12'6 OXBOW EXPLORE

12'6 OXBOW EXPLORE

Award-Winning designs for longer distance cruising

“A smooth, stable and fast ride”

Men's Journal

Touring performance in all conditions, travel-ready and easy to store.
Lightweight, Rigid, Durable, Portable Oxbow AIR inflatable paddleboards feature ultra-light, durable and extremely rigid construction for performance typically found only in rigid boards. By adding a non-stretch stringer along the top and bottom center line together with double layer rail construction we’ve reduced weight, dramatically increased rigidity and improved ease of re-rolling and packing the board after use. The AIR models inflate to a rigid 15psi and come with an oversize backpack for ease of transport and storage, rugged two-way pump with gauge, packing straps, removable center fin with easy on/off thumb screw, repair kit and valve wrench.

 

 



Program

Allround

Race

Touring



Key Features

Versatile shapes for all-round use, touring, whitewater, fitness and windsurfing
Ultra-light construction = easy to carry
Dyneema stringer improves stiffness vs. traditional inflatables
Deck bungee cord for storing gear
Carry handles at nose, tail and center
Diamond grip EVA pad for added traction and comfort
Universal center fin box with removable center fin (additional fins standard on certain models)
Includes oversize backpack, heavy duty 2-way pump with pressure gauge and repair kit

Important:

Download the SUP Air User Guide

 

Oxbow SUP

Oxbow calls to mind images of constant movement and glide, common to many board sports businesses. It’s a name taken from nature, one of the Oxbow’s core and founding values. Born in the mid-80s in Normandy, France, the company set about to create an off-the-wall style, surfing the wave of windsurf popularity when it was THE big new board sport. Around the same time, BIC Sport was riding the same wave, becoming the biggest manufacturer of windsurf boards in the world. It is the era of pastel tones, flashy colours and bleached hair.... In both companies, and among the riders who represented them, there was the same bubbling-over of ideas and styles that singled out this generation of windsurf fanatics.

The 90s brought with them a new business cycle and diversification into other emerging sports. Brittany-based BIC Sport started producing surf products, with the longboards that brought tens of thousands of new participants to an activity that became as much a way of life as a sport. And at the same period, Oxbow moved its business down to south-west France to be nearer the legendary surf spots of the Basque/Atlantic coast. They became an integral part of the longboard scene and pioneers for many other extreme sports. Over the following years, Oxbow moved into fields as varied as snowboard and moto-cross, while BIC Sport was consolidating its hold on the windsurf and surf markets, devising new sporting applications for both activities. It was the beginning of the «cross-over» period that board sport fans still identify with to this day.
The end of the 2000s have been marked by the emergence and incredible growth of Stand Up Paddle, a new sport born from the convergence of these waves of enthusiasm. BIC Sport has put its immense understanding into creating a comprehensive range of innovative SUP boards, while Oxbow has lent its support and experience to the top riders and events that have given visibility and structure to the new sport.

As the destinies of these two French market leaders have evolved, you can see the same values, the same passion and the same stability in the ever-changing and bubbling world of board sports. That they might choose to combine their forces now seems completely logical. From this exciting collaboration will come a whole new range of Stand Up Paddle products, proudly manufactured in France* by BIC Sport and carrying the pioneering colours of the Oxbow brand. An alliance that will bring a global identity to the sport and its enthusiasts, with a range of products running from boards and paddles to the textiles and accessories associated with sport and lifestyle.
Who knows what the next big thing in boards sports will be? But one thing is certain: BIC Sport and Oxbow are henceforth combining their forces to enable you to enjoy Stand Up Paddle to the max and discover the magic of board riding, harnessing the beauty and power of nature to the very best of products and performance.
*All ACE-TEC Oxbow Stand Up paddle boards are made in France.

 



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Technical data

Length Width One Feet Off nose width One Feet Off tail width Volume Weight Weight range
12'6" 30'0" 19.25" 14.4" 320 L 25 lbs 240 lbs
  • Fins set up : Single
  • Center Fin : Touring 9"
  • Side fins : Soft Twin
  • Fin Supplied : Touring 9"

Technology

No-Flex Stringer construction for lightweight yet rigid inflatable boards

Ultra-Light, Impressively Rigid, Highly Durable – We’ve revolutionized our SUP AIR construction to optimize rigidity, reduce weight and maintain shape control (via the rocker profile) and durability. An ultra high-density Dyneema® Stringer belt wraps the board tip to tail for added rigidity. Double layer rails maximize durability where needed most and helps to maintain shape. A single layer of drop-stitch material keeps the board extremely lightweight.

Key Features :
High density drop stitch material for stiffness and performance.
Single layer deck and bottom construction for light weight, improved finish.
Deck and bottom stringer with no-flex properties for maximum stiffness and controlled rocker profile.
Double belt construction on the rails for durability.
Tail inflation for easy packing and rolling from the nose.

1 - Deck Pad
2 - Inner PVC layer reinforcement along the rail
3 - Outer PVC layer reinforcement along the rail
4 - Single layer PVC
5 - PVC stringer patch
6 - Bottom stringer
7 - High Density Dropstitch 4”75 or 6” thicknesse
8 - Deck stringer
9 - PVC stringer patch