Aqua Marina has been making inflatable paddleboards for many years now, giving you the durability and stability that you need for getting up on the board for the very first time.
You can use this one in a still lake, a choppy ocean or even in your hot tub.
When it comes to budget boards, this one is amongst the best. It is an incredibly long board, giving you everything that you’ll need for cutting through the trickier waves. It comes in a vivid bright orange color that will certainly turn a few heads.
This board gives you a decent amount of flex, especially in the middle of the board. It is also great for supporting heavier paddleboarders, with a single fin in the center that will make it ideal for tracking but not so great for negotiating trickier waves.
So where can you buy the Aqua Marina Fusion 10’10”? What features and materials does this board have to give you the most for your paddling?
Is this board suitable for the kind of wave riding that you’re going to be doing? How much can you be expected to pay for this board?
Well, whether you are an experienced wave rider or someone who has never stood on a board in their life, this model will be perfect for you to master and practice your on-wave maneuvers.
We’ll also have a look at the board’s design features, as well as the accessories that come with it.
How Well Does It Perform?
This board does very well with a wide variety of surfers and on a wide variety of different waters. It is very easy to set up and get going, you can pull it out of the box and get it out on the water within half an hour.
The decking has an extra tacky surface, keeping you on the board even in the choppiest of waters. This will be very useful for beginner surfacers who more often than not find themselves tipped into the water by a very flimsy board.
However, experienced users might find it more difficult to position their feet in the correct area.
The fin can move through the water comfortably, which will be very good for tracking.
If you plan on moving in a single trajectory, then it will provide you with everything that you’ll need for stability and a rigid movement. This is great for getting from A to B without course correction.
This board is also adaptable for a heavier ride, with a high degree of flex in the midsection.
If you exceed the weight capacity, you might notice differences such as sluggish speed and difficulty navigating through the choppy waves.
If you are going to be using your paddleboard to explore some regions that a boat will not be able to reach, then we would definitely recommend having this unit.
If you want something that can jump choppy waves, then we would suggest that you have at least three fins under your board.
You can easily paddle if you come under the maximum weight capacity.
This is a board that is ideal for teenagers, lightweight enough to transport their board from the trunk of the car to the edge of the shore. This is more of a cruising board than a hardcore surfing board.
Some users have complained that this board really lacks the maneuverability of some of the more expensive models.
If you want to buy something that can negotiate challenging water conditions, then we suggest that you find something in the medium to higher price range.
An inflatable board like this is perfect for your first one, as you can easily batter it against the rocks.
It is both inflatable and durable, giving you everything that you need to be able to practice your moves over and over again without wear.
What Is The Board Design?
The design of this board is very simplistic, with 5-D rings that you can use to hook on various objects like your wallet and car keys, all stuffed into a waterproof bag.
This is a much simpler option that is perfect for use with low-level paddleboarders who don’t want to be overwhelmed by too many features.
The D-rings are located in the tail and at the feet of the board. This is to make your accessories easier to get to, giving you the ability to attach them to the bottom of your board, without the added stress of leaving them on the shore.
With a stretchy leash, you can paddle out on the still lake to practice your yoga moves without having to disturb your tranquility by worrying about your personal belongings way back on the shore.
The other D-rings are on the front deck of the board, with a strong bungee cord that will enable you to store your items on the front deck of the boat. This is ideal for making sure that your objects have not been lost into the depths of the water.
The colors of this paddleboard are extremely vibrant, which should help to find your it if you ever plan on doing any night swimming.
However, some users have complained that the patterning on this board is not very well printed and prone to flaking after long-term exposure to the water.
What Materials Is It Made From?
This board utilizes just a single layer of PVC, which might not give you the optimum protection against the elements, but it will surely keep the price down.
The higher-end boards use a triple-payer of PVC to keep it strong and resilient. This will all depend on how rough your planning on getting out there in the waves.
This board comes with a tight drop-stitch technology where thousands of different threads are woven into the top and bottom layers.
This base technology transforms your board from a very limp lilo type thing to something resembling a hard surfboard made from fiberglass or carbon fiber.
If you are a larger rider, then having the additional flex in the middle of the surfboard will be perfect for ensuring that it can bear the additional strain.
It also has plenty of UV protection, so you can be sure that it will not discolor and get brittle if you are spending long hours in the heat of the sun.
This paddleboard is wrapped in rail tape, both internally and externally. It is much more flexible than a double-wrapped board, although it will not be as durable.
Again, this will all depend on the extremities and moves that you plan on performing with your board.
When it comes to the top decking, this board comes with an EVA pad that will ensure that you have a sure grip.
Even when the board becomes wet, this super-soft texture will keep your feet locked to the board even when the waters get choppy.
This is a boon if you are planning on using your paddleboard to perform complicated yoga moves on a tranquil, still lake.
Having a tacky board surface will also stop your board from whisking out underneath you when you are performing these moves. It will prevent injury in the long run and stop your feet from collecting blisters and callouses.
You have a decent traction pad coverage, with over two-thirds of the top of the board covered in a soft foam that will go nice and easy on the soles of your feet.
The honeycomb pattern also provides added grip. This will be very appealing to teenagers who are getting to grips with the art of surfing.
What Features Does It Have?
This board has plenty of features that will help you on still and mildly choppy waters. Here are just a few of these features:
- Fin - this board is fitted with one single fin, which is removable and great for storage. However, if you are planning on doing anything more than single-tracking, then you might be struggling to control this board.
- Inflate and deflate capacity - the pressure of this board is around 15 PSI, which might not be suitable for heavier riders. However, if you are a young child looking to hit the waves, then this is a great first board.
What Accessories Does It Come With?
This board comes with numerous accessories, most of which are designed to help you control your board.
One of the main accessories is a paddle made from heavy aluminum material, giving you the ability to negotiate through seaweed and heavier waves quite well.
This is slightly more durable than fiberglass but not as resilient as something like carbon fiber.
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I’m an Colorado native, who learned to surf in the Pacific Northwest, and SW Canada. I live inland near the mountains now, and love to get out on my SUP. It’s weird, but I love windy, choppy days as no-one is out and I like the challenge.