Launched in 2015 and lauded for their impressive performance, smooth feel on the water and eye-catching graphics, the Tracer series has been updated to improve speed and glide as well as comfort and stability. The flat section under foot has been extended forward towards the nose to improve stability while a lower profile piercing nose increases efficiency by smoothly parting the water on entry. A squared off 'chisel' shaped tail reduces drag and the standing area was revised to more efficiently shed water. Deck attachment points make it easy to secure extra gear for extended trips. A new brushed white Carbon-Innegra finish throughout the board looks great, reduces weight and improves durability while protecting the board from overheating in the sun.
Read and submit reviews for the 14'0" x 28" Tracer.
C-Tec Carbon Construction
After 3 years with my 12'6" Ace Tec Wing, I got a 14' x 28" C-Tec Tracer a couple of weeks ago, and so far I am loving it. My board is new from BIC so it has the 2015 upgrades to improve stability, performance and sun resistance. Another great surprise is that the new 14' board now has the side carry handles that to date have only come on the 12'6" models--a welcome and unexpected bonus.
This board is not sold as a race board--the Tracer World Series boards are sold as racing boards. Rather, this is a touring board but it is noticeably lighter and faster than my Wing. It is not as stable as the wider Wing, but it's fine, even at my 240 pound body weight. The foam pad is far more comfortable on bare feet than the pad on the Wing. The Tracer has 4 bungee attachment points, in addition to front and rear attachment points, allowing things easily to be carried. The flat white painted areas have a cool whitewashed look that I like a lot, thought that will be a matter of personal taste. I'm sure it keeps a lot of heat from being absorbed by the board when left in the sun. The board has 2 vents--one front and one rear, and warning stickers advise that the vents be open on aircraft.
The only quality issue I have found early on is that the bright warning stickers that surround the vents are unbelievably crooked. A kindergartner could have done a better job with these. Plus, the warning stickers are made so that they don't peel off cleanly. Instead, the top layer comes off in pieces, leaving a very tenacious adhesive behind that is an enormous pain to remove. WD-40 did little to help dissolve it, so I resorted to 3M automotive adhesive remover, which was a big help. I was very worried it might damage the finish of the board, but it didn't hurt it.
At $2100 the board is not cheap, but I think it's very worth it. So much so that my beloved Wing is now on craigslist.