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Paddle Board Highlights
Who is it for?
If you’re looking for a stable, all-around paddle board, to paddle long distances and in the low-price point range of $500-$1,000, then the Aqua Marina Beast is worth a look. This stand up paddle board comes in the Super Tough Dual Stringer (STDS) construction from Aqua Marina, which is quite fragile and has its ups and downs. Due to its 32” width the board is stable. Its construction is lightweight allowing the board to weigh 19 lbs. Its shape makes the Beast an all-around board that can be used by anyone and is best suited for recreational paddling. Its construction and shape combined best fit this board for short to mid-range distance paddling, up to 5 miles. Retailing at $599, the board is is very affordable.
On first impressions, the graphics and color are good, the shape design is quite average, and the construction appears fragile. The Beast has some nice looks, coming with some interesting mix of color and graphics, intended to be quite lively. The shape design is average for boards in these categories, offering features tailored primarily for recreation. The construction does appear weak, as something that is meant to be handled carefully. The pump for the board is a bit tricky at times to get locked in and took us a few tries to get it going but once it was attached inflating the board was pretty easy. This paddle board is very easy to carry since it weighs under 20 lbs and the glide feels average, which is to be expected since it’s an inflatable designed for all-around paddling. Once you put it all together, the Beast is stable, so most people should be able to easily stand on it and paddle away.
Primary UseAll Around
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.
Dimensions10'6" x 32" 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.
Capacity315 lbs / 9.3kg
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/ Go Pro Mount
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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