance Tips:
This board was one of my favourite all-round shapes because it can handle any conditions you throw at it. Waves? No problem — she catches waves as little as a foot high. Flat water? It’s surprisingly fast due to the length and narrow outline. Don’t let the narrow width fool you – this board is fairly stable in all conditions, even for beginners.
You can stand with your heels just forward of the handle cutout in flat water, then move back as you catch the bumps. On flat water, balance the board so the tail is just slightly off the water for maximum speed.
Did I mention that I absolutely love everything about this shape? You can stare at her gorgeous lines for hours – she’s truly a thing of beauty. Only Jimmy Lewis designs such purely beautiful boards.