Infinity SUP raceboards

The Infinity SUP raceboards, designed by Dave Boehne have been ridden and tested by the very best paddlers in the world to make sure you’re getting something truly amazing.

Nothing is a quick fix and Infinity SUP develop and evolve their shapes throughout the year, before making a final plan to launch any new model.

The carbon skin construction is top notch and Infinity SUP have gone the extra mile with the smallest details like designing and testing the traction, handles and final finish.

Infinity Whiplash

The Infinity Whiplash is the outright flat water race winner in the Infinity SUP range.  That said we’ve got guys around the world taking it out in all conditions, but it’s real place is cleaner water.

The board comes with 2 desk options of flat or sunken.  Obviously sunken decks get you lower keeping COE low, but you lose that tiniest amount of standing width so it’s down to you.

Flat tops are more versatile in rougher water where you need to move about more, but if outright gunning it speed is needed then the dugout will give you the edge for sure with an ability to go that bit narrower.

The design of the Infinity Whiplash has so much volume just where you need it and an amazing hybrid step tail. It boost the glide and punch.

 

Infinity Blackfish

Who doesn’t know the Infinity Blackfish or someone who loves this board already.   A planing hull design that can cope with any conditions.

The living, breathing ocean offers up so many varying conditions in just one session, so you need a board that will chew it up and spit it out.  With masses of stability offered from the refined rail shape and tail complimenting the concave underside.  You will get an immediate response from every bump where the hull will ride up onto the plane waiting for you to work the board like a surfboard.

2014 was the year this board first appeared and since then Dave has not stopped working on evolving and bettering the design and performance.  Slater Trout was a key player in it’s design with the rest of the team coming on board to help take it to another level.

 

 

Infinity Downtown

Downwind paddling is something of an art, requiring a new level of balance and understanding from the paddler.

The Infinity Downtown SUP has looked at all areas of downwind paddling and created a dedicated sup that loves that environment.

As with the Infinity Whiplash, the Downtown has either a flat top or dugout deck depending on your preference and regular water state.

The design started with a baseline of Steve Boehne’s timeless downwind rocker line and the guys then built up from there.

Choosing a classic widepoint forward profile and pulled in mini square tail, you get that early entry into bumps, whilst keeping manouverability and quick release in the tail.  The mini square tail is so fast, but doesn’t get pushed about in chop.

The high rails are full of float so you get loads of stability bettered by the hard rails for a surfy release.   The nose has rocker that keeps drop ins feeling easy even when things back up on you a bit, but this rolls back to a single concave delivering a lively feel on bumps.

If you’re at home on the ocean and want to tame the conditions ahead of you, this is worth a look, for sure.  You’ll see our very best team riders on this board when things get tough.

@infinitysupuk

 

A Infinity raceboard and an 11 year old

We were so lucky to meet with the Infinity SUP Race Team at the APP Tour in London a few weeks ago.  It was an awesome experience to see these athletes doing their thing and hang with them for a while.

Our trip to London was to not only meet with the guys from Infinity, but to take their kit and bring it back to the shop so they didn’t have to ship it back home so we were obviously more than happy to help.

The boards we brought back included 14 and 12’6 Blackfish and Whiplash models each of which was a custom build using the latest Team Carbon layup.

 

The Infinity Whiplash is designed with the criteria in mind as the Starboard Sprint 2018

The Blackfish is an allwater race machine that has proven itself in all spheres of racing.

The boards left with us had been ridden by riders including, Kai Lenny, Slater Trout, Tyler Bashor, Chloe Walkerdene, Candice Appleby and Shae Foudy, so given that chance we were super stoked to be riding kit designed for them and seeing just how good those boards really are.

Anyway, back to my original post story and that is about my own daugther.    She came came with me to the APP Tour, London and watched and chatted to the girls on the Infinity team and as with any 11 year old she looked on in awe as they showed how good girls are. Suffice to say my little girl was hooked and ready for a challenge.

All of the boards sold really quickly as people were amped after seeing the pros, but we decided to keep the Whiplash and 12’6 Blackfish the Shae rode for our own demo fleet and this was all Amy needed to set her plans in motion.

A sunny evening and a trip to the local canal turned into her first chance to show what a great technique she has and whilst a 23 wide board is no real challenge for someone who is just over 4ft tall, it still takes a natural ability to make it look really good.

Here’s Amy riding the 2018 Infinity Blackfish 12’6 x 23.

Team carbon edition, it is rock solid and strong, but lightweight so the responsiveness you feel through the board is instant.

Infinity SUP

Infinity SUP has been shaping boards since the 70s and have some seriously impressive surfboards in the lineup from their base in Dana Point, California, helped by a serious team of paddlers including Candice Appleby, Slater Trout, Shae Foudy to name a few. It’s a team with multiple belts around their waists along with an amazing ability to evolve a brand alongside the bossman, Dave Bohene.

infinity sup team photo

So what is Infinity SUP all about?

The boards that Infinity produce are all about delivering performance, for all levels of paddler, be it for surf or race.

 

Blackfish

Whiplash

RNB

B-Line

New Deal

Downtown

Wide Aquatic

Wide Aquatic Tour

 

Construction

Suspension:

  • 1lb premium eps core
  • S rated fibreglass base
  • industrial strength vector carbon weave rail perimeter inlay
  • unidirectional carbon fibre stringer top and bottom
  • fin box reinforcement

Team elite

  • 1lb premium eps core
  • carbon fibre top and bottom
  • additional s rated fibreglass cockpit reinforcement
  • speed melt, white hot coat

Jobe SUP

Jobe SUP is one of the longer stand up paddle board names that have stood the test of time.   The founder, Jeff Jobe,  launched his brand back in the 70’s when his passion was water skiing.

Since those early days, the company took on other areas within watersports and the business grew to become one of the premier watersports companies.

Today you’ll find Jobe representing and participating in sports ranging from water skiing, stand up paddle boarding, powerboat accessories, clothing and more.   Their commitment to quality is unsurpassed!

Jobe SUP

They didn’t rush into SUP until they had really worked out their range and the sport had evolved so they could meet the demands of the stand up paddler. 2013 saw Jobe launch their initial range of stand up paddle boards for beginners and advanced paddlers including a hard and inflatable stand up paddle board range.

With a huge amount of experience in inflatable equipment and manufacturing already under the belt, they began production and even to this day are producing some of the lightest and strongest inflatable stand up paddle boards out there.

How do we rate them personally

Surfs SUP started out focusing on surf sups and that moved into downwind paddling and adventuring, so our own needs and expectations are pretty high.   We wouldn’t be able to use kit we cannot truly rely on no matter how pretty it is so we start by considering the board from the inside out.

With their own construction process comes a “Fusion type technology” much like the Red MSL and that means the boards are lighter with more torsion control and anti flex due to the higher psi rating.

This really is one brand of board that we’d put faith in to cope with the demanding environments we paddle in.

 

The Jobe SUP inflatable stand up paddle board

The Jobe range of inflatable sups are so popular with a reputation for quality.  They have a lightweight construction due to the Fusion technology, but also have exceptional strength to weight.    The boards are really easy to inflate as they come with a 2 phase pump that helps to get the initial air in really quickly before switching to the high pressure phase to top it off.   Our aim  was to hit that 20psi number and it took hardly any time, but the extra effort was well worth it as we were given a seriously rigid board that felt was way better than the softer inflatable sups you often see.

Which board is for you

Probably the easiest way to know what is best, is decide what you want to do with it. But most importantly realise that you won’t be a beginner for long so don’t think about the future.

10 – 10’6 – are great fun boards for families, and kids.   They’re very lightweight and easily maneuverable on the water.    Great fun in small waves and just messing about with the family.

11’6 – the extra length of board changes the performance and makes it much more capable of distance paddling as it will go faster and track straighter.  The board is still maneuverable and playful in waves but may just offer that bit more performance and fun if you’re considering doing some distance and adventure paddling.

12’6 – well this is the race sup in the range and rightly so.   A longer waterline, delivers maximum speed, but you’ll to practice and hone your skills to get control of a longer board.   The best tip we can offer is learn to move your feet around the board and work it actively.

The fins

The bag/trolley

The paddle

The pump

Our final thoughts

 

 

 

All of the fins on the Jobe Aero 10.6 are removable, making inflation and deflation a breeze. Also by having the valve at the back of the paddleboard, rolling up from the nose of the boards means that you end up with a really small package that is very easy to store in the waterproof dry bag that has an integrated back pack system. Just remember to refit the belly strap, which comes with the paddleboard, to make sure that it does not unroll as you place it back in the bag.

One of the biggest things that suriprises paddlers new and old is just how light the Jobe Aero 10.6 is when packed (this means a wheeled bag is not critical making the Jobe Aero range boards that are easy to live with). Weighing in at almost a third less (4kg) than the competition, this inflatable paddleboard makes accessing those hard to find spots, that only an inflatable paddleboard can reach that much easier.

  • The Jobe Aero 10’6s Bag

Jobe Aero range of inflatable paddleboards come with a waterproof dry bag arrangement that has backpack attachments, it is actually one of our favourite SUP bags. While it doesn’t have wheels like some competitors bags (Red Paddle Co for example), once the board is wet and stored, the bag does not get wet and therefore make everything else wet around it. It also helpfully doubles up as a waterproof bag for carrying belongings in and packs down small enough to easily fit under either the front or back bungee cords. While the waterproof dry bag has attachements on the outside to carry both the paddle and the pump, once the board is stored inside there is still actually plenty of room left inside. So if you are travelling on a place for example, then travelling with the complete set up is not a hassle.

  • The Jobe Aero Alloy Adjustable Paddle

As with all inflatable paddleboards, the paddle that comes with the Jobe Aero 10’6 is a pretty standard affair – three piece adjustable alloy paddle. But to be honest, this is all you need when starting out. Being adjustable also means that everyone can experience the same board by setting the paddle to the desired length.

  • The Jobe Aero Pump

The Jobe Aero pump is a standard high pressure affair, it does what is supposed to and an Aero 10.6 takes 8 minutes to inflate to the desired 20psi.

The Jobe Aero 10.6 inflatable paddle board is a great all round inflatable SUP that crosses over multiple paddling disciplines with ease. Stand up paddleboarding is all about fun and the Jobe Aero 10’6 package does not disappoint.

  • The Jobe Aero Leash

To be perfectly honest, the standard Jobe Aero leash is a pretty sorry affair and the only disappoint in this whole package. Because of this we have taken the decision ot upgrade the leash in the package to the Jobe 10ft Coiled Leash at no extra cost.

 

  • Conclusion

The Jobe Aero 10.6 Inflatable SUP is a great and rewarding package. As a package it offers tremendous value for money, is both tough and light as well as enjoyable to paddle for new and experienced. A superb all round inflatable stand up paddleboard.

The Jobe 10.6 Aero SUP board when inflated measures –

  • Length -10.6 feet
  • Width – 30 inches
  • Thickness – 4 inches
  • Volume – 188 litre
  • Weight – 8.3 kg

The Jobe 10.6 Aero SUP package when packed in its Jobe Drytube Back Pack with pump and three piece alloy paddle measures –

  • Tall – 90 cm
  • Width – 40 cm
  • Depth – 28 cm
  • Weighs – 9.4 kg

what’s the best inflatable sup

We often get asked what’s the best inflatable sup and to be honest it’s something we simply cannot answer. It’s not that we don’t know what makes a great board, but there’s so much more to it than simply what’s best.

Let’s first consider the paddler and see how they judge what’s the best inflatable sup

The paddlers experience is a massive factor here as you’d expect.  A stand up paddler with limited experience would consider most boards to be nice and as such would adapt their style as it develops to accommodate the board.

The paddlers size will see changes in the boards performance and responsiveness. If you’re very light then expect most boards to quite lively and certainly in waves or on moving water, but you may also find that your weight isn’t enough to perform moves like pivot turns, so you’ll probably think a board is not so good at those manouvers compared to a heavier paddler who would have less problem sinking the tail.

The paddlers requirements will vary drastically and something I tell everyone looking inflatable stand up paddle boards is that you’re only a beginner for a very short time so don’t dumb yourself down.   When I started paddling i went straight onto a short 9ft an paddled it everywhere. I cracked on knowing it was taking me ages to get across the harbour.   Now with so many board types ranging from 7-18ft in length and so many widths, it’s really important to get a board that is working above your current level so you can grow into it.

 

Contact us now to find out what’s the best inflatable sup that we have that’s suited to you!

Jobe Duna 2018 inflatable sup

  • A 3 year warranty
  • A glass fibre paddle
  • A reinforced travel bag
  • Fusion technology making them stiffer and lighter
  • Amazing value

Now let’s look  and see what’s the best inflatable sup from board only perspective.

Weight – boards have come a long way since the very first single skin constructions.  Back then you could expect to be carrying around a 15kg+ bag with a board that had relatively poor performance that was further hindered by the weight.   Obviously the major benefit being portability was only part met by these boards.

Construction – the world’s moved on and we’ve got 3 different types of construction.

Single layer is the lightest, but also most vulnerable to flex and stability issues. It is also less resistant to punctures or over inflation. You rarely get single layer now  unless its for kids or light adults.

Double skin is the norm that gave extra strength to the boards and reduced flex because you can increase the amount of air put into the board.

Fusion or MSL as Red call it is whole new way of bonding the Drop stitch to the pvc layer. By using pre glued stitch and controlled bonding processes you’re able to reduce the weight and improve the stitch layout which in some cases has created lighter boards that can take a higher pressure.

Ease of use – there’s no such thing as an easy to use board really as it all comes down to you and how much you try.  Some board shapes will offer more stability or straight line tracking and this is why we recommend trying a few boards before you buy one.

Ease of inflation and pack down – you don’t often hear it spoken of, but not every board packs down well after being inflated and in some cases you may struggle to re-bag it.  You really want a board that is very easy to roll up and slide back into the bag with room to spare.

Shape – the all important shape determines so many things. A short board with blunt nose will be more turney, but push a bit of water making it less capable over distances whereas a longer more parallel railed board will track straighter and covered more distance per paddle stroke, so life on the water will be easier – but this one is based on what you want the board for.

Versatility – being able to mix it up is the spice of life and paddling is no different. Only tottering around may be amazing to start with but you might find yourself wanting to catch some waves or just go that much faster.  The best advice is to know who YOU are and what YOU want. Then think how good you’ll be in a few months time and go for a board that will be more challenging right now as if it’s too easy you’ll find it becomes a bit mundane.

Ladies stand up paddle boards

Ladies stand up paddle boards don’t need to be made differently, but boys and girls often have different tastes in styling so why is it that everything in the inflatable sup world looks so linear and generic?

The I Love SUP range has definitely got the wow factor and whilst not specifically for ladies the graphics are oozig Italian styling which is where they come from.

A lack of linear dullness and a twist of colour has given this small range of boards a real mediterranean feel that is fun and bubbly and that in itself lightens up your day.

The boards come in 10’0, 10’6, 11’6 and 12’6 with sensible widths to take total beginners or those looking to advance on without hindering them on their journey.

Having seen the boards in the flesh and now paddled them, the 11’6 is the absolute winner as a do everything and be fun board.  It’s got a lovely zesty feel about it with really good quality feel to the board construction, deckpad and fittings.   It’s light weight makes it easy to carry, but being a double layer construction you don’t lose the rigidity that is expected with inflatable sups nowadays.

The pump works well and can take you to the recommended pressure with ease.

Something quite nice to see is a towing and tow eye at either end as it’s always sensible to consider the safety aspect with any sup.

There’s also a nice touch and that’s a camera type mount on the front that is already pre-fixed so it’s ready to take whatever camera you have.

Visually the heart logo and colouring on all the boards screams, sunshine and that in itself makes us think of sunny warm days and clear water.   A fun feeling for sure with no room for gloom.

The paddle that comes with it is a glass shaft that nice and soft so no damaging shoulders  and has a pvc blade.  It has a nice shape a bit like a V-Drive in the blade so whilst it’s not performance materials it has got something to add. It’s also comfortably light so again would suit lighter people.

I Love SUP inflatable paddleboards

I Love SUP inflatable paddle boards #ilovesupuk are available in the UK from www.surfs-sup.co.uk

They’re more like a piece of artwork than a bog standard, lifeless blow up and we’re loving how they feel too.

Something you notice very quickly is the quality feel to the boards.  Not flimsy and bendy, but solid and firm underfoot, so paddling them is not a problem.

Performance like many of the better inflatables is right up there with a nice turn of speed from the 12’6, but most impressive was the 11’6 as it’s so versatile.

Surfing any inflatable stand up paddleboard requires a bit of tweaking whilst you get used to the more stuck feel on a wave so don’t try and compare to a proper surf sup board.   The 10’6 and 10’0 certainly lend themselves more to sup surfing than the bigger boards, but saying that the 12’6 was fun on a light wind downwind paddle.

I want to buy an inflatable stand up paddleboard

There are some good reasons why inflatable stand up paddle boards have really taken off.

The main reasons we get told is that the person looking at one has no storage, but also may have a limited capacity to transport the board on a roof rack so being able to put the board in the boot or even use public transport is really handy.

With technology in inflatable paddle boards changing quickly it’s not hard to see why their performance is catching up with hard boards for certain disciplines.

Technology and spec

The board needs to be stiff lengthways and unable to twist so the effort you put in comes out as forward movement and the balance underfoot is good.

  • Double or single skin as well as the new multi layer reinforced PVC
  • 16+ PSI
  • Interchangeable rear fin
  • A quality paddle if provided
  • Convenient tie downs
  • Strong leash point and tow points
  • High pressure valve
  • Repair kit
  • High quality pump

 

Why not get in touch and we’ll talk you through the inflatable sup range.

If you would like to buy an inflatable paddleboard in Chichester then check out our shop and test centre as we’re only 15 minutes away from you and have a demo fleet so you can check out the boards before buying if that helps.

SIC RS SCC

The all new SIC RS SCC

The need for raceboards that are specialists in flat water or open water is diminishing as new shapes like the SIC RS , Jimmy Lewis Sidewinder, Starboard AllStar and Infinity Blackfish morph into something that can do it all really well.

The SIC RS 14’0 x 26” is a really interesting board for us as it encompasses so many real reasons to have a one board quiver, but do make sure as with all this kit you look after it.

Construction

It is one of the lightest performance boards that we’ve tried at our centre due to the SCC (single carbon construction).   Compared to the old way SIC made the Bullet, the SIC RS uses Innegra in the rails which is much like a reinforcement strip giving added strength to an area that was previously vulnerable.

SIC RS construction with innegraIn all conditions the board feels exceptionally rigid so effort you’re putting in is being directly outputted.   The board is stable and works well on the water being able to adapt to the prevailing conditions.

The nose area is subtle in shape but works well in peeling the water apart and creating a path of lesser resistance whilst delivering a helping hand in downwind conditions.

SIC RS race board profile

SIC were so convinced with their new board that they named it the Rocket Ship, hence RS and it is certainly proving to be that.

Testing and development

Something that brands like Jimmy Lewis, Infinity and SIC are very good at is developing prototypes and working on the fine tuning.  With the SIC RS, the shapes were developed and tested at venues like the Pacific Paddle Games so real world testing was applied.  After all of the initial tests were done the final specs made it back to the body shop where changes were made and the final test shapes were put put to the racers who then went out again to go up against other brands in the technical, long distance, sprints and downwind races.

I think it really is convincing when your boards are coming back ahead of the game in races like the Olukai, Carolina Cup and Euro Tour.  Yes, it is being powered by an elite paddler, but so are the other boards.

It’s not a board you’d buy for touring as it’s simply too expensive, but if you love to challenge yourself out on the sea or simply love the idea of fast then the SIC RS has a place in your quiver.

The boards size range comes as: 12.6 (23.5, 25.0, 270,)     //    4 widths in the 14.0 (23, 24.5, 26.0, 28.0).

Comparison

As with all things SIC, board performance for its preferred discipline is definitely right up there and we pitted it against the Jimmy Lewis Sidewinder II that’s been released for Winter 2017.

Both boards feel super stable for their widths with the Sidewinder using a 29, 27, 25, 23 width configuration.

The RS is lighter due to the single carbon layup, but this does mean it’s more vulnerable compared to the Jimmy Lewis board with it’s sandwich pvc layup.

Performance was very good in both boards, especially in rougher seas and on a downwind run they were both easy to catch and maintain bump runs and control.

 

Jimmy Lewis Sidewinder review II 2018

The Jimmy Lewis Sidewinder review is our own thoughts on the second revision of this race and downwind board by the Maui shaper.

We had a bit to do with the first version of the Sidewinder back in 2016 and it proved to be a serious contender when both the UK 12’6 and 14 classes were won using the Sidewinder.

That said we got lots of feedback from riders everywhere and took that on board.

The deck area has been lowered bringing the rider closer to the water level, but it hasn’t gone as low as a dugout. It’s much more like the SIC RS that is a proven race machine in the big league. By lowering the deck area, that board also has small elevated side walls that have  given the board a much stiffer feel and reduced lengthways flex so all the paddle effort is being used.

The nose area has a newly shaped bow that still has the recognisable bump, but also utilises a chine in the underside and topside that’s increased its piercing abilities when head on into chop. That said it definitely prefers to have the very tip of the nose just slightly elevated.

Stepping back used to see the tail sink for heavier paddlers, but Jimmy has now increased volume and so the tail stays well balanced and doesn’t get dragged down so resistance is decreased.

The model ridden and tested in this video is the 14×27.   Not the faster widths of 25 and 23 but seriously good for open water conditions and rougher water or downwinding.

Sizes

Jimmy has always had a knack for making boards that perform and not punish. The team got together and decided upon the sizes that would best cover the range of paddlers using this type of board.

  • 14×29: the board shaped for heavyweight paddlers 110kg+. To paddle at their best.
  • 14×27: the board you want to ride in open ocean conditions.
  • 14×25: the most suitable board for wavy and choppy conditions.
  • 14×23: the most suitable board for flat water or small choppy conditions.

and…

  • 12’6×29: the most suitable board for bigger riders or just casual racing.
  • 12’6×27: the most suitable board to ride if you approach a competition for the very first time. It’s easy while fast, but will also deliver unparalleled stability in rough water.
  • 12’6×25 : the most suitable board for racers looking to find the edge.

The board is only 5inches thick with a tapering tail and some pretty volumous side rails that really add to the stability.

The ride

Riding this board in the rougher water was a total joy as it was super balanced and delivered great glide when on a bump as well as surfing.

All in all this board is what you’d expect from a great shaper who has taken the feedback and reworked the mould, but it also goes to show how good the first board was.

As always with all Jimmy Lewis boards and the Jimmy Lewis Sidewinder, you get an amazing build quality that is testament to this long relationship with the Kinetic factory.  It really is super strong and light which many find hard to combine so this board can be seen as a long term investment for sure.