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Paddle Board Highlights
Who is it for?
Looking for an inflatable standup paddle board that was designed with the female paddler in mind? The Surftech Monarch might be just what you’re looking for! This standup paddle board comes in one size, a 10’2, and is a good fit for paddlers on the smaller to mid-size. The Monarch is best for all around paddling but can also be used for SUP yoga and is ideal for shorter distances close to shore and around the dock. The board is easy to carry and hovers around the 25lb mark. This board is great for paddlers of all skill levels and is nice and stable. With the graphics, quality, and price point combined, the Surftech Monarch definitely deserves an A-grade.
The Surftech Monarch inflatable package is another product from the Surftech and Pura Vida Collaboration. Just like it’s composite board counterpart, the Jetsetter, the Monarch is graphically on another level compared to many other boards on the market. The board is marketed primarily towards female paddlers with its main colors being pink with pops of teal. The board features three different handles, on the nose, tail and center of the board that give some versatility on how you’re able to carry the board. It also includes a bungee on the nose and a D ring for added attachments. Just by looking at the design you can tell a lot of thought went into it. The board felt easy to carry and it was extra comfortable to do so thanks to the padded handle on the center of the deck. On the water I felt the board had a decent stability and the glide felt smooth, not too fast but not too slow. The matching paddle (sold separately) was really nice and lightweight. This board is perfect for all around paddling and for the paddler that wants to look good while doing so.
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.
Dimensions10'2 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'sBungee Nose, D Ring, Nose and rail straps
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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