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Paddle Board Highlights
Who is it for?
If you're looking for an inflatable paddle board that's built for SUP yoga and fitness check out the Yoga Mandala Series SUP from Bay Sports. The Yoga Mandala Series SUP sits in the mid-tier on price point and costs $745 USD. This board is best for short distance paddling and is very stable at 34 in. wide which is ideal for SUP yoga. The board is seemingly durable and when inflated to the recommended PSI of 15 is also very rigid.
On first impressions, the board stands out with its gorgeous graphics, very comfortable deck, and is definitely one of the most well thought out yoga boards out there that we've seen. One thing to note as well is that there's no handle in the center of the deck which is pretty much a standard for all paddleboards. This missing handle actually is a good thing for this board as the design was meant for practicing yoga and having that handle right in the center of your 'yoga mat' is not ideal. Also, the shoulder strap that comes with the board makes carrying a piece of cake! The rear grab handle also doubles as a paddle holder for your paddle when you aren't using it. The shape of the handle on the paddle allows it to be tucked under the rear carry handle, and when it floats off the back of the SUP it stays snug. Because of the way you 'hook' the handle in and under the grab handle means that when it lays flat (aka floating on the water horizontal like the board) it stays in place. Having said that, the pump doesn’t seem to be as reliable as it should be, and the paddle is a bit flimsy. Overall though, this is a great package for that price point.
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" x 34" 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.
Capacity130kg / 235 lbs
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 Nose, FCS II, D Ring, Paddle Included, Leash Included, Shoulder Strap
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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