The new 12’6 EXPLORE is a Touring SUP designed for fitness paddling, flatwater cruising, open ocean touring and recreational racing.
It’s aimed at medium and larger riders looking for a board with excellent glide that is versatile and easy to ride. With 285 liters volume the 12’6 EXPLORE is ideal for beginners up to 260lbs, with plenty of floatation for larger intermediate riders. ACE-TEC construction offers a unique combination of durability AND lightweight performance at a great price. New ERGO-GRIP carry handle = Easier Transport + Less Fatigue!
In development for two years with the OXBOW international team of riders, the EXPLORE series features a super-stable, feature-rich platform optimized for a smooth, clean and effortless paddling experience. They are designed as all-purpose boards for fitness paddling, recreational racing and simply cruising around enjoying walking on water. The EXPLORE series is the latest addition to the ACE-TEC family of ‘premium boards without the premium price’. ACE-TEC is an exclusive BIC Sport thermoformed construction technology, fine-tuned for performance Stand Up Paddling. This unique technology produces lightweight, high-performance boards with exceptional durability and exact shapes.
Award-Winning Touring Shapes. 2013 Outside Magazine’s Gear of the Year.
Go Further, Faster, Quieter. Designed for efficiency, stability and FUN.
The keeled nose cuts smoothly through the chop while the flat section under the standing area and tail improve stability.
Attachment Points – Leash plug at nose and tail + four attachment points in front of standing area for securing gear.
Ergo-Grip carry handle for ease of transport and less fatigue.
The Explore series is designed for a quiet, smooth and stable paddling experience cruising around your local lake, bay or river yet is fully capable and proven as a serious expedition worthy board in all types of conditions. A sharp vee entry at the nose parts the water smoothly and transitions to a displacement hull through the front half of the board for maximum responsiveness and maneuverability. This transitions to a flat planing hull in the back half of the board for stability and tracking. Available in two sizes to accommodate riders from 80 to 260lbs.
Over the past five years we’ve refined the ideal composite lay-up for SUP, with ACE-TEC as the result. This exclusive BIC Sport technology suits the needs of experienced riders and novices alike with the unique combination of Durability AND Lightweight Performance at a Great Price. Available in our brands: BIC SUP, Oxbow & BIC Surf.
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|Length||Width||One Feet Off nose width||One Feet Off tail width||Volume||Weight||Weight range|
|12'6"||30.0"||20.75"||12.5"||285 L||34 lbs||260 lbs|
Oxbow ACE-TEC boards are built in France using proprietary thermoforming technology and a sustainable manufacturing process with zero emission, low energy consumption, no solvents and an extremely low rejection rate. With over 30 years of proven consistency and quality using these techniques, we know molding. The distinguishing features of Oxbow’s molded technologies can be summed up in two words - PRESSURE and PRECISION :
PRESSURE: All Oxbow ACE-TEC boards are made in molds that apply tons of pressure during the manufacturing process to bond the boards together perfectly, in one shot, over the whole surface.
PRECISION: In order to handle the significant pressures used during this process Oxbow boards are made in precision engineered aluminum molds that precisely replicate the original board shape to the nearest millimeter, ensuring an exact replica of the shaper’s original design every time.
This combination of PRESSURE with PRECISION is unique in the world of SUP board manufacturing, resulting in industry leading consistency and quality.
Molded, Lightweight and watertight 15 kg/m3 EPS Foam Core.
Fiberglass reinforcement for improved stiffness and performance.
ASA Polymer outer skin for unmatched durability and impact resistance.
Embossed EVA foam pad for maximum comfort.
Molded external inserts – no penetrations through outer shell and maximum strength.
1 - Deck Pad
2 - Thermoformed plastic skin (ASA)
3 - 50g/m2 Fiberglass wrap
4 - 200g/m2 Woven Fiberglass
5 - 200g/m2 Woven Fiberglass Reinforcement Patch in standing area
6 - 200g/m2 Woven Fiberglass Rail Reinforcement
7 - Molded, Watertight EPS Foam Core
8 - 200g/m2 Woven Fiberglass
9 - 50g/m2 Fiberglass wrap
10- Thermoformed plastic skin (ASA)
Oxbow is the name for a river that takes a meandering path on its journey to the ocean. Born in the mid-1980’s in Normandy, France, the Oxbow brand found inspiration in this idea – a desire to wander and an understanding that life is about the journey, not the destination. Choosing nature and the relationship with the ocean as it founding value, the brand puts emphasis on the quality of its products and the pleasure they bring, providing new twists on fashion with an unconventional approach.
Oxbow developed alongside some of watersports greatest athletes, such as Laird Hamilton, pioneer of tow-in surfing, kitesurf, foilsurfing and stand-up paddle surfing. For 30 years, Oxbow has never stopped exploring new territories and supporting riders in pursuit of their passions.
The early 2000s saw the emergence and incredible growth of Stand Up Paddle, a new sport born from the convergence of these waves of enthusiasm. Oxbow has lent its support and experience to many top riders and events that have given visibility and an enduring legacy to the sport, including Laird Hamilton, pioneer of tow-in surfing, kitesurf, foilsurfing and stand-up paddle surfing. For 30 years, Oxbow has never stopped exploring new territories and supporting riders in pursuit of their passions.
Around the same time in France the Bich family, of BIC pen fame, united their passion for the sea with expertise in sustainable manufacturing to found BIC Sport. Today BIC Sport is a world leader in boardsports manufacturing, designing and building paddleboards, surfboards and windsurf boards using exclusive construction technologies in Vannes, France.
These two iconic French brands have joined forces to develop a new range of Oxbow Stand Up Paddleboards that embody the shared values, passion and philosophy of both companies. This exciting collaboration brings the best of each brand to the forefront with products proudly manufactured at the BIC Sport factory in France* with the unique Oxbow look, feel and spirit.
We invite you to explore the new Oxbow range of paddleboards, paddles and accessories in the pages that follow.
*All ACE-TEC Oxbow Stand Up paddle boards are made in France