Best inflatable SUP boards
Inflatable SUP boards have one principal advantage over hard boards - it is ease of transportation and storage. That’s why their popularity exploded all around the world lately.
Thanks to that radically increasing demand, a lot of new brands popped out willing to get a share of the market. That kind of companies - “no names” from a surf industry perspective offer cheap equipment, but their quality is mostly questionable. The best exam for boards durability is intensive use in surf stations and rentals. For instance, Mistral boards after 3-4 seasons of rental still keep their (good) shape and look. On the other hand, some cheap boards of a “new brand” loose their profile and show other faults (like eva deck delamination) in the first season.
So, what board would be the best? Firstly it depends on its purpose. Whether it will be recreational, holiday usage - so called Allround. We want to have a buoyant, wide and stable board. So we can paddle with a kid, dog, play in a pair or do some yoga asanas. If we want to go for longer excursions, paddle at a pace - it’s best to choose a Touring board, slightly narrower, with longer waterline, faster. You can also race on inflatables nowadays - those boards are even narrower, specially designed.
Quality and durability of the board depends mostly on the outer layer material (PVC) and glueing. Constructions can be single or double layered. This affects the stiffness of the hull, which is especially noticeable by heavier riders. You don’t want your board to bend and shake unpleasantly while paddling…
Below there are some recommendations for best inflatable SUP choices in our offer:
|Mistral Tribe Line||stable, top quality and durability||fusion - double layer||639-729 EUR|
|Unifiber Energy||versatile, well crafted||double layer||639 EUR|
|F2 SUP TEAM||low price, established brand||single layer||429 EUR incl. paddle|
|Mistral Vortex Air||revolutionary 4-chamber design, extremely fast||4-chamber||1399 EUR|
|Mistral Spirit||stiff, fast, very durable||fusion - double layer||899 EUR|
|Unifiber Touring Endurance||well shaped hull, durable||double layer||659 EUR|
|Skiffo Sun Cruise||versatile, fast yet buoyant hull, option for kayak seat attachment||double layer||619 EUR incl. paddle|
Quality of paddles is a separate issue. I had an opportunity to test “carbon” paddles from one of sports chain supermarkets. I was having an uncomfortable feeling that I’m holding a soft, thin stick that is prone to crack after couple of hard strokes. It is definitely worth to get a decent paddle.
Summing up, as long as you plan to SUP more than just few times a season, spend that little extra money on your equipment. It will be reliable and last longer!
I remember that day as if it were yesterday. One of the most important events in my life. In the winter of 2001, exactly 20 years ago, I registered a business under the following name: "EASY-windsurfing". Me - a freshman, 25 years old, just graduated from economics studies, with some full-time job in marketing, no experience... But I knew already then - and it was probably at the end of my studies - that would want my life to be intertwined with windsurfing somehow.
EASY SURF Shop has officially become an import and distributor of the well-known and appreciated brand JP AUSTRALIA. The first boards were released on the market by JP in 1997. From the very beginning, it gained very good opinions from both professional and amateurs riders. Today we will check at what windsurf boards the JP AUSTRALIA team, led by the shaper Werner Gnigler, has prepared for us for 2021.
Today we present to you with a complete novelty designed by Fabian Vollenweider, the Tabou Fifty which we had the opportunity to test recently!
Every windsurfing boards manufacturer has an array of various models designed for different disciplines, windsurfing styles and levels. In this blog entry we pick some recommendations for the gear for intermediate windsurfers available in our shop.