The Best 116 Stand Up Paddle Board Money Can Buy
The fully wrapped wood veneer Coreban cruiser paddle board is an absolutely
beautiful board. Its a toss-up whether this board or the wood veneered
Icon SUP is more striking, but you really cant go wrong with either.
Walk down the beach with this board and youre sure to turn heads. Even
while just displayed on your wall, its an instant conversation piece.
Of course, this isnt just a pretty stand up paddle board, its
a Coreban, which means its also one of, if not THE, best made boards
in the SUP market worldwide. As with all Coreban stand up paddle boards, this
SUP features a reinforced nose, tail, and side rails to ensure the beauty of
the board stands up to the test of time. I can be witness to this first hand.
In the shop while spinning a board around I whacked a dolly with a razor sharp
metal corner pretty hard (you could hear the whack) and it barely
grazed the polished epoxy finish and maybe one layer of glassing (there are
two exterior glassing layers before you even get to the wood veneer). This same
maneuver would have put a one inch gouge into another board. I was amazed!
Even though this is more of a flatwater standup paddle board, it works just
fine in small and medium surf. The bottom contour features a single concave
up front for early wave entry, and a dynamic rocker line provides for a fast
steady glide. A 2+1 fin configuration gives you the flexibility to go with a
tri-fin SUP fin configuration or just a single longboard fin set-up.
The Coreban company has been making high-quality, high-performance stand up
paddle surfing boards since 2005, longer than most every brand of SUP on the
market. Their primary focus is on stand up paddle surfing performance. Their
secondary focus is on high-quality, durable boards. Theyre not the cheapest
boards on the market. In reality, they may very well be some of the most expensive
stand up paddle boards on the market but they make a product that is widely
hailed by those who do EPS board repairs as some of the best made
boards out there. And when you spend $1000+ on a piece of sports equipment,
its not really supposed to be a disposable product. Its a product
that you will take to the repair shop if you get a major ding or puncture. Coreban
gets this, and they design their boards for long term durability in addition
To bring this concept of quality and durability home to you, here is a personal
experience I had while attending a board retailers seminar at a recent
ASR (Action Sports Retailers) tradeshow. During the lunch break I had the fortune
of sitting at a lunch table with a couple of well known surf shop owners from
Southern California. These are guys that have been in the surf industry for
decades and each own several major surf shops. Funny, for as much perceived
tension as there is between surfers and stand up paddle surfers, it seems all
of the shop owners are huge SUP fanatics. Thats what they do in their
off time. I actually learned to SUP from a local San Diego shop owner. Anyways,
at lunch they were discussing SUPs and I asked them what they thought of Coreban
boards. The consensus was that they were some of the best boards out there.
They commented that while many of the high-end board brands are all made in
the same factory overseas, the Coreban ones seem to do something differently
and the result is a board that can take abuse and show virtually no signs. While
almost every other board out there (no matter how big the brand, or how expensive)
seems to get the rails dinged up over time, the Corebans just dont.
From that conversation, my mind was made up about which high-end board to carry
in addition to our own Tower stand up paddle boards. Corebans may not
be the best priced board out there, but if youre the type of person who
is much more concerned with getting the absolute best there is
versus getting the best price, you cant go wrong with a