There has been lots of interest in inflatable boards, and the companies that make them are growing in number. The pros of inflatables are that, when deflated, they can be easily stored and transported. Take them on a plane, stow them in your camper or houseboat, put them in the basement or a closet for the winter. These qualities apply to pretty much all the inflatable boards out there.
There are other advantages of inflatables but the following definitely do not apply to all of them on the market. The best inflatable boards inflate to at least 20 pounds of PSI. This is where much of the performance comes from. Folks come into the kayak shop and poke and prod the inflatables we have here and cannot believe they are inflatables. One guy knew it was an inflatable but wanted to know how the “shell” fit into the back pack carrier. He thought it was an actual hard shell. Red Paddleboard Company has set the standard for others to meet. They inflate to 20 to 25 pounds PSI and their boards are great rides. There are several models to chose from depending on how you want to use the board. The Ride series is very user friendly; the Sport models are narrower and more efficient; and the Explorer series can handle paddlers up to 330 pounds.

Jobe inflatables include a Yoga board with side lashes that can be hooked to other yoga boards, and the AERO SUP in 3 different lengths that include a paddle holder, a leash, paddle, bag and repair kit all in one package price. They inflate to 20 PSI and the center handle has a velcro strap to hold the paddle if you want to stop and raft up or do some yoga.

The Jobe and Red boards come with hand pumps but once you have them inflated you would just leave them inflated for the season, unless you need to take it somewhere on vacation. An electric pump will be out soon and there is an adaptor for air compressors that can be utilized for easier inflation, but you still have to do some final pumps by hand to ensure full inflation. Always buy from a dealer you trust.



What Are the Benefits of an Inflatable SUP

By Mike Funes

Stand Up Paddle (SUP) Boarding is considered to be one of the fastest growing pastimes in the world. There are a variety of reasons for this, but it is primarily because it doesn’t require much equipment to get started and is an activity that everyone can participate in, regardless of age or ability. When selecting a SUP, there are two fundamental options – inflatable or rigid. Both have their own set of benefits and drawbacks to consider.

Inflatable SUP Boards

Inflatable SUP boards first became popular because they are so easy to transport. Unlike their rigid counterparts, inflatable boards can easily fit into a backpack when deflated. This makes taking them on cruises or through an airport extremely easy. Not only can they be deflated and made extremely small, but this also makes them easy to pack. Carrying around a rigid SUP would not only be an inconvenience, but nearly impossible in a crowded airport.

While it does take a little time to use a hand pump to get the inflatable SUP ready to ride, it shouldn’t take more than 5 or 10 minutes. One thing to keep in mind is that getting the ride amount of air pressure is critical. If the inflatable SUP does not have enough air in it, the section being stood one will often bow. This raises the front and back sections, while potentially pushing the center below the water level. Taking the time to inflate the board correctly can make or break how well it handles in water.

A hidden benefit of an inflatable SUP is its durability. This has been proven particularly true on shallower rivers and lakes. If an inflatable SUP hits a rock, it will most likely simply bounce off of it. If a rigid SUP hits a rock, it could end up receiving a huge dent in the bottom of the board.

Rigid SUP Boards

The primary benefit of rigid boards (fiberglass) is that they can be faster and more agile. If the SUP is being used to catch waves, then a rigid board is often a better choice. Along with greater speed, rigid boards tend to have longer fins, which greatly improve agility.

Another benefit of a rigid SUP is that it can be customized to fit personal specifications. While this is not an option most people will ever require, it is something to keep in mind.

Overall, inflatable SUP models provide a variety of benefits which are not available with the rigid alternative. While they may not be quite as fast or agile, the gap in performance is quickly closing. With the added benefit of easy transportation and improved durability, it is obvious why some people consider the inflatable SUP to be one of the best innovations in recent history.

Mike Funes invites you to take a look at Woosung I B Co. With the added benefit of easy transportation and improved durability, it is obvious why some people consider the Inflatable SUP to be one of the best innovations in recent history.

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