“Inventing new ways to enjoy the water is a way of life at Hobie. Company namesake Hobie Alter created the modern fiberglass foam core surfboard and the iconic Hobie Cat sailboat,” commented Doug Skidmore, president of Hobie. “His creative spirit inspired the MirageDrive hands-free pedal drive that revolutionized both recreational kayaking and kayak fishing. Now that same technology is launching a new category of Mirage Standup.”
Jim Czarnowski, Hobie’s Director of Engineering, describes the MirageDrive as “the heart of the Eclipse.” The engineering is simple. A natural stepping motion cycles the large topside pedals connected to powerful underwater fins that efficiently power the Eclipse as slow or fast as desired. The fins fold against the board for shallow water and beach landings.
The high strength advanced composite epoxy hull harnesses decades of Hobie boardsports heritage for its quick displacement design. The graceful bow pierces the water, enhancing speed and glide. The square tail and flat bottom add to the board’s quiet, stable ride.
The rudder offers pinpoint stand up control unique to the Eclipse. It kicks up in shallow water and can also lock into place for improved tracking when the Eclipse is used as a traditional SUP – just one alternative way to enjoy this board for upper body fitness paddling.
Large EVA deckpads provide carefree, high-traction footing and enhanced comfort for all-day rides. There is plenty of room for extra gear or the family dog to perch on the stern. Cargo Bungees® on the aft deck secure gear.
Eclipse accessories include a protective board bag and a cart that makes transportation to and from the water a breeze. A cup holder and universal phone mount are available to keep riders refreshed and ready to capture every memory.
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