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iRocker All-Around 11′ Review 2020

iRocker All-Around 11' Inflatable SUP













  • Perfect board for beginner to intermediate paddlers
  • High Weight Capacity
  • 20% lighter than last year's model
  • Tons of great features (4 action mounts, 21 d-rings, etc.)
  • Durable triple layer composite PVC Construction


  • Wouldn’t mind a US fin box for more advanced paddlers, but excited for new river fin system
  • Could move the back 2 action mounts more to the side
  • Not much else - it’s a fantastic board that you should strongly consider!

Last Updated: March 10, 2020

iRocker All-Around Review
The redesigned 2020 iRocker All-Around 11′ inflatable SUP is here! Not only is it 20% lighter, but iRocker has really upped their game with it comes to the ‘extras’ added to the board. The 11’ All-Around’ now includes: 4 action mounts (awesome for mounting go-pro’s, fishing accessories, ect.), a newly-designed deck pad that extends all the way to the end of the board, 3 different grab handles to make it super easy to transport….and a ton more (read below to see all the details)!

The look has also been redone. You now have 6 different color and style options with digital printing that makes the boards look even better than they did before. In talking with the guys at iRocker, one of their main focuses for the 2020 inflatable stand up paddle boards was improving the designs. While design and beauty are always in the eye of the beholder, we really do like the new looks a lot.

The All-Around 11’ was our #1 rated all-around inflatable sup for 2019, and has only gotten better in 2020!

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SUP Board Specs: iRocker All-Around 11′

Weight24 lbs
Max Capacity435 lbs
Recommended Inflation15-18 psi
FinsNylon, Quick-lock, removable
Paddle TypeCarbon-blend shaft, Nylon blade
MaterialsTriple Layer Composite PVC, Drop Stitch Inner Core

Who Should Buy This Stand Up Paddle Board:

As mentioned in the title, the iRocker 11’ is an All-Around iSUP, and will perform really well for the following people:

  • Larger, taller individuals who prefer a very stable board
  • People who would like to paddle with their kids (I can get 3 of mine on the board with me and still be under the weight limit, although the board does get a little slow in that scenario!)
  • Beginner to intermediate paddlers who want an all-around type SUP

It will also be a great board for the following conditions:

  • Flatwater (lakes, bays, etc.)
  • Easy streams and rivers where you don’t have to maneuver too much
  • Small surf
  • Open ocean waters (provided you don’t have to fight through a massive swell to get outside of the surf lineup)
  • Fishing (this is especially true now with all the d-rings, bungees, and action mounts that come standard on the boards

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Performance Review


iRocker All-Around 11' Performance

Most of our readers (over 50%) are new or inexperienced SUPers. As such, we like to first start out our reviews by talking about stability and how the board performs. One of the questions we had before testing the 2020 All-Arounds was if the new 11’ board would be as stable as last year’s board. With one less layer of PVC material, would the decreased weight (see below) make the board less stable.

Simple answer: NOT AT ALL.

Stability is something that we’ve come to expect from iRocker, and this year’s model doesn’t disappoint. With a length/width of 11” x 32” and weight capacity of 435 lbs you are going to be stable on this board even if you are above 6’5” and over 200 lbs. I basically could jump up and down, spin in circles, and maybe even do some yoga without falling off. If you are someone who is worried about stability then this is a great SUP for you.


iRocker 11' All-Around Maneuverability

At 11’ in length, you’re not going to expect the iRocker All-Around to be zipping around rocks while you paddling down a category 3 river. However, I found the board to handle very well while turning and paddling around flat waters. iRocker trimmed around 20% of the weight off the board this year by going to a triple layer composite PVC construction. I love this update, as we didn’t notice any decline in stability or durability of the board.

I am able to maneuver the board more easily now, so that’s a win, win across the board in our opinion. Back fin turns were easy, and I was able to move around nicely and weave in and out of the bushes and trees in the lake.

You’ll have a ton of fun paddling the 11’ around the lake or the ocean.


iRocker All Around Tracking
I’m always impressed with how well the best inflatable sups track and glide through the water. Tracking-wise the iRocker All-Around 11’ tracks really well. The 3 removable nylon fins are not only easy to snap in, but they do a great job at keeping the board straight while paddling.

In terms of glide, we found the 11’ to glide very well. Inflatables don’t glide quite as well as hard boards do, as they sit up on top of the water. However, the difference is very minimal (I’ve seen studies that show it’s about a 7% speed decrease is all). In fact, because of how firm the board is, I found the glide of the iRocker 11’ to be above my expectations. Only in the wind have I had any issues – but that applies to all inflatable SUPs simply because they are thicker and ride above the water more than hard boards.

Bottom line: the 11’ All-around does a great job tracking straight and gliding through the water, and performs as well as any other 6” iSUP we have tested.


The iRocker All-Around 11’ is constructed with three layers of composite PVC (polymerized vinyl chloride), a lightweight, durable, and flexible plastic. It’s actually a material that has been used in roofs since the 1960’s.

The core of the board is thousands of tiny polymer threads, known as a ‘drop-stitch’ core. Drop-stitch material is basically what makes it so an inflatable SUP can be inflated to such high pressures and also keep its shape.

Essentially, the board is made with very high quality materials that you don’t see in $300 boards found on Amazon.

Board Design/Shape

As you can see, the shape is the classic all-around shape you see in most ‘all-around’ inflatable SUPS. The board is 11” x 32”, so long and stable which suits a variety of the most paddled conditions. The board is quick, and still provides stability even for the largest paddlers. With a slight rocker and pointed nose up front you do cut through the chop easily. This makes the board good for longer paddles.

It’s also fairly thick in the tail at 17” at the most narrow point. This also improves stability while still allowing you to move around.

Overall, the iRocker 11’ All-Around is a ‘jack-of-all-trades’ type of board. No, it won’t be the ‘master’ of any one category (river SUPs, Yoga boards, Fishing, Surf, etc.). However, it will perform well in all of those categories – making it a great buy for the vast majority of the population and one of our most highly recommended inflatable SUPs.

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Board Features

If you are someone who loves a board packed with features, then you are going to love the new 2020 iRocker lineup. It’s pretty clear that iRocker had a clear goal in mind to make this board one of, if not the most, feature-packed all-around iSup on the market (or I guess second feature-packed next to their BLACKFIN lineup).

The new 11’ All-Around comes out of the box with the following features:

  • Triple layer composite PVC construction. Going from 4 layers to 3 has made this board lighter and more nimble, but the durability you expect from iRocker is still there. You see that in their super low return rate, in comments from people all across the globe, our personal experience the last 5 years, and the fact that iRocker is now offering an extra year warranty (for a small fee) that adds to their current 2 year warranty.
  • Front, middle, and rear carry handles for easy transport. I know this sounds simple, but we really like how they added the extra rear carry handles to the front and back this year.
  • 2 front action mounts located in the front cargo area. These are great for GoPro’s, fishing attachment, and really anything else that can attach via action mount. I really love the placement of these mounts, as they are out of the way and connect to the d-ring that connects the front bungie.
  • 2 mini action mounts toward the rear of the board. With these 2 extra action mount, iRocker went from 1 action mount to 4 in this 2020 model. Basically, you have enough mounts for a GoPro mount, a speaker, a cup holder, and even a fishing pole holder (all of which are sold by iRocker). My only small complaint here is that I wish the rear action mounts were located on the side of the board next to the d-rings like the front action mounts are. This is really a minor complaint, but when I had 2 of my kids on the board I couldn’t mount a GoPro back there without it getting in the way and I think I could have had the mounts been a little more on the side. They also got in the way just a little when I was trying to do some yoga on the board (Sadly, trying is as good as I get with Yoga. hence why you don’t get any pictures of my first warrior position on this board).
  • 21 d-rings. Yes, you read that correctly – you can basically tie down anything to this board with that many d-rings.
  • Oversized front cargo area (6 d-rings) + oversized rear cargo area (6 d-rings). This is the perfect size for a cooler (or 2), a dry bag, or really anything else you can think of that you would need for a long day of paddling.
  • 2 front + 2 rear safety handles. These are awsome for little kids to grab onto for both balance and safety. My 3 year old grips these pretty tight, which I appreciate because that means he’s not gripping my legs as I try to paddle. And yes, you can fit 2 kids + you easily on this board, so having a pair of safety handles is appreciated. It is also another upgrade from last year’s model which only had 1 pair.
  • Very comfortable and grippy EVA Deck Pad. The croc/diamond logo stamped pattern is comfortable, and adding the vertical lines increase grip nicely. I personally prefer a more grippy board with deep grooves, so I appreciate iRocker adding the deeply-grooved lined section on the deck pad. I also really love how the deck pad covers so much more of the board this year and goes all the way to the back. That just makes it easier and more comfortable all the way around.


iRocker All-Around 11 Fins
Due to customer feedback, iRocker choose to stick with the 3 removable ‘snap-in’ fins for their 2020 model. The fins are the same nylon material as last year’s All-Around SUP. They are also very easy to instal. You don’t have to worry about screws or mounting plates, or having any tools. Just snap and lock them in and go.

Personally, I typically like having a US fin box. That way I can buy new fins at any surf shop and change up my fin set up for whatever situation I’m going to be in. Smaller fins for rivers, large single center fin for touring long distances, etc. HOWEVER, in talking with iRocker they found that the overwhelmingly large majority of their riders prefered the snap in fins vs having a US fin box. Why? Ease of use and reduced user error. The extra performance you get from a larger center fin is marginal, and iRocker is planning on offering some smaller river fins that you can also purchase. Basically, they are trying to create a fin set that is super crazy easy to install, performs well, and still gives you some flexibility to go from open water paddling to river paddling. I don’t think I can complain about that, and might even admit to losing 3 fins last season because my kids didn’t install the fins correctly on some of the US fin boxes :).

So, for an all-around SUP, I’m ok with what iRocker has done here with their fin set up and I’m anxious to see and test out their smaller river fin set.

Croco-Diamond Deckpad w/ Traction Groves

iRocker All-Around EVA Deck Pad
I already talked about how I really like this EVA deck pad, and here you can see how the pad really does cover all the way to the back of the board. I also think the logo stamp gives it a really nice look and feel. The only area I’d like to see changed up would be to have the traction groves a little closer for extra traction.
iRocker added 2 new neoprene handles to this year’s 11’ All-Around. Now you have 1 grip handle on the front, one in the middle (same as last year), and one in the back. The extra handles make it easier to carry the SUP out to the water. In addition, they make it easier to launch the SUP, especially if you have a few kids in tow.

D-Rings/Bungees/Cargo Areas

I honestly don’t think it would be possible to add more d-rings and bungees to a SUP than what iRocker has done this year. Some SUP “purists” might not like all the extras added. We, however, find them very useful and get so many comments from SUPers who love the added versatility that the D-rings and bungees add.

The d-rings are placed nicely so they are out of the way, but also everywhere you need them for clipping dry bags, phone holders, or anything else you might need to them. It also makes it really nice and easy to add iRocker’s kayak conversion kit and turn the SUP into a Kayak.

Accessories Review

iRocker All-Around Accessories


iRocker greatly improved the paddle in this year’s All-Around 11’ board. Last years board came with their standard fiberglass shaft and nylon blade paddle. For the 2020 model, iRocker has upgraded the paddle to a carbon fiber blend paddle and a thinner nylon blade.

In addition, the carbon shaft feels a lot more comfortable in your hands as your paddling. I find that most fiberglass paddles have almost little rings around the shaft that can chafe your hands over time. The carbon fiber is smooth and comfortable – a great upgrade that is very nice for a board in this price range.

Finally, the top grip also feels better this year vs last. It’s molded nicely so your palm fits really well and makes the paddle super comfortable on longer paddles.


I’m not surprised that iRocker didn’t upgrade the pump from last year – there really was no need. With the iRocker All-Around 11’ SUP Sup you get their fantastic triple action, dual chamber hand pump. I can pump up the board in just over 5-6 minutes if I’m pumping hard. I also like to keep it on the hardest setting, so air is being pumped in from both chambers on both the down and up pumps. Most people prefer to go from setting 1 (air pumped both chambers, both down and up), to setting 2 (air pumped from both chambers only on the down pump), and finally to setting 3 (air pumped from one chamber on down pump only). Whichever setting you prefer, you’ll love their pump.

The only drawback to their pump would be for someone looking for a smaller, single chamber pump for backpacking or something like that. Personally, I still prefer the double chamber and that extra space/weight that it brings. The ease of pumping up the board is well worth it.

That being said, we can’t say this enough – upgrade to an electrical pump if you can afford it! iRocker makes one of the best electrical pumps on the market, and it makes such a big difference both when inflating and deflating your board. Trust us on this one, an electric pump is our #1 recommend upgrade for any SUPer.


iRocker includes a high quality backpack with the purchase of the 11’ All-Around SUP. If you haven’t ever seen an inflatable SUP backpack before please note: iSUPs are not like camping tents. By that I mean they actually fit into the backpack provided easily, with room to spare. Yes, you still want to roll the SUP up nicely, but even if you don’t it will fit into the backpack provided by iRocker.

A few really cool upgrades iRocker added to their backpacks this year include:

  • Extra zippers and compartments!!! Last year pack was good, but you only had one main compartment to store everything. Now, the All-Around bag comes with 5 external compartments to store keys, accessories, fins, etc. This is really awesome because now all you need to store inside the bag are the board, hand pump, and paddle.
  • 2 side mesh pockets for storing drinks or other small items.
  • Front bungee cargo area for carrying extra items like towels or clipping extra gear to
  • Optional wheeled tray that you can purchase which will attach to the bottom of the bag, turning the backpack into a rolling bag.

The compartments include:

  • Main compartment (for the board, paddles, and hand pump)
  • Zipper pocket on top of bag that will fit the new iRocker electric pump (super cool!)
  • 2 front zipper pockets ideal for storing fins, leash, repair kit, and other personal items
  • 2 small zipper pouches behind the side mesh pockets ideal for keys and other small items

iRocker really did a nice job with this backpack – especially given the price range of the 11’ All-Around. My favorite upgrades are the extra pouch for their electric pump. Again, we are huge fans of an electric pump and are stocked to have a storage spot for the pump now. Last year we purchased a small cooler bag to store the pumps. Now we can use the iRocker backpacks and have one less thing to carry!


All iRocker SUPs come with a high quality, coiled leash that will stay out of the water while paddling and still keep you safe. Of course, remember to always wear a life jacket though!

Repair Kit

iRocker’s repair kit comes with an inflation valve wrench, which is very nice to have in case that valve becomes loose over time. It also comes with a few patches in case you spring a leak. Keep in mind though that the patches won’t work on seams. If you do end up with a hole on a seam, just contact iRocker and they’ll let you know what you need to do to get it fixed (they have fantastic customer service).

Optional Accessories

As always, iRocker has a ton of great accessories that you can purchase to go along with your new All-Around 11’ SUP! Here is a quick list, but you can see them all in more detail on our iRocker accessories page:

  • Speaker
  • Kayak kit (seat and kayak blade)
  • Kayak Seat Cushion
  • Shoulder Carry Strap
  • Cup Holder
  • Camera Mount
  • Cell Phone Holder
  • Electric Pump
  • Selfie Stick
  • Cooler Deck Pad
  • Fishing Rod Holder

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Conclusion/Bottom Line Review

You really can’t go wrong with the iRocker 11’ All-Around. It’s a perfect board for beginner and intermediate paddlers who want to SUP in a variety of conditions. While the 11’ All-Around is best suited for flat water paddling, it will also do a really good job in slow rivers and streams, open ocean paddling, and even in small surf where the waves aren’t too steep.

Finally, it’s a great family board and one of the best boards for beginners and larger paddlers. It’s super stable, extremely durable, and comes with a fantastic 2 year warranty and a 60 day money back guarantee. And, with iRocker’s excellent customer service they will make sure you are happy and taken care of in the small chance that something does happen to your board.

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78 thoughts on “iRocker All-Around 11′ Review 2020”

  1. Versatility










    Awesome! Been waiting for the new boards. Time to upgrade from my 2017 model.

    • HI Sarah

      I’ve spent most the morning reading all the reviews and they’re super helpful and really informative 👌

      I’m about to buy my first sup and was all set on the irocker all around. It would be mainly used in the sea on flat days and more than likely transporting the kids around the bay for the majority of the time. I would however been keen to do a few further paddles and catch a few small waves myself. I did also look at the Thurso waterwalker, but now I’m reading the reviews there quite a few other models available and I’m not sure which way to go. I’m 5ft 11 and about 12 stone, and I was looking at both 10’8 and 12″ boards. Any advice on a suitable board would be much appreciated. Many thanks Dan

      • Dan, for what you are describing I don’t think you could go wrong with the iRocker All-Around. Given you want to surf a little bit I would recommend the 10′ vs the 11′ foot. You still will be stable and have enough weight capacity to take your kids around the bay and it will a little easier catching waves on the smaller board. If you decide to go with a Thurso, then I’d go with their 10’6″ Waterwalker – just keep in mind that you will have a little less weight capacity (300 lbs vs 370). Let us know if you have any other questions!

  2. Hi Sacky,

    Congrats for the site/reviews! Very informative, thorough and objective.

    I am a beginner in paddling and currently searching for all around board that can stand small waves, as I am from Greece where the end of summer gets a bit windy.

    Currently struggling to choose between the iRocker All-around 11′, the Thurso Waterwalker 11′ (those two are directly comparable) and finally the iRocker Cruiser. Those are on a similar price range, have a 2yr warranty, can carry a kayak seat and seem to be equally appreciatted a solid beginners choices. Therefore, as mentioned before, the key question would be which of those 3 boards can perform better in a windy/small to medium waves, choppy waters situation? Any advice would be more than helpful!


    • Hey Yiannis

      Do you need the full 11′? Because both the iRocker all-around 10′ and 10’6 Waterwalker would be better if you are smaller and don’t need the extra weight capacity/stability. Both are great boards for what you are looking to do, just a toss-up between what you want the most!

      Hope this helps you Yiannis 🙂

  3. Hi! Looking at the 10’6 vs 11’ all around irocker. Love the kayak accessories! I am 5’. Plan to use this on calm waters. Maybe a little yoga as well. What length would be best?

    • Donna, thanks for the question! At 5′ tall you will be just fine on either board (note – the iRocker All-Around comes in either a 10′ or 11′, not a 10’6 length). The main difference between the two is going to be: the 10′ will be a little more maneuverable and 3 lbs lighter, but slightly less stable. For most people around 5′ we would recommend going with the 10′ board, as it’s a fantastic board, is a little cheaper than the 11′, and should be plenty stable for you.

      Does that help?

  4. Hi,
    Would I also be able to yoga on the Waterwalker 10’6?
    I’m 5’7” 140.
    Would like yoga, paddle, put my 50# dog on with me, some touring,
    Flat and mild choppy Lake Michigan water and ability to travel.
    Appreciate your recommendations.

    • Kelly, great questions! The Thurso waterwalker is a great board, and would be great for what you are looking to do. The weight capacity will easily handle your 140 lbs + your dogs 50 lbs, and it is very stable for things like yoga. If you are concerned about stability and weight capacity then you could also look at the BLACKFIN Model X – that’s one of our favorites for an all-around, multi-person, and yoga SUP.

  5. At 5’8” and 190lbs, would I be fine on the 10ft board or would you recommend the 11ft? The 10ft board is ideal as I can easily store and transport it while inflated but the 11ft would need to be deflated after each use.

    • Anna, while the 11′ would be a little more stable you should be just fine on the 10′ board – iRocker recommends the 10′ all-around for people under 5’10” and it has a weight capacity of 370 lbs. You can find the latest offering here (I think they just launched a deal that gives you a free carry strap and cooler deck pad).

      Let me know if you have any other questions!

  6. Hi,
    I’m new to paddle boarding and just recently bought an irocker 11’ all around. Was looking for something that I could cruise around on at the lake or catch a few waves at the beach. I’m 6’0 and 190lbs….did I make the right choice by picking the 11’ over the 10’ board??

    • Hey Benjamin

      Both will do, but the 10′ is easier in the waves. I’m sure you’ll love your 11′ anyway, the differences aren’t huge 🙂

  7. Hi there, great reviews! I am looking at the iRocker but am also drawn to Nixy Newport (better bag and design), both 10’6 in length. I am 5’5 and weighs around 135 lbs. My pooch is around 36 lbs. Will either one works? We will be using it mostly on lakes and ocean (small choppy waves).

    Thanks 🙂

    • Hello Susi! Glad to hear you are looking into a SUP board – you’ll love it! Given your height and weight, either the iRocker or Nixy will be great options. Just note – the iRocker comes in either the 10′ or 11′ All-Around, or the 10’6″ Cruiser. The Nixy Newport is their 10’6 in option. Between the two brands, we’ve found that the iRocker’s are a little more stable boards, while the Nixy is a little more maneuverable and does come with a fantastic bag (one of the best in the industry, as the founder of Nixy hated carrying all his snorkeling gear around with bad backpacks). So, really your choice will be between the slightly more stable vs more maneuverable, plus design and bag options. Does that help? Please let us know if you have other questions!

  8. Hi Susi, I’ve been addicted to your site for the past week and am now hooked. Really thorough and fair reviews.

    Long story short, I’m 6’ 185lb. Will primarily be using the board in an open bay (not totally flat, but pretty much) and potentially in the ocean on very calm days (I’m not a surfer). In the bay, I’d love to bring my 6 year old.

    I’m looking at the irocker all around 11 and blackfin x. The price difference isn’t huge, but would allow me to get some accessories. Durability is super important as I won’t be using it all the time and need it to last (im in ny). Are there any other boards you’d recommend as well?

    Thanks so much.

    • Matt, thanks for your comments and I’m glad you enjoy the site! For what you are wanting to do, there aren’t any boards I would recommend more than the iRocker 11′ or the BLACKFIN Model X – those are our top 2 boards. Give your height and weight you will be able to bring your 6 year old on either board, and both boards will be super durable. The BLACKFIN will be a little higher quality (hence the price tag), and will also be a more stable platform for when you and your son are paddling around so that would be my top pick for you, if the $$$ works out. If not, then you really can get a FANTASTIC deal on the iRocker 11′. For the quality of SUP you get and the price, it’s tough to beat the iRocker All-ARound.

      Sorry, I wish I could make the decision for you! Basically, the BLACKFIN is a little bit higher quality and a little more stable. The iRocker is still a great board and will let you get a few more accessories (and I’d recommend getting the electric pump if you can). Either way, you will be super happy with both boards!

      Let me know if you have other questions!

  9. Thank you so much for writing this blog! I’ve been researching this board for days weeks now and couldn’t make up my mind on whether the Cruiser, All Around and whether 11′ or 10’….now after reading this I’ve made my decision! Thank you Sacky!

  10. Sacky…………Your reviews page has been most helpful as I’m new to SUP. We bought a yacht (for the Sacramento/San Joaquin Delta) and want 2 SUP’s on it. Also want the ability to take them in the motorhome for when next to a lake, or in the plane for mild streams like in Aspen.

    Me; 5’11” 185, athletic, been paddle boarding only once on the river with know issues.
    Her; 5’4” 140, not real athletics, has boarded a fair bit.

    So I’m considering the 2 of the iRocker All-around, need to know what size to get. Or in your professional opinion, is there a better choice of boards for us?

    • Hey Mike

      Welcome to the world of SUP! The choice is a little overwhelming, isn’t it…
      Thanks for reaching out and hope I can help. First of all, congratulations on your yacht! I am actually currently out sailing myself with a SUP.

      I think the iRockers are a great idea. You also get $80 off when you buy two (applied automatically at checkout).

      Thanks to some incredible construction and your given heights, I would think you both would be fine on the 10′ All-Arounds. The iRockers don’t pack down much smaller than one another but the smaller they are to maneuver off and on the boat the better. Depending on where you go, you can tie the SUPs by their nose D-ring and tow it like a tender too.

      The backpacks aren’t the best for traveling by plane because they don’t have wheels but if that became something you were doing regularly, you could easily purchase a Blackfin bag. If just want it all then the Blackfins X is also another great option for you both – they are just a bit heavier and bigger so not as easy to travel with!

      Finally, there are two compact SUPs on the market. The NIXY Huntington (compact) and Red Paddle Co compact. The NIXY bag is a bit bulky and the board a little squirrely to ride – given this is the first one ever, Id be waiting to see what happens next year. The Red Paddle Co is AMAZING but it comes with the price tag (worth it in my opinion). If you are really wanting to travel light and can afford it, that would be my reccomendation. Otherwise, go with the iRocker or Blackfin X!

      Hope this helps and let us know what you go with – may the wind be with you.

  11. Hi Sacky

    Thanks for great reviews, way to many boards to choose from and becoming very confused. I am in Country Vic with plenty of Lakes nearby and head to the coast for our summer holidays (up to 3-4 ft surf) and flat water, this will be my first board and looking for at a long term investment. My height is 179 and weight 84kg. I was looking at the irocker sport but I think you have sold me on the All-rounder but which one, as I seem to be right on the limit of the 10′ but the 11′ maybe a little slow in surf. The family will want to play as well with the young bloke about 6′, the others way under. Thanks for your time.

    • David,

      How much experience do you have stand up paddle boarding and surfing? If you have some experience, then you will be fine on the 10′ All-Around, and it will be a little faster in the surf. Yes, the 11′ is a little more stable, but even the 10′ has a weight capacity of around 165 KG. Plus, you save a little $$ with the 10′ board. You can see their latest pricing here, hope this helps!

  12. Hi Sacky,

    I have been spending a lot of time reading all your great reviews on the website – it truly is a great resource, thank you ! I am looking to purchase an inflatable SUP board and I am hesitating between the IRocker all around 11′ and the Retrospec (Ten Toes) Weekender 10′. I am hoping to ride on lakes and mostly calm waters. Hopefully, I would also like to be able to do some yoga on my board, which I have done in the past on rented boards. Which board would you recommend ? Also, what is the main difference between 10′ and 11′ in the feel of the board ? As a reference, I am 5’7 and 130lbs. So far with rented boards, I have never really had stability as an issue as I am very comfortable on water and have good balance. What do you think ? Thank you so much !

    • Charlotte,

      Thanks for your compliments! When comparing the Ten Toes vs the iRocker All-Around 11′, I would recommend the iRocker 11′. It’s just a better board.

      When comparing the 10′ and 11′, the main difference is the 11′ is going to be a little more stable. They both have the same shape, same construction materials, and same accessories/features (another area where the iRocker is going to be better than the Retrospec). Typically, we recommend the 10′ for people who are under 5’8″, but given that you are wanting to do some Yoga I think you would appreciate the extra room and stability that the 11′ offers. If you are looking for a slightly more nimble, sporty board, then you would love the 10′.

      Does that help?

      Here’s a link to the new 11′ by iRocker, btw.

  13. Hi looking at getting 2 SUP . Have kayaking experience.
    Me – 164 cm and 73 kg and hubby 180cm and 73 kg. Was looking at irocker All rounder but not sure whether to go 10’ or 11 ‘ for each of us. Will take 30 of dog with me. Water will be rivers, marina and maybe some flat ocean. Thanks

    • Sue,

      Given your heights, weights, and that you want to take your dog, I’d recommend the 11′ All-Around for each of you. I think you’ll both really love that board. The 10′ is a great board as well, but when compared with the 11′, it won’t give you as much space for you and your dog. I also think it will be a bit more stable but is still a ton of fun to paddle around the river, marina, and flat ocean.

      The board is also a really great price right now (just follow that link and it will take your right there), with iRocker offering a great ‘pre-season’ discount!

      Let me know if you have any other questions!

  14. Hi,
    I just received my iRocker All Around 11′ board. I read a lot of great reviews hence why I bought it but only found this one after I already bought this board. I’m 5’3 and am wondering if this board will still be okay for me? On the other side of things my bf is 6’4 so I know it would be good if we both went on the board but as an individual will it still be okay for my height?
    Thank you

    • I think you are going to be completely fine on the 11′ All-Around. If you were the only one paddling, then the 10′ would be a good option. However, given you will have someone who is 6’4 riding at times as well, then the 11′ is the better choice in my opinion. Also, just to keep in mind – I’ve talked to many shorter individuals who still prefer the longer board. 11′ is for not not ‘too long’ by any means for your height.

    • Hi, thanks for the awesome reviews, really helps to clear through all the information out there, which can be a little intimidating.
      About to buy my first board…have only been out on a friend’s fairly basic and large board a couple of times and already addicted! Can’t decide between the All-Around 10 or 11…and have also been looking at the Waterwalker 10’6. I’m 5’7” and just under 160lb, fairly sporty. Will mostly be using this on slow river, lake and perhaps in the sea in future (most likely calm). Will probably be taking out either one or both my children half the time. My 5’2” wife May also use a little before getting her own board (also a newbie). Will the 10 suffice…or will the 11 or Thurso boards be better for flexing between activities? Looking for something I won’t need to upgrade for a while.

      Thanks! Tony

      • Tony,

        Sorry I didn’t get back to you sooner! I would recommend going with the 11′ All-Around. You would be completely fine on the 10′ All-Around, however I think you are going to appreciate the extra space and stability when you add your kids. It’s a fantastic board that will last a very long time!

        You could also consider the Thurso 132. It’s a also a great board, and you would be happy with either. The main difference is that the Thurso is going to be a little heavier in the board and the paddle. It does glide really well, and feels more stable where the irocker is both stable but is a little more sporty.

        I hope that helps, please let me know if you have further questions – and let me know what you decide to go with!

  15. Hello!
    I’m looking to get my very first SUP and am stuck between the irocker 10′, 11′, and blackfin x. I am 5’8″ and 235 lbs so I’m not sure what one would suit me more. I’ll be going fishing in the ocean with my husband and his blackfin xl but also want to be able to handle a variety of different types of water as I grow my skills over time. I’m hoping to get one that is versatile enough to travel to a bunch of different places with us and is just a fun time all around.
    What would be your recommendation between the three?
    Thanks for the help!

    • Haley, I would recommend going with the BLACKFIN Model X. It will be much better than the All-Around for fishing, given it has the scotty mounts and extra action mounts. However, it’s also a great board for other types of waters, like fast moving rivers and rapids. You also shouldn’t have any issues traveling with it. It’s a little heavier than the All-Arounds, but by only a few pounds.

      Let me know if that helps, and what you decide to do (or if you have any other questions)!

  16. Hi Sacky

    I’m having trouble deciding between the iRocker cruiser and the all around. I’m 5’4″and around 55kg. I’ll be mostly paddling in fairly flat seas, sometimes going on long distances. Speed and manoeuvrability will be quite important but I didn’t know if the cruiser might be better if I want to take a friend out too… I’m hoping the board will last me a long time so might end up using it in small waves as I get better. I’m basically very torn so any help appreciated!

    • Eve,

      Great question, and I hope we can help! Given that you speed and maneuverability are quite important, and that you want to use the board in small waves at some point, I would recommend going with the 11′ All-Around vs the Cruiser. I love the Cruiser, but the 11′ All-Around is faster, more maneuverable, and has more weight capacity to take a friend out on. In fact, the 11′ All-Around has a weight capacity of 435 lbs vs 400 for the Cruiser.

      Let me know if that helps!

  17. Hello!

    Thanks for all the great info! I am hoping to get my first SUP and am 5’5” and 145 lbs. I’m torn between the iRockerCruiser, the 10 ft All Around or the 11 ft All Around. I will be using it on lakes and perhaps rivers. The tricky part is that on a calm day I want to be able to paddle with both my young daughters around for the ride. What do you recommend??

    Thanks so much for the help!!!

    • Catheryne,

      If you are looking to paddle with you + your young daughters (assuming more than one daughter), then I think you would like either the Cruiser or the 11′ All-Around. The Cruiser is 10’6 x 33″, and is the most stable of the group. If you are wanting a board that is a little more sporty and also will support multiple people, then the 11′ All-Around would be a better option.

      When it comes down to it, you will love either of the boards.

      Let me know if you have any further questions!

  18. Thanks! The only thing is money with the 11’… I’m wondering whether it would be possible to go anywhere with another rider on the 10′ all around? If not it’s a decision between friends and speed haha!

    • Eve, I don’t think you’ll need to choose between speed and your friend! The iRocker 10′ All-Around has a weight capacity of 370 lbs, and you will be fine to take someone else on the board with you. I’ve paddled that board with my wife, and together we weight around 300 lbs.

      As far as speed goes, yes the 11′ is a little faster than the 10′ – but only slightly, and the fact is that only very experienced paddlers would really notice.

      Does that help? You can also go for the 10′ and if for some reason it doesn’t work for you and a friend you could switch it out for the Cruiser as well (but I don’t think that will happen).

      • Thanks so much for all your help, just placed my order! Hoping it arrives in time for bank holiday, very excited 😀

  19. Hi!
    I’m looking at the iRocker 10 or 11. I want a board that I can take my daughter on (she is 3) and also one the I can go on weekend camping trips so can load up but I still want manoeuvrability as I will mostly be on my own – basically I want it all!! – I’m 5.7 and approx 65kg.
    Will the 10 be man enough for the camping trips and the kiddy or will a 11 be best do you think?
    Very excited to upgrade from my cheapy board!!

    • Rebecca,

      You will be fine on either the 10′ or 11′ All-Arounds. The 11′ will give you just a little more room for the kiddo, but will be just a little heavier if you ever end up hiking with the SUP in the mountains. In addition, the 10′ board is a little more sporty than the 11′. Both will support you + your child.

      Does that help?

  20. I am going to buy 2 SUP’s to be used by a group of families that share a boathouse and beach off the coast of Maine.I am trying to decide between the 10′ and 11′ Rockers. There will be many users – women age 22-40 weighing 125-140 lbs, men age 30-40 weighing 150-180, young teens, Dads and Moms with their little 3-5 yr olds, and some older folks in their late 60’s. Most are beginners now. Several folks are super athletic. The 11″ Rocker sounds just great, but I am worried that it might be too big/not as maneuverable for the women in their 20’s-30’s that are 125 – 140 lbs. Your review says the 11′ is best for larger, taller individuals. Maybe the best solution is to get one 10′ and one 11′? What do you think? Thanks so much for your advice!

    • Barbara,

      That sounds like a ton of fun! To answer your question, I would recommend getting one of each. That gives you the best of both worlds, and each individual can choose whichever one they want/prefer. You may find that some of the smaller paddlers prefer the stability of the 11′ All-Around, and some of the larger paddlers prefer the more sporty 10′. If you get one of each you’ll be able to figure that out, and I guess in a worse case scenario if you end up really wishing you had ordered 2 11′ boards, then you could even send the 10′ back to iRocker and swap it out.

      I hope that helps, let me know if you have any other questions, and I’d also love to know what you decide!

      PS – I’d recommend checking out the new iRocker pump as well, it is really nice when you have more than 1 board!

      • Thank you so much for the advice! I have been really stressing as to which way to go.
        Knowing that we could return the 10′ board if everyone loves the 11′ is comforting.
        So I think I will get a 10′ and an 11′.

        And good idea about the electric pump, especially with 2 boards to pump up.

        Thanks again!

        Barbara Morse

        • Barbara,

          So glad that helps! One quick note – I doubled checked with iRocker, and I just want to make sure you know that if you do decide to switch from the 10′ to the 11′ that you would have to pay for the return shipping. Not a huge deal if you end up wanting to change, but it can add up – so I wanted to make sure you were aware of that!

  21. SupBoardGuide Rep.,
    Due to the COVID-19 limitations at iRocker, I am still waiting for a response from their customer service. In the meantime, I am wondering if their boards have carbon reinforced sides like some of the other boards in your reviews. I am 6’4″ & 220 lbs. and am searching for higher weight capacity boards for myself and so I can bring one of my girls along with me as well. I cannot find on the websites if the iRocker brand boards have the extra reinforcement. It sounds like they should be able to handle my size and weight, but wondering if I should focus on boards with the carbon bands instead for the increased stability. Your thoughts?

    Thank you.

    • Shawn,

      Sorry for my slow reply – I was out on Friday, so you might have heard back from iRocker. I know they have been slammed with over 1000 questions a day!

      The iRocker boards (10′, 11′, Cruiser, and Sport) do NOT come with the carbon fiber rails. However that doesn’t mean they won’t handle your weight. We have 2 different members of our team who are 6’5 and 220 lbs +, and both of them do fine on the 11′ All-Around (the 10′ is too small). They do prefer the BLACKFIN X or XL though, as you do get more weight capacity and a stiffer board. If your budget allows it, I would recommend looking at the Model X or XL – we feel that for someone your height and weight it is more than worth the extra investment (and they are really fantastic boards!).

      Please let me know if you have any other questions!

  22. Hey,
    My mom is looking at the irocker all around 10, all around 11, and blackfin model v. She will be on lakes and ocean, mostly calm. She would also like to be able to bring another person out with her on the board. She is 50, 5’1″ and 145 pounds. What do you recommend?

    • Garrett,

      The BLACKFIN Model V will be the best board for bringing another person out with your mom. It’s longer and has a higher weight capacity than the 11′ or 10′ iRocker All-Arounds. It will also be the fastest board and the most stiff, given the carbon fiber rails.

      If she is wanting to spend less and it becomes a choice between the 11′ and 10′ iRocker All-Arounds, then I’d recommend the 11′ All-Around – again for the reason that it will do better with multiple people than the 10′ would be.

      I hope that helps – please let me know if you have any further questions!

  23. Hello. This will be my first isup and I’m trying to decide between the 10 all around or the 10.6 cruiser. Unfortunately it looks like the 11 all around is currently sold out. I’m a 5’4″ woman with medium athletic ability. Which would you recommend when BOTH stability and maneuverability are important to me? I will mostly be using it in calm ponds or calm rivers.

    • Annie,

      Both boards are very stable – it’s just that the Cruiser is 1″ wider in the middle and 6″ wider in the tail so it’s extra stable. So, if you are more worried about stability, then go with the Cruiser. If you care more about maneuverability then go with the 10′ All-Around.

      My personal recommendation is at 5’4″ with some decent athletic ability, that you will like the 10′ All-Around a little bit more. I’ve paddled with several people who are taller than you and they all loved the 10′ All-Around. Yes, it’s more maneuverable and sporty, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a stable board.

      I hope that helps! Let me know what you decide and if you have any other questions!

  24. SUPBG.

    You’re reviews and summary are very helpful.. maybe too helpful b/c the Blackfin X and iRocker all around 11 are both out of stock :-).

    Me and my wife, each of us nearing nearing 50yrs age, 5’8″ and 195-200lb. Big boaters on the Chesapeake Bay MD. Looking for 2 isup’s to take on our boat, anchor near a beach and go sup’ing on relatively calm days (but with some residual wakes from boats passing by) to practice, have fun, and become comfortable to join others on weekly sunset outtings. I’m slightly nervous about NOT getting one with the carbon rail support, or too narrow. Was really torn between the Blackfin X and iRocker All Around, but went to order one of each but both are out of stock. Any backup suggestions? Thurso or Atoll? or Should we wait for them to be back in stock. What would be your recommendations? It’s a lot of money for 2 if they aren’t ‘right’ for our situation.

    Thanks in advance.

    • Andy,

      If you are looking for something now, then I’d recommend the Thurso Waterwalker 132. It’s right up there with the iRocker/BLACKFIN lineup in terms of our favorite boards, and they are available right now.

      It is 32″ wide and not 35 like the Blackfin Model X, but does have carbon fiber rails and is a super stable board that tracks and glides really well! You can read our review of the board here, and of course please let me know if you have any other questions!

  25. Hi there! Thanks for all
    the info.. very informative & with so many options out there it gets a little confusing.

    I’m very new to paddle boarding & looking for something thats good for beginners but I won’t grow out of too fast once I get better. I’m surrounded by lakes where I live so would be just for flat water paddling. Been back & forth between the irocker cruiser & all around 11. I’m 5’9 & 190 lbs. Like the idea of having something support both me & my husband at the same time ( he’s 6’2 & 185 lbs (ish). Also my niece & nephew when they’re here visiting. Not sure if the all around 11 would be to big & harder to maneuver for beginners than the 10. The cruiser looks fun but as I get in to intermediate level I’m not sure if I’d outgrow it.

    Also wondering what your thoughts are on the thurso waterwalker boards quality wise & if they’re accessories that come with the board are on par with irocker!

    Thanks so much for any feedback 🙂

    • Toni,

      If you are wanting a board that will support both you and your husband, I would recommend looking at the Blackfin Model X or XL. The extra width of X, and the extra width and length of the XL make a big difference when you get over 300 lbs on the board. I personally struggle a little bit with my wife on the All-Around 11′, and do really well with either of the Blackfins. They are a little bit heavier, but just a few pounds. And as far as maneuverability goes, the X would be a little more maneuverable while the XL will give you a little more space.

      Our thoughts on Thurso – we love Thurso! Their boards are fantastic and so are their accessories. iRocker has a little more accessories offered currently, and I’d say their accessories are a little better than Thurso’s (better electric pump, kayak seat, more cooler options, etc.). Basically, iRocker is a little older as a company and have developed their accessories just a little more.

      I hope that helps. Let me know what other questions you have!

  26. Hi Justin

    Thank you for all the info you have given. I’d really appreciate your advice regarding which irocker to purchase. I’m 5ft 11 and 140 lbs. I’ll be on lakes, rivers and canals for fitness. I’ve only been out a few times before but it’s time to take the leap and buy my own.

    Many thanks Suzy.

    • Suzy,

      I’m stoked for you! You are going to love having your own SUP! (Also, sorry for the late reply, we were out of the ‘office’ due to the holiday).

      Given your height I’d recommend either the iRocker 11′ All-Around, the Blackfin Model X, or the Thurso Waterwalker 132. You would be fine weight wise on some of the shorter boards, but we’ve found taller people tend to prefer 11’+ boards.

      Let me know if that helps, and what other questions you have as you dive into the board options more!

  27. Hello! I loved your review and initially wanted to Cruiser but now I am leaning more toward the All Around 10. I am 5’8″, 150 lbs so I figured the 10 wouldn’t be too small. However, now I am unsure if the Blackfin X wouldn’t be a better choice although it is a little out of my budget.

    I plan to use it for yoga, exploring bays and lakes, but then the occasional creek and river. I am very nervous about using a paddle board in the creek but that is one of our favorite ways to get on the water. What is your opinion on these paddle boards in creeks? Would they uphold or is it a little sketchy due to water levels/flow? Being able to control the board is very important to me. I used to have a 13′ kayak and it was very different to maneuver.

    • Guen,

      No matter which board you decide to go with you will be OK in creeks. If you do get into a more fast flowing river with some whitewater then I would recommend the Blackfin Model X over the Cruiser or All-Around, as it has the carbon rails and does better in whitewater situations. If you aren’t getting into whitewater spots, and you are wanting a little more maneuverability, then the All-Around 10′ would be a little better than the Cruiser. Of course, the Cruiser will be a little better for Yoga. As always, there is a little give and take in choosing a board, so I’d recommend focusing on your main 1-2 priorities and ensuring the board is top-notch for those.

      Let me know if you have other questions, I’m happy to help!

  28. Hey Justin,

    Thank you so much for the review! This is all incredibly helpful – I just would love your thoughts on the 2 boards I am stuck between. I am looking at the iRocker All Around 11 and the THURSO SURF Waterwalker 126. They are pretty tied in terms of costs, performance, etc. But I am wondering which board would be better for my intermediate skill level, on lakes but mostly in marinas and open ocean. I enjoy speed and touring, but neither are deal breakers. And I would love to have the option of heading out with my partner (together we weigh about 280). Let me know what you think!

    • Meg,

      Those are both great iSUPs! However, if you are looking to occasionally head out with your partner then I would recommend the 11′ iRocker All-Around over the Thurso 126. You’ll have an extra 6″ in length, and a little more weight capacity. It also does help to have a longer SUP when it comes to touring, so that’s another reason to go with the 11′ All-Around.

      I hope this helps – please let me know if you have any further questions, and what you decide!

  29. Hi there,

    I am debating between the Blackfin V and the IRocker All ARound 11. While I appreciate one of them is touring, is there a big difference in speed and stability between these two? I am 5’9” and 175 lbs. I may carry light camping gear for excursions from time to time or photo equipment. Most of the time I plant to use it on the ocean (from calm to choppy) and lakes. I’ve done SUP here and there in the past, say 20 times maybe.

    I appreciate your feedback

    • Jose,

      The Model V is a little more stable, and is faster/tracks straighter given the extra length and firmness of the board. I personally prefer the Model V over the 11′ unless your looking to surf small waves because it is faster. However, you can’t go wrong with the 11′ either and it will work great for what your looking to do.

      I hope that helps!

  30. Hi, Justin!
    I am planning on burying my husband a board as a gift (for our 20 year anniversary!). I was drawn to iRocker/Blackfin as they have a kayak package. We live in Illinois, so he would use it mainly on calm waters (small lakes), small rivers, and, when we visit family, on the inner-coastal waters on the Gulf of Mexico. He is a pretty athletic guy (5′ 10″ around 150lbs – we are about the same height/weight) – and would love to be able to maneuver around quickly, but my plan is to also buy myself a board (in a few months) so that I can tag along with him – but at a more leisurely pace. Our kids are teens so would want their own board. In short, we would probably only have one person per board (though I may tag on once or twice), but might throw a dog on with us. So, not sure on the iRocker All-Around (They only have the 11′ in stock)/Blackfin X?
    Any recommendations you could provide would be most appreciated.
    Thanks in advance!

    • Katherine,

      I think the iRocker all-around 11 would be a great fit. It’s a solid, fun board to paddle around on, but it also has the weight capacity that would enable you to add another person when you do want to tag along. The Blackfin Model X or XL will be a better option for multiple people, but the All-Around 11′ is still very capable there.

  31. Hi. I’m fairly athletic 60 year old 5’11” and 215 pounds. Trying to decide between the all-around 11 and the sport 11, which is narrower and less stable. No riders, maybe a small dog and some gear. New to SUPs, but avid PWC rider. What are your thoughts and suggestions?

    • Keith,

      As an experienced PWC rider you will probably be fine with either board. I personally like the Sport, as it’s a little faster and I don’t need the extra width personally (5’11” and around 175). At 215, you might appreciate the little bit extra volume on the All-Around and I think it still would be really sporty for you. As such, for you I would recommend the 11′ All-Around and think you’ll really enjoy that board.

      I hope that helps, please let me know if you have any further questions.

  32. Hi,
    I’m 6’3″, normally 240-250lbs, 65 yrs old and would consider myself an athletic beginner. I’m looking for a board that will be good for me now and also as my skills at SUP improve. I think the 11′ All-Around or the Blackfin XL would be my best choices. I’m afraid I will quickly out grow the XL’s 34″ width and 11’6″ length. Plus it’s $200 plus more expensive. I don’t plan to use it for surfing or fishing or 2 person riding, just paddling with my girl friend who has a 12’6″x27″x6″ race board. She’s a more experienced rider but I want to keep up with her. I’d like your opinion as a rider (not a salesman 🙂 please).

    • John,

      My ‘not a salesman’ answer: If your girl friend is paddling a hard SUP, then you will have a hard time keeping up on an inflatable – hard SUPs are faster by about 10-15% from my experience and other data I’ve seen. Inflatables are still a great option, and the only option for some, they are just a little slower.

      With that being said, you want a board that is long and thin. I actually would recommend first the RedPaddleCo 12’6 Sport or the Blackfin Model V. Sadly, I don’t think you’ll find the RPC sport in stock anywhere, but it’s a great, fast iSUP at 12’6 x 30″. The Blackfin V is 12’6 x 32″, so it’s longer and thinner than the XL and I do notice that difference when it comes to speed. It’s also a very stable board, so as a beginner that will help. For me, I prefer a 30″ touring board, but I’m only 5’11. At 6’3 you might actually prefer a 32″ width (although I think you would most likely be fine with either). I personally wouldn’t recommend something thinner unless you can test it out, as it might be a little tough to learn on.

      I hope that helps! Let me know if you have any other questions.


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