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Paddle Board Highlights
Who is it for?
The Waterwalker from Thurso Surf is an affordable, inflatable paddle board that’s designed for beginner paddlers who are interested in an all around board. The board is nice and stable and is best for paddling short distances, usually around the beach or dock. The Waterwalker is on the heavier side for an inflatable making it a bit harder to carry weighing just over 30lbs. At a price point of $624 the Waterwalker sits in the popular mid-tier market in terms of affordability.
The Thurso Surf Waterwalker is a bit interesting because it’s much heavier than your typical inflatable SUP so with that weight you expect the board to have added layers for reinforcement, making it far more durable than anything out there. At the same time, it’s not any stiffer which is what you would expect with those extra layers. The board does have a lot of add on’s with bungees on the nose and tail of the board, added d-rings, extra handles on the nose and tail, a keyless 3-fin setup and a paddle holder on the rail. The board is fairly stable and is a nice complete package with the paddle and leash included. The bag is also quite impressive with the large wheels that make it easy to transport as a luggage piece and is one of the best that we’ve seen on the market so far.
Primary UseAll Around
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.
Dimensions11' 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, Bungee Tail, D Ring, Paddle Holder, Paddle Included, Leash Included, Keyless fin setup
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.
|11 Feet 0 Inches||32 Inches||6 Inches||300 L|
Previous Versions: 2018
At first glance the Waterwalker has a nice display of graphics making the inflatable appear to have a wood deck. The design seems pretty standard for boards in the all around category and the construction of the board does appear rather durable for an inflatable. The board felt really stable, the glide was average and it was also easy to carry. The board had a few extra add on’s as a bonus which add to the value of the package. The board comes with three fins: a main center fin and two side bites. It also came with a leash, pump, 3-piece paddle, cooler bag, and backpack all making the package a great value.
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