Naish Inflatable SUPs for Surfing

Naish Inflatable SUPs for 2015Naish makes several different stand up paddleboards – both hard boards and inflatables. The inflatable SUPs carry the “Air” name, so you can tell when you’re shopping around.

Their premium boards are super rigid, which makes them ideal for handing surf. They are also designed with a progressive rocker, so you can more easily turn and maneuver them in the waves.

Naish should know – they also make gear for kiteboarding and windsurfing. Plus, they are based in Maui, Hawaii.

Anyway, I’ll talk about 2 Inflatable SUPs here: the Naish Mana Air and the Naish Nalu Air. They are very similar except one is wider than the other, therefore offering more stability (The Mana is the wide one).

First, some short video clips (featuring previous year models, but you’ll get the idea of the design and quality of the boards):

The Nalu Air:

 
The Mana Air:



What’s the Same?

As I mentioned above, these boards are well made and highly-durable. They also include a UV protective “skin” to prevent any damage the sun might want to do while you’re out on the water.

Similar to other models, they come with a high pressure pump and gauge, carrying bag, removable fins and a patch repair kit. Both have a carrying handle, cargo straps and a single D-ring for attaching whatever you want to attach to it. (Other boards include more straps or rings for carrying gear, but if you’re surfing, you probably won’t be transporting a tackle box or camping equipment anyway).

They both are 6″ inches thick (except the 10’2″ shorter version of the Nalu, which is 4″ thick), which helps them ride further out of the water and makes for a faster ride as well.

What’s different?

The Mana is wider, 33″ wide vs 30″ of the Nalu. Not only does this increase stability for new paddlers and surviving on bigger waves, it means bigger people can ride it.

The Mana also comes with 3 fins, whereas the the Nalu comes with a single fin.

Since each model has 2 different board lengths, I’ll draw out a little table, so you can see the weight capacities of each.


Naish Mana 10’0″

Naish Mana 11′ 6″

Naish Nalu 10’2″

Naish Nalu 11’0″

10′ long

11′ 6″ long

10’2″ long

11′ long

33″ wide

33″ wide

30″ wide

30″ wide

240 lbs max

280 lbs max

185 lbs max

210 lbs max

Check out the Mana here | Check out the Nalu here

Interesting Tip: Quality boards are very stiff when inflated, but they also hold up surprisingly well in rugged environments where there may be hard or sharp surfaces, according to Rob Casey, author of Stand Up Paddling: Flatwater to Surf and Rivers.