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Who is it for?
If you’re looking for a very stable, non-inflatable, all-around board that is affordable then the Moorea by Pelican is worth a look. This stand up paddle (SUP) board comes in a composite construction which is durable. Due to its width of 32 inches the board is very stable and has 2.56 lbs per foot, weighing 29.4 lbs total, putting the board at an average weight. Its shape makes the Moorea an all-around board that can be used by everyone and was designed primarily for recreation. Its construction and shape combined best fit this board for short distance paddling, typically around the beach or dock. Retailing at only $849 this board is at the low end of the popular mid-tier market and is a great board for the price.
On first impressions, the graphics and color are stunning, the shape design is thoughtful and the construction strikes as durable. The Moorea is visually impressive coming with bold colors and wood accents that are intended to be eye-catching. The shape design is unique for boards in these categories, offering features tailored primarily for recreational paddling. The construction does appear strong, as something that can handle heavy use. This paddle board is somewhat difficult to carry since it weighs just under 30 lbs and the glide feels average, which is to be expected since lightweight construction and speed-centric design are marginally incorporated here. Once you put it all together, the Moorea is a board that is affordable and available for fun for paddlers of all skill levels.
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.
Dimensions11'6" x 32" x 5.6"
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'sLock Ring/10in Fin
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.
HandleInternal Ergo Grip
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.
|10 Feet 6 Inches||31 Inches||5 Inches||200 L|
|11 Feet 6 inches||32 Inches||5.4 Inches||235 L|
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