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The Independent Books. Voucher Codes. Subscription offers. Subscription sign in. Read latest edition. UK Edition. US Edition. The last thing you need is a or pound, ten-foot-long airplane wing banging off your child's head or a rigid fin digging into their skin. The All Rounder has a number of features going for it.

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First off, its construction is super durable, with an extruded EPS foam core that won't soak up water should the board take a ding. That's unlikely though because lain over the foam is a carbon fiber, epoxy, and fiberglass cloth bonded in place beneath underneath a tough epoxy resin. The board was clearly shaped by a surfer. Though it's plenty stable with a nearly five-inch-thick and inch-wide deck, its surf-friendly construction includes nicely transitioned rails whose squared off shape near the board's base allows the board to pivot quickly into turns.

And while you may not care about the double concave shape on the hull, this mild hull curvature translates into lift and speed when going down the line and traveling parallel to a wave's face.

At the tail, the board is gently rockered, which helps initiate turns. Though the board only ships with a large and rigid single fin, it features side plugs to add a pair of inexpensive FCS fins for extra bite in waves and straighter tracking in windy flatwater conditions.

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We also liked the board's deck traction, which was very grippy but soft enough to keep your feet from going numb during a long paddle. Another thoughtful touch is a slight upturn at the back of the traction pad to keep your foot from slipping off the back of the board and giving a point of reference in turns. The board is built with a series of plugs along the rails and deck for attaching a cargo net, or a nose-mounted GoPro — a great touring feature.

For surfers above pounds, REI also offers an 11'6" version of this board — and in typical REI fashion, a year-long warranty. We'd love for this board to also ship with a paddle and leash, but for those items, you'll have to spend some extra money. Lightweight, super strong, a real surfboard for real waves, REI customer service. More expensive than some other epoxy boards on the market, we'd love to see this sold as a package with a set of side bite fins, a leash, and a paddle. In the decade and a half since founder Scott McClain began selling his "slick skin" surfboards from a Charleston garage, Liquid Shredder has refined its manufacturing process to a high degree.

Liquid Shredder's 10'6" standard soft board is a feather-light 26 pounds and a very stable 32 inches wide and four inches thick. Liquid Shredder uses a patented construction process. The company begins with a core of extruded polystyrene EPS foam that won't absorb water even if the board is punctured. The core is then reinforced with lightweight aluminum I-beam stringers to keep it from flexing or breaking amidst the waves. It is then literally shrinkwrapped inside a padded foam and seemingly bulletproof vinyl skin.

The rails sides of the board are then further wrapped all the way around in another protective layer of PVC. The board's ride is stabilized with a set of three soft, flexible fins with smaller 'sidebite' fins that help it track straight and stop it from sliding sideways in steeper waves.

We really liked thoughtful touches like an offset center hand grip which ensures that the short and long-armed can carry the board comfortably, a patch kit in case you should somehow manage to scrape a hole in the board's coating and a small Gore-Tex vent that purges air from inside the board in case you leave it out in the hot sun and the gasses inside it expand.

It also features a small plug near the tail to drain water should any ever intrude and a soft and grippy foot patch that extends over most of the deck. I've owned my first Liquid Shredder for more than 10 years and it's still going strong. The one-year warranty though, adds a nice peace of mind. Lightweight, kid-friendly, durable, surfs well for a soft board, one-year warranty.

Because the board is so lightweight, it can be a handful in windy conditions, which want to turn it sideways to the wind. We would also love to have some tie downs to secure gear to the deck. The company's formula is quality gear at an affordable price coupled with solid customer service, and it sure works. That's why its inflatable SUP is our favorite. For a lot of folks, an inflatable SUP makes perfect sense. They're easy to transport, safe for kids and beginners, and with modern composite materials — like military-grade outer skins — incredibly durable. So much so that inflatables are the board of choice for SUP'ers on rock-strewn rivers.

Boards like the Tower Adventurer are made rigid when blown up, thanks to a nifty bit of technology that uses tens of thousands of gossamer threads that join the upper and lower decks. When inflated, the threads act like a network of tiny support columns. At 6 inches, the Adventurer is thicker than many inexpensive inflatable boards, giving it the rigidity of a hard, epoxy-built board. Its seams are also glued with a super strong epoxy. You'd have a very, very hard time splitting it. The Adventurer features a mildly flexible and easily removable center fin and a pair of permanently affixed 'side bite' fins to help keep the board straight in wind and waves.

It comes with a hand pump and gauge and inflates to its full 11 PSI pressure in a few minutes. Note that you will exert yourself blowing it up, and you might be happier with one of the brand's volt electric pumps. Out on the water, the Adventurer tracks straight and surfs surprisingly well on even medium waves and its soft construction is a confidence booster for any beginner.

At 24 pounds, it's also surprisingly light. We've even tested a Tower amidst the waves and sharp coral of Fiji. It glided across the waves and even took the occasional scrape across the reef without puncturing. The three-piece paddle is not as light as high-performance models, but proved durable and perfectly serviceable. We also really like Tower's inclusion of a carrying strap and its two-year warranty. Some of the company's most oft-cited online praise cites its prompt and attentive customer service.

If the board should lead you to spend more time on the water than you think you should, Tower also includes a copy of Stephen Aarstol's book, " The Five Hour Workday " as part of the package — to help you justify your newfound addiction.

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Amazon buyers are exceptionally pleased. More than reviews earned the board a 4. If there are downsides to the board, it's in the fact that, like any other lightweight rounded nose board, it's pretty susceptible to being blown sideways in a stiff breeze. Like essentially every other inflatable, too, you can't really turn this board and hold it in line against the wave using its side edges, or 'rails'.

They're simply too big and rounded.

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When surfing, you have to turn this board by weighting the back. Lightweight, very stiff, tracks nicely on waves and even amidst mild chop. Flimsy pump, doesn't do very well in wind and could use D-rings up front. We'd like it even more if it came with a bag and leash. If you want a board that can perform in the surf, you'll want to be sure it incorporates something called rocker, which is the front-to-back concave of a board's hull that allows it to sit more comfortably on a wave's face, where a straighter, flatter board which is great for touring and steady tracking would be more difficult to manoeuvre.

You'll also want a wider board — at least while you're starting out — for stability. But whether you're a beginner or not, this is a great board for anyone, especially those planning to ride smaller waves i. At 10 feet, it's still short enough for sportier spirits to surf a little more aggressively, thanks to the V-rocker and the rockered tail, which really lets you walk back and pivot into a turn with relative ease. This board will also float most people with its liter volume and 4.

But just because it can float a lot of weight does not mean it's stable. Maneuverability almost always comes at the cost of stability, and being only 10 feet long this board does not track well, so don't bother trying to take it touring, and if you want a more hybrid-style paddle board, consider our main pick, Adventure Paddleboarding's All Rounder instead.

Outdoor Gear Lab reviewed the Naish Mana GTW calling it a "great choice for surfing" but complained about it being too slow to track and compete with their other boards, which were all tested for touring, and not so much surfing. Beginners complained that the board felt a little unstable, that is until they found their footing.

Again, if you're really set on specifically surfing, this could be a good SUP for you. If not, look for something a little more hybridized. Shaped ideally for small to moderate surf, solid construction, exceptionally buoyant. Too short to perform as a touring paddle board, somewhat unstable, requires deft footing but this will teach you quickly where to stand and when. In a lot of instances, fishing from a standup paddleboard actually makes more sense than fishing from a kayak. If you're fishing in a salt marsh, you can see above the marsh grass to know where you're going.

You can get into super shallow waters provided your fins aren't too deep or too hard, and you can 'sight' fish.

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So if you possess a good pair of polarized sunglasses and the ability to move smoothly and stealthily, you can sneak up on fish who, don't forget, can also see you. There's so much to like about this board it's tough to even know where to begin. First off, for its level of detail and outfitting, this package is simply unbeatable. It includes not only Isle's nicely appointed board but a solidly built and remarkably light 3-piece adjustable carbon paddle, backpack, pump, 10' coiled leash and removable snap-in center fin.

It also features side bites to help with stability and tracking while riding small waves. Fishing-wise, the board itself has a plethora of angler-friendly features. It weighs only 27 pounds, making it one of the lightest fishing boards on the market, which is particularly remarkable for its 11'6" length and very stable 36" width.