Having a good quality standup paddleboard is vital, the last thing you want while on an adventure is a damaged board! We use Shark SUPS as they are extremely durable. It's a military grade inflatable, not backyard pool inflatable grade used by some low quality inflatable SUP manufacturers. These boards are made in the same factories that make rugged river rafts and high-speed Zodiac style boats.
High quality inflatable SUPs (iSUPs) have a lot of benefits over rigid/hard fibreglass or plastic SUPs.
Easy to transport – The most common reason for wanting an inflatable board seems to be because they are extremely easy to transport.
Softer surface to cushion your fall – Everyone falls at some point while stand-up paddling, especially when first starting out or when paddling in waves. It's best to try and fall away from your board, but at least if you do hit the board you are less likely to feel the impact. This can be especially great for beginners or children.
Very stable – For the most part inflatable SUPs are more stable than a hard-shell board. They are easier to learn on and in general just an overall more stable ride.
Extremely durable – Quality iSUP’s are actually better suited for river paddling and rocky shores.
These boards are not flimsy and whereas a fibreglass board might get dinged if it crashes into rocks, an inflatable will just bounce right off.
Great for dogs – The stable and the surface allows your four legged friend to sit without his paws sliding around as he might do on a fibreglass board.They are the ideal choice for those who want to SUP with their pup!
Drop us a line if you'd like more information on our boards.
See the review below from SUPBOARDER Magazine on the Shark SUP Touring 11'8.