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Paddle Board Highlights
Who is it for?
The Waterkids Natural is an all-around, non-inflatable, kids stand up paddle board that is a great choice for those looking for a board that both kids and parents alike can paddle on. It is small enough for children to carry around but also stable enough for parents to ride. The Natural is a youth performance board and comes in a composite construction, so it is important to note that the board will not be as durable as other plastic boards that are more common in the rental market and kids will need to handle it carefully to avoid damage. The construction is quite durable for a composite board, however it doesn't come with a soft top, plastic bottom, or flexible fins that you will find at the lower price point. If you're looking to give your kid a nice, premium price all-around board to take their performance to the next level, and also a board that you can paddle as a parent, than this board is worth a look.
The Waterkids Natural strikes an incredible balance between a board meant for kids and also one that adults can use. As a kids board, it is highly stable and easy to handle, allowing them to carry it from the car to the waterline without any help. For adults, we were really impressed to step on the board and be able to paddle it around no problem. Both children and parents alike can have an incredible time on the Natural. The board fit our young paddler really well and wasn't too wide. It was just the perfect width for him to get the blades in the water. It had the perfect weight too that allowed him to carry the board from the car to the waterline all by himself. This board really strikes that impressive balance between a board for kids and one that parents can also enjoy. So if you are looking for a board to incentivize your kid to paddle more while also being a board that you can step on and go for a paddle, this is your board.
Primary UseAll-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 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.
Dimensions8' x 28" x 4"
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'shandle / 3 fins / fin tool / vent plug
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.
|8 Feet||28 Inches||4 Inches||110 L|
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