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Who is it for?
If you’re looking for a very stable, inflatable board that is affordable, then the Shubu from Boardworks is worth a look. This stand up paddle (SUP) board comes in the Single Chamber Drop Stitch construction which durable and has both positives and negatives. Due to its width of 34 inches the board is incredibly stable. Its construction comes at an average weight of 2.82 lbs per foot, weighing 26.7 lbs total. Its shape makes the Shubu an all-around board that can be used by everyone and is designed for recreational paddling. Its construction and shape combined best fit this board for short-distance paddling along the beach and around the dock. Retailing at $1,099, the board is in the popular mid-tier market in terms of affordability.
On first impressions, the graphics and color are bland, the shape design is quite thoughtful and the construction strikes as relatively strong. The Shubu takes the simple route in terms of looks, coming with a limited play on color and graphics. The shape design is typical of boards in these categories, offering features tailored primarily for recreational paddling and the construction does appear durable, as something that can survive constant use. This paddle board is easy to carry due to it being quite lightweight (20-30 lbs) and the glide feels slow, which is to be expected since lightweight construction and speed-centric designs are not at focus. The board has a couple of unique features having two side-bite fins and with the option of adding a third center fin into the center fin box. It also comes in a nice portable bag and has a repair kit in case of damage. And once you put it all together, the Boardworks Shubu is a very stable paddle board that everyone, no matter what skill level, can paddle with ease and have fun.
Primary UseAll-Around Use
Paddle Boards fall into two broad categories, All-Around and Specialty boards, with all-around designed primarily for recreation while speciality boards for top performance in specific disciplines
Durability is largely a result of the board construction and shape, with more durable boards typically carrying more materials (added layers, PVC, etc) and as such adding to the weight.
Stability is a product of construction and shape, where boards w/ 30”+ wide and 200+ liters in volume offer plenty of stability for your AVG adult while a board under 26” wide is a challenge.
Glide is a result of board shape and construction, w/ boards weighing under 30lbs and designed for racing offering best glide while recreational boards normally being on the slow side
Dimensions9'6" x 34" x 6"
Industry standard in board dimensions reads: L (length, from nose to tail) x W (width, from rail to rail at midpoint length), and H (height, from top to bottom of board at midpoint length).
Standup paddle boards tend to fall into 4 different weight classes: extremely lightweight (under 20 lbs), lightweight (20-28 lbs), average weight (28-35 lbs), heavy (above 35 lbs).
Volume is a key metric to determine how much weight a board can carry. Boards w/ 200+ liters offer most floatation with boards under 150 liters typically for high-performance surf
Capacity is the max cargo weight a stand up paddle board can carry, considering not only the paddler’s weight but whatever else the paddler may choose to carry alongside him/her.
Add On'sBungee/FCS II/D Ring/Air 7 Fin Box/2 built in Side Bites/Arch Bar
Add-on’s include bungee cords, a minimalist way to haul things; Connexsup, which allows for all sorts of attachments, even fishing rods; and FCS II/Connect, for easy fin instal.
Handles directly affect carrying ease, with external grip handles (Liftsup & EZgrab) offering most comfort, Internal Ergo Grip the mid-tier comfort, and box handles as least comfortable.
Fishing rod holders and/or paddle holders can make paddling that much more pleasant, esp. when needing holders for the rod or having a safe place for the paddle during yoga.
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