There are some people who like being on busy beaches, close to fish and chip cafes and coffee shops. There are others who like to get away from the crowds, who like to seek out their own hidden beaches and coves, to get close to nature, and escape. Some people even dabble with a bit of naturism, letting it all hang free when away from the crowds.
If you’re more like exhibit B, then our Go Explore touring board range is perfect for you.
April 2021 preorder : McConks Go Explore 12’8 inflatable SUP | The ultimate adventure board
Preorder for late April 2021
If you like to seek out those quiet beaches, breaks and bays, like exploring with your board both on and off the water, or simply just getting away from the crowds, then this inflatable paddleboard has been designed for you.
The pre-order price includes bag, belt and leash, fins, repair kit, but doesn’t include paddle or pump – because we want to give you options to choose the right one for you. If you don’t choose a paddle or pump from the options, then it will be delivered without a pump or paddle!
We basically have two prices – pre-order, and the rest of the year. We don’t do discounts when the weather’s bad, or rack our prices up when demand is high. So if you want a sustainable, ethical, premium iSUP, you only have two options: our pre-order price, which gives you certainty and best value. Or take your chance at buying at full price when we’re in stock. But you need to time it right to make sure you get one!
p.s. if you’re not sure you want to pay out all the money now, you can split it over four months with PayPal credit, if you qualify.
McConks are explorers too, and we’ve designed the perfect stand up paddle board for day and multi day trips (or just messing about on the water, after all a touring SUP makes a good all round paddle craft as well). But we didn’t just use our experience. We’ve also spoken to lots of paddlers to really understand what makes a perfect inflatable paddle board for families, day travellers and watermen/women, and used this to set new standards for our touring iSUP boards.
With front and back storage, and additional lashing points there is ample space on this paddle board to take day bags or even multi day expedition kit. And in fact, we have more than one touring SUP option – as can be seen with the products on this very page.
McConks Go Explore 11’4i – the compact exploring SUP
The Go Explore 11’4 is the perfect entry touring paddleboard for those who want more than an all-round board. Designed as the ultimate balance for paddlers who want a bit more speed and performance in choppy waters, but who want to retain some of the manoeuvrability of an all round board. It’s the transition between water and air where a mundane iSUP Board becomes a great board, and this board has a long waterline for its length, and a rocker that cuts you through the water, and without creating too much wind resistance.
The price includes bag, belt and leash, fins, repair kit, but doesn’t include paddle or pump – because we want to give you options to choose the right one for you. If you don’t choose a paddle or pump from the options, then it will be delivered without a pump or paddle!
Total rider weight
Beginner – up to 90kg
Experienced – up to 120kg,
total carrying capacity – 150kg.
We’ve redefined lightweight touring inflatable paddle boards with our enhanced Dropstitch. This uses the latest fusion polymer technology to reduce the weight of the paddle board compared to competitors, but still provide a solid rigid platform for comfortable long distance paddling.
McConks Go Explore 10’8i – the mini exploring board
The ultimate exploring board for kids and lighter riders!
Also a great whitewater board for smaller riders.
If you have got intrepid explorers in your family, or just children to want to keep up with you, then this is the perfect board.
Note 1 – listed price doesn’t include paddle or pump. The price will update when you choose pump and paddle.
Focus on SUP board carry handles
When you’re trying to launch or land your board on a rocky foreshore with an overhead shoredump trying to smash your board and your kit to smithereens, you need strong handles, in the right place. And lots of them. The Go Explore has 6 handles just where you need them to secure the board in swell and to quickly launch or lift the board. The handles are triple reinforced to withstand the worst that the seas can throw at you, and the front and back handles have reinforced D rings to connect your leash or toe lines.
Two of the handles also double as paddle gloves to keep your paddle secure. We’ve found this really useful for Yoga, to keep the paddle secure when having a picnic or relaxing break afloat, or to store a kayak paddle.
Focus on SUP fins
Fins are the key piece of kit that keep your stand up paddle board on the straight and narrow, and the placement of the fin boxes and the type of fin have a significant impact on the performance of the board. The shape (or foil) of the fins themselves, and the position of the centre fin in the centre box all have an impact on performance.
9″ river race / touring SUP fin
A fin designed for river sections with a river depth typically >1m.
A very stable, very fast fin, but with a good pivot point.
Laid back profile for keeping free of weeds and debris.
A semi flexible – strong enough to maintain its shape during most conditions, but enough flex to prevent damage to fin, box or board if you strike rocks.
Fits all fin boxes marked Air7, and…
Different days with different conditions might require different fin set ups. That’s why we think having removable fins isn’t just a nice to have, but essential. And we have spent a lot of time testing different fin types, box locations and setups to get the optimum combination.
The centre box is a typical Air7” box found on most high end inflatable SUP. This box is a standard US centre box, and allows flexibility in both fin and fin location. The fin that we provide with the Go Explore is a great all rounder. However, you can switch it our for specialist fins that are optimised for speed, for weed shedding, or catching bumps. And with the Air7 box, you can move the fin forward to make the tail looser, or slide it back to tighten up your tail.
3″ SUP flexi river fin
Are you fed up being thrown off the front of your board as your centre fin hits the river bed? Have you perfected the superman catapult pose? if so, then you might find this fin just what you need.
With a long base, this fin has a relatively large surface area for its height meaning that tracking isn’t compromised. But at only 3 inches deep, this fin is great …
The side fins use the leading FCS system. Like the US centre box system, the FCS system has served the test of time and has lasted through many cycles of faddish fashion. FCS is here to stay, and that means you will always be able to get replacement or performance fins to pimp your ride. The fins provided with the Go Explore board are click fit flexi fins. The click fit means that you don’t need to carry an FCS key around with you to fit or remove your fins. And the flexi fin means that the fins don’t shear off the first time you slide across a reef.
4.6″ Flexi Gummi River Fin
Looking for a smaller centre fin to help you run those shallower rivers? Look no further. This US box fin fits all premium quality boards (both inflatable and rigid) that use standard US centre box fittings (eg McConks, Red Paddle, Starboard, Naish, SIC, Fanatic).
PLEASE CHECK THAT YOUR BOARD HAS A FULL LENGTH STANDARD US FIN BOX BEFORE PURCHASING. Even some of the brands mentioned above…
And the benefit of a 2+1 arrangement means that you can ride thruster, single fin or twin based on the conditions you find yourself in.
Focus on on board SUP storage
Whether you’re on a day trip with the kids, or on a multiday wild camping adventure, secure storage is important. You need to know that your kit isn’t going to slide around and escape if you get caught in rough seas. And it needs to stay in place when you’re dropping the board in, or retrieving it from that aforementioned shore dump.
So we started from the bottom up when thinking about storage. We’ve included two storage areas, the forward one for serious kit storage, and the aft storage in easy reach. The position of the forward storage on the board has been carefully designed so that it counterbalances the rider’s weight, and helps keep a perfect trim when fully loaded. And you can be assured that the kit you put here will stay there all day without worry. The 6 double reinforced stainless steel D Rings hold the 8mm bungee cord secure, and the non slip deck strips mean that your kit stays rooted to the board.
Reclaimed plastic heavy duty 25 litre waterproof dry bag
(This heavy duty roll top 25 litre dry bag is made out of heavyweight and rip-stop reclaimed plastic.
Comes with removable comfy padded rucksack straps shoulder strap (removable so you can put them in the bag, to keep them dry and keep your shoulders dry!), with a splashproof (1) zipped external pocket for easy access, and with an external webbing pouch for drink bottles.
Focus on stand up paddle board shape
The Go Explore just wants to go fast, and in a straight line. With the displacement nose and slight nose rocker to cut through chop, this board just eats up the miles, and loves being on open water. It’s subtle nose rocker just lifts the nose enough to prevent undue drag in heavy seas, but in general the bottom of the board has a planer surface that glides evenly through the water.
The shape of the board was designed using 3D modelling techniques to give the truest lines and to maximise glide. Testing the prototype on a paddle challenge around Malta has allowed us to make subtle changes to the design, and we believe that this board is the best expedition iSUP on the market.
More about SUP rocker can be found with these two articles –
If you have any more questions about any of the McConks range of stand up paddle board then contact email@example.com
You can find out more about adventure SUP here –