Vancouver has captured my heart because it lays in that sweet spot where the mountains meet the ocean. It’s the perfect place to hike, and also to paddle! If I’m not out hiking, you’ll probably find me on a board, and whenever possible, you’ll find me doing both! Some of my favourite places to hike are up to alpine lakes so I can explore them by SUP. With my awesome Thurso Surf inflatable Waterwalker 10’6″ SUP complete with backpack, the extra weight ain’t no thang but a chicken wang! Check out my board at https://thursosurf.com/ca/stand-up-paddle-boards/waterwalker-all-around-sup/?wpam_id=5 (note that I have the 2018 model but the 2019 model linked above is new and improved, and I’ll be reviewing that one later this year so stay tuned!).
With the company having been created by a Toronto man with a U of T Masters of Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering, not to mention his PhD in Mechanical Engineering focused on structure fracture analysis under Fluid-Structure Interaction effects, you can trust these boards are amazing. Aerodynamic, this inflatable stand-up paddleboard is so smooth and stable on the water without sacrificing performance. It can hold two people comfortably (hello floating lunch table!), and cut through ocean waves when you want to do that instead! Combining elements from a traditional pleasure board and a touring board, it has the best of both worlds, making it beginner-friendly and equally as perfect for intermediate and even advanced SUPers.
It’s a high quality board that you don’t need to worry about with our rough ocean waves or frigid glacial waters.
The board comes in two different sizes. I have the 10’6″ and my boyfriend has the slightly larger one, the 11
|10’6″/320 CM||31″/79 CM||6″/15 CM||270 L||26 LB/12 KG||300 LB/135 KG|
|11’/335 CM||32″/81 CM||6″/15 CM||300 L||29 LB/13 KG||330 LB/150 KG|
When you buy a board, it comes as a complete package including:
- Waterwalker Inflatable SUP
- 3-Piece CARBON Shaft Paddle
- 2+1 Removable Quick Lock Fin Set
- Inflate/deflate Double Action Pump
- 10 ft. Double Swivel Coiled Leash
- Storage and Carry Roller Backpack
- Repair Kit
As of 2019, the 10’6″ (126) is CAD $824.00 and the 11″ (132) is $849.00
It’s a really sweet deal. It’s a top quality board that comes with all the fixings, at a mid-range price. They stand behind their products 100% so you can buy with confidence. All boards come with a two-year full warranty – if any
Thurso Surf explains, “the carbon shaft paddle is far superior to those made from
The board is really easy to inflate, only taking a few minutes. The pump has a highlighted section for the recommended PSI (11-15) so you know when it’s ready to go. I often put it at the lowest and it’s perfectly stable, but if you have someone heavier or are planning on multiple people on it, I inflate it closer to the max for maximum stability. The pump has a dual action option so you can inflate with both the up and down motion of pumping air when the PSI is low, and switch to single action pumping (just inflates on the down motion) when PSI gets higher and is harder to pump.
In its bag, it’s compact and convenient to throw over your shoulder to just throw in the back of the car and/or carry down to the beach. The bag has extra space too to add some bits and pieces like a
Once inflated, it’s easy to manoeuvre in the water and even on land thanks to the padded centre handle.
All in all, it’s an awesome board that has definitely made my year much more exciting. Thanks to the temperate west coast weather, I can paddle year-round!
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