ISLE Creates New SUP & Kayak Category with Launch of Inflatable Hardboards
- Written by Staff
- Published in Gear
SAN DIEGO, California — ISLE, the original surf and SUP manufacturer out of San Diego, CA, is excited to announce the creation of an entirely new inflatable watercraft category dubbed Inflatable Hardboards. The new category will debut under the PRO series collection, which will be offered in two models and five sizes of their iconic, best-selling Pioneer and Explorer models.
The PRO series, a breath of fresh air in the SUP and kayak categories, now offers consumers the best of both worlds: the performance of a rigid board with the convenience of an inflatable package. Inflatable Harboards utilize InfinityFiber, a patented, ISLE-exclusive material innovation that makes Inflatable Hardboards 200-300% more rigid than typical inflatables. The PRO models also incorporate PowerFuse technology, a mechanically fused rail structure in the outer board circumference that decreases potential air leakage, improves maneuverability, and prolongs the board's lifespan. The solution eliminates common pain points within the inflatable watercraft categories by drastically improving stability, glide, performance, and durability.
This unique construction eliminates the commonly experienced 'taco' effect of inflatable boards once on the water. By increasing the stability and rigidity, users will notice greater efficiency in paddle strokes, increased glide and speed, and less 'wobble' when paddling in choppy water. By drastically improving these performance areas, users will appreciate spending more time on the water with friends and family without fatigue.
Jimmy Blakeney paddling the new PRO series in Mission Bay, San Diego. | Photo courtesy: ISLE
Jimmy Blakeney, VP of Product, mentioned, "One of the most common questions we get from customers is "Should I get a hardboard or an inflatable?" Our team has worked tirelessly to develop a product that offers the stability and performance of a traditional hardboard with the convenience and portability of inflatable watercraft. The PRO series delivers the best of both worlds, and we're excited to see how this innovation transforms the industry in the years ahead."
In line with ISLE's innovative design considerations, the PRO Series encompasses intuitive, user-centric features across the PRO models and accessories. All boards will feature ISLE's patent-pending ISLE-Link™ Ecosystem, a nose-to-tail connection system allowing users to customize their paddle setup to their preference. Easily attach accessories like ergonomically designed kayak seats and footrests to transition from SUP to kayak in mere minutes on the water, or strap down layers, dry packs, and paddle accessories to a preferred location with the gear management system that replaces typical bungee tie-downs. Other features include a 'click-and-go' fin system for easy installation and removal, a 2-part folding fin box for more compact storage, a camera mount on the front of the board, and a premium wheelie backpack for effortless transport.
The PRO series in Kayak form. | Photo courtesy: ISLE
All PRO models, offered in various lengths and widths for preferred stability, performance, speed, and distances on the water, will be sold in bundle options on ISLE's website, allowing customers to create customized packages for their specific paddling style and needs.
The Pro Series will be available to purchase directly at ISLE today. To learn more, you can visit: islesurfandsup.com.
Pro Series Specifications:
Explorer Pro Series - offered in 2 models
MSRP: $995, $1095
Length: 12', 14'
Weight: 23 lbs, 27 lbs
Capacity: 325 lbs, 375 lbs
Pioneer Pro Series - offered in 3 models
MSRP: $895, $995, $1095
Length: 9' 6", 10' 6", 11' 6"
Weight: 20 lbs, 23 lbs, 26 lbs
Capacity: 195 lbs, 325 lbs, 450 lbs
ISLE believes life is better in balance, and that creating balance can be as simple as taking your first paddle strokes or catching your first wave. Established in San Diego, CA, ISLE is the original surf and SUP company manufacturing products and accessories to keep you balanced, equipped, and inspired for adventures on the water. Since its inception in 2004, the brand has expanded its watersports offerings to include variations of hardtop and inflatable paddleboards, surfboards, hybrid kayaks, paddles, bags, and accessories. Learn more here.
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