Even though I’m a huge water sports fan, I have never owned that much of their equipment because it’s either expensive, or I’m going to use it once or twice and never again because simply; I can’t just settle for one thing. It’s here where inflatable standup paddle boards come to fill the gap; they are reasonably priced, they’re practical and multi-functional.
One of the companies that make great inflatable standup paddle boards is the Aqua Marina; their boards are durable and they come in different sizes and colors, and one of their strongest iSUPs is the Monster.
The Monster is 12 feet tall, 32 inches wide and 6 inches thick; it’s made for various activities and it’s wide enough to make standing, kneeling, lying down or even stretching on it a comfortable safe thing to do. Not only that; such a big board can easily hold your weight if you’re a large paddler and any extra cargo, and in our case here, the Monster can hold up to 325 lbs without twitching, but if you’re starting to think that you maybe need a smaller board you can check the Aqua Marina Fusion (10.10 feet).
- Top and bottom high tensile bands along the outline creates stiffening system.
- 5 Stainless "D" rings.
- EVA Deck : Honeycomb groove, heat embossed, maximum traction and durability.
- Elastic bungee cords for cargo
- 1 Carry handle
- Optimum air pressure in all conditions, up to 15 PSI
|Dimensions||12'0" long x 32" wide x 6" thick|
|Material||Extra thick and durable 6" double-wall stitch core material for stability and stiffness|
|Weight limit||352 lbs|
|Number of D-rings||5 Stainless D-Rings
|Recommended PSI||15 PSI|
|Fins||1 Large Removable Central Fin|
This board is designed to be compatible with activities like touring, exploring and racing all together, and the best thing about it is that it’s one of the stiffest inflatable SUP board out there thanks to the top and bottom high tensile rail bands along the outline which work as a stiffening system. We all know that the stiffer the board the more stable and rigid it’ll be, and the extra wide deck and large volume creates an extremely stable platform that sits comfortably on top of the water surface. Also, the nose rocker shape will make the board’s performance better and smoother since it’ll prevent the tension between the board’s nose and the water.
Additionally; this board is featured with a large EVA deck pad that is honeycomb grooved and covers the majority of the board’s back; it’s extremely durable and it works perfectly to prevent any possible slippage while paddling especially if the splashed water got to your feet. Not only that; this pad is really soft and comfortable to stand or kneel on which makes it a perfect one for you whether you are a beginner or an advanced paddler.
Moreover, the Aqua Marina Monster is featured with 5 D-rings; 4 of which are on the front like usual and are connected with a bungee cord for maximum utility and functionality, while the 5th D-ring is on the board’s tail and it’s meant to attach a safety leash.
Another important aspect that boosts the performance of the board as a whole is the fins; I always stress on how important they are for the iSUP’s balance and how smoothly it glides. The Monster has one large central fin which is finely made to support the board while changing directions or speeding up. Actually, the fins are one great thing that’ll make your board a versatile one which will adapt itself to almost all water conditions.
Let me start with what’s missing on this package; yes, this beautiful Monster comes without a paddle which is a bit sad since such package is almost perfect. However, you can order an Aqua Marina paddle to match it and that way you’ll be ready to go.
Now, an iSUP is not really an iSUP if it does not comes with its own pump; this board is one of the greatest, thus, you should expect a great hand pump that you can take with you anywhere. It’s an optimum air pressure that works in all conditions to inflate the board up to 15 psi in a very short time. Yet, if you’re not into manual pumping you can always use an electric pump since the Monster is a big guy.
The last item on this package is the Magic backpack which will allow you to pack the whole thing easily to take or pack your board anywhere. This is personally the best thing about owning an inflatable stand up paddle board; they’re extremely easy to transport as they have many features and options to match your needs. Last but not least, a repair kit is included for worst scenario cases.
- The Monster is a big guy of 12 feet tall and 32 inches wide.
- It can take up to 325 lbs.
- It’s extremely stable and stiff.
- It has a top and bottom reinforced PVC rail bands along the outline which work as a stiffening system.
- It comes with a Magic backpack to put the whole thing in it (the pump, the detached fin, the inflated board and the repair kit).
- The only downside we can reasonably think of is that this iSUP board doesn’t come with a paddle.