For months Hobie teased us with a new product release and when they announced the Mirage® Eclipse at the beginning of the season, we were impressed with this innovative new water sport. Yoga/exercise paddleboarding is extremely popular all around us and we knew this was exactly what they needed next. The Eclipse is made of fiberglass, which makes it very light, faster on the water, and easy to handle. It really is a step on and go water sport with the board, Mirage Drive, handle bars, and rudder.
You’ll see that the Mirage Drive looks a bit different than the drive for kayaks. Using the same functionality, the drive for the Eclipse has flat peddles and fins that fold against hull for easy beaching. The powerful fins paired with the large topside peddles allow you to take it as fast or as slow as you want. The handle bars enhance your balance and double as your rudder controls, squeeze left to go left and right to go right. The rudder is quick to install and folds back when pressure is placed in front allowing you to beach without damage or venture into swallow areas.
Peddle all day in comfort with the large deckpads that are high traction and soft on bare feet. There is plenty of extra room up top for extra gear or your water loving pet. Hobie offers accessories such as a water bottle or cell phone holder for the handle bars, to creates the perfect size for fishing gear or a cooler. The protective bag offers safe storage for all parts that makes it easy to transport by hand or strapping it to the roof.
The Eclipse offers something for a beginner to the a more athletic expert on the water. Looking to paddleboard? No problem, leave the rudder, handle bars, and drive at home. Grab a paddle head head out! The Eclipse is designed for both, just place the plug into the drive insert and you’re ready to go. There are two models, the 10.5 and 12. The 12 offers a foot and a half in length and only weighs 5 pounds more, making it a bit faster on the water. Hobie offers both models in a Solar Yellow and Lunar Blue.
Hobie knew what a splash the Eclipse would be and limited each dealer to only 12 boards this year, and boy were they right! Our boards were sold out before they even shipped out of the factory. It wasn’t until July before we had one we could demo! It became so popular that delivery dates were extended months at a time and it became a race to the dealer with stock for many new owners.
Today is your lucky day! We were able to get more!!
We have one solar yellow and one lunar blue 10.5 that would make a perfect Christmas present to your water sport enthusiast.
No where to put it until summer? No problem, we’ll store it for you for free until it’s time to hit the water.
Give us a call to snag one now (2017 delivery dates have yet to be announced!).