Giant inflatable SUP’s aren’t a new concept, but for the most part are usually laden with paddlers enjoy a communal cruise or being used by Jamie O’Brien and his pals to catch gigantic straight handers at Waimea Bay. Todays featured video comes courtesy of Imagine Surf and demonstrates their 17ft Inflatable Invader paddleboard can not only carry 6-8 paddlers with ease, but is also quite capable of catching and surfing waves.
The Imagine Surf Inflatable Invader has a volume of 1213 litres, measures a whopping 17′ x 58″ x 8″ and weighs in at just 26kg. The board packs into a wheeled travel bag and is supplied with a high volume pump, to get air into the board quickly and a high pressure pump to take the SUP to it’s optimum PSI. The Invader is equipped with 24 grab handles, as well as D-Ring lashing points, dual inflation valves and an EVA deck pad. The paddleboard is set up as a quad with centre fin, and as the video demonstrates, the Invader is surprisingly manoeuvrable.
With a little help from a member of the crew hanging off the back with his flippers on, the 4 man paddle team, demonstrate how easily the Invader can pick off waves and even manage bottom turns and some decent face rides. The Inflatable Invader retails at $2999 and full details can be seen at the Image Surf website here. Does team paddleboarding appeal to you or do you think massive SUP’s in the line up are a menace and potentially dangerous?