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Inflatable-SUPs

If you’re looking for a SUP that you can easily store and quickly take anywhere you go, then an inflatable SUP might be just what you’re looking for. Inflatable SUP's fit easily into a bag, inflate quickly and with very little effort, and provide the same amount of fun as a hard SUP. 

A day trip with a regular paddle board requires planning and transporting your hard SUP can be a challenge.
This makes choosing an inflatable SUP seem like a great idea.


Let’s have a look at why you might choose an inflatable SUP board, and check out some of our best selling inflatable SUP's of 2018.

Our Best Selling Inflatable SUP's of 2018

 
Model Weight Dimensions Capacity Price Our Rating
Shark All Round 10' 10 kg 10' x 30" x 6" 120 kg $698 5-Star Inflatable SUP
Shark All Round Cross 10'6" 10 kg 10'6" x 30" x 4"
120 kg $648 5 Star rating 
Shark Surf 9'10" 8.5 kg 9'10" x 32" x 4"
90 kg $648 4.5 Star rating 
Shark Tourer 10'6" 9.5 kg 10'6" x 30" x 6"
120 kg $698 Four Star Rating


Our No.1 Inflatable SUP Board of 2018


Shark 10' All Round Inflatable SUP


10' All Round Shark ISUPOur most popular inflatable SUP is the Shark 10' All Round inflatable stand up paddle board.

 

The Shark 10' All Round is one of the sturdiest inflatable SUP's on the market. This SUP has triple layer, drop stitched PVC,  fusion technology plastic welding, tough as nails and will withstand collisions with rocks and most anything else you happen to bump into.

Military grade PVC is capable of heavy usage with almost no signs of wear and tear.

 

The board is wide enough that beginners will find it easy to use, and has good buoyancy to keep riders dry.

The crocodile skin deck-pad is non-slip and provides a firm footing giving good control of the board even when wet while also very comfortable under your feet.

The Shark 10' All Round SUP is able to hold a massive 120 kg meaning that for many people you can paddle tandem with one of your kids, or even two up for smaller adults.

As with all Shark SUP's the 10' All Round comes standard with a dual action high-pressure hand pump, adjustable aluminium paddle, removable centre fin, repair kit, and carry bag.

Key Specifications

  • Capacity: 120 kg
  • Weight: 10 kg
  • 10′ x 30″ x 6″
  • Comes standard with pump, travel bag, removable fin, repair kit, and Aluminium 2 piece paddle
  • 2 years manufacturer warranty

So why get an inflatable paddle board?

They’re tough, and made to withstand a lot of rough treatment.

Even if you do eventually manage to put a puncture in your Inflatable SUP they are really easy to repair.

Inflatable SUPs are very easy to use. Simply take the board out of the carry bag, roll out onto the ground, and inflate. In around 5 minutes, you’ll have a solid SUP board ready to paddle.

Shark ISUPs are stiff and strong underfoot, rigid when turning, and can even handle waves.

You can do just about anything with an inflatable SUP that you can do with a regular board. 

Shark Inflatable SUP Construction

 

Things You Can Do With any Stand UP Paddle Board

  • Family Fun
  • Touring
  • Surfing
  • Yoga
  • Fishing
  • Racing

SUP lessons are available in most areas and are a worthwhile investment as you will learn to master your SUP and get the most enjoyment out of it, besides, sup lessons are in themselves a lot of fun and can be used as a team building exercise.

 

Inflatable Boards vs Regular Boards

Jumping on Shark Inflatable SUP

The quality and feel of inflatable SUPS have improved dramatically in recent years. Sophisticated engineering and the use of cutting-edge materials ensure that the performance, durability, and style of inflatable boards closely resemble those of a standard board.  Shark SUP's have remained at the forefront of these technological advances.

Once inflated, there is not much difference between an inflatable SUP and a regular board and underfoot, they both perform very similarly to one another.

So, what are the differences?

 

Some Solid Boards Are More Durable

Thermoformed technology is the latest development in rigid SUP's.  These new SUP's are undoubtedly tougher than their fibreglass and inflatable cousins, although they are not as lightweight.

Poly boards are even tougher than thermoformed SUP's but are relatively very heavy.

Fibreglass SUP's are more durable than inflatable SUP's although they are in some ways less impact resistant.  For example, a fibreglass SUP is more likely to get damaged  upon impact with a rock or other smooth hard object than an inflatable SUP.

 

Easy to Repair

A collision with a composite board is likely to cause damage (crack) that may take a lot of time and effort, and cash to repair.

Repairing an inflatable SUP board is relatively easy, simply clean the area of damage, apply the adhesive supplied in the repair kit, and seal the area with one of the patches. 

 

Transporting and storing is Easy 

The ease of transportation and minimal storage requirements is definitely a big plus for inflatable SUP's.

Rigid boards take up more space and require roof-racks to transport.

 

Pros and Cons of Inflatable SUP's

Pros

Performance:  Strong and rigid once inflated resulting in great performance

Lightweight:  Lighter than most composite boards, much lighter than poly boards

Tough:  Provided you do not abuse your inflatable SUP it should last for years.

Easy to Transport:  When deflated itt rolls up and packs away into a manageable carry bag

Easy to Store:  Does not take a whole lot of place in your shed or in your garage, like a rigid SUP

Quick to Inflate:  Only takes a few minutes to inflate or deflate, an electric pump can make this even easier

Easy to Repair:  The repair kit provided makes repairing your ISUP as easy as repairing a bicycle tube

Cons

Durability:  Not quite as durable as some rigid SUP's

Air Loss:  On very rare occasions you may encounter a fault with the valve, or leaking from a seam, but your local dealer should have no problem repairing or replacing your SUP should this occur

Inflating:  So pumping up the SUP does take some effort, unless you have an electric pump. 

 

How Durable are Inflatable SUP's?

Specially designed woven fabric will stand up to the Sun’s harsh UV rays without breaking down, and can take a beating from waves, rocks, or anything else you smash up against. And if you do happen to nick your board, it’s not difficult to repair.

If you look after your board, an inflatable SUP can last a lifetime.

 

Repairing an Inflatable Paddle Board 

Most inflatable boards come supplied with puncture repair kits and repairing your board should only take a an hour or so, even with no prior experience.

Simply clean the area of damage, applying a small amount of the adhesive, cut a patch to suit, and placing the patch over the glue. Then all you have to do is wait for it to dry and your board will be as good as new and ready for your next adventure!

 

Inflatable SUP Buying Guide

Firstly decide on what kind of paddling you have in mind, are you just looking for something to have some family fun with, or perhaps you want to take it on longer trips, or is surfing what you have in mind?  What about fishing, or even racing.

Generally, shorter boards are easy to turn, whereas longer boards are designed for speed, efficiency and distance and require a larger turning circle.

The width of the board will determine the balance and stability in the water. The wider the board, the more stable it will be. The narrower the boards being more suitable for smaller paddlers or paddlers with more experience.

Then there is the aspect of capacity, make sure that the board you choose is designed to take someone of around about your weight.  If you are planning on using it for tandem paddling (say with your kids) then make sure that you get a SUP with a capacity sufficient to take your combined weight.

Of course there is your budget, how much can you afford and how much are you willing to spend on this great sport.

Do a bit of research, check out the various brands and make sure that you are getting a brand that has a great reputation for quality and product support.  Also ensure that you purchase the SUP of your choice from a reputable dealer, so that you can be confident that you are getting a quality product and will get quality service and advice, especially should you encounter any problems after your purchase.

Check what you will be getting for your money, some brands provide a SUP paddle, hand pump, carry bag, and a puncture repair kit as standard.

Inflatable SUP Boards - Summary

To recap on the benefits of inflatable paddle boards: Easy to transport and store.  Light and easy to carry. They’re tough and built to last. and if you do get a puncture, they are easy to repair.

Inflatable models can do almost everything that a rigid SUP board can do. There are inflatable SUP's designed for racing, yoga, adventure touring, fishing, surfing, and family fun.

Most boards come with all the accessories you need, such as a pump, carry bag, repair kit, and paddle. 

Shark SUP's are the brand that we 100% back up and proudly support as they provide all of the above in addition to being great looking boards.

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