Sorrento first impressions
Just received the Sorrento and couldn't wait to get it on the water, even in December in Colorado. I took advantage of a mild day in the upper 50's, low 60's to take my virgin Sorrento out.
It was a little narrower and longer than the board it was replacing (the previous board was 12' x 32"). This made the first few strokes a little wobbly. I was quickly able to get a handle on it and definitely liked how it tracked over distance. During my return trip, I encountered a quartering tailwind that created some chop. While the waves (6" - 8") caused me and the board to bobble around, I was able to stay on top with minimal fight. Cutting into the waves perpendicularly the board was rock solid which was nice. All in all, very pleased with the board, its dimensions, and how it handles both in the flat water and with a little chop. The lighter weight of it also enables it to get up and running quite quickly. I'm looking forward to spending some more time on the board and getting more adventurous to test its limits or should I say mine, once the water warms up a little.
Didn't give it a 5 star since there were two minor things that could be adjusted.
1. The forward strap seemed to be set back toward the center a little more than some other boards I've used. This caused my paddle to contact the PFD when switching sides. Moving the PFD to the back strap alleviated that.
2. There are no threaded connectors on this board vs. other touring boards. If you are not planning on ever…
Thanks for the valuable feedback and review Lawrence.
Very much appreciated.