You wouldn’t think there was much scope for the stand up paddleboard to evolve, at the end of the day it is a board powered by a paddle, but over the years we have seen many variations and inventions, some of which have worked better than others. A new board released by the team at Hobie has taken the SUP into a new dimension and has completely done away with the need for a paddle. The Mirage Eclipse Stand Up Pedal Board is powered by a pair of flippers beneath the board, which are operated by the user via a pedal system on the deck of the board.
The Mirage Eclipse features adjusting aluminium handlebars for steering, and is available in two sizes – 10’5″ and 12″. The MirageDrive pedal system is tried and tested and has been in use since the late 90’s on a range of Hobie craft and is operated by a pair of pedals, which in turn move the flippers underneath the board. Looking like a cross between an exercise bike and elliptical trainer, the Mirage Eclipse certainly looks like it could offer more of an aerobic workout than a standard paddleboard.
The boards are said to be extremely stable and intuitive to use, even for someone completely new to the sport and will launch in the US this spring with a price of $2500 for the smaller board, whilst the uber-stable 12ft pedal board will retail at $2600. You can see the Hobie Eclipse in action in the official video below. What do you think of the Stand Up Pedal Board? Is it an over thought and over engineered gimmick, or do you think it could offer the opportunity for many impaired and less active people to get out and enjoy the feeling of cruising on open water?