For those of a (traditional) surfing bent, the name Maui & Sons may spark familiarity from back in the day. During the late 80s and 90s Maui & Sons was an ever familiar sight at surf spots around the world. Having switched focus, the brand with the shades wearing shark (for those who remember the logo) Maui & Sons is now back – this time with a range of inflatable stand up paddle boards in tow.
We managed to get our grubby mitts on their 10ft x 30” – intrigued pretty much sums up the feeling as we unboxed it. Out of the packaging and it was a pretty standard looking iSUP. Inflating was easy enough with the included pump, and once blown up it was simply a case of attaching the fin and heading out.
On the brine the Maui & Sons 10ft sits quite low in the water and as such the ride is a planted and locked in one. Stability is good, the deeper seated glide helping keep tentative sweepers from taking a tumble, and tracking/glide is efficient once up to speed. The 10ft’s forward thrust is admirable although you’re never going to win races; but that isn’t really the point. As an all round cruiser it’s a decent platform which will allow early intermediates to advanced SUPers a plug ‘n’ play toy for a variety of different situations. Whether you’re local spot is coastal or inland, the Maui & Sons inflatable is applicable for the majority’s idea of SUP fun.
Maui & Sons are an iconic surf brand that have now crossed over into the world of stand up paddle boards. Their 10ft all round sled is a balanced and well-mannered craft that suits a variety of different disciplines. Feeling extremely planted on the water, its stable glide is confidence inspiring for those new to the sport or a forgettable (in a good way) board for more experienced paddlers searching for a fun cruising toy.
Further info : http://www.mauiandsons.eu
Price: £699 (comes as complete package with paddle, pump, bag and board)