The mission with the new and patented F.A.S.T. (Foot Actuated Steering Technology) was to revolutionize the same steering that SIC created in the beginning. The new system is focused on durability, reliability, serviceability and flexibility.
“This year one exciting thing that we are coming out with is the new Foot Actuated Steering Technology, which is an improvement on our current steering system,” said Mark Raaphorst, SIC Founder and Master Shaper. “After all the long hours of design, research and development, FAST takes controlling and navigating your paddleboard to the next level.”
It features a hot-swappable tiller arm that can quickly and easily be swapped for goofy or regular footed paddlers. To improve on the safety features we minimized the mechanical components, changed cables to push-rods and added multiple fail-over systems should you encounter a problem with the system on the beach or at sea. Of course it also needed to perform as well or better than the original system, which is hard to do. However, after more than 2.5 years of development we are confident that we exceeded all of the key design and performance requirements. We are stoked and we’re sure you will be too.
“After three years of intense development and testing, we are proud to be releasing our all new FAST Steering system for 2016,” said Jeff Baillargeon, SIC Brand Manager. “Innovation is at heart of what we do at SIC and the new FAST steering system is something that will change the way we paddle forever. This is a revolution in design that is bigger than just downwinding. Steering assisted paddling will change the way we tour on lakes, float down river and tour the coast. I am proud of the work that our team put into this design.”
F.A.S.T. Models Available in 2017
Bullet 17.0 V2
Bullet 14.0 V2
FX Tour 14.0
FX Tour 12.6
Contact your local retailers to get your hands on this new F.A.S.T. system from your O’hana at SIC.
About SIC Maui
SIC is the stand up paddling industry’s premiere manufacturer of high quality, race proven stand up paddleboards and accessories. Founded on the island of Maui and cultivated on a legacy of world class open ocean racing, SIC is an authentic stand up paddle board maker proud to lay claim to a heritage of designing the most winning board share together with out team of elite athletes, brand ambassadors and customers around the globe. Five Star Performance is our motto and we wear it with pride each day through our commitment to extending the SIC experience on and off the water to our growing family. SIC is committed to delivering the very best paddling can offer; for any condition, discipline or ability level.