Designed by SUP explorers for SUP explorers
With front and back storage, and additional lashing points there is ample space on this inflatable paddleboard to take day bags or even multi-day expedition kit. There’s even handy additional paddle wraps to allow you to keep your paddle safe when floating and enjoying the view.
We’ve redefined lightweight touring inflatable SUP with new German technology Woven Drop Stitch and hot weld technology. This uses the latest fusion polymer technology to reduce the weight of the SUP, but still provide a solid rigid platform for comfortable long-distance paddling.
With extra thickness, length and volume, this board will easily eat up the miles even with a kid or camping kit on board.
We’ve spoken to lots of paddlers to really understand what makes a perfect inflatable paddle board for families, day travellers and journeymen, and used this to set new standards for our touring iSUP boards:
– A lightweight but superstrong inflatable board weighing under 11kg with fins attached. With the whole package weighing around 15kg, it’s light enough to go in checked baggage, and with lots of handles making it a dream to get in and out of the water.
– Non-slip deck under the storage areas to make carrying kit that little bit more secure
– Secure paddle storage to allow serious paddlers to carry a standard kayak paddle for those occasions where only two blades will get you upwind and up-current.
– a robust paddleboard carry bag with wheels. Padded straps and a hipbelt to make carrying the iSUP a pleasure, and chunky wheels that work on all but the most bumpy or sandy ground. And with a big external pocket to keep all the other iSUP accessories secure and just where you need them.
– 2 + 1 fin setup. Industry standard centre fin box; use the fin included, designed for all round flat water paddling, or use your favourite fin. The click fit style side bites really make this board stand out from the crowd and give exceptional handling in strong currents, chop and wind. In harsh conditions these fins bite in and keep the board composed and moving forward. Real fins are such a game changer for iSUP performance, it amazes us that anyone still uses fixed rubber fins when the alternative is so much better!
– a sculptured deckpad finish, to improve comfort on long distance paddles without sacrificing grip
– Fastening points for a SUP seat to be attached (seat not included, but available separately) to convert the board from a SUP to a long distance touring sit on board.
And even though this iSUP board has been designed with long distance touring in mind, those FCS style fins give you extra bite for extra fun in small to medium waves.
Which board is right for you?
This size guide will help you decide what the smallest board you should consider given your weight and experience level. but there is no maximum. It all depends on what type of paddling you want to do. For further help deciding what size board is right for the type of water you’ll be paddling in, check out this article
What’s in the box
– 12’8 x 31″ x 6″ Go Explore inflatable SUP board
– 1 x 7″ US box centre fin, 2 x 5″ click fit FCS flexi side fins
– Repair kit
– High quality 10″ coiled leash and HF SUP buddy quick release belt
– Our renowned Mcconks SUP sac
– high pressure – high volume GRI HP2 4 litre SUP pump as standard, or upgrade to a double chamber triple action HP6 pump – choose from the accessories.
What else might you need?
Choose from our standard 3 piece 10% carbon shaft, glass/nylon blade paddle. Perfect for beginners and families – indestructible stiff blade, adjustable so the whole family can use it, yet less than 1kg in weight – 40% lighter than the standard cheap paddles included with most iSUP packages. Or you can go for a higher performance carbon paddle. Read this article to find out why choosing the right paddle is just as important as choosing the right board
Connect to a compressor | Valve adaptor
This little tool allows you to connect your inflatable paddleboard to a shrader (car tyre) type pump. Please note that most car tyre pumps are not designed to provide enough volume to inflate a SUP. Therefore using your car tyre inflator could damage the pump. And the use of a very high volume compressor could damage your SUP board – so be careful!
Inflating with ease | Triple action pump
Why not upgrade to the HP6 double chamber triple action pump. This pump makes your pre-paddle routine a doddle, inflating an all round board to 18 PSI in less than 5 minutes, without breaking your back. Upgrade for only £50 extra.
Inflating the cheat’s way | Electric eCheat pump
If you want something else to do the hard work for you, look no further than our eCheat pump. This pump connects to the 12v socket, or the car battery terminals, and will inflate to 20PSI in about 15-20 minutes without you flexing a single muscle. Perfect for those who don’t want a full workout off the water before starting your on the water one! £100 when purchased with a SUP package.
You’re not what you wear, but…
Looking good without costing the planet | Casual SUPwear
We’ve got a large range of organic and sustainable t-shirts and hoodies. From bright and colourful to stylish and subtle, every garment is 100% organic or recycled, printed to order using a small UK company, and delivered within 10 days, but often as quick as 3 days. Kids, ladies and unisex available
Protect the seas and your body | Rash vests
Not just a rash vest, but one made from recycled plastic waste. Here’s what a happy customer had to say…
“It is very comfy. Easily the comfiest one I’ve had. Better than my current Billabong one. I wasn’t expecting it to be long sleeved. If I’d have been looking to buy another one, I’d have gone for short sleeve. But now I’ve tried your long sleeve one on, I’m sold on it. In the hot weather this Saturday at the Torbay air show, it was lovely and cooling on and stopped me getting burned when wearing it on its own with shorts. When I went for a swim, I put my wetsuit top on over the top of it and it kept me nice and warm. When I took the wetsuit top off, your rash vest dried pretty quickly in the sun.”
No snags | river fin
Shallow rivers are a drag (literally), particularly for those riders with fixed fins. Luckily, McConks don’t do fixed fins, and a river fin pack allows you to use shorter fins for shallower waters like the River Wye.
Harder, straighter, faster | Race fins
If you want better tracking, then these race fins will improve your tracking and your speed through the water. With a weed shedding profile they will also significantly reduce drag in weedy waters.
Have fun, be safe | SUP safety
Leashes and Quick release belts
It goes without saying you should nearly always use a leash. If you’re on flat water, then a coiled leash with waist belt (supplied as standard most of our boards) is your perfect leash. If you want to surf SUP, then a straight leash is advised to reduce the risk of recoil.
If you paddle flowing water (moderate or fast flowing rivers or tidal rivers/estuaries), you should always use a quick release (QR) safety belt. Without a QR belt, there is a risk that you could be pinned down by the current with your board one side of an object, and you the other. And this nearly always results in death.
We recommend three quick release belts. The HF SUP buddy is a no frills QR belt with manual quick release, and emergency resistance release supplied as standard with all our boards from 2021. So even if you can’t manually release the belt, it will release under enough stress. The next step up HF Synergy , or is a premium piece of kit that fully complies with British Canoeing’s guidance on SUP Safety on whitewater. It is comfortably padded, has a much cleaner emergency release that has a much reduced risk of entanglement and entrapment, and allows for the attachment of a Restube PFD and a throwline. The belts have an added advantage of keeping the leash out from under your feet, making step back turns much less of a tangle.
For those of you who don’t like the velcro quick release, we also sell the rather awesome Whetman Water Belt that has two manual cam releases. This product is both designed and made in the UK – in Devon to be precise.
When you’re paddling you need shades that protect your eyes against reflected blue light, and that are polarised. Most eyewear manufacturers neglect the blue wavelength protection as it is not specified in international standards. All of our eyewear gives additional blue spectrum protection, our mirror blue lenses provide the greatest protection for paddling. With frames hand made from sustainable materials, and made to float, our shades protect your wallet, the environment, and your eyes.
Keeping you gear safe on the water is an important element of SUP safety. What good is your mobile phone if it’s at the bottom of the sea? Our dry bags keep your gear dry, and have inflatable external bladders to ensure they float. And they’re made from recycled plastic waste.
Making memories | RAM camera mount
This mount from RAM mounts is a totally bulletproof piece of kit. Originally designed for use on high speed motorbikes, they have a bombproof construction, and are up to anything the natural environment can throw at them. So it will keep your camera safe and sound and let you capture the memory for ever. And also prevent your camera causing heavy metal pollution from leaching batteries, and plastic pollution. And there are attachments for waterproof phones, tablets, speakers, lamps, fishing rods, and much more – it’s not just a camera mount
Schools, clubs or companies
We work with a number of charities, schools, clubs and companies providing bespoke or standard McConks kit. To give you a flavour of the kinds of companies that are turning to McConks because of our value and quality, we are an approved supplier to the Princes Trust, Brigantes, a number of councils including Essex Council, Walsall Council, Carmathenshire Council and Beyond Boundaries East Lothian amongst others. Many instructors use our gear as part of their BCU paddlesports leader courses and recommend our gear to their customers (see our facebook profile and GoInspire initiative to find out more).