The Serene Life SUP is a great buy if you’re looking for a model that offers ultimate control, easy tracking, and a model that features decent speed and top of the line durability. Yet, this isn’t the fastest SUP in the water, so it’s not recommended for racing, but if you’re looking for a model that can get you from point A to point B faster than the average SUP, then this is a model that delivers.
Our Verdict: This board comes with plenty of free extras, however, many of these accessories will need to be upgraded later down the line. The board’s lower max weight is a disappointment for heavier users, since it can prevent you from bringing along extra gear. However, the extra-thick design improves the board’s stability and prevents the board from flexing in the water. It also improves the board’s overall durability. Tracking can be a challenge if you don’t stay on top of the fin system and ensure it dries properly in order to prevent the fin from bending. Overall, this is a great entry-level model that will be perfect for the beginner just learning the ropes.
Overview and Features
This model offers plenty of deck space and is topped with a non-slip soft deck padding that promotes both user comfort and top of the line gripability, so you’ll enjoy a stable, comfortable paddling experience that you just can’t get from lower-priced models. The inflatable design makes the board highly portable while offering a faster set up and deflation time. This board also comes with everything the beginner needs to get started including a storage bag, patch repair kit, manual air pump, paddle, and a coiled leash.
The board measures in at ten feet long and thirty inches wide, which is more than enough space for you to comfortably stand and paddle or try your hand at paddle board yoga. Aside from the wider deck space, which is definitely a plus for any user, the model is six inches thick, for increased stability and durability. This board itself weighs just a little over nineteen and a half pounds, making it one of the lightest models on the market. In terms of construction, the board is made out of high-grade reinforced PVC. Once the board is aired up, you’ll be impressed with how stiff and stable it feels, thanks to the six-inch thick design. The board feels much lighter than competing models, despite its thicker, more durable design.
The traction pad covers most of the top of the board with the exception of the front end, which is where you’ll find the bungee system. The padding also doesn’t cover the tail of the board, which is reserved for the D-ring leash attachment. The traction pad feels thick and soft, offering the type of grippy feel that will give you the stability you need whether you’re paddling on a calm lake or on a fast-rushing river.
The built-in carry handle makes it easier to haul the board to and from the car, and also makes pulling the board out of the water a cinch.
Located on the bottom of the board you’ll find one large detachable fin and two smaller removable side fins, all of which are designed to improve the board’s tracking ability. The goal of the three-fin system design is to make it easier for the rider to direct and guide the board through different types of water conditions.
The board has a decent max weight capacity of two hundred and seventy-five pounds. This may be a big drawback for heavier users since this can significantly impact how much gear you bring along.
This set comes with a paddle board, paddle, leash, hand pump, and a patch repair kit. Basically, it comes with everything the beginner needs to get started, which is a huge plus for the SUP user on a budget.
The board comes with a free manual hand pump. While the pump itself is pretty basic, it comes equipped with a large pressure gauge, so airing up the board to the proper PSI is simple and fast. In terms of inflation length, you can expect it to take five to seven minutes to inflate the board to fifteen PSI. Airing up the board is easy until you reach the twelve to thirteen PSI range, at which point you’ll start to feel some resistance that can make it difficult to reach the required fifteen PSI range.
Included in this starter package is a three-piece adjustable paddle. While the paddle itself is pretty basic, it does get the job done and remains tightly screwed together. Additionally, it can also float for a few minutes before sinking, which is a big plus in the event you accidentally drop the paddle in the water.
The patch repair kit is a standard extra that comes with most boards. While this model is pretty thick, in the event you take a serious hit, the included kit will allow you to quickly patch up a tear or hole, so you can get plenty of more use out of your board.
Not all models come with a leash, although most boards do have a D-ring attachment that’s meant for a leash. The included leash has a coiled design that makes it easier to store or keep it out of the way when you’re paddling around. While leash use isn’t necessary for calmer bodies of water, if you’re paddling in the ocean or on a choppy river, then a leash is a must and an excellent way to keep track of your board and prevent it from getting away from you in the event you fall off.
The included storage bag will come in handy when it comes time to pack it in for the day. Not only will it keep the interior of your car nice and dry, but it also makes it easier to haul and store your board. It features a single carry strap and a large thick zipper.
This package comes with everything you need to hit the water ASAP. While the board itself offers a solid performance, some of the extras could definitely use an upgrade. The leash has a plastic clip at one end, which is cheaply made and may not be able to withstand heavy-duty use, so this is definitely an upgrade you want to make sooner, rather than later, to prevent losing your board in tough water conditions. A strong nylon leash is a much better option. If you’re new to SUP use, then you may find yourself struggling to get this board to track straight.
This can be due to the two side fins. When you deflate the board and roll it up, it can cause the fins to bend. In order to fix this issue, you’ll need to lay the board out flat when it’s drying to allow the heat from the sun to straighten the fins. You can also use a hairdryer, bending the fins back in place gently as you use the hairdryer on a low setting and hold the fins straight.
The hand pump is another nice extra, but if you don’t want to deal with the hassle that comes with spending seven minutes struggling to inflate this board, then I recommend investing in a small electronic pump.
In terms of board width, this model is roomy enough for the rider to lie down, sit, learn how to paddleboard with the family dog, or stand, comfortably, which is also what makes this board a great choice for beginners. However, the max weight limit may not make this model very appealing to heavier board users. The board’s thickness is definitely where it shines, at six inches thick, this model will not flex or bend, even if you’ve reached the max weight capacity.
Advantages and Disadvantages
- Low price
- Comfortable padding
- Lightweight design
- Fast inflation time
- Includes tons of extras
- Extra-thick design
- Length of board negatively impacts speed
- Load max user weight
- Fins can bend when drying which will affect tracking
Serene Life Versus Pathfinder Inflatable SUP Stand-up Paddleboard Bundle
The Pathfinder paddlebord is another entry-level model, but considering it’s one inch thinner than this board by Serene Life and much shorter at nine feet, nine inches long, this board isn’t a good buy if you’re looking for a model that offers speed and top of the line durability.
It comes with many of the same extra features that the Serene Life offers, but it’s lower max user weight of two hundred and forty pounds makes it a poor choice for heavier boarders or those who want to paddle board with the family dog or bring along extra gear and supplies. If you’re on a budget and speed isn’t a priority, then the competing model is a great option, but if you’re looking for a more stable, tougher SUP that can handle a wide variety of water conditions, then stick with this model by Serene Life.
Conclusion and Rating
This one of the best inflatable paddle boards in the Serene Life lineup. It comes with all the gear you need to hit the water, right out of the box. While some of the extra accessories could definitely use an upgrade, and the included fin system tends to bend as the board dries, overall this is a great entry-level model and one that features the type of extra-thick design that helps to improve the board’s stability, tracking, and ease of use. I gave this model a rating of four and a half stars out of five.