Pelican Rush

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Paddle Board Highlights

Who is it for?

If you’re looking for a very stable, durable, non-inflatable, all-around board to paddle short distances and is very affordable then the Rush 116 from Pelican is worth taking a look at. This stand up paddle (SUP) board comes in the polyethylene skin with a foam core construction which is rugged and has its ups and downs. The board is 32 inches wide which in turn makes it very stable. Its construction is highly durable, coming in at 4.26 lbs per foot, weighing 49 lbs total, which is very heavy. Its shape makes the Rush an all-around board that can be used by everyone and is designed for recreation. Its construction and shape combined best fit this board for short distances, around the beach and dock. Retailing at $699, the board is very affordable, sitting in the low-end of the popular mid-tier market in terms of affordability.

First Impressions

On first impressions, the graphics and color are bland, the shape design is quite average and the construction strikes as rugged. The Rush takes a very simple approach to colors and graphics having almost no colors on the board and only having minimal design on the deck pad. The shape design is typical of boards in these categories offering features designed primarily for recreation. The construction seems very durable as well, as something that can handle heavy use. This paddle board is very difficult to carry being just shy of 50 lbs and the glide feels slow and heavy which is to be expected. Once you put everything together the Rush is a very affordable and sturdy paddle board that paddlers off all skill levels should easily be able to stand on it and paddle away.


  • Primary Use

    All-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

    Very Strong

    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.

  • Carrying

    Very Difficult

    Carrying ease is determined by board weight and handle type, where a board weighing under 20lbs with a Liftsup handle is extremely easy to carry while a 35+lbs board quite difficult.

  • Stability

    Very Stable

    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


    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.

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  • Dimensions

    11'6" x 32" x 4.8"

    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).

  • Weight

    49 lbs

    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


    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

    230 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's


    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.

  • Handle

    Internal Ergo Grip

    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.

  • Holders


    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.

Sizes Available

10 Feet 6 Inches 31.25 Inches 5 Inches 179 L
11 Feet 6 Inches 32 Inches 5.4 Inches 210 L


Learn more on the Pelican website.

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