I am fairly new to the sport of paddle-boarding, as I only got my first paddle-board about a year ago. I actually own a non-inflatable BIC SUP and absolutely love it. I use it to go up and down the intracoastal waterways here in Miami. I was able to take it once into the surf only to have a lifeguard tell me I was only able to use it literally in a 50ft. wide area…so that didn’t last long.
I have never been a big fan of the inflatable SUPs due to them not being able to be as rigid and they just seemed to lack the decreased drag of a non-inflatable board. I really like BIC’s product line and the way they make their boards is different than a typical board which provides a longer life as it’s more durable.
However we’re here to discuss this inflatable touring BIC SUP. It comes in two sizes 11ft and 12’6. This inflatable does surprisingly better than inflatables before it. It has increased design measure to make it more rigid and comes with fins to allow for better handling in the surf. I also really like the amount of handles that come built in as well as the deck rigging for storage.
It only weighs 23 lbs and is about 6 inches thick and 32 inches wide. The nice EVA deck pad allows you to maneuver around the board with ease as well! Of course it comes with its own carrying bag and pump. It takes only 15 psi to inflate this bad boy to usable standards and away you go!
They call is the “go anywhere SUP” and it just might be that! I mean its not very heavy, the bag it comes in easily fits in a car and inflates quickly. This is probably the first inflatable SUP I stand behind due to their focus in development on ensuring that it performed like a regular SUP. Having my own issues of storage for my hard 12’6 SUP I can totally see why this might a wise investment for the casual paddle-boarder especially at a decent price of $999. So whether you’re cruising the lake, running rivers, or paddle-surfing into the sunset, this sounds like a good buy to me!