For consumers looking for the easiest and fastest way to get out on the water with their paddle board, SipaBoard has introduced a revolutionary new product. Available through a Kickstarter campaign, the company’s SipaBoard Air promises the easiest inflation process ever created for a paddle board. This self-inflating SUP allows you to effortlessly get your paddle board ready for the water in five minutes or less. When combined with the board’s other convenient features (such as a special leash and carrying bag), this feature makes the SipaBoard one of the hands down most appealing new iSUPs to hit the market.
Dimensions: Depends upon the type you purchase
Construction: Drop-stitch sewn
Included items: 3-piece paddle, leash, carrying bag, rechargeable battery
Rider weight limit: About 286 pounds
Inflation range: 10-25 PSI
What sets the SipaBoards apart from other inflatable SUPs is their ability to self inflate. The SipaBoard’s Kickstarter campaign emphasizes this feature because it is so groundbreaking. Until now, every stand up paddle board has required you to use a separate (typically manual) pump in order to inflate the board to the correct PSI. Many paddle boarders find these pumps to be difficult to use. The result has often been under inflated paddle boards that feel soft in the water.
The SipaBoard powered paddle board, on the other hand, eliminates these problems with a simple set up. The board uses an integrated compressor that is powered by a removable and rechargeable battery. This compressor and battery work by activating a magnetic switch. Once activated, the compressor inflates the SipaBoard to an ideal pressure. Best of all, this process takes only five minutes and minimal effort on your part. The result is a way to quickly get your paddle board ready for the water.
Behind the SipaBoard’s self-inflating ability is a small removable and rechargeable battery. In order to inflate the board, all you do is place this battery in the paddle board. The battery then powers the SipaBoard Air’s inflation process with the simple activation of the magnetic switch.
Not only does this battery allow you to inflate the paddle board without using an external pump, but it does so quickly. In general, the board will inflate to the ideal PSI within five minutes. You can also use this battery to charge multiple boards. The battery comes with enough charge to inflate three boards, and then needs only about 3 hours to fully recharge for subsequent usage. The result is a truly easy way to get your paddle board ready for the water.
The SipaBoard’s Kickstarter campaign was launched only after careful design of this revolutionary new board. That is why the board also comes with waterproof features that protect the compressor and the battery from water damage. For instance, the chamber where the batter is placed is completely waterproof. In addition, the switch to activate the battery and compressor is magnetic. As a result, the switch is completely sealed, providing no way for water to get into the compartment. The result is that you can embrace the ease of a self inflating SUP without worrying about causing damage from water leaking inside the compressor, battery, or switch.
Benefits of a Self-Inflating SUP
The ability of the SipaBoard Air to self inflate is a new feature in the world of iSUPs. However, while new, it addresses and resolves problems that have plagued iSUPs for as long as they have been on the market. As a result, this feature promises you benefits that you cannot get from any other iSUP.
For instance, a self-inflating SUP saves you time. With a manual external pump, inflating your paddle board can take a quarter of an hour or more. As a result, you have to plan for set up time when planning a paddle boarding trip. Plus, the thought of taking that time to inflate your board can sometimes deter you from going out on the water. With a self-inflating SUP, you can get your paddle board on the water in five minutes.
Second, a self-inflating SUP saves you effort. Traditional iSUPs can be hard to inflate. Especially if you are using a manual pump, the process can tire your arms out quickly. With a self-inflating SUP, you can get your board out on the water by yourself, whenever you want, with more energy and less effort.
Finally, the self-inflating SUP allows you greater freedom when paddle boarding. If you find that you only have a short window of time to get out on the water, you can now sneak out for a quick paddle boarding trip. With the faster inflation time and less effort, getting out on the water no matter what your schedule is not only possible, but also appealing.
The SipaBoard Air is actually the second SipaBoard to be created. The first was developed earlier with a combination of self-inflation and a jet propulsion system. Called the SipaBoard Drive, it revolutionized the inflatable paddle board world with its included engine. It can provide extra assistance when you get tired of paddling or encounter weather conditions that make it difficult to steer the paddle board by paddling alone.
The SipaDrive is the engine that gives the SipaBoard Drive its power. It is housed in a compact unit in the middle of the board. Designed for safety and effectiveness on the water, it is entirely sealed within the board. A mesh backing prevents anything from getting from the water into the drive. As a result, it is designed not to corrode, become blocked, or suffer water damage. Designed to be quiet, it is peaceful enough to take out on protected waters.
The SipaDrive allows you to choose from among three different speed settings, for a maximum speed of 3.5 knots. Other features of this drive include corrosion-resistant parts, a thermostat that regulates the engine temperature, Bluetooth connectivity, and low voltages. The result is a safe yet incredible way to enjoy a little extra speed and assistance out on the water.
The SipaBoard’s Kickstarter campaign also boasts a number of accessories. In keeping with the company’s goals, these accessories make it even easier to get your board out on the water. Following are the three accessories you can get with the board, and the advantages that each provides.
The SipaBoard Board Bag is more than just an average carry bag. Instead, this bag is designed for comfort and portability. Large enough to hold the deflated board and accessories, it comes with padded straps and a compact size that makes it very easy to carry over the sand and even on your bicycle. The result is a comfortable and effortless way to carry your SipaBoard wherever you want.
Typically, the leash on a paddle board is used to keep you safely secured to your board in the event that the board flips or you fall off. However, the safety leash on the SipaBoard also doubles as a convenient carrying handle. As a result, you can simply lift the board and bring it wherever you want, even when it is not deflated.
3-Piece Carbon Fiber Paddle
Many paddles that are included with paddle boards are a bit on the cheap side. The 3-piece carbon fiber paddle that comes with the SipaBoard, however, boasts a light weight and a durability that make it a quality accessory. Plus, because it does break down into three pieces, it is very easy to store.
SipaBoards Air Models
To make the SipaBoard even more appealing, this battery-powered paddle board comes in three different models. Each model is designed with a slightly different shape and size in order to accommodate a variety of paddle boarders. Following are the three models and the unique features that each provides.
The All-Rounder boasts a rounded end and a sturdy design. Thanks to its stability, it is ideal for paddle boarders of all ages and experience levels. This board comes in at 11ft. X 35.5in. X 6 in. As such, it can handle up to 286.6 pounds. Plus, it is stable enough for any activity, including diving.
A sleeker version of the SipaBoard, the Cruiser is ideal for speed and maneuverability. Thanks to its narrower design and sharper end, it can easily handle choppy waters. As a result, it is ideal for a variety of water conditions. It is also ideal for paddle boarders who want to move smoothly and quickly, and who want to spend hours out on the water. Its dimensions are 11ft. X 31.5in. X 6in. It can hold up to 242.5 pounds.
The Balance SipaBoard is built for quiet exercise on the water (yoga, for instance). As such, it comes with an anchor, hook rings, and a solid design. This board comes in at 11ft. X 35.5in. X 6 in. and can handle up to 286.6 pounds.
SipaBoards Drive Models
The following three models are the available models of the SipaBoard Drive. Not only do they come with self-inflation capabilities, but also the SipaDrive to provide power out on the water.
All Rounder Drive
The All Rounder possesses the same round design as the All Rounder that comes with just the self-inflation capability. This board is designed to maximize your fun out on the water. Its dimensions are 132in. X 35.5in. X 6in. It can hold up to 308.6 pounds. It provides the stability and suitability for paddlers of all experience levels that the other All Rounder provides. In addition, it comes with features such as an LED light to help you see through the water.
The Cruiser is designed with a narrower nose to make it more maneuverable in the water. This paddle board allows you to take longer trips and to explore the water. As a result, it offers an exciting way to appreciate the water, especially if you like longer paddle board trips. It also comes with an LED light for greater visibility on the water.
The Fisherman is a newer model of the SipaBoard Drive. It comes in at 132in. X 35.5in. X 6in. and can hold up to 308.6 pounds. Its appeal comes in its storage space. The Fisherman boasts straps and rings that allow you to keep large amounts of gear on the board. In addition, the board is stable and roomy so fishermen can store their gear and enjoy a day catching fish on the water.
If you are looking for a convenient inflatable paddle board to enjoy, the SipaBoard Air might be just what you are looking for. With its self-inflating capability, its convenient accessories, and its variety of models, it promises to be one of the most revolutionary paddle boards around.