BADFISH STAND UP PADDLE COBRA 6’6″ REVIEW
- Length: 6’6”
- Width: 33”
- Thickness: 6”
- Volume 171 L
- Fins: FCS Tri Fin
- Uses: Park and Play River Surfing
- Material: Carbon/Inegra blend
- Weight: ~20 lbs
Badfish Cobra 6’6″ – making smaller river waves more fun since 2015
The Badfish River Surfer might be the single coolest river related toy that I have ever owned. Actually, it’s not a toy, it’s a weapon. It is a precision utensil built for the specific purpose of slicing apart river waves. It’s fast where it needs to be, has rocker and volume in the right spots, and rails turns like nobody’s business. I did not realize how damn good the the River Surfer 6’11” was, until I had the chance to paddle some “river surfing” boards built by other brands. After surfing another brand of board, I felt myself longing to be on my River Surfer, which locks into waves, and “just feels right”.
How could Badfish possibly come up with something better than the River Surfer? What could they do to improve upon it? I even have a 14 lb ultra light River Surfer that is so quick edge to edge, it is almost telepathic….why would I possibly want to surf on another shape, even it is was designed by Badfish?
The answer is simple, the new Badfish Stand Up Paddle Cobra 6’6″ is just plain fun. It is a light hearted, playful short board that feels like you are on a skateboard or jib oriented snowboard. It begs you to spin it, grind it, ollie it, and pretty much do anything except front surf. Don’t get me wrong, you can front surf this thing to the cows come home, but it’s true niche is making the task of river surfing much easier, thus allowing you to take your freestyle repertoire to the next level.
The Cobra is named after a guy nicknamed Cobra. He’s a SUP river surfer, who got in touch with Badfish and told them about his idea. He thought that it would be cool to have a board that did well on every day sized features (as opposed to huge Western stye features). He liked various parts of the MVP, namely how it did not pearl very easily, and how the rails were very forgiving. The MVP was not enough of a performance board for every day surfing. He and the rest of his crew thought that it would be cool to have a board with the performance characteristics of the River Surfer, yet the overall playfulness and ease of use of the MVP.
The Badfish Cobra 6’6″ is more than a small river surfer. It has a completely different design altogether. Besides being shorter, wider and thicker, it also has softer rails. The Cobra 6’6″ is as loose as a goose. It’s really hard to catch an edge, because it is one step away from not having an edge. For that reason, this board spins very easily. If you want to learn 360’s, this is the SUP for you. If you want to learn to grind, or increase the amount of time that you can hold onto a grind, you need the Cobra. If you like to surf huge, powerful river waves, and carve big arcing turns, look elsewhere…
Again, for those of you that have surfed the Badfish MVP 7’6″, the Cobra has the stability and confidence of the MVP, yet the performance value of the River Surfer. Besides that, you need to surf it to really find out what it is like…
The sweet spot for this board is on smaller, steeper river waves. A big wave surfer it is not…grab your 10’6″ for Big Sur (or even your River Surfer 8′ or 6’11”), and and use the Cobra for everything else. Think of it as a 6′ whitewater play boat that you can stand on.
The place that this board is WICKED fun, is when the river drops to be low enough that the River Surfer starts to feel too long for a wave. Late summer surfing will be more fun with the Cobra; it’s the ultimate September / October “extend your season by another 30 days board“…I know out of experience that on a 300 cfs day where my River Surfer was borderline boring…a small wave that the RS 6’11” would sit on top of, the Cobra can ollie and spin in.
Who is the Badfish Cobra good for? What niche does this SUP fill? If you’re learning the sport of river surfing, the Cobra will make your life easy. It’s very stable, and makes getting over difficult eddylines less challenging. It is also very stable when it is on the wave. The Badfish Cobra also has a loose hull, which makes it a great freestyle board. It ollie’s and spins as good as anything out there. If you want to learn to 360 on a river wave, get this board immediately. If you’re looking for an edgier feel, or a faster board for bigger waves, the Cobra will do an OK job, but you may want to check out the River Surfer 6’11” or 8′.
Overall, the board is a ton of fun. I have had my Cobra for about a week now, and am still getting the board dialed in. It’s fun to have a small board in the quiver, I’m a huge fan.