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wsurfer



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PostPosted: Sun Jun 07, 2015 12:32 am    Post subject: Inflatable or Rigid Reply with quote

I am 6'4" 230 lbs and my nephew is 6'6" 220 lbs. Looking for a SUP I can put a sail on. He has no aspirations of sailing. Two separate boards. Rigid or inflatable? I like the idea of an inflatable to save space but would like to hear your ideas.
Thanks in advance for your thoughts. Very Happy
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jingebritsen



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PostPosted: Sun Jun 07, 2015 5:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

lots of retailers have noticed that their customers are too lazy to deflate....

put a sail on one? very low performance.

price for a good one? same as a rigged one, nearly?

as a toy importer of foam boogie boards, i get spam emails from dozens of inflatable factories that want to sell me inflates. i never solicited one bid for them. hot thing to produce in china? buyer beware.

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 07, 2015 6:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would take a hard body over a blow up any day. Laughing
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joethewindsufa



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PostPosted: Sun Jun 07, 2015 6:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

inflatable dolls:
"i blew up your body, but you blew my mind"

inflatable SUPs - NOT there yet

inflatable windsurf "boards": getting there !!
http://joewindsurfer.blogspot.ca/2015/06/starboard-has-inflatable-sailboard-that.html
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ipwalsh



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PostPosted: Sun Jun 07, 2015 10:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Stiffer is always better. With you're all size and weight, I think you'll be disappointed with an inflatable.
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Wind-NC.com



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Location: Formerly Cape Hatteras, now Burlington, VT!

PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2015 9:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Interesting responses so far... If Starboard can make an inflatable that is fully capable of planing windsurfing, why do you think the boards wouldn't be able to handle SUPing?

I have a few customers that are in your size group who have inflatables and they love them. Pressure is key, make sure you get a good one with ample internal reinforcement and can take 18+ psi. And then make sure that you pump them up that high. Boards at 18psi might as well be rigid, it is crazy how stiff they are.

Starboard has an amazing range of inflatable SUPs and WindSUPs. At your size, I'd recommend their Deluxe constructions.

Starboard's Inflatable SUP Range:

http://star-board-sup.com/2015/overview-astro-inflatable/


Starboard's Inflatable WindSUP range:

http://www.star-board-windsurfing.com/2015/products/boards/inflatable-windsup


The first shipment of the year is just now getting into the country. Grab one up before they're gone...

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2015 12:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for your input and advice guys! I'll let you know what I do and maybe be able to provide a review. Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2015 2:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 09, 2015 7:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Absolutely!
Innovation and experimentation at the hands of a few trustafarians to support their own windsurfing careers and at a cost to the consumer has been a real downside.

Just give us a low-rocker BAF machine that we can take out in most conditions ...Treat it like a marriage....eat the same chicken salad sandwich every day for the rest of your life and be happy!.

We should have just stayed with the Rocket 99...albeit carbon and a few other minor tweaks....pull the tail a bit perhaps.

That BlackBox 107 seems completely removed from my reality. I just wish I wouldn't wake up with night sweats about it

As far as inflatables Haven't gone beyond 16 PSI on this one, mostly to avoid having too hard a surface to land on



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 09, 2015 8:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Outcast- are there videos of that baby in action?
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