Brand/Model: California Board Co 10’6″ SUP
Type: EPS/Polyethylene (Solid)
Color Options: Blue
Suitable For: All-Round, Flat Water, Light Surf
Guru Rating: 8.8/10
California Board Company SUP Review
Have you ever wondered why SUP boards were so expensive? We don’t know that we can give you a definite answer in one sentence. But, thanks to Keeper Sports, you can get high-quality SUPs at wholesale prices! Now that’s more like it!
Keeper Sports brings us the California Board Company (CBC) SUP that can put other paddle boards twice its price to shame! It’s 10’6″ long, 30″ wide, and 5″ thick – perfect for cruising and riding those light water surfs.
It’s also perfect for beginners and even intermediates that can get past the foam construction. Not that there’s anything wrong with foam construction, but SUPping snubs might think it feels too “noobish”.
However, the CBC SUP has 3 multi-layered, laminated wood stringers that have been coated with waterproof resin. The EPS core lends to its super lightweight benefits while the heat-laminated polyethylene underside provides sleek motion under the water.
The top deck hasn’t been forgotten either. It’s been layered with a high density, durable, heat-laminated IXPE/XPE top that still provides a “pore-like” grippiness to it. How’s that for quality you “nooby” snobs?
Since it’s not inflatable, transporting the board might be a concern of yours. Well, unlike other brands, this SUP comes with an instant padded roof rack so that you can get your SUP from home to the lake! Primo!
- High density EPS foam
- 100% waterproof core
- Complete package
- Soft top
Best Suited For
Hands down, this is the best SUP board for a beginner or those on a budget who are wanting to get some recreational SUPping in for half the price. As a soft top SUP, it’s ideal for those who are just starting out with balance and beginner techniques on flat water or light surf.
The CBC SUP is exactly as described, and those who do their research into it first before buying get exactly what they expected. They love the affordable price, of course, and the fact that you get a ton of extra freebies on the side. It does handle some abuse and the soft top surface is a much appreciated feature for newbies.
However, the negative reviews on the SUP were from people who don’t like the foam that gives the paddle board its soft top design. Also, there was some complaint about being able to see the plain board between the edges. This is because of the heat-laminate layers and the angles of the tail that makes it near impossible to marry the graphics in that area. It’s just the way it is.
Overall, the SUP is a popular hit for good reason. Just let the ratings speak for themselves!
Frequently Asked Questions
In the same price range, it’s going to be tough to find as complete a package as the Keeper Sports CBC SUP. But, the Gold Coast Surfboards Anima Foam SUP does a pretty good job of matching the specs and the accessories. They even include a pre-installed GoPro Mount on the nose, tie downs for deck storage, an ankle cuff, and a 10 foot, coiled surf leash. But, they don’t throw in the paddle.
One of the other closest comparisons of the CBC is the Isle Classic Soft Top SUP. It’s very popular and does have a couple color options. Buyers of this board are educated about the benefits of a soft top and there’s no complaint there! While it’s a little bit pricier and it does have some included accessories, it lacks any on-deck storage. But, that’s also true of the CBC SUP.
We did tell you you’d be hard-pressed to find another SUP in this price range with the multiple accessories as this one!
- 300 lb max weight
- Camera mount
- Surf leash and roof rack included
SUP it Up!
To SUP (sum) it up, the CBC SUP by Keeper Sports is made to provide high quality SUPs at reasonable prices that reasonable people can afford. This paddle board more than justifies its cost with all the included, awesome accessories. How’s that for wholesale?