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ION 4/3mm ladies Trinity Amp & mens Onyx Amp – £259/€319/$375*

Wetsuits come in all shapes, sizes and price tags. In this new SUPboarder review we look at 2 performance wetsuits from ION. Both ladies and mens suits are 4mm thick in the body/legs and 3mm on the arms, making them the ideal suits for water temperatures 13-20 °C or 55-65°F. These suits are super supple which makes them ideal for paddlers who want comfort as well as warmth high on their priority list. If you ‘re looking to have one wetsuit that does it all, the Trinity Amp or Onyx Amp could just be it.

Visit the ION website for more details about these wetsuits and their full range. www.ion-products.com

*All prices are approx due to current ex-change rates.

We take a look at the two big players in the 2018 Starboard race range… the Starboard All Star and Starboard Sprint. They’re both already proven race winning boards, but the 2018 boards have been refined and the range of conditions they work well in widened (from the 2017 models) to give all level of riders the best boards under their feet in a wider range of water states.

In this video we compare and dissect the two boards to give you real world facts and feedback – what conditions we found the boards work best in and who we think the boards will be best suited for.

Boards other sizes;

2018 Starboard All Star
14’0”x28” – 14’0”x26” – 14’0”x24.5” – 14’0”x23.5” – 14’0”x22.5”
12’6”x28” – 12’6”x26” – 12’6”x24.5” – 12’6”x23.5” – 12’6”x23”

2018 Starboard Sprint
18’1”x23” – 14’0”x25” – 14’0”x23” – 14’0”x21.5” – 12’6”x23”

Visit the Starboard website for more information on these boards.

The App used to track data was GeoSUP. More information about GeoSUP can be found here : www.geosup.com

 

Naish Nalu 10’6” x 30” GS / £1229

SUPboarder looks at the all-round SUP – the Naish Nalu 10’6”. The Nalu is a great board for paddlers who want a board to do it all.  This Nalu 10’6” is a bigger more user friendly version of the performance longboard the 10′ Nalu Pro. This 10’6” Nalu is going to suit riders weighing 60-95kg who want to paddle flat water and/or get into waves. If you’re looking for a well made, top end price point board, the Naish Nalu 10’6” could be a great board for you.

Board details:
  • Length        10′6”
  • Width         30″
  • Thickness   4″
  • Volume      160l
  • Fin set up  2+1 / US box Centre Fin
  • Weight       10.1 kg
  • Rider size   60-95kg

For more information about the Naish Nalu 10’6” check out the Naish website.
Also if you want to compare the Naish Nalu with other boards on the market check out the SUPboarder equipment guide.

In the SUPboarder PRO video of this review we look at other boards you can compare to the Naish Nalu. Not got PRO? Find out more here at SUPboarder Pro.

Shark SUPs All Round 10′ x 32” / All round iSUP £625 / $829

SUPboarder reviews the 2017 Shark SUPs All Round Regular 10′. A good value entry level SUP that will suit a the first paddler want to get into SUP without spending a fortune. Following on from the other Shark SUPs boards, it comes with simple but practical bag and a two way High Pressure pump. Being 10′ long and light at 10kg the board is easy to use and turn for the whole family young and old.

Board details:
  • Length       10′
  • Width         32″
  • Thickness   6″
  • Fin set up  1 x Plastic US box centre fin 2x min side fins
  • Weight       10 kg
  • Rider size   <85kg
  • Deflection  14 mm

For more information about the 2017 Shark SUPs All Round 10′ check out the Shark SUPs website here.
Also if you want to compare the Shark SUPs Touring board with other boards on the market check out the SUPboarder equipment guide here.

Bravo 20 Electric pump / RRP €250

We all love an electric SUP pump… but there are electric SUP pumps and then there’s the Bravo 20 Electric SUP pump! We have been very impressed how the pump works and looks. Loads of charging adaptors for 110v – 230v and the ability to run it off and charge it from a car as well. The battery life is long, allowing us to pump almost 8 x 200L surf iSUP boards on one charge.

Bravo 20 Electric pump

  • Capacity             125L a min
  • Max psi              22psi
  • Weight               3.5kg
  • Time                  3:30sec

Note from Bravo about about the cigarette lighter charger:
This is not just to recharge the battery, when the battery is full or half (and you see it from the colour led on the gauge, green or orange), you can also use the pump directly connected to the car lighter (pump will take part of the energy from the internal battery and part from the car)
When the battery is down (red) then you can charge with the 12v cigarette lighter plug

Check out the Scoprega / Bravo website www.scoprega.it for more information and where to get hold of this electric pump. 

Naish Quest 9’6” x 32” Alana / £1229

SUPboarder looks at the beginner surf SUP – the Naish Quest 9’6”. Reviewed here in the Alana graphic the Naish Quest 9’8″ is designed to be used by the first time SUP surfer, but it may also suit the more experienced, heavier, intermediate SUP surfer. This super stable board is easy to surf and offers a large amount of volume for its length because of its overall thickness. If purple isn’t your colour remember this board is also available in the standard Quest colour ways too.

Board details:
  • Length        9′6”
  • Width         32″
  • Thickness   5″
  • Volume      170l
  • Fin set up  2+1 / US box Centre Fin
  • Weight       11.5 kg
  • Rider size   60-100kg

For more information about the Naish Quest 9’6” check out the Naish website.
Also if you want to compare the Naish Quest with other boards on the market check out the SUPboarder equipment guide.

In the SUPboarder PRO video of this review we look at other boards you can compare to the Naish Quest. Not got PRO? Find out more here at SUPboarder Pro.

Test rider on film Donald Campbell

Are you looking for a pair of shorts that are practical, stylish and yet cosy? Then these Horizon shorts from Palm might be just what you’re after. We’ve been testing these sorts in all weather and paddling conditions and they really are more then just a summer pair of shorts. From racing to SUP surfing they do it all and are super comfy and cosy too.

About Palm

Palm is one of the leading designers and manufacturers of “Gear for Paddlers.’ From their origins in a small shed in Somerset in 1979 Palm Equipment was originally designed for the kayak and canoe market, however they are now making a range of products suitable for SUPers including jackets, PFD’s, shorts, leggings, tops, rash vests, ponchos, booties and accessories.
Palm has a range of shorts in their clothing range, for both men and women, including quick drying board shorts, neoprene shorts and their 2in1 Horizon shorts.

Palm Horizon shorts (mens) – £64.95

Designed as a practical, comfortable and stylish piece of clothing for all types of paddlers, Palm’s Horizon shorts have a windproof outer shell and fleecy attached inner shorts. Palm have thought of it all!

  • Available in both mens and womens range.
  • Available in colours – blue and jet grey (mens), aqua and jet grey (ladies)
  • Available in 4 sizes – S,M,L,XL (mens) WS, WM, WL, WXL (ladies)

The 5’11 medium build male tester wore a size M.

The SUPboarder verdict

Palm’s horizon shorts might just look like your usual pair of boardies, but these fashionable looking, top quality shorts have got some clever hidden features. There’s a lot more to them than meets the eye! With a windproof outer shell, attached fleece inner shorts, high neoprene waistband with lace adjustment, roomy splash proof thigh pocket and loose, unrestrictive fit they have definitely been designed with paddlers in mind.

The below knee outer shell is both windproof and water resistant which helps keep you warm and dry when paddling or sitting on your board. The fleece inner shorts feel really soft against your skin and give the shorts a cosy feel, especially with their high waist band. But despite being tight fitting they’re very comfortable and not sweaty at all. Their snug inner shorts also means that any unexpected dunkings are softened (especially to the lower regions!) as water is less likely to flush up your shorts when you fall in. The high cut waist and lace adjustment means the shorts stay well positioned and you stay well covered when paddling. The roomy thigh pocket is perfect for keys or an energy bar, and the YKK AquaGuard splash proof zip keeps everything dry (unless you have a proper dunking!)

The stretchy fleece inner shorts and loose fitting outer shorts means the shorts are not restrictive in any way, and are perfect for all types of paddling. Cosy and yet cool, comfy and yet practical. They look stylish both on and off the water.

The shorts are suitable for a range of paddling conditions. The long length provides great wind and sun protection, ideal for both those sunny summer days and windier conditions. And the fleecy inner shorts provide that extra bit of warmth (as well as support!) on those chillier days, when you don’t want to paddle in full leggings or a wetsuit.

The combination of a windproof outer shell and cosy inner shorts means you really do get 2 pairs of shorts in one and the best of both worlds! Horizon shorts will keep you much warmer than a pair of standard boardies so you’ll be able to keep paddling in your shorts more than just throughout summer.

Pros – reasonably priced
Cons – not the most flattering female cut shorts

Palm's Horizon ShortsFor more information about Palm and their products check out the Palm website.

SUPboarder tester Reuben Ellis

SUPboarder takes a look at the big iSUP pump on the market, the GRI HP5 triple action hand pump. GRI are already inflating many boards around the world with their current high pressure pump. But this new GRI is set to take on the big inflators like the Red Paddle Co Titan. We put it through our 2017 pump challenge to see which pump comes out on top.

Pumps details:

GRI HP5 Triple Action Pump 

  • Capacity             2 x 3.5L
  • Max psi              26psi
  • Time                  1:46sec
  • Max bpm           143bpm
  • Muscle fatigue   Low

All times and heart rates are when pumping a 200L board up to 15psi.

Find out more about the GRI Pump company here : www.j-quan.com

The GRI HP5 is available from Fanatic : http://www.fanatic.com/product/fanatic-power-pump-hp5/

Aquaite Voyager Pro Carbon / £219

In this weeks review SUPboarder looks at the Aquaite Voyager Pro. A Carbon 3 piece travel paddle from luxury British watersports brand Aquaite. After reviewing the fixed (one piece) Aqua Pro paddle,  the Voyager Pro paddle still has the same blade shape, size and outstanding Aquaite finish. It’s a well designed and priced paddle that’s going to suit many beginner to intermediate/advanced paddlers.

AquaiteFind out more about the Aquaite Voyager Pro paddle on their website www.aquaite.com.  And also look out for the Aquaite board + paddle + experience package, for a chance to have a free guided trip exploring the Scottish highlands.

Bravo hand pumps 100, 101 and 110 / RRP £50 / $70

Bravo pumps have been pumping up iSUPs longer than any other pump company in the world. In 2017 they released 3 new pumps to their pump range. SUPboarder gave the pumps a good going over and put them to the test… including how long it takes, and the effort required to inflate a 200L board to 15psi.

Pumping time, heart rate and amount of effort required varied between each pump. And a lower heart rate (bpm) didn’t necessarily mean easier to pump, especially during the final stages of pumping.

Pump details:

Bravo 100 (bigger silver pump)

  • Capacity             2 x 2L (using double action)
  • Max psi              27.5psi
  • Time                  1:55sec
  • Max bpm           149bpm
  • Muscle fatigue   Low

Bravo 101 (smaller sliver pump)

  • Capacity             2 x 1.5L (using double action)
  • Max psi              27.5psi
  • Time                  1:51sec
  • Max bpm           150bpm
  • Muscle fatigue   Low

Bravo 110 (Red pump)

  • Capacity             2 x 2.5L (using double action)
  • Max psi              14.5psi
  • Time                  2:02sec
  • Max bpm           138bpm
  • Muscle fatigue   High

Tester

  • 5’10”
  • 77kg

Check out the Scoprega / Bravo website www.scoprega.it for more information and where to get hold of these pumps. No doubt we’re going to see these pumps in board packages next year. Looks like iSUP pumping is about to get even easier!

Shark SUPs Touring 11’8”x 30” / All round iSUP £675 / $879

SUPboarder reviews the 2017 Shark SUPs Touring 11’8”. One of the cheapest all round iSUPs we have tested. Despite having a cheaper price point Shark still provide a good quality, well made board. It may not have a bag with wheels or a top shaped performance fin, but the Shark SUP will get paddlers comfortably on the water, paddling in a range of flat water locations. From family fun to mini adventures the Shark SUPs Touring Traveler 11’8” will suit lots of paddlers needs on the water.

Board details:
  • Length        11′8”
  • Width         30″
  • Thickness   6″
  • Fin set up  1 x Plastic US box centre fin 2x min side fins
  • Weight       11 kg
  • Rider size   <90kg
  • Deflection  14 mm

For more information about the 2017 Shark SUPs Touring 11’8” check out the Shark SUPs website here.
Also if you want to compare the Shark SUPs Touring board with other boards on the market check out the SUPboarder equipment guide here.

In the SUPboarder PRO video of this review we compare the Shark SUPs Touring with the;
Starboard TouringNaish Nalu, JP Australia CrusiairFanatic RaysRRD Aircruiser, and Riber Deluxe.
For more in depth information about this feature check out SUPboarder Pro.

Starboard Touring 12’6” x 31” Pine Tex / £1699

SUPboarder reviews the Starboard Touring in the bigger 12’6” x 31” Pine Tex construction. A wide touring board that is set up to carry a serious amount of weight, but still offers the paddler a good amount of glide and speed. The Starboard Touring is super stable because of its bottom shape design, and with its easy to use tie bungees and large fin it will make a great touring board for heavier paddlers who want to find out what’s around the next corner.

Starboard Touring 12'6'' 2017 review / Touring SUP

Board details:
  • Length        12’6”
  • Width         31″
  • Thickness   7.9″ (approx)
  • Volume      284l
  • Fin set up  US centre box
  • Weight       14.9 kg
  • Rider size   under 110kg

For more information about the Starboard Touring check out the Starboard website here.

If you have used this board or have any questions or comments about this board please leave your comment below. Also if you want to compare the Starboard Touring with other boards on the market check out the SUPboarder equipment guide here.

For more in depth information about this feature check out SUPboarder Pro.


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