MOAI SUP Board Review

“Paradise is just a paddle away”

MOAI is an amazing new brand from the Netherlands, designed in Holland and inspired by the people of Polynesia who invented the art of paddle boarding. As soon as I saw MOAI’s stand up paddle (SUP) boards, I instantly fell in love. The unique design of the boards, along with their vision to ‘stand up for a better world’ as they collaborate with the Waves 4 Change charity was a company that I knew I instantly wanted to support.

Also, is anyone else thinking Moana?

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MOAI SUP Board

I have been channeling my inner Moana this summer on MOAI’s 10’6 board and couldn’t recommend it enough to anyone looking to purchase a paddle board. It’s a great quality board with amazing stability and versatility, the perfect all round board for beginners. I often take out my friends and family who are new to paddle boarding and they all agree that MOAI’s board was the easiest to balance and maneuver on, compared to other brands. The board is incredibly robust on the water and its wide body allows for comfortable balance and posture.

The board also has several d-rings with a cargo net, ideal if you want to bring additional gear such as a dry bag or camping gear. The 10’6 board also has several rings on the center body where you can attach a kayak seat.

MOAI’S 10’6 board is, however, slightly heavier when compared to some of it’s competitors due to the board’s double layer technology. It consists two layers of robust PVC  providing increased strength and non-slip protection. This board wasn’t built for speed which is partly why I love it, it’s an excellent board for newbies and touring.

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Waves 4 Change

MOAI strive to make their boards as environmentally friendly as possible and believe that everyone deserves the opportunity to enjoy nature. In 2018, they started collaborating with the Waves 4 Change charity in South Africa to support their amazing work in changing lives, one wave at a time.

With every board purchase, MOAI donate a profit to Waves 4 Change. Paddle boarding is such a great way to disconnect and clear your head but it’s so important that we keep protecting, conserving and celebrating our wonderful blue marble. We are all responsible for looking after it, which is why I’m so proud to support a company that advocates for protecting our environment.

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Pros:

  • Competitively priced – Paddle boards can be pretty expensive, with MOAI, you’re getting a high quality board plus accessories for a really great price.
  • Stability – the board has a wide body which makes it really easy to balance on.
  • Appearance – MOAI’s boards are beautifully designed, I’ve had so many compliments.
  • Pump it up – Super quick and easy to pump up with the double action pump
  • The paddle – The adjustable paddle is really lightweight and comfortable to hold.
  • High Quality Accessories – Everything is included with the board and it comes with a beautiful trolley bag, no more sore backs. YAY!

Cons:

  • Weight – The board is quite heavy to carry so I wouldn’t recommend for little ones.
  • Speed – As the board is slightly wider and heavier than most, it’s not great for speed.
  • Fin – I found the detachable fin slightly confusing to attach at first and have even lost it on occasion so always ensure it’s properly secured to your board.

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What’s Included?

  • Adjustable aluminum paddle
  • Premium trolley backpack
  • Double action pump
  • Center fin
  • Safety leash
  • Repair kit

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Images by: SUP Glasgow

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Inchconnachan, Loch Lomond

More commonly known as Wallaby island, Inchconnachan is situated amongst the larger islands in the middle of Loch Lomond. Having visited last year, I was keen to go back and explore some more. And of course, see the wallabies again.

The wallabies were first brought to Inchconnachan in the 1940’s after the second World War, by one of the most eccentric and admired aristocrats of the 20th century, Lady Arran Colquhoun. She was also a celebrated power boater, and earned herself the nickname “the fastest granny on water” after reaching 103 mph on Lake Windermere in the 1980’s.

Scotland has been absolutely glorious these past few days so I grabbed my best gal gang (and Stuart) and headed up to Loch Lomond for some paddle boarding. We set off from Luss pier and headed straight for the famous island.

We paddled round to the west side of Inchconnachan called The Narrows, a waterway between the site and Inchtavannach island, to escape some of the wind. This is where you’ll find Lady Arran’s bungalow which has long been deserted.

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There’s definitely an eerie feel to the place. Approaching it, we felt that we were at the part in the horror film where everyone was shouting ‘GO BACK!’ but we survived to tell the tale. Head inside and you’ll find the most amazing map of Loch Lomond, which has been painted on what appears to be the living room wall.

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After exploring the bungalow, we hiked to the top of the island in search of the wallabies. The views at the top are gorgeous, the perfect spot for a girlie catch up.

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Inchconnachan Island Views

After battering through bushes and branches, we eventually caught a glimpse of the wallabies. It’s incredible to see these Australian natives bouncing around in Scotland and easy to understand why most people think you’re crazy when you talk about them living on an island… in Loch Lomond.

Lady Arran was a quirky character with a love of exotic animals. She once owned a backyard menagerie that included creatures like wallabies, llamas, and pigs. It was only after the second World War, she moved her beloved wallabies to her holiday home on Inchconnachan.

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Wallaby Island, Loch Lomond

We spent the afternoon in total bliss, after a quick snack break we paddled through The Narrows and headed over towards Inchmoan.

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Determined to get a cute group picture… I’m not sure we succeeded.

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There’s something pretty special about having the beach all to yourself, you’re only a short paddle or boat trip from some beautiful, secluded beaches, the perfect summer camping spot.

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I also got to test out the new MOAI board, which is a total dream to paddle on. Although, wetsuit season is well and truly over! Absolutely roasting in them, we headed in for a quick dip before heading back.

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Loch Lomond is a home from home for me, I’ll never tire of exploring the same islands or paddling the same routes, there’s just something instantly calming and freeing about being on the Loch.

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Images: SUP Glasgow

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Jobes Sport Review – 10.6 ft. Surf SUP

It’s been just over 3 months since I purchased my first SUP board from Jobe Sports and I absolutely love it. It is perfect for me and I use it almost weekly for solo paddling.

I researched lots of companies and different sized boards for a while before deciding upon this one – I was looking for an inflatable light weight board with good stability as I wanted to be able to travel with it but my biggest challenge was deciding which size. A lot of people recommended the 12 ft. but I just felt that it was a tad too big for me so opted for the 10.6 ft as this promised ‘great stability, easily maneuverable and ideal for solo touring’.  It does all of that and more… once you master the wobbling part.

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The Pro’s

  • Stability – I was very surprised by the rigidity of the board when inflated, it handles really well on the water but I wouldn’t recommend more than one person on the board at a time.
  • Lightweight – These boards can look really heavy and clunky but they’re so light and easy to carry. The strap handle in the middle of the board allows for easy and comfortable lifting.
  • Speed – I wasn’t expecting to go anywhere fast on this little board but I was so wrong. The board is streamlined and cuts through waves with the pointer bow brilliantly – I’ve even managed to surf some of the smaller waves with it.
  • Appearance – At the moment, it is only available in the one colour but I really love the design on the surf 10.6 ft. boards. I think it looks clean and smart (plus, it matches my wet-suit).
  • Pump it up – Thumbs up for the high pressure dual action pump. The gauged pump is a life saver, I wouldn’t know when the board was pumped up enough otherwise -the manual details exactly how much air to pump in as well.
  • The Paddle – The adjustable paddle is super lightweight, has great durability and is really comfortable to hold.

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The Cons

  • I only have one and it’s a small one – there’s no cross guard so I can’t secure any bags or anything onto the board with me.

Aside from the cross guard, I genuinely have no improvements to suggest towards this board. It’s really quick to inflate and deflate, lightweight and easy to maneuver in the water and easy to pack down. If you’re buying for one – it’s perfect!

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What’s Included?

  • 10.6 ft. Surf SUP
  • Waterproof Carrying Bag
  • Pump (with nozzles and pressure gauge)
  • 1 x Aluminium Adjustable Paddle
  • Ankle Leash
  • 3 x Detachable Fins
  • Repair Kit

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