If you’re looking for a paddleboard that will ease your kids into this awesome activity, the Thurso Surf Prodigy Junior SUP is a simple to use and great looking piece of kit.
I tried paddleboarding for the first time last summer on a rented board, and although my son is only 3 years old I knew it was something he’d really enjoy. He’s adventurous, loves the water and has great balance, so we decided to dive right in and get him his very own junior board.
The Thurso Surf Prodigy Junior SUP is specifically designed for kids, just 7ft 6ins long with a recommended maximum weight load of 165 pounds (about 11.5 stone). We gave it a good thrashing before summer arrived, and here’s what we think of it…
What’s good about it?
- Simple to set up. All you need to do is unroll it out of the bag, pump it up, clip on the fins, then chuck it in the water.
- Looks great. The design of the Thurso Surf Prodigy Junior SUP is cool and modern, coming in a choice of blue for boys and (you guessed it) pink for girls.
- Feels stable. It was hard for me to fully judge since it’s designed for kids, and Sonny has spent most of his time kneeling on it so far, but it doesn’t feel at all wobbly and holds its balance well in the water.
- Easy to steer. If a three-year-old can steer it, then it must be good. We go canoeing a lot and Sonny’s a long way from being able to steer our two-man kayak, but he had no issues with the Thurso Surf Prodigy Junior SUP.
- Clever triple fin system. Unlike my inflatable kayak, where you’re totally stuffed and have to deflate the whole boat if you forget to attach the fins before you inflate it, the three fins on the Thurso Surf Prodigy Junior SUP simply clip in once you’ve pumped it up. Very nice feature.
- Very durable. Made from a double-layer construction with a military-grade PVC coating on the deck, this paddleboard definitely feels built to last. We’ve dragged it in and out of rivers and even beached it on pebbly river banks a few times, but it still doesn’t have a scratch on it.
- Adjustable paddle. The carbon shaft paddle weighs just two pounds, floats, feels strong, and is fully adjustable so it will grow with your little paddle boarder.
- Roomy carry bag. One of those great duffel bags that’s actually oversized, so you don’t have to spend hours cramming the rolled-up Thurso Surf Prodigy Junior SUP inside it.
What’s not so good?
- Pump not included. You get the paddle and carry bag as standard with the Thurso Surf Prodigy Junior SUP bundle, but you need to buy the pump separately. And the valve isn’t like the kind you find on inflatable airbeds or standard foot pumps, so make sure you get the right one.
- Not the comfiest carry. Only an issue if you have to walk with your board from the start or end of your route, but paddleboards are heavy so padded straps on the bag would be a nice bonus extra.
- Not a lot! You’ll probably find faster boards out there, but for the price (£389 is pretty reasonable for an SUP of this quality) you’re getting a seriously good bit of kit here.
Outdoor Dad Verdict – Thurso Surf Prodigy Junior SUP
The Thurso Surf Prodigy Junior SUP looks great, performs well, feels durable and is easy to use – just about the perfect board to introduce your kids to paddle boarding.
BUY IT: £389