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Are THURSO SURF inflatable SUPs durable?

Incredibly! Our inflatable paddle boards are made from bombproof, military-grade materials and they’re nearly indestructible. Unlike hard paddle boards that can be dinged, cracked, and damaged, our iSUPs are dingproof and built to withstand whatever you can throw at them.

What type of maintenance is required for an inflatable SUP?

Inflatable paddle boards are extremely low-maintenance required. First of all, make sure that your board isn’t left out inflated in the hot sun for long periods of time as this can over-pressurize and damage your iSUP. After paddling, it’s always best to rinse your board off with fresh water and dry it before rolling it up for storage in a backpack or other bag. Stubborn dirt can be removed with some mild dishwashing detergent and a little scrubbing. Last but not least, remember to rinse your SUP paddle and other accessories well before putting them away, especially when you’ve been paddling in saltwater.

How stiff is an inflatable paddle board?

When fully inflated to the recommended 12-15 psi, an inflatable SUP is incredibly rigid and should feel very similar to a hard paddle board. Well-built iSUPs are so stiff that you can literally set them on two chairs and they’ll support a full grown adult standing in the middle of the board.

How difficult is it to pump up an inflatable paddle board?

Not difficult at all. Our iSUP pump is a dual-action pump that allows you to “switch gears” when the pumping gets increasingly difficult. While pumping your board up will give you some exercise, it’s something anyone can do in 10 minutes or so.

What’s the recommended air pressure for THURSO SURF boards?

We recommend pumping your board up to 12-15 psi. Our dual-action pump comes with an easy-to-read, built-in pressure gauge which will tell you exactly how much air pressure is in your board.

Where is the best place to store an inflatable SUP?

Storing an inflatable SUP is very easy to do, due to the fact that you can roll them up into an extremely small footprint. After rinsing and drying your iSUP, just roll it up, stash it away neatly into the included backpack, and throw under your bed or in a closet. If you are going to be storing your SUP in a garage or outdoor storage shed, it’s a good idea to throw it in an airtight plastic container to keep any curious critters out.

Can I fly on an airplane with an inflatable paddle board?

Absolutely! Deflated and packed into the included backpack, your iSUP can be checked with the rest of your luggage and taken anywhere in the world. Worried about the airline damaging your backpack in-flight? Just wrap your iSUP backpack up with a plastic tarp and tie securely with a rope — problem solved!

Are THURSO SURF inflatable paddle boards covered by a warranty?

Absolutely. All of our boards come with a rock-solid, 2-year warranty which covers any and all manufacturing defects. We stand behind all of the gear we make, and if you have a problem, we will refund or replace your board on the spot.

Is there anything else that I need to buy to start paddling?

All THURSO SURF iSUPs include a paddle, SUP leash, backpack, pump, and iSUP repair kit. The only thing not included that we’d highly recommend picking up is a PFD (personal flotation device).

Are the fins removable?

Yes, all of our fins are removable and feature our super convenient and easy-to-use Quick Lock toolless fin system.

Can I bring my dog on a THURSO SURF inflatable SUP?

Of course! Our boards are built with dog owners in mind so you don’t have to worry about your dog’s nails damaging the deck of your SUP. With that said, we always recommend trimming your pup’s nails before going for a paddle.

How does an inflatable paddle board compare with a hard board?

While rigid SUPs still have a slight edge performance-wise, inflatable paddle boards continue to narrow that gap as new construction technologies are introduced. When it comes to convenience, portability, durability, and versatility, inflatable SUPs are the strong winner. We believe that for the vast majority of paddlers, an inflatable paddle board is clearly the better choice.


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  • Geoff says:

    I’m wondering if I can leave my board inflated for a few days. I’m camping next to a lake and I’ll probably take an evening paddle and a morning paddle so it would be nice to not deflate after each use. This sound ok as long as it’s not left in the hot sun for an extended amount of time?

    • Admin says:

      Hi Geoff,

      Stoked you are heading for a camping trip! Yes it’s perfect fine to let it stay inflated. Just to avoid large temperature variation so the pressure inside the board does not fluctuate a lot. Let us know how it goes!


      Thurso Surf

  • Christy says:

    I am trying to decide between the 10’6 and the 11′ Waterwalker. I am 5’4 and about 140lbs. I am planning on using it on lake waters. Which do you recommend? Thanks!

    • Admin says:

      Hi Christy,

      For your case I would suggest the 10’6 Waterwalker. Yes it will work beautifully on lakes.


      Thurso Surf

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