The Aqua Marina SPK 1 – a cheap inflatable SUP!

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A cheap SUP does not always equal inferior quality – the Aqua Marina SPK 1 is a cheap inflatable SUP that has many features expected on more expensive paddle boards.

 

If you don’t have time to read this full review, take a look at our Aqua Marina SPK 1 inflatable stand up paddle board video review.

 

NOTE: The Aqua Marine SPK 1 has a new brother  – the Aqua Marina SPK 2

 

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Features

This may be a cheap inflatable SUP to buy, but it is built to the same standards as most other inflatable paddle boards, that come at an additional cost. It is built using PVC, with drop stitch construction (a method of stitching the materials together to enable a firmer and more durable paddle board).

Once pumped up to the recommended air pressure of 10-15 psi, the Aqua Marina SPK 1 inflatable stand up paddle board feels as hard as a rigid paddle board. This means it will float and paddle in the water much better than a “soft” feeling inflatable SUP.

This inflatable SUP stores away into a storage bag (included in the package), and you could easily take this with you on public transport, if perhaps you wanted to take a ferry or bus to your paddling destination.

This cheap inflatable SUP is recommended for flat water paddling and small wave surfing.

 

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Dimensions

The Aqua Marina SPK 1 inflatable stand up paddle board has the following dimensions:

  • Nine feet, nine inches (9’9”) long
  • Thirty two inches (32”) wide
  • Four inches (4”) thick

The dimensions of this cheap inflatable SUP are excellent if you are just starting out paddling boarding, and is very stable in the water.

The board weighs approx. twenty two pounds (22 lbs/10kg) and can hold a maximum “comfortable” weight of two hundred and five pounds (205 lbs/ 93kg).

 

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Accessories

The Aqua Marina SPK 1 inflatable stand up paddle board comes with everything you need to start paddle boarding straight away. As well as the board, you also get:

  • Hand pump
  • 3-piece adjustable aluminum paddle
  • Storage bag
  • 3 fins (center fin and two side fins)
  • anti-slip deck pad
  • Elastic bungee cord for storage on the SUP

The board pumps up in about 10-15 minutes with the provided pump. you can definitely buy a better pump for this task, but bear in mind your warranty is void if you use a pump other than the one provided.

The paddle is made out of aluminum, so you need to make sure you wash it after it has been in salt water, otherwise it will start to corrode. Carbon Fiber paddles are much better for paddle boarding, as they are strong and lighter, but you will be paying quite a bit more for one.

 

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Performance

This cheap inflatable SUP is in no way meant to be for advanced paddlers. It will happily take on flat water lakes and small waves from your local beach, but if you want to do anything more serious, you may need to look at something like the Isle 10ft Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board.

The Aqua Marina SPK 1 inflatable was designed for those wanting to try stand up paddle boarding without having to spend too much. you could safely use this every day though, so long as you look after it (washing both the board and paddle with fresh water after use, as an example).

 

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Pros

  • Excellent price – a very cheap inflatable SUP!
  • Comes with everything you need to start paddling
  • Packs away into a storage bag for easy transportation

 

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Cons

  • Can be difficult to pump up
  • May want to upgrade paddle at some point

 

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Price

You cannot deny that the price point of this cheap inflatable sup is very attractive. If you’ve ever wanted to try stand up paddling boarding, but thought they were too expensive to buy, you no longer have that as a reason. To be able to buy an Inflatable SUP for under $400 is almost unheard of!

 

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The Aqua Marina SPK 1 inflatable SUP summary

The Aqua Marina SPK 1 inflatable is a cheap inflatable SUP that is excellent value for money, so long as you realize it is for casual paddlers, and to not try and push it too hard (such as paddling into 6 foot waves with it!).

If you are looking for a cheap inflatable SUP to cruise the local lakes, or surf small swell, then we would recommend the Aqua Marina SPK 1 inflatable SUP as an excellent choice. In fact, we were so impressed at the quality vs. price, we bought one too!

NOTE: The Aqua Marine SPK 1 has a new brother  – the Aqua Marina SPK 2

 

Check for latest price on Amazon

 

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