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Paddle Board Highlights
Who is it for?
If you’re looking for a stable, lightweight, inflatable, all-around board to paddle mid-range distance, and in the low price point of under $500 then the Magma from Aqua Marina is worth a look. This stand up paddle (SUP) board comes in the drop stitch construction which is somewhat fragile and has its ups and downs. With its 30 inch width the board is pretty stable, and has 1.57 lbs per foot weighing only 17 lbs. Its shape makes the Magma an all-around board that can be used by almost anyone and is designed primarily for recreation. Its construction and shape combined best fit this board for short to mid-range distance paddling (3-5 miles). Retailing at $499 the board is among the most affordable paddle boards (inflatable or not) that you can find.
On first impressions, the graphics and color are good, the shape design is attentive and the construction seems fragile. The Magma has nice looks, coming with an interesting mix of colors and graphics. The shape design is thoughtful and unique for boards in these categories, offering features tailored mainly for recreation. The construction does appear rather fragile, as something that should be handled carefully however this allows the board to be very lightweight thus very easy to carry due it weighing only 17 lbs. The glide feels average, which is expected since speed-centric design is not at focus. The pump also seems delicate and should be handled carefully as to not create any holes in the tube. It also took a few tries to get the pump connected properly to the valve. The Magma comes in a very nice box equipped with a very simple backpack-like cover for the board when not inflated. Once you put it all together, the Magma is a stable paddle board that most people should be able to stand on and paddle away with ease.
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.
Dimensions10'10 x 30" 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/ D-ring on Tail/ Fin/ Repair Kit
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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