And the newest board to hit the market comes with a twist: when you’re ready to hit the water, you roll it out and blow it up.
Gnaraloo’s inflatable stand-up paddleboard, which will soon be available on Surfindustries.com, is great news for victims of New York real estate who would rather not have their board double as an extra-long coffee table. And it’s much less gimmicky than it sounds.
The board comes in a bag that resembles a tent or an Aerobed, with a hand-operated pump so you won’t be searching for a power source in the sand. It’s made from heavy duty laminated PVC and polyester layers that are fused together by drop-stitched paneling.
The inflation process does require a little bit of exertion (consider it your warm up), but it literally takes just a couple quick minutes. And when it’s done, it’s so sturdy and firm you can honestly barely tell the difference. A paddle, which comes apart for storage, is included.
Bonus: the bag even has straps that allow you to wear it like a backpack, so you can tote it on the subway to the Rockaways. —Lisa Elaine Held
For more information, visit www.surfindustries.com