Whether you want to SUP in far off places that would be virtually impossible to get your normal paddleboard to, or you simply want something you can throw in your trunk to head off to the local lake on weekends, the Boardworks SHUBU Inflatable Paddleboard is the answer. The tough rubber can handle just about anything your other paddleboard can, and it's relatively small size when deflated allows you to take it to places by plane, train, compact car, or on foot that you would never get to otherwise.
This "Show up and Blow Up" board is a treat! After 2 years of ownership here are my impressions:
* Convenient - I live in a tiny apartment, so this is really the only feasible way for me to own a paddle board. It does store fairly small, so this was really the only way for me to participate in stand up paddle boarding. While it is honestly kind of a pain in the "you know what" to blow up, that seems to be a reasonable sacrifice/trade-off for me. I upgraded to a MUCH better quality pump (The K-20 pump, it's amazing) and now it only takes me about 5-7 minutes to inflate. (This, honestly, is about how much time it would take to unload/load a car rack if I had a traditional fiberglass board anyway).
* Stable - I was a new paddler when I got the SHUBU, but I found this board to be infinitely more stable than the other two traditional hard and soft top paddle boards I tried out. When using it, some of my friends didn't actually even realize it was inflatable! I've noticed that bigger/taller people are definitely going to benefit from the longer 10'7" size SHUBU.
* AWESOME to travel with! I just took this on a flight back east, and it was a breeze! I just rolled her up in a snowboarding bag with wheels. I added a few bundles of clothing to protect my paddle, and it was awesome! Obviously not as simple an option with a traditional hard board, so SHUBUs are excellent travel buddies.
*SHUBU paddles like a dream in smooth water and tracks really well. I have yet to try river running, but will update this review when I do so.
*Included travel bag seems sturdy and haven't had any issues with it thus far. I did actually upgrade my SUP pump, since the one that came with was kinda dinky. It broke after only several uses. I upgraded to a K-20 pump which was the best idea ever after the iSUP C4 Waterman pump also completely broke down on me after 5 uses once I hit about 8 PSI (it's intended to inflate up to 15 psi - FAIL).
My Family loves our " show up blow up" great for the lake and ocean. A lot easier to catch a wave with a paddle. Being that it's inflatable I will occasionally hit the white water. The Kern River is a blast and will scare the sh#t out of you on a stand up. Easy to transport too . Just deflate and roll it up !