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Paddle Board Highlights
Who is it for?
If you’re looking for an inflatable paddle board that’s affordable yet made with quality materials check out the Surftech Beachcraft. This inflatable standup paddle board comes in one size, a 10’8” and is great for beginners and all around paddling. The board is lightweight and easy to carry and is a pretty stable board so paddlers of any skill level should be able to paddle this without issue. The Beachcraft is best suited for short-distance paddling, around the beach or dock. At $970 the Beachcraft sits in the popular mid-tier market in terms of affordability.
The Surftech Beachcraft has a really nice graphic design to it with a blue/grey color combo and accents of orange which is what you’ll first notice when looking at the board. It features handles on both the nose, center of the deck and tail of the board which give a few different options when it comes to carrying it. The Beachcraft comes with two built-in rubber side bite fins and a removable center fin that helps the board track better in the water. One highlight and point worth mentioning here for this package is the carry case that is included. The material and quality here feel premium and the bag even has wheels included which give you the option to use it more as a suitcase instead of a backpack which is great for traveling. A paddle is also included here making this package ready to go. The paddle here though is not premium and is a bit heavier than what we would typically like so it can make your paddle stroke drag just a bit. On the water, the Beachcraft felt very stable which was expected with the width being at 33”. The board had a fairly nice glide to it and was easy to turn. This board is a great option for all around paddling and is a good option for a full package that’s less than $1k.
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.
Dimensions10'8 x 33" 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'sBungee Nose, D Ring, Paddle Included, Nose and tail 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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