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Who is it for?
If you’re looking for a very stable, non-inflatable yoga / all around board to paddle mid-range distances then the Joyride Flow from Boardworks is worth taking a look at. This stand up paddle (SUP) board comes in the EPX-V construction which is moderately durable and has its ups and downs. The board is very stable due to its width of 33 inches and its construction comes at an average weight coming in at 2.82 lbs per foot weighing 28.01 lbs. Its shape makes the Joyride Flow best suited for stand up paddle yoga or all-around paddling and is suitable for everyone to enjoy. Its construction and shape combined best fit this board for mid-range distance paddling between 3 and 5 miles max. Retailing at $1,099 the board is in the mid-tier market in terms of affordability.
On first impressions, the graphics and color are stunning, the shape design is very thoughtful and the construction strikes as durable. The Joyride Flow looks gorgeous coming with an exceptionally beautiful play on color and graphics intended to be potent and yet with class. The shape design is thoughtful, unique for boards in these categories, offering features tailored primarily for SUP yoga and the construction does appear to be quite durable as something that can handle constant but delicate use. The deck pad conveniently doubles as a yoga mat for times when you want to practice your yoga on the water and has bungee tie downs that are perfect for holding gear while you’re on the move. This paddle board is easy to carry due in part to the LiftSUP handle as the main holding point in the board. The glide feels slow which is to be expected since this board was designed primarily to be used for yoga. And once you put it all together, the Joyride Flow is very stable so anyone who can walk should be able to easily stand on it and paddle away.
Primary UseYoga 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
Dimensions9'11 x 33" x 4.75"
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/FCS II/Center Dolphin Fin Included
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.
|9 Feet 11 Inches||33 Inches||4.75 Inches||197 L|
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