RRD’s C.O.T.A.N 7.11ft is slightly different in terms of feel when compared to boards of similar shape. Its cut off nose and double diamond tail may suggest performance we’ve become accustomed to with this style of SUP but look closer and you’ll see the wide point is positioned towards the rear.
Coming in Classic construction the C.O.T.A.N 7.11ft is a five fin boxed sled allowing riders to tune for conditions. No nose paddle surfers are usually quad fin biased, even though some deliver improved drive with thrusters. The C.O.T.A.N, however, performed better for us as intended – quality quad foils delivering a loose but secure carving ability.
Afloat you’re acutely aware of how the RRD tapers down to the nose. Standing further back, right on the sweet spot, delivers maximum stability. An added benefit is being positioned closer to the tail – essential for maximum manoeuvrability when on a wave.
The C.O.T.A.N has admirable glide and doesn’t mind moderately onshore/choppy conditions. For 85kg+ it’s a composed ride as long as paddle skills are adequately developed. SUPers will still need to employ corrective and brace strokes at times.
Picking off waves is very efficient for a no nose SUP. It’s possible to catch swells early – great for improving riders. Dropping in the C.O.T.A.N ramps up to red line speed quickly. Carving off the bottom its progressive projection allows a choice of moves and delivers the time and momentum to pull them off.
Having the wide point further back requires a harder push for spray chucking shenanigans whereas rail to rail carving is rewarding – the possibility of getting vertical is certainly there. Re-entries are efficient as RRD’s tapered nose doesn’t pitch pole, as long as paddlers are above fins. And while Classic isn’t the lightest construction RRD offer there’s the opportunity of getting all new school with moves if you have the experience.
RRD have come up with a slightly different feel for their C.O.T.A.N 7.11ft. While appearing similar in shape to other stubby surf SUPs, a rearward placed wide point allows for a narrower nose knocking on to improved efficiency in steeper, faster waves. Riders struggling to get their feet on the tail will have an easier job due to more or less being in position from the off. Advanced paddlers will appreciate the C.O.T.A.N’s rail to rail carving ability in small to moderate sized waves. If riders favour a more vertical approach the RRD also conforms without losing its slashy skate style ability.