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!
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.
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.
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