iRocker Sport iSUP Review
- Glides and tracks well; designed for sporty handling
- Raised kick-tail and crocodile textured traction pad provide excellent foot grip and position
- Two color options in 2020 with chic, retro styling
- Lots of cargo options for a sport board; there are 8 stainless steel D-rings for tying down gear, a cooler, or even a kayak seat!
- 4 Action Mounts for fun accessories such as iRocker’s Bluetooth waterproof speaker and your GoPro!
- Really nice carbon fiber composite paddle
- Narrower than some other iRocker boards, so it might feel a little less stable for beginner SUPers
- Would like to see a side paddle holder
- Not much else - it's a really fun board!
Last Updated: March 10, 2020
iRocker 11’ Sport Inflatable SUP Review, 2020
The iRocker 11’ Sport is a great SUP board and it continues to keep things fun and adventurous in 2020. The new model comes in two color options and uses digital printing to resist color cracking or fading. The 2020 iRocker Sport has been upgraded to a triple layer composite PVC construction, similar to the Blackfin X and XL boards. This reduces board weight by 20% while maintaining the robust structure. Internal core drop-stitching adds to the structural integrity so you get a sturdy inflated board that will roll up tight when you’re finished. iRocker redesigned the deck pad on almost all their 2020 models, and the Sport pad now has a break just past the user’s standing point. This breaks up the elongated look of the Sport with a stylish design that is visually appealing and functional.
The iRocker Sport board is designed for more aggressive use. The 1” raised kick-tail is one of our favorite features. It not only provides the perfect foot position for pivoting or turning, it is extra cushioned for comfort and balance. The rear standing area is about 18” wide and 28-31” long. The main track pad measures 46” long and 21.5” wide. The EVA foam pad has slight ridges about 1” apart that run lengthwise which add both texture and a nice feel underfoot. The gray/white/teal/dark blue multi-color design on the Sport creates visual depth and a striking appearance.
When standing on the Sport it feels supportive and nimble. The narrowed, elongated body makes it easy to paddle and for those with good balance, the ability to pivot and cut through waves is ideal for sporty SUPing. It doesn’t offer the same stability as the iRocker Cruiser or BLACKFIN model X, but it is adept and capable in the right hands (feet!)
The iRocker Sport uses a self-locking tri-fin system. The fins are easily swapped and reconfigured if necessary. We highly recommend the iRocker Sport as a fun, nimble board that works well for seasoned SUPers who want to learn and add some new tricks or beginners who enjoy a slimmer, touring-shaped board.
SUP Board Specs
|Max Capacity||385 lbs|
|Recommended Inflation||15-18 psi|
|Fins||Nylon, Quick-lock, removable|
|Paddle Type||Carbon-blend shaft, Nylon blade|
|Materials||Triple Layer Composite PVC, Drop Stitch Inner Core|
Who Should Buy This Stand Up Paddle Board:
The iRocker 11’ Sport is a fantastic board for the following:
- Experienced riders who want to cut up and through heavy waves
- Riders who like to lean back, using the raised kick tail to pivot and maneuver the board
- Riders with good balance who can handle and direct the nimble Sport
- SUP users looking for a stylish, retro design with eye-catching, multicolored deck
- A board that tracks and maneuvers precisely
- Those who want a lot of cargo and accessory options on a swift, fun board
The iRocker Sport is great for the following conditions/situations:
- Multiple water conditions in lakes, bays, marinas, etc.
- Light ocean waves
- Learning/perfecting SUP tricks
- Touring with cargo
Performance – Stability
The iRocker 11’ Sport is a nimble board that will provide hours of fun for experienced users. The design of the board emphasizes speed and maneuverability over stability, and while iRocker doesn’t list this as one of their more stable boards, we actually found it to perform well when tested by new SUP users. It is more stable than you would anticipate so novices and/or beginning users can certainly give it a try — especially those who prefer a lighter board.
The iRocker Sport measures 31” in width, which is actually wider than previous models, and feels just about right underfoot. The 11’ length glides smoothly along the water so users can achieve swift speeds quickly and easily. iRocker has designed the Sport for SUP users who want to expand their repertoire of skills and tricks on the water.
While it is designed to be agile, the 11’ Sport will still accommodate up to 385lbs, which is a hearty max weight for a sport board. Feel free to load up the Sport via the front cargo area and head out for a long day on the water. The Sport may feel a bit squirrely at first, but once you get the hang of it – this board is a kick in the pants.
Speed and maneuverability are where the iRocker Sport shines. It will pick up speed and then pivot on a dime when riders dip the padded kick-tail and shift body weight. We love how the deck pad is broken into two standing areas — the rear area with raised tail offers the perfect foothold for that back foot. And the front elongated deck with gentle crocodile texture features plenty of space to find the right body position. If you are just cruising, both feet fit nicely on the center pad area, but we found the padded kick-tail to be a comfortable foot position even when just gliding along.
iRocker has updated the construction on the 2020 11” sport by implementing the same triple layer composite PVC construction found on the more expensive BLACKFIN boards. This reduces board weight by 20%. The 2020 model weighs in at a lean 25 pounds and this makes a difference when maximizing speed and maneuverability.
The iRocker Sport tracks nicely; the tri-fin configuration keeps the board in line and balanced. Experienced users will find it easy to manage and control since it maintains a steady glide. The 2020 model features three removable fins that are self-locking for convenience. This makes multiple fin configurations possible.
iRocker 11’ Sport Build Quality – Materials
iRocker boards hold their own when compared with comparable SUP boards. Capitalizing on the consistent quality of their sister BLACKFIN line, the iRocker Sport, Cruiser, and All-Around boards are all extremely well engineered and utilize quality construction materials.
The iRocker Sport features a triple composite construction with an internal drop-stitch core for support. This creates a board that feels nearly as solid as a hardboard when inflated. We set our fully inflated Sport SUP on the arms of a couch and pressed down on it to see how much give we could produce in the deck. It is surprisingly strong with structural integrity that really will support that 385lb max weight.
In addition to the sturdy body frame, the Sport also features a towing D-ring on the front end, 16 deck D-rings, a cargo bungee space at the nose, five handles, and 2 regular and 2 mini action mounts — for your waterproof Bluetooth speaker and a GoPro camera (of course!). Don’t attempt to operate the Sport without your GoPro attached — we promise you’ll want to document your ride for later!
The iRocker sport is 11” long, 31” wide and 6” thick when inflated. It is slightly narrower than the more stable iRocker 11’ Cruiser and BLACKFIN X and XL models — but the board shape offers some impressive handling capabilities. The tail narrows gently to a 12” width and the nose is pointed for enhanced cutting through the waves. The front cargo/bungee area is 20” wide and 17” deep and will hold a dry bag, backpack, shoes, towel, or cooler. If you are an experienced SUP user, this could double as a touring board with the pointed nose and cargo space.
The 2020 iRocker 11’ Sport is loaded with extras. A few of the new features on the 2020 model include:
Triple Layer Construction 20% lighter than 2019 quad layer but offers same durability
- All new 2020 design utilizing digital printing
- 2 color options for Sport (2019 was only one color)
- Added Action Mounts (4 total action mounts)
- 2 action mounts in cargo area
- 2 mini action mounts in rear of deck pad
- Rear Cargo area: 6 D-Ring rear cargo area
- New logo stamped EVA Deck Pad, new circle R logo on front and iROCKER on rear
- New redesigned deck pad; Sport model now has a much sportier look including a break in the deck pad just behind the center of gravity standing point
- White center fin, side fin, and fin boxes on all iROCKER boards
- Front Grab Handle
iRocker fins are all self-locking for ease and convenience. They can be swapped for other fin configurations. There are three fins on the Sport: the center fin is a low-profile aggressive style fin that cuts through the water. Side fins are both sleek and slightly smaller for stability and maneuverability. The fins are sturdy and firmly lock in place. They are resistant to cracking and will support the needs of most users. iRocker fins can be interchanged with any other iRocker board.
The deck pad is an upgraded feature on the 2020 model. Rather than run in one continuous piece, the deck pad has a break between the large middle section and the rear foot position. The raised kick tail area is especially fun. Variability in both color and texture makes the deck visually appealing as well as providing a nice grip underfoot. The crocodile texture and iRocker logo add to the overall look.
Carrying Handles: 6” long
There are three 6” carrying handles on the iRocker Sport. One is in the front, for convenience when carrying the board to/from your destination. The handle on the rear of the board is useful when pulling your board into the water. Both of these handles are tough nylon and measure 6” long and 1” wide. The one in the middle of the deck pad is heavier and wider — it is 6” long and 2” wide with extra padding for added comfort and grip, since this is where you will most likely carry the board solo. All of the handles are reinforced so they won’t break or shred with use. There are also two handles in the front cargo area that sit adjacent to the bungee cords. These are ideal for holding onto your board if you have to lie down and paddle through the surf. They may also provide a place for a child or passenger to hold while you push them along. These passenger handles are removable if desired.
The 11’ Sport is the only iRocker model to have just one cargo area. A six D-ring system with criss-crossing bungees will hold cargo securely on the front end. The back end remains open for the kick-tail foot position, however, there are four more D-rings in the back so you could thread a bungee through if desired. Four more D-rings line the middle deck and two action mounts sit at the base of the deck as well as two more on the front cargo bungee area. These are ideal for holding a fishing rod, waterproof Bluetooth speaker, GoPro camera, or other accessory.
iRocker has upgraded the paddle as well. The Sport now includes a carbon blend shaft paddle with a sleek blade and only weighs 28oz. The paddle separates into three pieces and locks together via a pin and groove system which is very sturdy and will not shift or separate even under tension. Personally, I like the width of the handle — it is easy to hold and I don’t feel it spin in my hand when wet.
iRocker also includes a great triple action, dual chamber pump with the Sport 11’ kit. The high-volume hand pump is the same, but iRocker did upgrade the hose this year so it is thicker, more flexible and durable.
The pump has dual chambers with three settings. Setting #1 allows air in and out through both chambers. Setting #2 just pumps air in from both chambers (more efficient, requires more strength). Setting #3 pumps air in from one chamber only. There is also a psi gauge on top. This is an impressive pump. It fits nicely in the SUP bag, but chances are, you may find yourself using it for any and all types of home inflatables. It is powerful and will blow up your SUP in no time.
One accessory we highly recommend considering is the new electric pump that iRocker/BLACKFIN offers. The electric pump plugs into your vehicle to inflate your board while you unload gear, food, children, and equipment. It saves you a ton of energy right out of the gate since you won’t wear yourself out pumping up the board in the first 10 minutes. The electric pump also deflates the board! It will remove all the air from the board so you can roll it up and store it easily.
The iRocker Sport bag is high quality and spacious, with plenty of compartments for organizing and storing your accessories. Bags are color coded to match your board and include added mesh pockets on each side and additional zipper pockets underneath the mesh for more storage.The bag has been upgraded with an added front bungee cargo area for clipping gear or a towel. There is also an added zipper pocket at the top of the bag above the shoulder straps that will fit the new iRocker electric pump. One cool feature is the wheel tray at the bottom of the bag with built in pouches and a strap. This will turn your SUP bag into a wheeled roller bag so you can pull it along the road or through your garage as needed.
The iRocker Sport comes with a high-quality, coiled leash. The leash attaches to the rear D-ring and is coiled so it won’t drag in the water and won’t get in the way while paddling. It also swivels nicely so you don’t get all caught up in your leash. There is a small key compartment inside the ankle strap where you can stash your car key (you may have to look closely to find it — but once again, this is iRocker being thoughtful).
Included is a standard repair kit that includes an inflation valve wrench and a few patches. Additional repair items are available from BLACKFIN as needed.
iRocker includes a wide array of additional accessories:
- 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
Company Review – iRocker
We are consistently impressed with the customer service and value provided by iRocker. This is a reputable company that is focused on customer satisfaction and quality products. iRocker has quickly emerged as an industry leader thanks to the company’s focus on quality, engineering, and a constant desire to improve their products.
You can read our full iRocker company review here.
Bottom Line iRocker Sport SUP 11’ Review
The iRocker Sport SUP is a ton of fun. This is a great board for easy riding or adventurous surf dodging. We love all the updated features in 2020 from upgraded triple-composite deck construction, to enhanced pad design and even more action mounts and D-rings! iRocker has thoughtfully engineered the Sport to be a nimble, sporty ride that will still carry up to 385lbs and haul your cargo efficiently. Jump on and enjoy! We think you’ll love the Sport as much as we do!
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