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Paddle Board Highlights
Who is it for?
If you’re looking for an incredibly stable, inflatable, all-around board to paddle short-range distances, then the Antigua 100 from Pelican is worth a look. This stand up paddle (SUP) board is made out of PVC so it is fairly durable. Due to its width of 32 inches, the board is very stable and it has 2.23 lbs per foot, weighing 23.4 lbs total. Its shape makes the Antigua perfect for all-around recreational paddling that can be used by everyone and it’s designed primarily for recreational paddling. Its construction and shape combined best fit this board for short-distance paddling, mainly around the beach and dock. Retailing at an affordable $649.99, the board sits just above the low-price point tier and is a great quality for the price. It misses features that you find on higher-priced boards (like keyless fins, reinforced layers, and faster glide) but it delivers a spectacular value for that price.
On first impressions, the graphics and color are stunning, the shape design is quite commonplace, and the construction strikes as durable. The Antigua has some gorgeous looks, coming with an exceptionally beautiful play on colors and graphics which is intended to be quite lively. The shape design is typical of boards in these categories, offering features suited primarily for recreation and the construction does appear durable, as something that can withstand constant but careful use. This paddle board is easy to carry due to it weight being 23.4 lbs and the glide feels average. The board comes with a removable fin, a pump and even a leash, which is awesome. The bag it comes in feels comfortable when carrying on your back. Once you put it all together, the Antigua is a very stable paddle board that is great for paddlers of all skill levels.
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.
Dimensions10'6 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.
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’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.
|10 Feet 0 Inches||30 Inches||6 Inches||293 L|
|10 Feet 6 Inches||32 Inches||6 Inches||327 L|
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