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The Ocean Spirit Inflatable Paddle Board in OutdoorMaster’s Chasing Blue series is a 10’6 beginner, all rounder SUP.

Unique selling points are the abundance of cargo space and 4.7’’ of thickness, which makes it very portable.

Overall the Ocean Spirit is worth looking at for first-timers. It’s both great for recreational use, but it’s also light and easy to unpack, easy to carry into the water.

Our Overall Review

4.7

Reasons to buy:

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    The rounded tip and tail make it stable
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    Lots of storage and anchor points
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    Lightweight, thanks to the 4.7’’ thickness
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    Portable thanks to many carry handles
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    Easy to roll up and pack, thanks to the 4.7’’ thickness
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    Good quality for an affordable price
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    Bag is nice

Reasons NOT to buy:

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Where to buy:

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ChasingBlue 10’6

Review

  • DIVEIN.com Score: 4/5
  • Construction: 4/5
  • Stability: 4.3/5
  • Maneuverability: 3/5
  • Portability: 4.2/5
  • Price/Quality: 4.5/5

The Ocean Spirit 10’6 is an entry-level SUP designed for ease of use and is incredibly lightweight. It is an all rounder, which means it’s not swift of movement but it’s versatile.

The addition of multiple safety handles and the central carry handle, increase the portability of the board while also making it ideal for younger riders with less experience.

The board offers a decent level of stability for a board at this size in order to support beginner paddlers in their development. Stability stems from the rounded tip and tail.

But at only 4.7 inches thick, this SUP does compromise on rigidity for the sake of a smaller (more portable) profile. That means it’s slower than other 6-inch boards.

At the same time offering various useful features and accessories that you expect to see from intermediate iSUP packages.

One of the most impressive features is the dual bungee systems that lie at the nose and tail of the paddle board and offers the rider a place to store gear and equipment.

Another useful feature not seen on many inflatable paddle boards is the numerous safety handles that make transportation more convenient, while also providing anchor points for docking the board.

The Ocean Spirit 10’6 Inflatable paddle board offers a fantastic way to enjoy the beach or lake with family and friends and is more than sufficient for a whole season of paddle boarding.

Features

  • Spanning most of the surface area of the board is an EVA traction pad with both diamond patterns and relief lines. Water siphons easily off and grip is good.
  • The Ocean Spirit Inflatable Paddle board has a large six point bungee system at the nose of the board and smaller yet significant four point bungee system at the back of the board. This makes the board ideal for bringing equipment and gear with you when adventuring.
  • The three safety handles at both the nose and tail of the boat allow the rider to transport the board with ease while also acting as an anchor point for docking or for a leash.
  • This board features 18 D-rings for attaching more gear and even seat mounting (extra).
  • Another feature is the ergonomically comfortable carry handle that has a rounded design that provides a firm grip in both dry and wet conditions.
  • The paddle rail has been fortified with enhanced rail tape, making it durable against collisions as well as inflations and deflations.

Specs & Features

  • Best Suited For: Beginners, Travel
  • Material: Military grade PVC with drop stitching technology
  • Volume: 250L
  • Capacity: 280lbs
  • Dimensions: 10’6” x 32” x 4.7”
  • Weight: 20lbs
  • Recommended Inflation: 12-15PSI
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Accessories

The Ocean Spirit 10’6 Inflatable Paddle Board has a number of accessories and add ons that help beginner paddle boarders get accustomed to being on the water.

The package includes more than just the basic accessories needed for paddle boarding, including action mounts and a waterproof case.

  • Paddle: The ChasingBlue paddle board comes with a 3 piece adjustable aluminum paddle that is lightweight at just 28oz. The paddle also floats and can be adjusted from 72 to 86 inches.
  • Leash: The included leash is a coiled safety leash that stretches to 11’ when fully extended and is generally not noticeable when paddling.
  • Pump: All SUPs in the Chasing Blue series package include a standard dual action pump that allows you to inflate the board in around 8 minutes. It can also deflate for easier packing.
  • Backpack: The included backpack is made of heat insulating material and comes with a set of travel wheels making it easy to transport. On top of fitting everything included in the package the backpack has space for lots of added valuables, equipment and accessories.
  • Action Mounts: The ChasingBlue package includes 3 sets of action mounts that can be glued to the board.

 

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Stability

The main selling point (other than all the cool features and accessories) is that it provides a decent level of stability for a board with only 4.7’’ of thickness. Most noticeable is the board’s ability to maintain stability in ocean chop.

A lot of all rounder SUPs with this length are pleasant surprises. This is usually because the wheel has been invented and revealed. Ocean Spirit’s stability attests to this.

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Maneuverability

You’re not getting the most maneuverable paddle board on the market. However, given that the board is aimed at being an entry-level SUP that’s family friendly, there’s no surprise here.

It is important to note that the board is thinner than many other inflatable paddle boards and for this reason it is even more important that it is fully inflated.

Even when completely inflated the board still lacks a little rigidity that can give the rider a more sluggish feeling when maneuvering the board.

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Portability

Due to the smaller profile of the board and the pretty decent backpack, this SUP package is extremely portable. Given the fact that the board only weighs 20lbs and that the accessories and add ons are also lightweight, this package can be transported by anybody.

The most essential item that aids portability of the package is the backpack that can store all accessories and valuables. This backpack is fitted with wheels for the rider’s convenience.

As noted earlier, the 4.7-inch thickness makes the Ocean Spirit very easy to roll up and there’s a lot of space in the backpack.

Price/Quality Ratio

Considering the price of some other paddleboards in this range, the Ocean Spirit 10’6 Inflatable paddle board offers a great deal. Effectively, you get a good paddle board package packed with features, accessories and add-ons for an affordable price.

For this price point there aren’t many brands offering this many features on their boards. It’s better than the SereneLife Free Flow and has more features than the Surfstar Flight.

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Do we recommend it?

Yes, we recommend the Ocean Spirit for anybody that finds the bulk of most paddle boards daunting. It’s a good budget, entry-level board for the beginner and for the family.

With so many additional accessories and a stability that’s surprisingly decent, there are many seasons’ worth of fun on the water. It’s not as fast as the Bluefin 10’8 Cruise, for example, but it’s not as expensive either.

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Our Overall Review

4.7

Reasons to buy:

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    The rounded tip and tail make it stable
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    Lots of storage and anchor points
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    Lightweight, thanks to the 4.7’’ thickness
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    Portable thanks to many carry handles
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    Easy to roll up and pack, thanks to the 4.7’’ thickness
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    Good quality for an affordable price
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    Bag is nice

Reasons NOT to buy:

  • check-markThickness of only 4.7” reduces rigidity and speed
FAQ

Frequently asked questions

What is the best budget paddle board?

Inflatable paddle boards have gotten cheaper over the years. Entry-level SUPs will cost anywhere from $300-$850. Price depends on the amount of features and the quality of the board. Some of the best options with different profiles are:

  1. Surfstar Flight 10’6 for beginners and minimal features
  2. Bluefin Cruise 10’8 for performance
  3. Nixy G4 Newport 10’6 for cool and good all rounder
  4. Aqua Marina Vapor 10’4 for touring capable
  5. Thurso Surf Waterwalker 132 for heavier, more stable board.
How long does it take to inflate the Ocean Spirit 10’6 Inflatable Paddle Board?

The ChasingBlue 10’6 Inflatable Paddle Board can be inflated and deflated in about 8 minutes.

What pressure can the Ocean Spirit 10’6 Inflatable Paddle Board be inflated to?

The ChasingBlue 10’6 Inflatable Paddle Board needs to be inflated to between 12PSI and 15PSI.

What does the Ocean Spirit 10’6 Inflatable Paddle Board come with?

The ChasingBlue 10’6 Inflatable Paddle Board comes with a full fin kit, a lightweight leash, 3 piece aluminum paddle, dual action manual pump, repair kit, waterproof case, action mounts and travel backpack.

What weight can the Ocean Spirit 10’6 Inflatable Paddle Board hold?

The Ocean Spirit 10’6 Inflatable Paddle Board can support a weight of up to 280 pounds. In reality though it will bear a little more weight. It’s not, however, recommended for anything other than floating.

Is the Ocean Spirit 10’6 Inflatable Paddle Board covered by warranty?

The Ocean Spirit 10’6 Inflatable Paddle Board is covered by warranty for up to 2 years. OutdoorMaster is a generally reputable company looking to improve their profile and doing so by treating any defect as something that should be remedied quickly.

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