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2021 Thurso Surf Expedition 11’6 x 30″ Touring iSUP / Reviewed

Reviewed by us on Aug 16, 2021
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Stability
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Open Water
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Ease of use
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Bag & Pump
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Fins & Fittings
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Weight
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Surf Use
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Race Use
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Build Quality
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Value
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Deflection
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SUPboarder deflection test at 18PSI:  13mm

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Steve Mercer
Steve Mercer
3 months ago

This review came out just after I purchased but before mine arrived in the mail. So I was very relieved to hear you didn’t have many cons with it, especially since I’ve been researching for quite a while now. My Exp arrived yesterday and took it out for it’s inaugural paddle at sunset last night. Initial impressions: quite stiff, solid construction, great bag, the carbon fiber shaft paddle is a huge improvement over my last aluminum one, really love the grip on the paddle, was a lot more stable than I expected going from a 34″ wide board down to… Read more »

Reuben Ellis
3 months ago
Reply to  Steve Mercer

Hi Steve, Thanks for your feedback on the board. Im sure Thurso will be reading it. Please keep the feedback coming as you use the board more. It really helps us hear about how the boards are lasting up.

Jane
Jane
2 months ago

Hi, This board looks great! It’s hard to find boards that are under 32″ for more advanced paddlers. I’m wondering why you say you need to weigh over 75kg to get the most out of this board. I’m a lot lighter than 75kg, so would this one not be suitable for me? Also, I’m hoping Thurso will make this board even lighter for future models; 27 pounds is still on the heavier side if you have to carry it far. An iSUP backpack that is also a dry bag so it can be carried on-board would be a game-changer for… Read more »

Reuben Ellis
2 months ago
Reply to  Jane

Hey Jane yes you are right there is less boards under 32″ But still think you should be looking at maybe a thinner 5″ board and definitely a lighter one too. You will not need the extra stiffness and all materials that are going into a boards like this. We are just about to release a SUPboarder Pro inflatable touring board test with 22 boards in it and no doubt you will find quite a few boards in there interesting to you. I’m unsure if you’re a Pro member but even if you are not you can sign up for… Read more »

Jane
Jane
2 months ago
Reply to  Reuben Ellis

Thank you for your reply, Reuben. That’s very helpful information! I will look out for your board test. I’m having a lot of trouble sifting through all the information to find the right touring board for me. I have read that a 5″ one might work better, but almost all the ones I’ve found are 6″. Up till now, I’ve been renting a touring hard board that’s 11’6″ by 28″ wide. I feel comfortable on the narrower width, but again, this is difficult to find in an inflatable. I’ve seen one that’s close (Starboard S), but can’t find it anywhere… Read more »

Reuben Ellis
2 months ago
Reply to  Jane

Hey Jane I would say that the Starboard S would be the best board I would say for you. Are they all out of stock at the moment? Or do no shop do starboard? TBH it might be worth waiting for. But defo which the full video its a long one but well worth it.

Jane
Jane
2 months ago
Reply to  Reuben Ellis

Thanks Reuben.

I found a store that has Starboard and it looks like I might be able to order one next spring.

The only thing about the Starboard is that it is still a 6″ board, whereas you said 5″ would be better for my weight. Would you recommend this over 5″ inch boards from Shark or Red Paddle? Is a 28″ board always going to be 6″ because it is narrow? I’m a bit confused about that.

Reuben Ellis
1 month ago
Reply to  Jane

Hey Jane, sorry for slow rely on getting back to you about this,Ive been on my hols. Yes this can be a bit confusing and TBH both boards can work. Think about it like this… If you were a lighter paddler around 65kg for eg, then a 27-28″ wide board that is 5″ thick would work well (as long as its a good construction, not a super cheap bendy one). But at the same time if you were wanting to paddle with more gear on your board for touring and paddling in choppy waters the 6″thicker board will be stiffer… Read more »

Jane
Jane
1 month ago
Reply to  Reuben Ellis

Thank you for your helpful reply, Reuben. Reading this, I think I might be better off with a 6″. I don’t carry a lot of gear with me, but the rivers I paddle on are often quite choppy, particularly when it’s windy, so I’m glad you mentioned that.

Reuben Ellis
1 month ago
Reply to  Jane

Ok Jane let us know how you get on when you have paddled the board. I still feel you get a-lot of board for the money.Happy paddling Reuben

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