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

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.

Buying an inflatable paddleboard

Thickness: the thicker the board generally means it will have less flex, which is a good thing. You really don’t want a board that bends and bounces as you paddle and move about.

If you think about it the reasons are obvious, but we’ll highlight them here.

When you pump up a board you can put in as much air as you like, but generally the manufacturer has made some sort of guideline.   You want the board to be hard underfoot, as hard as possible.   Any springiness will simply resonate through the board and give you a weird feeling of walking on air.  This feeling detaches you from the feeling of the water so you’re unable to really connect and feel what’s going on.

The harder you pump the board means the tighter those little strands are inside it and add that to a thicker hull will in turn give a stiffer and less flexible board.   That said, there’s always a limit so common sense needs to play a part here.

Rails:  An important part of any board, the rails are the edges that on a hard board would be a mix of hard/sharp or soft rounded edges.   Due to the nature of inflatables, rails are generally soft and rounded with very little biting edge to them.

Nose and tail: All boards have a nose and tail, but they’re not just an add on.   The nose and tail shapes goes a long way to determining the boards appearances, but more importantly its performance and usage type.

A more pin tail or pointed tail that is coming to a narrow tip may be quicker as it is more streamlined in the release, but also makes it harder to do turns as you step back due to the narrower width.  Compare that to wider or squared off tail and you’ll find way more stability, but drag will be increased and overall a slower speed will be achieved.

Skins: Boards come as either double or single skin. The single skin board are often a bit lighter, but they are more prone to damage and flex so are not such a long term option and certainly not suitable for open water use or rougher activities such as waves or whitewater.

Fins: You will either get pop in fins or a proper fin box into which you could fit a better windsurf type fin if necessary.  The general fins supplied are often a flexible plastic. They are quite ok for day to day use, but you might like to try something for certain conditions for more straight line stability or even weed clearance in the summer.

Fittings: Most boards come with a towing eye, tail ring and front luggage straps.   Nothing much to say but I have seen some cheaper boards where the towing eyes were attached using the thinnest cut off material that would never hold under strain.   Luggage tie downs nee to be well spaced so can utilise them to hold a ruck sack.   Carry handle needs to be positioned so when you pick up the board it is balanced.

 

Summary

All boards are not made equal!   China has a great habit of copycatting products of any type, but with something as important as an inflatable sup you need to make sure the attention to detail has gone into it and the quality control has been applied.

Buying an inflatable sup from a company who has control over the company who actually manufactures the board is useful as they will cut corners where possible.

I’m personally a huge fan of the Jimmy Lewis and GA inflatable sups as both brands have seriously big reputations in the watersports industry. They need to maintain that rep and won’t let it slide on their inflatable paddle boards.

 

Leash and string for SUPs

So much is talked about leashes but nobody ever mentions that little piece of string that ties it to the board.

Just this week we’ve had fairly big waves for the south coast and quite a few people have spoken of losing boards because of broken leashes, but I wonder how many actually meant that little bit of string snapped.

If you think about it that piece of string is often the weakest link as it is way thinner than the leash and for many it is probably the least considered piece of kit they have in their van.  I’ve seen plenty of tatty bits of old line being used and I myself have succumbed to using what I could find in the shed once or twice, but I have also fallen foul of the dried out and brittle string that couldn’t take the tension.

Can I recommend that you buy yourself some rope from a windsurf shop and then cut a few lengths ready for use when you’re at the beach.   That way you won’t be grabbing any old crap to get wet.

 

 

 

Infinity SUP UK

Infinity SUP UK is now available in the UK and Ireland as from 2017.

For those of you who are not yet versed in this brand from the US the first Infinity Surfboard was shaped in 1970 by Steve Boehne.   The board itself is a 7ft balsa single fin with the number 1 shown on the tail.   It’s never ever been used and hangs as a reminder of those early days on the wall.   Since those days, over 40,000 boards have been shaped and glassed for every conceivable riders needs and conditions.

Nowadays the brand is a family affair  with the master craftsman Steve Boehne and his two sons Dan and Dave.     Steve has spent his lifetime shaping  so it is only inevitable he has become the jedi master and is now passing down all that experience and knowledge to his sons and crew.

Steve discovered surfing back in 1959 with his first board being a balsa Velzy -Jacobs.      He would surf Torrance Beach and Palos Verdes Cove. Working from home he built a hundred boards in his garage until 1968 when he went to work shaping for Gordie Surfboards.

 

 

 

The range of Infinity SUP Boards

Surf

  • Blurr
  • B-Line
  • RNB
  • RNB Asymmetrical
  • Phoenix V3
  • Phoenix V2
  • Phoenix V4
  • TMRW
  • Team Label
  • Carver
  • Slater Trout
  • Wide Aquatic
  • SUP Log

Race

  • Dart
  • Whiplash
  • Blackfish
  • DW
  • Tour
  • Prone

 

The Infinity SUP UK range covers a wide range of uses and conditions and rider abilities so you won’t be lost with nothing to choose from here.

 

 

 

How are Jimmy Lewis boards so strong

This is a great demo to prove why Jimmy Lewis boards are so strong and durable. If you’re spending out on a new board then you want it to last and offer the best performance for years to come.