iRocker Sport Review 2020

iRocker Sport iSUP Review

9.6

Versatility

9.3/10

Construction

9.8/10

Stability

9.3/10

Appearance

9.8/10

Performance

9.9/10

Pros

  • 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

Cons

  • 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

iRocker Sport Reviews
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.

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SUP Board Specs

Length11′
Width31″
Thickness6″
Weight25 lbs
Max Capacity385 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:

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

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Performance – Stability

iRocker Sport Review - Paddling
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.

Maneuverability

iRocker Sport Manueverability
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.

Tracking/Glide

Tracking-Glide
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.

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iRocker 11’ Sport Build Quality – Materials

iRocker Sport Build Quality
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!

Board Design/Shape

iRocker Sport Design
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.

Board Features

iRocker Sport Features
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

Fins


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.

Deckpad


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.

D-Rings/Bungees/Cargo Areas

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.

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Accessories

Sport iSUP accessories

Paddle

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.

Pump

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.

Bag

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.

Leash

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).

Repair Kit

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.

Optional Accessories

iRocker includes a wide array of additional accessories:

  • 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

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.

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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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17 thoughts on “iRocker Sport Review 2020”

  1. First of all, thank you for all the hard work you do. Without resources like this, sorting through the many brands would be much more tedious. How does this iRocker Sport compare to their Model V? I realize the Sport is less stable but more nimble. I live in Colorado but visit family on Lake Michigan a lot. Our first board is last year’s ISLE Pioneer but I’m looking for something a little more advanced. Any direction would be much appreciated!

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    • Ryan,

      When you say advanced, what more are you looking to do with your next board?

      As far as the BLACKFIN Model V vs the iRocker Sport, the main differences are going to be in the length, width, and construction of the boards. The iRocker Sports is 11′ x 31″, and weights 25 lbs. The Model V is 12’6″ x 32″ wide, and weights around 30 lbs. The Sport is a triple layer composite PVC, which is essentially the same construction of the Model V with the exception that it does not have the carbon fiber composite rails that the V has.

      Basically, what that means is that the Sport is going to be lighter, more nimble, and more ‘sporty’. The Model V is more geared towards touring across the lake and will be a more stiff, durable board. So, it really comes down to what you are looking to do with the board and the feel you are going for. If you can give me some more insight into that, then we can give you a little better recommendation. Thanks!

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      • I decided to get one of, if not the last, discounted 2019 Model V. We have an ISLE Pioneer and wanted our second board to be either more maneuverable or faster. We might look to switch the Pioneer for the Sport down the road to have two fast boards, with the Sport being the most fun to goof around with.

        Either way, I’m super excited to have a Blackfin board for such a great price!

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        • Ryan, that’s awesome! I think you are going to love the Model V, and congrats on snagging one of those at such a great price!

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  2. Hi! I’m trying to decide between the iRocker Sport and the 10’ All-Around. I’m a lightweight (125lbs) advanced beginner, but I’ll have my 35lbs 3 year old with me half the time. Use would be on lakes and slow-moving rivers. How noticeable is the stability and speed differences between these boards? On their website, they have the All-Around as a 7 for stability and 6 for the Sport-doesn’t seem too different? Would the Sport not be stable enough for having a little passenger? I’d like a board to be stable enough to not worry about us much, but quick and nimble enough to be fun, especially when on my own. Any advice? Thanks!

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    • Leslie,

      Great questions! As far as stability goes, the 10′ is just slightly more stable than the Sport when it’s just you on the board. It’s 1″ wider, but also 6″ shorter. If you are an advanced beginner you will be fine stability-wise with either. As far as paddling with your little passenger, as long as they are sitting down you’ll be fine. I paddle with my kids a lot, and just remember your stability is only as good as the least stable person :). I have no problem paddling the iRocker sport with my kids.

      Speed wise, the Sport is slightly faster. Being 1″ thinner and 6″ longer help the board paddle a little better, and make it a ton of fun. I also really like the raised heal pad on the sport, which helps in river situations where you might have to do step-back turns and/or paddle more in an aggressive/surf-style stance.

      Personally, the Sport is my favorite iRocker board if I’m going out to paddle by myself. I love how quick and nimble it is, and for intermediate paddlers its a ton of fun.

      Let me know if that helps, and what other questions you have!

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  3. Hi!
    I’m considering and close to purchasing an iRocker SUP. I’m torn between the 11′ sport and the 11′ all-around. I’m 5’4″ and about 118 lbs. My balance is good and I don’t shy away from a little effort to get to the good spots. And this is not the first SUP I’ve handled, although it will be the first inflatable. I’ve used a BIC 10’6″ about 31.5″ width hard board before and felt it was a little slow but nice and cushy with stability and had a good lounging score. I’ll be mostly riding rivers that have some choppy water due to motor boats and ski doos in the area and such, but look for the flat water as well. Along with the high mountain lakes that have wind-driven chop at times. I like the idea of being able to lounge a bit mid paddle but will likely have to work a bit to get the board back to the dock later in the day. If I surf it is not going to be with a SUP. I prefer a flatter deck on top with a little rocker but it doesn’t have to be too wide. Any suggestions to point me in the right direction?

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    • Lori,

      I think you will be very happy with either the Sport or the 11′ All-Around. However, I would recommend going with the iRocker Sport, as I think you will appreciate that one just a little more. The Sport is going to be faster and more maneuverable, and you don’t sound like someone who needs that extra width and stability that comes with the All-Around. For me (5’11, love to surf, 170 lbs), the iRocker Sport is my personal favorite of the iRockers – it’s just a really fun board. If I’m taking out one of my kids to paddle with me, or take out a bunch of gear (cooler, deck bags, etc.) then I take the All-Around. But if I”m going by myself to just paddle, then I will take out the Sport.

      I hope that helps, please let me know what other questions you have – and I’d love to hear what you decide to go with!

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  4. I am debating between the iRocker Sport and the Thurso Surf Expedition. I want something fast for paddling on lakes but that would also be a decent surfer for the rare occasion that i am on a beach with waves. Do you have a recommendation? Also, I keep hearing about these action mounts but in all of the pictures I only see the D-rings, where are they?

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    • Sasha, I would recommend the iRocker Sport over the Thurso Expedition if you are wanting to take the board out for surfing. The Expedition will be faster, as it’s a touring board. However, surfing on it will be a little tough. As is the case with all paddleboard decisions, you ultimately have that tradeoff between speed and surfing capabilities…

      Let me know if that helps and if you have any other questions! I’d also love to hear what you decide to go with!

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  5. I am in trying to choose between the iRocker Sport and Thurso Waterwalker.

    As a family we are planning to buy two boards. At the moment we are leaning more towards the Thurso 132 and 126. I am 93kg and the rest of the family are sub 75kg.

    Our usage will be in tidal beach conditions. Small waves, lagoons etc. I would class myslef as indermediate-advanced but the rest of the family are beginners-intermediate. However, they are sporty.

    I am starting to think that the more nimble iRocker Sport will suit the lighter members of the family becuase it isnt as wide. But will also suit me well with the manouverability. The carbon edge on the Thurso is also swaying my choice due to durability.

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    • James,

      That’s a tough decision – they are all great boards! I would maybe recommend getting one iRocker Sport, and then one Thurso 132? The Sport will for sure be more nimble, but still have enough weight capacity to support you, and it’s still a pretty beginner-friendly board. The Thurso will be more stable but still a good board for the tidal beach conditions.

      However, if you are most interested in a maneuverable board for both boards, then I would recommend getting 2 iRocker Sports. For what it’s worth, it’s still a crazy durable board even without the carbon rails, and is my personal favorite iRocker board (I like to surf and don’t need the extra stability of the Cruiser or All-Arounds).

      Hope that helps, let me know what other questions you have and what you decide to go with!

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      • Thanks, really appreciate your thoughts, Justin. I think the iRocker will take it then. I’ll make the call this weekend.

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        • Your welcome! If any other questions come up let me know – I’m stoked for you, you are going to love it!

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  6. Hi,
    Like the one of the questions posted recently, I am also debating between the iRocker Sport (11’) and the Thurso Wateralker (either 10’6 or 11’). I’m interested in using it for a little surfing and some fishing (with maybe a kayak seat). I’m 5’7” (140 lbs) and have pretty balance from surfing. Which board would fit me best and which size? Thanks.

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    • Joe,

      At 5’7 and 140lbs, you will be fine on any of those boards from a stability standpoint. However, you will have to decide what you want to give on for the other features with surfing vs fishing. From a surfing standpoint, the iRocker will be a better option. It’s more maneuverable and a little quicker. However, the Waterwalker will do a better job on the fishing side of things as it is wider both in the middle and in the tail – so you are going to have more stability when your reeling in that fish + a little more deck space if you go with the 11′.

      For me, I would go with the iRocker Sport, as I’d be willing to give up some of the balance during fishing for the extra performance surfing.

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

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      • Thank you Justin for the great advice! I really like the maneuverability of the iRocker Sport too and it does seem more fun to ride for a little surf. I really appreciate all the information in your review videos and website. Really helpful. Thanks again!

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