From River to Ricochet
The Big EZ armored with Ricochet is the innovative technology that is the result of years of testing and improving solutions to the problem of impact dings and breaks from colliding with rocks on the river. In an aqueous environment like a river that is merciless on both the body and equipment, having a lightweight resilient board is crucial, but when I set out to find a solution there wasn’t anything on the market that came close to what I needed.
My first time on the river I experienced firsthand the merciless power of the rocks and white water. After those first few runs I walked away with a broken thumb and the bottom of my board looking more like a golfball than an SUP. Sitting by the campfire later that night I began thinking about how to go about making my boards tough and light enough to race competitively on whitewater.
But, I kept at it. Every time I went down the river I would just have to repair the board. Which isn’t too bad if you know how to do it, but for the everyday paddler it is definitely not ideal. After our boards seemed to be constructed of more patched up holes then of the original glass; I knew there had to be something better out there that would be more permanent.