Soft edges. This board is a good blend of the MVP and River Surfer. The edges are there, but they are raised out of the water, and are very soft.
- EASY TO LEARN ON: The Badfish Cobra 6'6" is very wide and stable, which means that it is easier to get on a wave with than the River Surfer. It is also a few inches shorter, and that means that the nose will not catch on a steep trough as easily. The rails are very soft, and out of the way. The board can carve when you want it to, but is not even remotely close to being edgy.
- GREAT FOR SMALLER RIVER FEATURES:Short boards do better in smaller features. This board is a blast in a 400 cfs small river wave hole. If you can surf it in a modern whitewater freestyle kayak, you can most likely surf it with the Cobra 6'6"
- JIB MACHINE:The Cobra is an all out jib machine. It loves to ollie and grind. The hull is amazingly loose, and it spins with ease. The hull is actually much looser than the River Surfer, which means that any trick that involves rotating the board will be a breeze. If you want to learn to 360, this is hands down the best board on the market. It is so loose that if you surf with just the side fins in (and maybe a nubster in the middle) the board will rotate without even putting in a draw stroke...clean 360's are totally possible.
- CARBON INNEGRA OPTION IS LIGHT AND DURABLE:The Badfish Cobra is offered in 2 layups. The standard Innegra / fiberglass layup is very durable. The overall weight is just below 30 lbs. The carbon / Innegra layup is extremely light (around 19-120 lbs). The carbon version is easier to ollie, and easier to spin (less rotational weight). The carbon version only costs $200 more, which is very reasonable in the world of carbon surf boards. Most full carbon boards that we sell are around $2400-$3000.
- RELATIVELY INEXPENSIVE:The Badfish Cobra is a lot of board for the money, especially the carbon layup. For $1398, you can a 19 lb river surfing SUP that is very durable, light in weight, and is fun to surf.
- NOT AS CARVY / EDGY AS THE RIVER SURFER: The Badfish Cobra is very user friendly, and is super loose on a wave, but does not have the same crisp edges as the River Surfer. If you are looking for a board that has an edgier feel, you may want to check out the River Surfer. It carves turns better than the Cobra. If you want a loose and slarvy surfing device - get the Cobra. And remember, it's a quiver sport, so you really need both....seriously, you do.
- SLOWER THAN LONGER BOARDS: At 6'6" (and with copious amounts of nose rocker), the Cobra is NOT a speed demon. It's stable and steady, but not fast. If you live near a glassy, or lower angle wave, you may want to look at faster short boards, like the River Surfer 6'11" or 8'. The Cobra is the most at home on smaller / steeper features.