It’s no secret that our iROCKER team is a bunch of radical stand up paddle board fans. Inflatable stand up paddle boards, to be precise. With great reason, too! We get a lot of questions about the benefits of inflatable boards versus rigid boards, especially from Aussies looking to replace an old board with something new. So we thought we’d give you our top four advantages of using an inflatable stand up paddle board over an old rigid board.
If you’re shopping for your first paddle board or want to chuck your old one for a new inflatable board, there’s a lot of great info here for you.
Inflatable Paddle Boards Can Handle Water Hazards
Here in the Land Down Under, we’re fortunate to have beauty in every direction. Nothing beats the beauty of our gorgeous water, though! We’ve got surf, streams and rivers galore.
The problem with all of this gorgeous water is our secret is out. People from across the world come here to enjoy our water for yachting, surfing, kayaking and of course, stand up paddle boarding.
More people can on the water can sometimes mean more debris and a higher chance of bumping into a fellow paddler.
When a rigid board gets hit with debris or possibly worse, another rigid board, the result can be enough damage to sideline paddlers and their boards.
Inflatable stand up paddle boards can roll with those “punches” and handle water hazards far better than rigid boards. When bumped, their soft but sturdy sides give a bit of a bouncing sort of like bumper cars. No harm to the board or the paddler!
In fact, you might be noticing more and more iROCKERs popping up on boats and yachts all around Australia. Why? No more damage to the boat when a paddler comes back to the ladder a little too hard and fast.
iROCKER boards, in particular, give you a world of protection from bumps and hazards, thanks to our careful construction. All iROCKERs are constructed with four layers of protection and our revolutionary high density internal core. For added durability, we also use heat-welded seams and the maximum possible stitching per square inch.
All of that science simply means one important thing: durability.
Inflatable Paddle Boards Don’t Beat up Your Body
Stand up paddle boarding is one of our favorite family or group hobbies. But more people on boards means more risk of a bump or two. With an inflatable, you don’t need to worry so much about injury to board or paddler. If you do get a bump, it’s no worry with the forgiving construction of an iROCKER.
If you like paddle boarding with your mates and family, think about protecting your board and those precious bodies from bumps and falls. An inflatable board is a way to go.
Tip: Whether you’re a solo SUP type or the group SUP type, be sure to get a Cooler Deck Bag so no one goes hungry or thirsty.
Inflatable Paddle Boards are Easy to Afford
Money doesn’t grow in the bush, right? So spending too much on any sporting equipment doesn’t make sense. When it comes to SUP, no board beats the affordability of an iROCKER.
In fact, when we design iROCKERS, we value affordability just as much as durability. Affordability is as important to our iROCKER team as durability. And in addition to being priced right, we take affordability up a notch with free shipping. You’re welcome!
Inflatable Paddle Boards are Mobile-friendly
Last but certainly not least, our top advantage of using an inflatable stand up paddle board over an old rigid board is mobility. We love to travel and know our fans do, too. SUP-ers, in general, are the adventurous types.
You can’t deflate a rigid board and pack it into a back pack but you can deflate and pack up an inflatable paddle board.
In just a couple of minutes, deflate your iROCKER and pack it up in a duffel for travel by plane, train or car. When you’re ready to hit the water, inflate your board in minutes with a hand pump or just seconds with our Electric SUP Pump.
So what are you waiting for? If you’re still paddling on an old rigid board, it’s time to upgrade your SUP time to an inflatable board.
If we can help you pick the right board or if you’d like to send us your pics of you with a new iROCKER, get in touch using the form fields on this page or reach our team on Facebook.