Aqua Marina BEAST Review (2018)

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Aqua Marina BEAST SUP BoardBrand new for 2018, the Aqua Marina BEAST inflatable SUP is a stable, all-around board that measures 10’6″ x 32″ x 6″. Weighing in at 20.5 pounds and capable of supporting up to 315 pounds, this colorful board is a good choice for a wide variety of activities and conditions, and it comes with some really nice features.Aqua Marina BEAST

The Aqua Marina SUP lineup continues to grow, and the company is launching some exciting new models and accessories for this year. Known for their colorful designs and super affordable price points, Aqua Marina also has a nice range of inflatable kayaks, canoes, and boats.

In this Aqua Marina BEAST review, we’ll take a look at this new 2018 model’s features, design, specs, performance, pros and cons, and more.

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ProsAffordable price point
Lightweight
Versatile design
Stable
Glides well
Good rigidity
Very fun to paddle
Convenient toolless fin system
GoPro camera mount at nose
Comfortable traction pad
Raised kick tail
ConsSUP paddle and leash not included
No grab handles at nose/tail
Would like more D-rings for additional gear tie-down points
SUP backpack lacks grab handles
Warranty coverage is only 12 months
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Aqua Marina BEAST Review: Inflatable SUP Overview

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The Aqua Marina BEAST is a really versatile, all-around inflatable SUP that fills a nice gap in the company’s lineup. While Aqua Marina’s Fusion and Vapor models have both been great sellers, there’s a big demand for a slightly wider, more stable board in the 10′ range.
Aqua Marina BEAST Rigidity

The BEAST’s 6″ thickness and 32″ width provide an extremely stable paddling platform, and the board feels very stiff when fully inflated to the recommended pressure of 15 PSI.

Features

Aqua Marina BEAST Inflatable SUPThe top deck of the BEAST is covered by an extended-length, diamond pattern EVA foam traction pad. The multi-colored deck pad is super comfortable on the feet, and there is a generously-sized kick tail wedge at the tail which is great for performing pivot turns and other advanced moves.Aqua Marina BEAST Traction Pad

Aqua Marina BEAST Kick Tail

Mid-board is a convenient rubber carrying handle that makes it super easy to carry the board around when it’s pumped up.Aqua Marina BEAST Carrying Handle

At the board’s nose are four stainless steel D-rings and a bungee cord storage area which is perfect for stashing your snorkeling gear, dry bag, Crocs, etc. Also at the nose of the board is a GoPro camera mount which we absolutely love. The mount quickly and securely attaches to the board without tools, and it makes it extremely easy to capture amazing footage while you’re out on the water.Aqua Marina BEAST D-rings

Aqua Marina BEAST Bungee Storage

Aqua Marina BEAST GoPro Mount

Aqua Marina BEAST Inflatable Paddle Board

At the board’s tail is a Halkey Roberts-style air valve as well as a 5th D-ring for attaching a SUP leashAqua Marina SUP Tail

Aqua Marina BEAST Air Valve

Aqua Marina BEAST Leash D-ring

The underside of the board features an Aqua Marina BEAST graphic as well as a large, removable fin. The fin attaches securely to the board via a locking plastic clip, so there are no tools or screws to worry about.Aqua Marina BEAST Bottom

Aqua Marina BEAST Fin

Aqua Marina BEAST Single Fin

Performance

As we previously mentioned, this board offers great rigidity when it’s fully inflated to 15 PSI. The BEAST is definitely more stable than the company’s Fusion and Vapor models, and while it isn’t designed to set any speed records, it glides well and is extremely fun to paddle.Aqua Marina BEAST iSUP

Aqua Marina BEAST iSUP Board

We were anticipating that tracking might be an issue due to the fact that the board is configured with a single fin, but the BEAST tracks surprisingly well.

As far as maneuverability goes, this board performs extremely well and the raised kick tail is great for pivot turns.

Aqua Marina BEAST Rating
  • Durability
  • Features
  • Versatility
  • Stability
  • Speed
  • Portability
  • Warranty
  • Customer Support
  • Price
4.6
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User Rating 5 (3 votes)

Specs

Length10'6"
Width32"
Thickness6"
Weight20.5 pounds
Max Capacity315 pounds
Price

What’s in the Box

Aqua Marina BEAST SUP AccessoriesIncluded with the Aqua Marina BEAST is a lightweight MAGIC iSUP backpack, high pressure hand pump, pressure gauge, GoPro mount kit, valve adapter, instruction manual, and an inflatable paddle board repair kit.

Aqua Marina’s MAGIC backpack is a basic SUP bag that essentially wraps around your board when it’s deflated and rolled up. The bag folds over the board and is secured by tightening the adjustable compression straps.Aqua Marina MAGIC SUP Backpack

If you’re looking for a bombproof SUP backpack that provides serious protection and can handle a ton of abuse (such as what the airlines dish out to checked luggage), you’ll definitely want to look around for a heavier duty bag. However, if you’re just looking for a super lightweight, minimalist iSUP backpack, this bag will work just fine.Aqua Marina iSUP Backpack

Aqua Marina Backpack Straps

On the back of the bag are two basic shoulder straps along with a sternum strap for stabilizing the pack when it’s on your back. Also, the side of the bag features an open storage pocket for storing your SUP paddle.Aqua Marina Carrying Bag Straps

Aqua Marina Backpack Storage Pocket

Noticeably absent on this SUP bag are grab handles — we’d really like to see at least one added to the rear of the bag above the shoulder straps.

The included Jombo hand pump is a basic model and it comes with a screw on pressure gauge. This pump is not quite as efficient as some other SUP pumps due to the fact that it doesn’t feature dual-action, but it gets the job done.Aqua Marina Jombo SUP Pump

Aqua Marina Pressure Gauge

Aqua Marina SUP Pump Gauge

Inflating Aqua Marina BEAST

We really like the included GoPro action camera mounting kit that’s included with the Aqua Marina BEAST. The super convenient mount can be easily inserted and secured to the nose of the board without the use of tools, and it’s great if you want to capture some amazing footage of your paddling adventures. There’s also a convenienty flip-lock lever that allows you to quickly remove the top portion of the mount — a great feature for those times when you want to grab some nice handheld shots while you’re out on the water.Aqua Marina Action Camera Mount

Aqua Marina BEAST GoPro Picture

The included valve adapter allows you to inflate the board with an air compressor or tire pump, and the iSUP repair kit comes with two oversized PVC patches and a valve wrench.Aqua Marina Valve Adapter

Warranty

Aqua Marina covers all of their inflatable SUPs with a 12-month warranty which covers all manufacturing defects. We’d really love to see a longer warranty coverage period (such as 2 or 3 years), but the shorter warranty duration is understandable given the super affordable price points that Aqua Marina sells their boards at.

Final Thoughts

Aqua Marina BEAST Inflatable Paddle BoardOverall, the new Aqua Marina BEAST is a super fun inflatable SUP that is affordable and includes some really cool features. This is an ideal all-around board for beginners and intermediate paddlers, and the versatile design allows it to perform very well in a wide variety of paddling conditions.

The BEAST offers good rigidity thanks to the 6″ thickness, and despite having only one fin, the board tracks surprisingly well.

We really like the eye-catching design of this new model, and the included GoPro camera mount is a great feature. We also really like the raised kick tail that Aqua Marina included — this comes in handy when performing pivot turns and other advanced maneuvers.Aqua Marina BEAST Paddle Board

The included accessories are fairly basic but they do exactly what they’re supposed to do. In the future, we’d love to see a SUP leash and entry-level paddle added to the SUP accessory bundle, as well as a grab handle on the MAGIC backpack.

All in all, we were very impressed with Aqua Marina’s BEAST iSUP and highly recommend it for budget-minded paddlers in search of a super fun, all-around iSUP.

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