Inflatable SUP Review: California Board Company Nautic 11′

Interested in Stand Up Paddleboarding? Check out this Inflatable SUP Review to find out if a board is right for you. Today we are reviewing the California Board Company Nautic 11′.

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The California Board Company Nautic 11′ is ideal for: Beginning and casual paddlers who want to learn the sport without investing a lot of money or space. 

Specifics

  • Seating Configuration: Solo
  • Weight: 24 lbs
  • Length: 11′
  • Center Width: 31″
  • Max Capacity: 300 lbs
  • Board Thickness: 6″
  • Primary Material: Folding/Inflatable
  • Material Description: 2 layer PVC coated & reinforced fabric

Usage

  • Activity Type: All-Around
  • Water Type: Flat/Sheltered Water, Open Water/Ocean, River/Creek (Up to Class II)
  • Duration: Day Trip
  • Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate
  • Ideal Paddler Size: Average Adult, Larger Adult

Features

  • Textured Foam Deck Pad
  • Carrying Handle
  • Bungee Cord Storage Area
  • Front and Rear D-rings
  • Board Leash
  • High-intensity Manual Pump with PSI Guage
  • Repair Kit with Valve Wrench and Patching Supplies
  • Adjustable Paddle
  • Tri-fin system (two fixed-position side fins, one removable center fin)
  • Polyester backpack for carrying and storage

California Board Company Nautic Pros: This board is considerably cheaper than other comparable boards on the market. 

The board is very stable in the water. It glides nicely on calm water and tracks fairly straight with only minor corrections needed. 

This board is great for people of varying heights and weights although tall people may be more comfortable on a slightly longer board. 

The multicolor board is bright and fun for the water. It is gender neutral in color and not a trendy color that will go out of style in a season. The board also comes in a brown wood-like colorway. 

California Board Company Nautic Cons: This board will not win you any speed races. When the water is even slightly choppy you will notice a lot of drag on this board. 

The pump works well but plan for a workout before you ever get on the water.  (Better yet, invest in an electric pump!)

After a year of use, my board valve regularly became leaky. This is totally fixable (see my video here) but make sure you always have your repair kit and valve wrench handy. 

California board company nautic inflatable sup Stand Up Paddleboard

Overall Opinion:

My California Board Company Nautic 11′ was the perfect starter board. The convenience of the inflatable paired with the affordable price made it an easy choice. It performs great on the water for leisurely paddles and day trip adventures. Once I began paddling longer distances and desired more speed it was time to upgrade. I would highly recommend this board to any beginning paddler who wants to learn the sport without making a major investment. 

Inflatable SUP Review California Board Company Nautic 11' Long

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