Revamped and improved for 2019, the new THURSO SURF Expedition is a fast inflatable touring SUP that measures 11’6″ x 30″ x 6″. The Expedition iSUP model was introduced last season, and THURSO has made a variety of nice improvements to the board’s design for 2019.
If you’re looking for a board that offers more speed and performance than the typical all-around inflatable paddle board, the new Expedition touring iSUP is definitely a board to consider. For those who want a super fun touring board like Red Paddle’s 12’6″ Voyager without the premium price tag, the Expedition is a great option.
In this review, we’ll cover the basics of this board such as the construction, features, specs, included accessories, and warranty. We’ll also discuss the pros and cons and best place to buy it.
THURSO Expedition Touring SUP: Board Overview
The THURSO SURF Expedition 11’6″ is a fast inflatable paddle board that tracks well and is great for paddling longer distances. Whether you’re cruising the coastline, racing around the lake with friends, or embarking on a multi-day SUP excursion and loaded down with tons of camping gear, the Expedition is capable of delivering the performance you need.
As we mentioned, this board is 30″ wide, 6″ thick, and it weighs in at 28 pounds. With 300 L of volume and a maximum weight capacity of 450 pounds, you’ll have no problem loading it up with camping gear, fishing gear, and even a big dog.
This board’s triple fin configuration and sleek lines give it excellent tracking capabilities, and we really like the fact that the fins are all removable making it easier to pack the Expedition down into a smaller footprint.
Entering their third season, THURSO SURF is a company that listens intently to customer feedback and continually tweaks their designs to deliver exactly what people are asking for. With the new Expedition model, they’ve done this yet again.
We love the updated design of the Expedition, and the woodgrain graphic covering the top deck of the board is stunning. The graphics on the rails and underside also contribute to the board’s sporty vibe, resulting in an inflatable SUP that really turns heads when it’s on the water.
As with the company’s popular Waterwalker 11′ and Waterwalker 10’6″ all-around iSUPs, the Expedition features a tough double layer construction with triple and quad military-grade PVC coatings on the side and deck of the board. All of THURSO’s boards are built to take a beating and it’s great to know that this board doesn’t need to be babied.
On the top of the THURSO Expedition is a sporty EVA foam traction pad with a convenient carrying handle mid-board. There are also D-rings along the board’s rails for attaching THURSO’s optional kayak seat as well as paddle holders to secure your paddle when you’re out on the water. This is typically a feature that is seen on SUP fitness boards like the THURSO Tranquility,