I picked up an Angulo 11′9″ a week or so ago and wanted to test it as a big all around stand up paddle surfboard. Jim at Tropical Blends Surf did a super nice job of customizing the deck pads. You can see that there is a tail pad, deck pad and nose pad. This board went through a series of sessions to see what it could do. I would say it passed with flying colors.
Rider: 34 yrs old; 6′ tall; 215 lbs
Rider Skill Level: Novice
Conditions: So far we’ve only tested the Angulo 11′9″ stand up paddle surfboard in great conditions; Light winds and fairly glassy. My brother and I rode it at Canoe’s and Queen’s Surf in Waikiki in chest to head high waves. I also had a couple friends ride it with me in the flat water area of Ala Moana Beach Park and caught a few chest high waves at Courts.
Description: This board is an Angulo stand up paddle board at 11′9″ x 31″ x 4 1/4″. It has one single fin box and a stock 10″ fin from Tropical Blends Surf Hawaii who manufactures the board.
The board has wide hips and a slightly pulled in nose. The tail has the hyrdoplane cut out that helps it surf better. I believe there is a single concave on the bottom starting toward the front and blending into a double concave toward the back. The rails are a little soft in the middle and front and the tail bottom rail is fairly sharp.
The Angulo stand up board is made out of EPS foam and a molded PVC material. The PVC is heated and wrapped around the foam and is the strongest material I’ve seen so far. Jim from Tropical Blends demonstrates the strength by hitting it hard with a piece of wood and then lays it on the floor fin side up and starts jumping on the middle like it’s a trampoline. I dropped one of the Angulo 10′4″ boards off my head before and the only damage was a small crack in the tail which I got professionally fixed.
This board is light for its size. It’s definitely lighter than the 12′ Surftech Laird and around the same weight as the Jimmy 11′.
There are handle mounts pre installed in the Angulo stand up board in the middle standing area and the nose area. These come in very handy when carrying the board or having another person (i.e. my son) on the front of the board. They also allow for fishing gear and boxes to be rigged and whatever you can think of.
Pros: The Angulo stand up paddle boards are super strong and durable. They come geared up with handle mounts. They are light weight for their size. The Angulo also surfs really well for being an 11′9″ long stand up paddle surfboard. I saw Alika at Queen’s Beach rip up the wave from the outside break and ride it all the way to shore and step off on the sand. Alika is 250+ lbs. It can hold guys 300 lbs and 30 lbs children. You can use it as a tandem board if you want. The board is super stable and fun to ride.
Cons: I can’t think of anything right now on this. It wouldn’t be my first choice to surf waves since my balance is much better now but it’s on of the best boards to start on.
Verdict: This is the best all around stand up paddle surfboard I have ridden to date. It excels at being a little of everything and is a great family stand up paddle board. Until I get a dedicated racing downwind stand up paddle board, the Angulo 11′9″ will be my board of choice for downwinders. It’s super stable, has great glide and can surf. It’s also the one board I’ll take with me on family outings because the chance of it getting dinged is low and everyone can ride it.
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