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volley1961



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 18, 2019 2:43 pm    Post subject: Inflateable SUP Reply with quote

Looking for info on an "Inflateable sailable SUP". I know about Starboard and Fanatic. Has anybody tried these boards? R there any other viable options?
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rswabsin



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 18, 2019 2:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just came across this review in UK's Windsurf mag the other day. Might be some useful info.

https://www.windsurf.co.uk/test-type/windsup-18/
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dllee



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 18, 2019 4:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jp too, on sale at adventure sports florida?
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GarryW



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PostPosted: Sat Jan 19, 2019 12:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Quatro has two inflatables that you can mount a sail on.
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MalibuGuru



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PostPosted: Sat Jan 19, 2019 6:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

FYI, inflatables are pretty mushy, but great if you have a space or storage problem. Also good beginner board for family...but NOT HIGH PERFORMANCE
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isobars



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PostPosted: Mon Jan 21, 2019 1:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Last I heard, from multiple expert sources, is that good racing inflatable SUPs are faster than rigid ones. As of a couple of years ago, the industry is trying to determine exactly why that's true so they can speed up the rigid SUPs. One such source is Big Winds, which carries MANY brands and models and whose staff are rabid SUPers.
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dllee



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PostPosted: Mon Jan 21, 2019 2:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Weight of hard SUP hurts acceleration but not top speed.
$2700 hard SUP still weigh 22 lbs.
$900 inflate weighs 19, but don't come longer than 12'.
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dogjohn



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2019 3:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Duo Boards look like an interesting alternative to inflatables. Half rigid, half inflatable. Has anyone tried them?

https://www.duo-boards.com/duo-windsup/
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dllee



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 23, 2019 4:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Someone sells a FOUR person inflatable SUP.
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bamer



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 25, 2019 1:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

isobars wrote:
Last I heard, from multiple expert sources, is that good racing inflatable SUPs are faster than rigid ones. As of a couple of years ago, the industry is trying to determine exactly why that's true so they can speed up the rigid SUPs. One such source is Big Winds, which carries MANY brands and models and whose staff are rabid SUPers.


Can you name one single identifiable expert to back this claim? You said you heard this 'from multiple expert sources', including Big Winds' employees, so coming up with a single named expert or Big Winds employee is a low bar.

I have a 14' inflatable race SUP and couldn't be happier with it. But at the time of purchase the choice was clear: the inflatable offered slightly less performance versus a rigid board, but it was considerably less expensive and I would be able to store it in a relatively small bag.

When I bought my board, the general consensus was inflatable performance was estimated to be between 90-98% that of a rigid board. But if you are telling me inflatable performance is now beyond that of a rigid board, that would very specifically bring me back into the market for something new.

But I'm skeptical because I have never heard this before...

In StarBoards marketing for their 2019 inflatable race boards they state that their new design's are 'closing the gap' between rigid and inflatable boards. Acknowledging that there is still a gap.

In Naish's marketing for 2019 they recommend their inflatable race boards be used in 'one design' events. The clear implication is that the inflatables are not as fast, so 'one design' would offer the user protection from faster boards.
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