iRocker paddle boards are built to satisfy SUPers of every level, interest and age. This is why they’re the perfect gift for back to school, birthdays, holidays and every day. So to help you out in your gift giving and self care, here’s our iRocker 2019 ultimate paddle board guide.
The Best Boards for the Person You Love
We’ll admit it from the get-go, we’re a little biased. But hey, iRocker isn’t a top-selling paddle board in the world without reason. We’ve earned our place in the sun (and the hearts of SUP lovers everywhere). So obviously, getting the ideal iRocker for you or your loved one tops our paddle board guide.
Between our streamlined, sleek BLACKFIN boards and our family-friendly iRockers, we have no doubt there’s a perfect board for any lucky gift recipient.
For the friend with a family: Hellloooo iRocker Big Blue! If you’re buying for a significant other or for a loved one with little ones, then this is the board for them. The XL design features enough surface area for up to four-to-five riders at once. This is great for families with kids and pets.
Tip: Big Blue is great for team building, too. We think your boss should know.
For the friend who’s serious about their sports: The BLACKFIN Model V is calling their name. Its clean lines, 20% lighter board weight and triple-layer PVC composite make it the perfect board for racing, surfing and more.
This is a great board for people who already know their way around a SUP or want to up their SUP with some new challenges.
For the friend who cherishes their zen: Calling all yogees! The iRocker Cruiser boasts a comfy deck pad and impressive buoyancy perfect for the yoga guru in your life. This is a great choice for beginners, advanced SUPers and everyone in between.
Tip: Pets love the iRocker Cruiser. If you have a pup and you haven’t tried pup SUP, put it on your bucket list ASAP.
Must-have Accessories going into 2020
Top-notch tech and accessories really round out the SUP experience. We launched iRocker boards many years ago and quickly saw the demand for unique paddle board accessories. Here are some of our favorites (and soon to be yours, too).
SUP to Kayak Conversion Kit: It’s not a coincidence this gear package has some of the most five-star reviews on our website. If one of your friends already has an iRocker paddle board, this is a natural extension to their favorite hobby. Yours, too!
With this kit, any iRocker board quickly and easily converts to a fully functioning kayak within minutes.
Cooler Deck Bag: Fill it with bottles of water, wine or beer or whatever, and load it up with high-energy snacks. Cooler deck bags are the answer to a friend who can easily spend hours on the water without heading to shore for food or water.
It straps easily to the front of all iRocker boards for prime accessibility. Plus, it looks cool.
Electric SUP Pump: This is the definition of the good life. All of the perks of an inflatable paddle board with none of the manual labor. Win, win!
The iRocker 12V pump fully inflates any iRocker board in a few minutes. Unlike the standard hand pump that comes with a paddle board, this pump saves your muscles for paddling on the water.
Tip: If you have a loved one who loves SUP, woo them with the iRocker electric SUP pump and they’ll love you forever.
Safety Tips to Keep in Mind with Your Paddle Board Purchase
While paddle boarding is certainly a low risk, high reward sport, there are things to keep in mind before you or your friend hits the open waterway. The right safety gear and precautions will bring everyone safely back to shore after a long day on the boards.
- Always secure a comfortable SUP leash around your ankle. A leash can quite literally be the difference between life and death. Your leash will keep you attached to your board (aka your only floating device on the open water) even when you fall off.
- Check the weather before you hit the water. The wind, swell and tide conditions play a big factor in your paddle board experience. If you’re new to the sport, avoid going out when the wind is strong. Strong wind causes choppy waters and strong currents, which is no fun for the novice paddler.
- Always paddle with a partner. For one, it’s much safer. But you know what? It’s also a whole lot more fun. Pack a deck cooler, go in a group and stay safe while exploring your local waterway.
Great Gifts for the SUPer Who has it All
Having it all is a blessing and a curse. For one, they have it all. But on the other hand, it’s dang near impossible to buy this person an awesome gift. Don’t worry, we’ve got ‘ya covered.
For the friend who’s super into good music: Sounds like you have a good friend. There’s a good chance they’d love a waterproof, portable speaker for their SUP sessions. These are relatively new to the paddle board scene and have only become incredibly advanced in the recent year or so.
For literally any friend who paddle boards: The Onyx inflatable belt pack is the answer. No one loves to wear a bulky life vest while paddling, especially experienced SUPers. This low-profile belt fully inflates to a PFD for the wearer.
The Ultimate Paddle Board Guide will Always Lead You Straight to iRocker
When we started iRocker years ago, it was our goal to be the one-stop-shop for all things paddle boarding. It’s not always easy to shop for the SUP fanatics in your life, but you’re guaranteed to find something good with iRocker.
Between top-quality, contemporary board designs and unique SUP gear, there’s something for everyone on the iRocker site. When in doubt, check out our Instagram and Facebook page for some SUP inspiration.