Imagine Surf Stand Up Paddleboards

Today at Woot, instead of one thing in the daily deal spot, we’re giving you ALL THE STAND UP PADDLEBOARDS AND MOAR STAND UP PADDLEBOARDS!!

And since it’s a special kinda sale, we thought it needed a special kinda discussion place that you can find here.

Imagine Surf Stand Up Paddleboards

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Imagine Surf Stand Up Paddleboards
Price: $499.99 - 519.99
Shipping Options:: $5 Standard OR $10 Two-Day OR $20 One-Day
Shipping Estimates: Ships in 1-2 business days (Monday, Sep 29 to Tuesday, Sep 30) + transit
Condition: New

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Do the paddle boards come with a paddle?

I see a special paddle on the imagine site, the t-handle pops off and there’s a kayak paddle head that can attach as well.

The only way I will be able to stand up on this paddleboard is if I imagine the surf.

I got one of these last time they came up (a few weeks ago). I opted for the “Speeder” as it was lighter (50bs vs 70lbs) and narrower, both of which should make it faster than the “Wizard.”

My background: I paddle 2-3 times a week on local rivers. I’ve owned 2 fiberglass paddleboards (which I’ve sold, they paddle nice but the fragility is an issue for me) and I currently own 2 inflatable boards.

I got the green board and it is actually a pretty nice looking board. The design is cool with the backrest and compartment (I imagine the Wizard compartment is even cooler). It will be a board we use in our family–I can give the board to anyone and they can beat it up without worries. It paddled pretty nicely and it fun to paddle (I’ve paddled it twice now–enough to know that it is not my board of choice).

There are several downsides:

  • It is HEAVY. At first I thought the 50lbs would be no big deal, but this is a heavy board. Its not just heavy on the car and garage, but its heavy in the water. But, getting it to the water is terrible.

  • It is pretty slow. I’m sure it is faster than the Wizard, but it is quite slow compared to my inflatable boards and even slower compared to a nice fiberglass board.

  • The compartment will get wet. I think it is fairly water tight, but water accumulates around the hatch, so when you open it up water goes in. Not a big deal. Oh, and on the speeder, the hatch is small. For keys or camera only.

  • It leaks! I didn’t investigate this too closely, but it had a small amount of water in it after I brought it home my 2nd time out. There are quite a few screws in the board (to attach handles and deck straps). My guess is that one/all of these leak a small bit. This doesn’t concern me too much, but it is annoying. There is a drain plug and you can drain the board.

Overall, I think it will be a good board for us. We’ll use it and probably beat it up pretty good on the river. I’m glad we bought it and it is probably worth what we paid.

Some photos of paddling the imagine Speeder (sorry, they are great photos of the board, but they are the best photos I have of it):

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I’ve purchased lots from Woot. if this was true Woot…the price would be a close out under $200. #bringclassicwootback

How do these cost $400 from a “discount” site like Woot, when kayaks cost <$200?

Thank you! I’ve been this for a couple years now, ever since Amazon bought them…but when I say anything the comment police delete what I say. This is just a site for items Amazon needs to unload, many times the items are the same or less on the actual Amazon site. But it’s called Woot…so it’s a deal right?

I’m not a SUP’r, but it seems if these were ideal as “Stand Up Paddleboards”, there be would be at least one pic in the Woot promo photos showing somebody “standing up”.

Given the smaller size and the pull-up seat backs of these boards, they look more like “Sit on paddleboards” (SOP’s?). Which is perfectly OK, but then they would not justify this higher price.

BTW, the “Surfer” model infomercial does not appear to be for the same product - no fold down seat backs… in spite of the gratuitous butt shots. But notice they’re on glass-smooth water and the boards are riding pretty low in the water when piloted by larger than petite folks. We see real SUPs on Lake Michigan and they look a lot more stable even with waves. The smaller size of these boards makes them appear better at pushing water rather than gliding over water.