404 Monster 2.0

BEST FOR: Weekend-warrior racers and fitness paddlers. THE TEST: Designed by SUP racer Danny Ching, this 12'6" foam-and-fiberglass board borrows high-performance race cues from the pro’s own custom-built 404 Monster. At 28.5 inches wide and 4.6 inches thick, the Monster is tippier than surfboard-style SUPs but plenty stable for a touring race board, especially once you build up momentum. Our testers fought over the 404 on long-distance sessions because of its speed and the way it plowed through chop and wind swells. THE VERDICT: A touring race board that gobbles up the miles. The carbon-fiber model ($2,675) offers more full-on speed. 12'6"; 27.5 lbs


Brand: 404 $1,825
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