McConks Go Explore 12’8i inflatable SUP | The ultimate adventure board | Damaged outer packaging
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From: £550.00

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. This is the ultimate touring inflatable paddleboard!

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!

p.s. if you’re not sure you want to pay out all the money now, you can split it over three months with PayPal pay in three credit, if you qualify, pr pay later with Klarna.

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  • Double action pump - 25 psi

  • Triple action pump - 25psi

  • Carbon 10 standard paddle

  • 3 piece carbon paddle with honeycomb fibreglass blade

  • Carbon 100 upgrade paddle

  • Restube Sport buoyancy aid

  • Panda quick release belt


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  • Whetman Water quick release belt

  • Action camera mount

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    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 (1).  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. That means this super rigid board weighs in at under 11kg making it as easy to handle on land as it is fun on the water.

    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 18kg, 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. And the deckpad extends almost all the way to the tail of the board.

    – 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.

    What’s in the box

    –   12’8 x 32″ 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 Panda Board Sports quick release belt

    – Our renowned Mcconks SUP sac

    – Choose your pump and paddle from the options above


    Don’t believe those who say that all inflatable SUP are the same, or that every manufacturer uses the same materials.  There are vast differences in the quality of materials, and in the quality assurance of those boards.   Our boards are on the production table for over 72 hours,  and then they’re pressure tested for another 72 hours.  If you’re buying a board that costs less than ours, then either the production time is quicker, the materials are worse quality, or the quality assurance is worse.  Or in the worse case, all three!  That’s probably why we were voted number #1 SUP brand in the last SUP rider survey in 2021.


    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. If you don’t select a paddle, one won’t be included.

    Inflation aids

    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 choose a 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.

    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 without any current, then a coiled ankle leash is sufficient (supplied as standard on most of our boards prior to 2021). If you want to surf SUP, then a straight leash is advised to reduce the risk of recoil, although people are increasingly finding coiled ankle leashes don’t create as much recoil as previously feared.

    For 2021, we are no longer providing ankle leashes as standard.  We’re instead providing quick release waist belts and a leash connect system. 

    If you paddle fast 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 for swiftwater. 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.

    Eye protection

    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.

    Gear protection

    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 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).

    Contact us for bulk order and preorder prices.


    Additional information

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    Double action pump - 25 psi

    Weight 3 kg
    Dimensions 30 × 40 × 70 cm

    Triple action pump - 25psi

    Weight 3 kg
    Dimensions 30 × 30 × 50 cm

    Package upgrade, pump only

    Carbon 10 standard paddle

    Weight 3 kg
    Dimensions 90 × 25 × 10 cm


    Combined carrying capacity / weight

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    Type of paddle

    Carbon 100 upgrade paddle

    Weight 3 kg
    Dimensions 180 × 25 × 10 cm


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    Restube Sport buoyancy aid

    Weight 1 kg
    Dimensions 20 × 5 × 1 cm

    Panda quick release belt

    Weight 0.5 kg
    Dimensions 15 × 10 × 5 cm

    Whetman Water quick release belt

    Weight 2 kg
    Dimensions 20 × 10 × 5 cm

    Action camera mount

    Weight 3 kg
    Dimensions 10 × 5 × 5 cm

    1 review for McConks Go Explore 12’8i inflatable SUP | The ultimate adventure board | Damaged outer packaging

    1. Chris Goldfinch

      I’ve had a surfboard for years, and as a family we used to go surfing with the kids during the summer months. As the kids grew up and left home the poor surfboard sat there in the garage unused, and quite possibly feeling unloved. Years passed and it never got used. Skip to this summer (2022) and a chance visit to South Devon. We went to the beach and there in front of my eyes, were paddle boarders. All shapes and sizes but they had these boards that, unlike my hard surfboard, could be inflated and deflated at will and easily transported in a bag. Not only did it look easy to transport, but it also looked easy to do. It was then I had an epiphany, I want a paddleboard. It would certainly be easy to transport, and I could do it at the seaside, in local rivers and on local lakes. I was sold!! I went home and immediately sold my surfboard and went in search for a board.
      after a lot of searching, researching and head scratching, I found a board I liked and went and did a lesson/tour in Bath with a company that used them. Loved it!! This was the board I wanted however, the chap taking the lesson said get yourself a good fitting Buoyancy aid so I did, and after chatting to a chap at the shop, excitement got the better of me and I bought a board that wasn’t the one I had intended on buying. Whilst it felt ok, and looked pretty good, there was something about it that just wasn’t right for me.
      I started to wonder about it and started looking around again. As a member of a lake that has McConks boards as rentals, I had seen them but had never thought about them as an option.
      One day my son hired one and we went out together. It seemed a pretty sturdy board and had everything on it that the first board I’d seen had, wide, thick and plenty of storage space PLUS a GoPro mount!!!
      I started to research them and found them to be a local company with good environmental ethics and a great board package.
      After speaking to them for a bit, I couldn’t make up my mind on the 11’4 or the bigger 12’8. After speaking to Mr McConk himself, we decided as I was going on holiday very soon, to try the 12’8 and if I wasn’t happy I could swap it for the 11’4. Deal done.
      I ordered the board, it arrived very quickly and, surprisingly to me, it came with a paddle in a separate bag!!! Not what I’d expected at all. Unpacking it, everything was really good quality with attention to detail. Everything about it felt quality.
      I took it on holiday to Salcombe, with my sons, and we paddled up and down the estuary and I felt it easy to paddle and really stable and safe on it.
      Whilst this board was a little pricier than my original one, it is far superior to the 11’4 I bought and I feel you get what you pay for and I happy with it.
      I would also say, the other thing with McConks is the support I’ve had from them and the community they have. I feel like I have bought a fantastic product and have become part of a family. The information and articles shared within the community make it feel special and that I’m definitely part of a family.

      I love my McConks 12’8 Go Explore, wish I’d bought it first as it is my forever board.

      If you’re looking for a great board, great service and be part of something bigger buy a McConks. You won’t regret it.
      My only regret is I didn’t find them sooner.

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