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Christos is a passionate diver, enthusiastic paddler & amateur SUP racer.

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As one of the fastest-growing paddle board companies on the market, the Bluefin SUP company of the UK has established a strong reputation with excellent quality boards at affordable prices with better-than-the-rest warranties. A small “ocean-spirited, family business” from West Yorkshire in England, Bluefin originally focused on making kayaks but in recent years have moved onto stand up paddle boards.

With a new collection almost every year, Bluefin are continuously working to improve their range and current products. Through expanding into the Canadian and U.S. markets Bluefin is growing rapidly. With both a focus on growing their market size as well as their range of products, it looks like Bluefin are going to be staying for a while, and for good reason too.

A Bluefin SUP package turns any paddle board into a kayak, and it comes standard with most of their boards! Their inflatable SUP boards are some of the sturdiest boards we’ve seen, with the rigidity of their double chamber models similar to hardboards.

With a wide range of products, Bluefin has an iSUP for everyone at all levels. Here are some of the best Bluefin paddle boards on the market.

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The Bluefin Cruise 10’8” is best suited for touring and is perfect on flat water surfaces and riding through calm waters. With enough stability for beginners, and plenty of maneuverability this board is excellent for everyone from beginners to advanced paddle boarders. The ultimate ‘all-round’ board the Bluefin Cruise 10’8” is an excellent board made of premium materials and at an affordable price.

As well as excellent materials the board can be purchased for an affordable price thanks to the accessories that come with it. This board comes as a full package including a fiberglass shaft paddle, a dual-action pump, a backpack, a coiled leash, a kayak seat kit, a user manual, a waterproof phone case, and a repair kit.

This extensive SUP package is perfect for those looking to start off paddle boarding as it includes all the necessary accessories needed for convenience and comfort. The kit is also perfect for more advanced paddle boarders who want to expand on their current materials and use their SUP for more activities, such as kayaking.

Where to buy:
Specs & Features:
  • Best Suited For: Touring with freight/riding through calm waters/doing yoga
  • Material: Military-grade PVC w/drop-stitch technology
  • Volume: 260 liters
  • Capacity: 331 lbs.
  • Dimensions: 10’8 x 32.9” x 6.3”
  • Weight: 28.8 lbs.
What we like:
  • The materials the board is crafted from are of high quality
  • It comes with a full set of accessories (including, especially, the kayak set)
  • The board has a great reputation among SUP board enthusiasts
  • It has a 5-year warranty
  • Suitable for beginners and skilled paddlers
What we don’t like:
  • The paddle isn’t made from the new carbon blend
  • The paddle lacks the length indicator

The premium version of the Cruise 10’8” the Carbon Cruise 10’8” inflatable SUP includes all the amazing qualities of the cruise with added features making it a lot more rigid and comfortable to ride.

The Flex Reduction System and the Air Duo inflation which are incorporated into this board’s construction makes it extremely sturdy and stable on the water. The Carbon Cruise is definitely one of the most stable iSUPs on the water, mimicking the stability of a classic hardboard. Nevertheless, the board doesn’t sacrifice any stability for its maneuverability. This board is very responsive and nimble on the water, ideal for more advanced paddle boarders or even beginners.

Like the Cruise, the Carbon Cruise comes with a full package including a lightweight carbon-fiber paddle, double-chamber pump, backpack, leash, a kayak seat kit and repair kit. This extensive package makes this board an incredibly affordable and good-value purchase.

Where to buy:
Specs & Features:
  • Best Suited For: Cruising/touring with freight/kayaking
  • Material: 1000 Denier Exo Surface Laminate w/ Pro-Weave Drop Stitch Technology
  • Volume: 260 liters
  • Capacity: 286 lbs.
  • Dimensions: 10’8 x 32.5” x 5.9”
  • Weight: 25 lbs.
What we like:
  • It features a Flex Reduction System (FRS) that makes the board rigid and close-to-unbreakable
  • The carbon-fiber paddle that comes with the board is lightweight with a good flex
  • The Croco-diamond deck pad allows for non-slippery paddling and extra insulation
  • The 2 cargo storage areas have an additional 4 straps for more flexibility
  • The 5-year manufacturer warranty is covered by a company with a good rep
What we don’t like:
  • The handle on the great paddle could be a little sturdier
  • The board’s capacity is relatively low

Built for long distances and adventures the Bluefin Cruise 12’ is a stable and ideal board with exceptional tracking. At 12’ long and 33” wide you’ll experience more speed and better tracking than the 10’model, making this board suitable for quick-learners and ambitious paddlers.

Like most of the Bluefin iSUP boards, the Bluefin Cruise 12’ is perfect for all levels. One of the big advantages of the board is its size, allowing great stability on the water, however, it also makes for a great choice for advanced paddle boarders looking to go further distances and do more exploring. As well as being suitable for beginners right through to advanced paddle boarders, the larger size makes it great for family fun, or activities such as fishing.

The Bluefin Cruise 12’ includes incredible accessories like the other Bluefin boards making it a great purchase for any level of paddle boarder. No compromises were made on the quality or the features of the board, providing you with a fun and comfortable paddle boarding experience.

Where to buy:
Specs & Features:
  • Best Suited For: 190lbs+/beginners and advanced//fishing/family fun
  • Material: 1000 Denier Exo Surface Laminate PVC w/drop-stitch technology
  • Volume: ~280 liters
  • Capacity: 309 lbs.
  • Dimensions: 12’ x 33” 6”
  • Weight: 34 lbs.
What we like:
  • Lots of room to grow as a paddle boarder (go from novice to skilled)
  • It comes with a kayak seat
  • Robust build, resistant both to sun and punctures
  • The board has a 5-year warranty from the manufacturer
  • Suitable for complete newbies and intermediately-advanced paddlers
What we don’t like:
  • The board is quite heavy
  • The plastic paddle handle isn’t too comfortable

The Carbon Cruise 12’ is similar to the smaller Carbon Bluefin SUP in that it is made for speed and distance. A premium version of the Cruise 12’ this board is excellent for most water conditions and has incredible traction.

Built with a carbon-railing construction in conjunction with the air/duo chamber this board is rigid and provides excellent stability on the water.

Where to buy:
Specs & Features:
  • Best Suited For: Cruising through calm waters/touring/kayaking
  • Material: 1000 Denier Exo Surface Laminate w/ Pro-Weave Drop Stitch Technology
  • Volume: 330 liters
  • Capacity: 309 lbs.
  • Dimensions: 12’ x 32” x 6”
  • Weight: 38 lbs.
What we like:
  • It’s bonded with heat welding that gives it an aerodynamic finish for smooth gliding
  • It’s fast and track really well
  • The two-chambers increase rigidity and make it easier/faster to inflate
  • Travel strap plus 5 handles makes transport easier
  • Sweet colors
What we don’t like:
  • It’s a tad heavier than some other touring SUPs
  • Relatively low weight capacity

Heat-welded bonds give the Bluefin Cruise Carbon 12’ an aerodynamic finish for smooth gliding. The good traction through water and stability make this board ideal for beginner paddle boarders and cruising through calm waters, touring, or even kayaking.

The added kayak package included in Bluefin boards makes it an excellent investment for those starting their paddle boarding journey.

With plenty of added features, including a great crocodile traction pad for added grip when paddling and convenient handles to carry it to and from the water, the Bluefin Carbon Cruise 12’ is built with comfort in mind.

This is a reliable and sturdy board that is guaranteed to last a long time, making it an excellent investment.

The Carbon Cruise 12’ is similar to the smaller Carbon Bluefin SUP in that it is made for speed and distance. A premium version of the Cruise 12’ this board is excellent for most water conditions and has incredible traction. Built with a carbon-railing construction in conjunction with the air/duo chamber this board is rigid and provides excellent stability on the water.

Heat-welded bonds give the Bluefin Carbon Cruise 12’ an aerodynamic finish for smooth gliding. The good traction through water and stability make this board ideal for beginner paddle boarders and cruising through calm waters, touring, or even kayaking. The added comprehensive kit included in Bluefin boards makes it an excellent investment for those starting their paddle boarding journey.

With plenty of added features, including a great traction pad for added grip when paddling and convenient handles to carry it to and from the water, the Bluefin Carbon Cruise 12’ is built with comfort in mind. This is a reliable and sturdy board that is guaranteed to last a long time, making it an excellent investment.

Where to buy:
Specs & Features:
  • Best Suited For: Cruising through calm waters/touring/kayaking
  • Material: 1000 Denier Exo Surface Laminate w/ Pro-Weave Drop Stitch Technology
  • Volume: 330 liters
  • Capacity: 309 lbs.
  • Dimensions: 12’ x 32” x 6”
  • Weight: 38 lbs.
What we like:
  • It’s bonded with heat welding that gives it an aerodynamic finish for smooth gliding
  • It’s fast and track really well
  • The two-chambers increase rigidity and make it easier/faster to inflate
  • Travel strap plus 5 handles makes transport easier
  • Sweet colors
What we don’t like:
  • It’s a tad heavier than some other touring SUPs
  • The main fin rocks just a wee bit, potentially affecting stability

Bluefin SUP Board Accessories

Bluefin Paddle Boards Accessories

The Bluefin SUP board package is one of the most comprehensive on the market and includes all the essential accessories that complement the paddle boards. Each package includes a Bluefin hybrid 3 piece adjustable paddle that turns into a kayak paddle when desired. Also included in the package; a robust coiled leash, a manual dual-action pump as well as a Bluefin Travel Bag for the inflatable paddle board.

  • Paddle: The included Bluefin Hybrid 3 Piece Adjustable SUP is a well-designed travel paddle and is very good quality for an affordable price. The grip is very comfortable and the flex of the shaft is pretty decent, making it one of the better paddles compared to competitors.
  • Leash: Included is a Bluefin 8′ Coil Leash, with a decent length and comfortable strap.
  • Pump: The Bluefin Manual iSUP Hand Pump is a dual-action pump that allows you to inflate your board in just under 10 mins.
  • Backpack: The Bluefin travel bag is pretty good for transporting your paddle board with all the included accessories. It’s generally not too difficult to stuff the contents of this SUP package in it. It also has pockets, and has comfortable carry handles.
Further Optional Accessories from Bluefin
  • Bluefin fiberglass or carbon adjustable paddle
  • Bluefin iSUP hand pump
  • Bluefin 12V electric pump
  • Bluefin nylon center fin
  • Bluefin iSUP travel bag
  • Bluefin kayak kit seat
  • Bluefin car rack/straps

Bluefin Paddle Board Features

Bluefin iSUPs have a great reputation, with such a fast-growing company and incredible products this comes as no surprise. Each board includes a comprehensive package with high-quality features including a lightweight paddle, double-action pump, repair kit and travel bag included. This makes these iSUP boards affordable, great value and ideal for traveling.

High-quality materials used in the construction of the Bluefin iSUP boards make the range of stable, durable and rigid boards, comparable to hard boards. All Bluefin boards have a 1000 Denier outside layer, using what they call Exo Surface Laminate (ESL) with Pro-Weave Drop Stitching technology to provide the solid rigid feel that we expect from higher end inflatables.

The thermosealed crocodile deckpad is also the favorite of a lot paddlers for the way water runs off, providing amazing grip.

These materials make Bluefin some of the toughest iSUPs capable of holding up to 28 PSI. Such high PSI makes all the boards incredibly rigid and stable, with high weight capacities and volume.

In particular, the Carbon series (both Cruise & Sprint), with double chambers, is extremely rigid as well as safer for more extreme paddling.

New Bluefin SUP boards are showing how this company is meeting the demands of paddlers looking to do more than just paddle. That includes more touring boards, yoga SUPs, and the Mammoth, which can take up to 10 people!!!

Each Bluefin iSUP includes a variety of extra features to make your experience as comfortable as possible. Every board has plenty of D-rings for extra attachments, as well as included bungee-ropes for storage and handles which make it easier to transport the boards when inflated. The added travel bags for all the equipment, when purchasing a Bluefin paddle board make these boards excellent for traveling and the package can be easily carried around or stored.

Overall, Bluefin SUP has designed boards built for comfort, speed and great tracking in the water. They continue to be a company worth keeping an eye on for their innovation and style.

Why we recommend Bluefin SUP Boards

Focused on meeting their customers’ needs and providing comfortable, durable boards for paddle boarding it’s no wonder Bluefin has grown so rapidly with such a positive reputation.

The family-run business is trying to do it better. Period. They’ve had some success with this too. Great customer service with an eye on sustainability by accepting older boards, refurbishing them for resale.

All Bluefin boards are made with high-quality materials and all new SUP boards have a 5 year warranty. They are durable and stable on the water and are comparable to hard paddle boards. Bluefin SUPs all have high weight capacities and reach fast speeds whilst maintaining their rigidness making them suitable for all levels.

There are boards that are great for beginners all the way to advanced paddle boarders looking for reliable touring and adventure boards to cover bigger distances. Their newer boards also accommodate yoga and fishing, as well as a SUP party on their Mammoth board (max 10 per.).

The added package which comes with the Bluefin inflatable SUPs make these boards excellent value and an extensive range of accessories allow paddle boarders to choose for a variety of activities. A large range of paddle boards allows everyone to find a suitable iSUP from Bluefin from beginners to advanced riders, and even ones made for children.

Overall, Bluefin has created high-quality, high-value affordable boards suitable for everyone.

FAQ – Frequently asked questions about Bluefin Paddle Boards

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    How long does it take to inflate a Bluefin inflatable SUP board?

    The Bluefin Inflatable SUP boards can be inflated in 5 minutes with an electric pump or 10 minutes with the included high-pressure hand pump.

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    Where can I buy a Bluefin SUP?

    As a way to keep prices low, Bluefin has tried to cut out the middleman, selling directly to customers over their webpage. Because a Bluefin SUP is so popular, though, they are out of stock from time to time and customers will find their products online on Amazon as well.

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    What do the Bluefin inflatable SUP boards come with?

    The Bluefin SUP boards come with a paddle, fin, leash, pump, and backpack. But most of their boards these days also come with the kayak hybrid kit, part of the SUP package that turns a SUP board paddle into a double-bladed kayak one with a seat included to support the back.

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    Are the Bluefin SUP boards covered by warranty?

    There is a 5 year warranty available for new Bluefin SUP products. It’s part of their commitment to sustainability, by ensuring these products last as long as possible without getting ditched.

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