My favorite part of stand up paddle boarding (with an inflatable) is how versatile the boards are. You can take them anywhere and everywhere – like Japan. That’s why having an all around inflatable stand up paddle board (such as the Badfish Stand Up Paddle Hole Shot) is essential to your SUP quiver.
I love experiencing and exploring new places from a SUP. When I decided to do a SUP tour in Japan I took the Badfish Stand Up Paddle ‘HoleShot’ with me. While traveling around the Main and South island I paddled everything from Class II-IV whitewater, to lakes and oceans. I’ve found it difficult to find an inflatable board that performs well in all of these different venues, but the ‘HoleShot’ exceeded all of my expectations. It enabled me to enjoy and perform in each location we paddled – not once did I feel like my gear wasn’t suitable for each paddling venue.
- Stability: 32” wide and 6” thick allows it to transition easily into rough whitewater conditions.
- Maneuverability: You no longer have to sacrifice maneuverability for a longer length “race” shape board. The ‘HoleShot’ is 11’ but with it’s tapered tail it makes pivot turns easy in moving or still water.
- Versatility: This is this boards greatest strength and appeal. I mean it when I say, you can take it anywhere and paddle anything!
- Cost: Higher quality products cost more – you get what you pay for. But… because this board is so versatile, it eliminates the cost of buying a board for each use (ie. whitewater, touring, surfing). You can think of it as 2 boards in one.
- If you’re sole purpose is to paddle technical or big whitewater this may not be the board for you. You may want to look into something shorter in length, and possibly even a composite build like the Badfish 9’0” MVP.
Overall, the Badfish Stand Up Paddle Hole Shot is a great inflatable SUP choice for the traveler who wants to take their paddling skills from rivers to lakes to oceans. You can paddle anywhere!
To see the footage from Japan and the Badfish ‘HoleShot’ in action visit this link:
Review by Brittany Parker