THURSO SURF Waterwalker 10’6″ SUP Review (126″)

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THURSO SURF 10'6" Inflatable SUPA slightly smaller version of THURSO’s popular 11′ SUP model, the new Waterwalker 10’6″ measures 31″ wide, 6″ thick, and it weighs in at 24 pounds. This board shares the same shape and looks of its bigger brother, but is designed for small to medium-sized paddlers who don’t necessarily need an 11′ board.

Founded in 2016, THURSO SURF is an up-and-coming SUP company that’s currently in the process of expanding their lineup of inflatable paddle boards. The THURSO brand was initially launched with a single model and they’ve since released several new boards. We really love the fact that this young company is so attentive to customer feedback, eager to add requested features, and intently focused on delivering top-notch customer support — these are all traits of highly successful companies.

In this review, we’ll take a look at the new THURSO Waterwalker 10’6″ inflatable SUP and discuss the board’s features, construction and build quality, pros and cons, included accessories, warranty, and more.

In a Hurry? Here’s a Quick Summary…
ProsVery attractive design
Durable construction
Rigid
Affordable price point
Good blend of stability & maneuverability
Grab handle at nose
Convenient toolless fin system
Bungee storage area for securing gear
Large bundle of SUP accessories included
Excellent customer support
Solid 2-year warranty
ConsPaddle came apart (an easy fix & company said it's been addressed)
Logo graphic on top deck looks a bit sloppy
No raised kick tail on traction pad
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THURSO Waterwalker 10’6″ Review: SUP Overview

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Coming on the heels of THURSO’s popular 11′ model, the release of the 10’6″ Waterwalker iSUP is giving smaller paddlers exactly what they’ve been asking for — the same overall design and features of THURSO’s 11′ board in a more compact package.THURSO 10'6" Waterwalker Top

The THURSO 10’6″ Waterwalker shares the same stunning design as the larger model. The top deck of the board sports an attractive, natural woodgrain look, and there’s a nice 2-piece EVA foam traction pad which provides plenty of grip. The larger portion of the grooved traction pad is white and gray, while the smaller rear piece is primarily black and gray.THURSO iSUP Traction Pad

A new addition to this model is the neoprene covered handle located at the middle of the board. The neoprene cover has a velcro closure which gives you the ability to wrap it around the shaft of your paddle and secure it to the board. This is a nice feature to have for those times when you’re on the water and need both hands free or want to jump off your board and take a swim.THURSO SURF Neoprene Grab Handle

THURSO Paddle Holder Open

THURSO Paddle Holder Closed

THURSO could improve this handle even more in the future by making it removable. Being able to remove the neoprene cover entirely would be nice for those who prefer a lay-flat handle, and it’d be a great option to have when doing activities like SUP fitness.

Also located in the middle of the board are 4 stainless steel D-rings for attaching a kayak seat or tying down gear.THURSO 10'6" SUP D-Rings

Moving up to the nose of the board, you’ll find 4 additional D-rings, a bungee cord storage area, and a newly-introduced grab handle. The bungee storage area is absolutely perfect for stashing your Crocs or flip flops while out for a paddle, and the convenient grab handle makes it super easy to pull the board in and out of the water. The grab handle replaces the 11′ foot model’s towing D-ring, and we think the handle is a lot more useful than the extra D-ring for the vast majority of paddlers.THURSO SURF 10'6" Waterwalker Bungee Storage

THURSO SUP Bungee Storage

THURSO SUP Grab Handle

THURSO 10'6" Paddle Board

Located at the board’s tail is another reinforced D-ring for attaching a SUP leash as well as a Halkey Roberts-style air valve…THURSO Inflatable SUP Leash D-Ring

THURSO SUP Inflatable Valve

On the flip side, THURSO used a 2+1 fin setup on the 10’6″ Waterwalker. All three fins are removable and they attach securely without tools or screws. To attach a fin, just line up the pin with the slot, push the fin down into the fin box, and then push down on the small lever to lock it securely into place.THURSO 10'6" Waterwalker Bottom

THURSO 10'6" SUP Bottom

THURSO 10'6" SUP Fins

THURSO SUP Fins

THURSO SURF Toolless Fin System

Construction

THURSO boards are all built solidly using double-layered, durable drop stitch construction. The exterior of the 10’6″ features a tough, military grade PVC skin that resists cuts and punctures caused by run-ins with rocks, sticks, and other sharp objects. This is essentially a super rigid, bombproof board that you won’t have to pamper, and it can handle whatever you, your kids, and your dog can dish out.THURSO 10'6" SUP Rail

THURSO Waterwalker 10'6" SUP

Paddling Performance

The 10’6″ Waterwalker is a lot of fun to paddle. While not quite as stable as the company’s 32″ wide 11′ model, it still offers good stability and the board tracks well. The 10’6″ is definitely not the fastest board on the water, but that’s not what THURSO designed this board for.THURSO 10'6" Inflatable Paddle Board

THURSO SURF 10'6" iSUP Board

THURSO SURF 10'6" Waterwalker iSUP

In the maneuverability department, the board is very responsive and turns easily.

Overall, this is a nice all-around board that paddles a bit better than most boards in its class due to the fact that it has more of a touring shape to it. It’s a good choice for beginners and advanced paddlers alike, and performs well in both calm and choppy conditions.

THURSO SURF Waterwalker 10'6" Rating
  • Durability
  • Features
  • Versatility
  • Stability
  • Speed
  • Portability
  • Warranty
  • Customer Support
  • Price
4.7
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User Rating 4 (1 vote)

Specs

Length10'6"
Width31"
Thickness6"
Weight 24 pounds
Max Capacity 280 pounds
Price

What’s Included

THURSO SUP Accessory BundleTHURSO does a fantastic job of delivering maximum value when it comes to their SUP accessory bundles. Included with the 10’6″ Waterwalker is a SUP backpack, insulated deck bag, 3-piece carbon fiber shaft paddle, coiled SUP leash, repair kit, and dual-action hand pump.

Backpack

The included backpack is roomy enough to comfortably hold the board, pump, paddle, and other accessories. On the front of the bag is a clear, zippered storage pocket for storing the board’s fins, and there are grab handles located on the top, sides, and rear of the bag.THURSO SUP Backpack

THURSO SUP Backpack Handle

On the rear of the bag are fully adjustable shoulder straps along with a sternum strap and adjustable waist belt. The sternum strap and belt really help to stabilize the large bag when it’s fully packed and on your shoulders. The back of the bag is padded for additional comfort, and the shoulder straps have stainless steel D-rings for attaching small accessories.THURSO Inflatable SUP Backpack

THURSO SURF SUP Backpack

THURSO SUP Backpack Rear

SUP Deck Bag

THURSO’s insulated SUP deck bag is a really nice bonus. The bag includes hooks and suction cup connections, but it slips nicely under the board’s bungee cord storage area.THURSO SURF Insulated SUP Deck Bag
The bag’s insulation keeps drinks and other items cool, and the bag has a 10-can capacity. There’s a substantial amount of paddling which does a good job of protecting whatever you’re bringing along, and the interior of the bag has an open mesh storage pocket.THURSO Deck Bag Interior

The exterior of THURSO’s SUP deck bag is water resistant and there’s also a zippered mesh storage area on the lid which is super handy.THURSO SUP Deck Bag

Carbon Shaft Paddle

The SUP paddle that THURSO includes with the 10’6″ Waterwalker is a nice upgrade over the paddles you typically see bundled with inflatable paddle boards. Most inflatable SUP packages come come with aluminum or fiberglass paddles, but THURSO throws in an upgraded 3K carbon fiber shaft paddle with all of their boards.THURSO SURF Carbon Shaft Paddle

This is a nice-looking travel paddle that is fully adjustable and it breaks down into three pieces for easy transport. We really like the fact that the paddle can even be used without the middle section, making it the perfect size for children and smaller paddlers.THURSO Carbon SUP Paddle

THURSO SURF SUP Paddle Clasp

We did experience one minor issue with this paddle which we think is important to mention. During our testing, the bottom part of the paddle came completely off and we nearly lost the blade while out paddling. We read another customer’s review where they reported the exact same problem, so this wasn’t just an isolated incident.

Fortunately, this is not a big deal for the company to address — it’s a simple quality-control issue and the factory just needs to increase the amount of adhesive they’re using to secure the paddle components. We took a couple minutes to reglue the area that became separated on our paddle and it’s working perfectly again. Until THURSO gets this issue sorted at the factory, we’d recommend checking your paddle thoroughly for any weakness before paddling out with it.

UPDATE: THURSO just informed us that they are aware of this issue and that it’s already been addressed.

Coiled Leash

Previously, THURSO included a straight SUP leash with their accessory bundle, but due to customer feedback, they’ve now switched that out for a coiled leash (which we prefer). SUP leashes are extremely important when it comes to safety, and we love the fact that THURSO is promoting safe paddling by including one with all of their boards.THURSO SURF SUP Leash Cuff

THURSO SURF Coiled Paddle Board Leash

The included leash is branded with the THURSO logo on both ends, and it features dual-stainless steel swivels to avoid tangles. There’s also a handy velcro key pocket built in to the padded neoprene ankle cuff — definitely a convenient feature to have.THURSO SUP Leash Key Pocket

Repair Kit

The included iSUP repair kit comes with a small brush for applying adhesive, an inflation valve wrench, two PVC patches, and three fin box replacement tabs. Glue is not included in THURSO’s repair kit due to government restrictions, but it’s readily available at many stores including Amazon.THURSO Inflatable Paddle Board Repair Kit

Dual-Action Hand Pump

THURSO includes a nice dual-action hand pump with all of their boards. The pump has an easy-to-read, built-in pressure gauge which tells you exactly how much air is in the board, and the dual-action gives you two “gears” to use when inflating your board.THURSO SUP Pump

THURSO SURF SUP Pump Pressure Gauge

When you first begin pumping the board up, you’ll want to be in “Double Action” mode which will fill the board with air on both the up and down strokes. This is super efficient and will quickly get air into your board at the beginning, but you’ll need to change modes once the pumping gets difficult.Inflating THURSO SUP

As the PSI climbs and pumping becomes more challenging, flip the lever over to “Single Action” mode to continue inflating the board to the recommended pressure of 15 PSI. The single action mode means that air will only be entering your board on downstrokes.THURSO Dual-Action SUP Pump

THURSO’s SUP pump does a good job of inflating the 10’6″ Waterwalker to the recommended pressure of 15 PSI, and it takes less than 10 minutes to get the board fully inflated and set up. The company also printed detailed instructions on the side of the pump, which is really convenient if you’re just starting out and aren’t familiar with how these pumps work.

Warranty

THURSO SURF Inflatable Paddle BoardsTHURSO backs all of their inflatable paddle boards with a rock-solid, 2-year warranty. If you have any problems due to a manufacturer defect within the first 24 months of ownership, THURSO will replace or refund your purchase (your choice).

It’s also important to note that the company’s customer service is absolutely top-notch and they respond quickly to any and all reported issues. From our dealings with them, THURSO has proven to be an honest company that truly stands behind their boards — a refreshing thing to see in this day and age.

Final Thoughts

THURSO Paddle Boards Roof RackTo date, we’ve reviewed THURSO’s 7’6″ Prodigy youth model, their 11′ all-around board, and now the 10’6″ Waterwalker. We have been really impressed by all of THURSO’s inflatable SUPs — they’re super fun, affordable boards that pack a lot of value. They’re also some of the best-looking inflatables on the market in our opinion.

THURSO’s 10’6″ Waterwalker iSUP is a great choice for small to medium-sized paddlers who want a stable, responsive board that is enjoyable in a wide variety of conditions. We really appreciate this SUP’s versatility, and it can be used for everything from flat water paddling to SUP fitness.

The new grab handle at the board’s nose and the neoprene cover on the carrying handle are nice updates, and we like the removable triple fin setup that the company has transitioned to since releasing their first model.THURSO 10'6" Inflatable SUP

As far as areas to improve on, there are a few things that we’d address. First of all, the printed THURSO logo on the top deck of the board looks a bit sloppy — better care should be taken by the factory when applying the graphics so that the edges have a cleaner, neater appearance. Another quality control issue that we would immediately address is increasing the amount of adhesive used to secure the paddle components (UPDATE: THURSO just informed us that they have addressed this issue). This is an easy but important fix — the very last thing you want is to get stuck without a paddle while you’re out on the water. Lastly, there’s some room at the back of the board to extend the traction pad a bit, and it would be nice if the company incorporated a raised kick tail which is great for performing pivot turns and other advanced maneuvers.

Overall, we really like this latest model from THURSO and are excited about the new features that the company is incorporating. This is a really fun, extremely durable iSUP that is reasonably priced and comes with a ton of great accessories. If you’re looking for a versatile inflatable paddle board that really turns heads and is backed by a solid warranty, the new THURSO 10’6″ Waterwalker is a fantastic choice.

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2 Responses to “THURSO SURF Waterwalker 10’6″ SUP Review (126″)”
  1. Phil

    Great review

    Im deciding between Ten Toes weekender and Thurso Surf 10’6″ WaterWalker.

    I live in Canada, and the Waterwalker is 200$ more expensive than Ten Toes Weekender.
    Which will be a better option?

    I’ll be riding the SUP in lake most of time, and ocean small waves time to time. might ride with 2 adults, lightweight male and female.

    Which board is faster SUP? are they about the same speed?

    I am not sure if that extra 200$ is worth it for the backpack, carbon paddle.

    Please help

    • InflatableBoarder.com

      Hi Phil, thank you for your comment…

      On Amazon’s U.S. website, THURSO’s board is actually quite a bit cheaper than the Ten Toes Weekender. I do see that the price on Amazon Canada is different and that the Weekender is cheaper there.

      I dropped THURSO a line and asked them about this, and they replied that their costs are higher in Canada due to increased duties and shipping expenses.

      Regardless, I would still go with THURSO’s board as they throw in an upgraded carbon shaft paddle, leash, SUP backpack, and insulated deck bag. Also, the THURSO board is larger (10’6″ x 31″ x 6″ vs. 10″ x 30″ x 6″) and the design of the board looks far nicer, in my opinion. I think all of these things justify the price difference, but it ultimately depends on what they’re worth to you.

      Hope this helps, Phil. Let me know what you decide!

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