Let me just say right up front that before I did any research on this iSUP, I already knew that it had to be good. Why? Because it is made by Solstice.
They make high-quality paddleboards, like the Bali. They also don’t over-charge for their products, so I feel like we’re getting a good value without having to question the products.
All that said, what do I really think of the Solstice Bora Bora?
Over the years of riding SUPs, I have grown to appreciate longer boards that have a pointed nose. The Solstice Bora Bora is one of these stand up boards.
Now, this is just personal preference. It does not mean that shorter models with round noses are not as good. They can be equally as awesome, but if I was presented with the choice, I would choose a long board with a narrower pointed nose.
Here’s why I like it:
The longer, narrower shape makes for a smoother faster ride. This means that paddling can require less effort to go a further distance with each paddle you make.
When I was first introduced to 12 foot and 12 1/2 foot SUPs, I thought that they might just be too big and cumbersome compared to the 10 foot versions. However, I was surprised. They really aren’t all that different, and being inflatable, they weigh about the same.
Also, as I mentioned above, this is a well-made piece of equipment. It is constructed of a durable 1000 denier 3-ply PVC reinforced fabric material, so you can be assured that you can use your inflatable just as long as you would a fiberglass or foam core board.
Another feature that I like is the 6″ thickness. Compared to other SUPs that are 4″ thick, this model offers more stability because it rides higher out of the water and is more rigid when inflated.
What I don’t like about it:
It doesn’t come with a paddle. You need to buy it separately.
This is actually a pet peeve of mine because I see so many SUP packages (like the Tower SUP, the Isle or the Aqua Marina) come through that include everything you need: paddle, air pump, pressure gauge, patch kit and carrying bag. You pay one price, and you know you don’t need to spend any more money.
The Bora Bora does come with a high pressure pump, gauge and carrying bag, but you will need to purchase an SUP paddle, which will run you about $100. So, factor that into the cost.
How to Save Money:
Amazon currently has a limited number of these boards on sale for almost 40% off the retail price. They also offer free shipping.
Other things to note:
- The Bora Bora is 12 feet 6 inches long, 32 inches wide
- There are tie-downs on top of the board for securing gear while you are paddling.
- Kit includes: Carry bag, high pressure pump and gauge
- It also comes with a single fin
This video explains more, and you can see this inflatable paddleboard in action: