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Paddle Board Highlights
Who is it for?
If you're looking for a group SUP to use with friends or family, then the Aqua Marina Mega is worth a look. The Mega is one of the largest group SUPs that we have seen on the market and can be used for group paddling in both flatwater and surf. The board construction is somewhat fragile, so it is best for paddling shorter distances around the beach or on a lake. At $1,200, the board is in the low to mid-tier price range but is at a very affordable price for a board of this magnitude.
Aqua Marina hit the mark when naming this board. At 18 feet long and 5 feet wide, the Aqua Marina Mega is a massive group SUP that can easily fit multiple adult and youth paddlers. Whether you take it on flat water or for a surf, the Mega is definitely a fun board for family and friends to enjoy. It comes with multiple handles which makes the board very easy to carry despite its size. It also comes with two pumps and has two attachment valves on the board so two people can help with inflating at the same time. With our team of three alternating pumpers, it took around 15 minutes to fully inflate the board. However, one thing worth noting is that the pumps do appear to be fragile and it is quite difficult and tricky at times to connect the pumps to the boards initially. But, if you're looking for an inexpensive group SUP that works well in flat water and is able to handle soft waves then the Mega is definitely worth a look.
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.
Dimensions18'1" x 60" x 8"
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'sD Ring / 13 handles
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 install.
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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