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Paddle Board Highlights
Who is it for?
If you’re looking for an inflatable, touring-specific paddle board that is under $1,000, the ThursoSurf Expedition might be what you’re looking for. The Expedition is designed for just that: going on expeditions, hauling gear, and paddling with longer distances in mind. This board is on the edge of being something that beginner paddlers are able to use since it’s width is 30 inches. If you’re looking for something that is very stable you might want to look for something with a bit more width. At 25 pounds the board is manageable and comes in at an average weight.
The Expedition by Thurso Surf falls into the highly durable inflatable category and seems like it has a lot of reinforced layers to it to make it able to last. The board has bungee cords on both the nose and tail of the board which is great for touring and hauling gear and accessories. The board also has a paddle holder which is always nice and convenient when you need to be hands free. The added handles on the nose of the board help with carrying the board in and out of the water which is always a bonus. Another bonus is the toolless 3-fin system that it comes with along with the paddle, leash, bag and pump that comes as part of the package. As far as the finish, it’s not a high-end and doesn’t look as polished as some of the other inflatables that we’ve seen.
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.
Dimensions11'6" x 30" 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
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.
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