The stand up paddleboard featured in this Chasing Blue SUP review is their Infinite Sport All Around 10′ 6″ model. Chasing Blue is the new line of inflatable paddle boards by outdoor gear brand OutdoorMaster. I was super excited to get out on the water and try it out. Let’s dig into the details of this SUP board and how it performed. We will look at the details of the board and how it performs on the water including novice and heavyweight paddlers.
- About Chasing Blue SUP
- Features of the Chasing Blue Infinite Sport iSUP
- Setup and Inflation
- On the water performance
- Deflating and putting the board away
- Inflatable paddle board vs Rigid Paddle board
- The main competitors
- Chasing Blue SUP review summary
- OutdoorMaster Discount Code
- Overall Impression
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About Chasing Blue SUP
Chasing Blue is the new inflatable paddleboard line by OutdoorMaster. OutdoorMaster is based in Duarte, California and was started by a group of outdoor enthusiasts. They noted that far too often good outdoor gear was pricy and cheap gear just didn’t perform. They started by producing one of the best low cost, full featured ski and snowboard goggles on the market selling direct to consumer through Amazon. New this year is their line of inflatable SUP boards that bring their low cost, high value, direct to consumer, approach to paddle boarding.
Features of the Chasing Blue Infinite Sport iSUP
- Size – 10′ 6″ x 34″ x 6″ thick
- Weight – 22.5 lbs
- Weight Capacity – 320 lbs
- Material – Dual layer PVC laminate
- Paddle – 3 piece alloy paddle
- D-Rings – 22
- Accessories – Double action pump, repair kit, ankle, paddle holder, roller backpack, waterproof phone case
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The Chasing Blue Infinite Sport
The Infinite Sport model is positioned as a stable, easy to use, board with a high weight capacity. It is an all around board suitable for beginner and experienced paddlers and good for a variety of uses.
Lets start with the basic specs of the board. It is 10’6″ long and 34″ wide, 6″ thick, and weighs 22 lbs. I weighed my board and it measured 22.5 lbs. The board has a flat bottom displacement hull with a slightly upturned nose giving it some rocker for easier turning. They state the weight capacity as up to 320 lbs.
This puts it at average length for an all around board and slightly wider. Most boards in this category are 32-33″ wide.
This means that the board should be very stable for novice and heavy weight paddlers. A 6 inch board will be more rigid than a 4.7″ thick board. You lose a little stability from being farther off the water but gain stability from a more stiff board that can float more. The wider a board is the more stable it will be. 34inches is on the wider side of recreational paddle boards.
The Infinite Sport model features double layer PVC laminate drop stitch construction. It has taped rails all around the board for extra durability. All the seams look clean and well put together. I didn’t notice any sign of adhesives at any joints. The seam lines were all straight and clean. The material feels heavy duty like it will hold up and last.
The board uses a standard Halkey Roberts air valve that has a 15psi failsafe. It is supposed to release if the pressure in the board goves over 15psi. We will discuss this feature more later in the review.
The board has the standard 3 fin “thruster” arrangement. 2 permanently fixed fins and one removable 6 inch center fin. The fin uses a slot and small insertable clip to hold it in place.
The board uses EVA foam for its deck and traction pads. A grooved pad is used under your feet area. A diamond pattern pad is used for the rear traction pad. The rear of the grooved pad design has 2 small points. They are separating a little bit from the paddle board. The design could be improved by trimming these points with rounded corners. These 2 points will bunch up over time and not look great as the board ages.
Handles, D-Rings and Bungees
This board has a lot of handles and D-Rings. I counted 22 Stainless Steel D-Rings on the board. There is a center carrying handle in the middle of the board. There is a handle and at the tip and tail of the board. There is a set of 2 handles at the front and rear of the board. There are bungees for storage at the front and rear of the board. The board is very easy to carry around thanks to so many handles and its light weight. There are enough D-Rings for any accessory you could think of. They are well placed for using a kayak seat conversion as well.
The included floating paddle is 3 piece construction and adjusts from 67 to 83 inches or 170 to 210 cm. The paddle weighs 28 oz which matches the spec provided by OutdoorMaster. They spec the paddle length on their website as 72 to 86 inches which is a little off. The paddle has an aluminum alloy shaft with a plastic blade and plastic grip. The blade is a basic flat shape. The length adjuster uses a plastic quick release clamp to adjust to any length. I had to tighten the clamp before using it but the grip has been solid after that.
A generic 2 stage pump is included. It has an easy to read air pressure gauge with a green highlighted zone from 10 to 15 psi. You can swap the air hose to use it to deflate the board also.
A nice backpack with wheels is included for carrying and storing the paddleboard. The construction and seams look well made. I didn’t see any sloppy stitching anywhere. The bag has a heat reflective material on the inner surface. The backpack straps are thick with nice padding and there is also a waist strap. I found it as comfortable as a 30 lb paddleboard backpack can be carrying it around.
Inside there are some elastic straps for holding the paddle. There is an adjustable buckle strap to keep the paddleboard secured to the bottom of the bag. There is a small velcro pocket that fits the instructions and small accessories. A couple more pockets in the bag would be nice for holding miscellaneous items. A pocket for storing an electric pump would be nice as well. This is the only fault I could find with the carry bag.
A coiled ankle leash and paddle leash are included. You can use the paddle leash on your wrist or attach it to the board to use for a paddle holder. A standard repair kit is included. A variety of GoPro and other mounts are also included that you can attach to your board anywhere you would like. These can be used to mount phones, cameras, rod holders, or any other accessory you would like to use. As a bonus, a waterproof phone bag is also included.
Setup and Inflation
Inflating and setting up the board is easy and straightforward. The website recommends 13 psi for inflation pressure. The board has a label that says “Working pressure not more than 12 psi in direct sunlight”. I have been using about 12.5psi so far. This is the middle of the green zone on the pump pressure gauge.
It took me 5 minutes and 57 seconds to inflate the board with the included pump. This was at home in an air conditioned room. I’m sure I add a few more minutes pumping it up outside in the heat when I need more breaks.
There are a few things to note for those of you buying your first inflatable SUP. The pump will gage won’t move off of zero until the board looks and feels fully inflated. This is well after the point where you need to switch from 2 way to 1 way pumping. Nothing is wrong. Keep pumping. The gauge will move and increase to 12.5 psi.
You will find most of the effort needed to inflate this comes from about 1 psi up to 12.5 psi. Pumping effort gets progressively harder, as pressure goes up. This is true for all inflatable SUPs. You might find the effort needed to inflate one with a handpump more than you are imagining it to be.
I also have an OutdoorMaster Shark II electric pump. This is by far and away the easier way to inflate this or any paddleboard. The Shark can inflate this board in about 7.5 minutes. It is very easy to use and I wouldn’t own an inflatable paddleboard or any inflatables without it.
After inflating the board, the only 2 things you have to do are attach the fin and assemble the paddle. Attaching the fin is quick and easy. It takes a little effort to slide the fin all the way into the slot but it goes. The tab snaps in keeping the fin in place.
The paddle goes together quickly and easily. You can leave the top 2 portions together. Snap in the bottom with the blade. Adjust the length and you are ready to go.
Attach the ankle leash to one of the D-Rings and the paddle holder if you choose to use it.
Not counting changing clothes or anything else, you can go from the board in the bag to ready to paddle in 10 minutes.
The air valve and over pressure release
The OutdoorMaster website has this little bit about a safety feature meant to keep you from damaging the board from overpressure.
To avoid that you accidentally over-inflate your board, we use an upgraded valve that automatically releases the extra air when you pump over 15 PSI.https://outdoormaster.com/collections/sup/products/chasing-blue-sup-board-infinite
This is how this valve actually works. When you go over 15psi in the board, the valve spring releases and it lets the air out. It functions the same as you pushing down the button to release air. The valve goes to an open state and stays there until you push and twist the button back closed. If your board sits out in the sun and the pressure goes above 15psi, the valve opens and releases air until you push the valve button back in to close it.
It doesn’t prevent you from overinflating the board above 15psi. There is a gasket around the fitting on the pump hose going into the valve. There is no where for air to release until the hose is removed. The valve button will open at 15psi. Because the pump hose is still attached, the system is sealed, so no air releases out of the board.
I put this system to the test by setting my Shark II pump to 17 psi and let it go. It pumped right past 15 psi and up to 17psi when the pump shut off. When I removed the hose the air immediately blew out the open valve. The overpressure fail safe went past 15psi and was released. The hose was attached and sealed so the air had nowhere to go.
This valve does not stop you from overinflating the board. You can pump the board up until the board or some part of the pump explodes. It won’t let you leave the board overinflated after removing the pump. On a bright sunny hot day, if the air inside the board goes over 15psi, the valve will release and deflate the board preventing damage.
On the water performance
On to the fun part. How does it do on the water? For reference, I am a 245 lb 6 foot tall guy. I tend to fall on the larger end of paddleboard users. My skill level falls somewhere between novice to intermediate paddle boarder.
I have no trouble getting on this board and standing up. The 34 inch width of this board gives it a lot of extra stability.
It feels very stable to me. My other paddleboard is a KonaOne WindSUP that is 12’6″ long by 28″ wide. This board is far and away easier to balance and stand on than the KonaOne. Once I am up on the board it is easy to move and adjust position on. I don’t feel like I am going to roll it adjusting my foot position. This board has plenty of stability for anglers to use for fishing.
On flat water, it has good tracking and glide. The 3 fins work well. You need to have some water flow over them for them to be really effective. Your first couple of paddle strokes will feel like the board is turning a lot. Once it gets moving it tracks straight. I feel like I get a pretty good coast after I stop paddling in calm water.
When there is a little chop or smaller waves on the water and breeze it still tracks okay but not as well as a longer board. It takes a little more effort to keep it pointed into the wind pushing through chop.
This board is very easy to turn. I found it took much less effort to turn and spin the board than my longer board. The board is very fun to paddle into small bays or streams where a longer board becomes a struggle. The 10’6″ length is a good compromise between maneuverability and glide. It won’t glide as well as a long touring board but it turns a lot easier.
The board stiffness is good. I can feel a little flex in the board going into chop. It’s very slight and not a concern at all. A smaller paddler will probably not notice any board flex at all.
The grooved deck pad felt comfortable to stand on. I prefer the feel of grooved deck over diamond pattern for standing. The mix in the pattern is a good choice. High grip in the tail where you need it for kick turns and a smoother pattern where your feet are most of the time for comfort.
Maximum weight paddlers
One of my close friends also helped test this board. He is 6’7″ and 315 lbs so right at the 320 lb weight limit for the board. He was able to get on the board and stand up. For reference we also had access to a TAVA 9’8″ rigid paddleboard with a claimed 300 lb weight capacity. That board was underwater with him kneeling on it. There was no way he could even think about standing up. The Chasing Blue board lives up to its stated weight limit.
He paddled the board around for a bit. He also did some stability tests while kneeling and was able to lean pretty far over without tipping. With high weight on the board, it feels wobbly when you stand up on it. It has a lot of form stability once you start trying to roll it.
See our guide to the best paddle boards for big guys for other high weight capacity paddleboard options. See our article on how much weight can a paddleboard hold for more information on weight capacity.
We tried this paddleboard out with an OutdoorMaster SUP Kayak seat. I really enjoyed paddling around with a seat. Almost as much as standing. It will be a little slower than a kayak due to its width. It performs as well as any inexpensive inflatable kayak. It’s easier to get back on if you want to get off for a swim. See our article on converting a SUP into a kayak to learn more.
The narrowed tail section shape, tip rocker, and 10’6″ length should make this a good surfboard. If you ever dreamed of being a surfer, this board is suitable for trying to surf small to medium sized waves. It is not a dedicated surfing iSUP so I would not try taking it out to ride a big wave.
The included aluminum 3 piece SUP paddle works well. It feels as stiff as the carbon shaft Aquabound Challenge I use with my other board. It is 9 ounces heavier but I didn’t the weight difference on the water.
The only feature of this paddle that was noticeable on the water was the blade shape. The Aquabound Challenge has a more v-shaped blade which made it a little more stable. It pulled water noticeably better when doing turning strokes. The included paddle was still very easy to turn the board with. I noticed very little difference when paddling straight.
I am a little concerned with the durability of the plastic quick release clamp used to adjust the length. I will be watching that to see how well it holds up to long term use. Functionally it works very well when the paddle is new.
Deflating and putting the board away
Tear down is easy. The first thing you should do is let the board dry off as much as you can. I recommend toweling off any standing water and then let it dry off before you start putting it away. This will help keep the board dry and mold free in the bag. Set the board up somewhere to dry. Go change, have a snack, read messages, etc.. See our article on cleaning a paddleboard for more tips.
- The fin comes off as easy as it went on. Pull the tab out and slide it out.
- To deflate the board, open the cover and then push in on the valve and turn it a quarter turn so the valve stays open. This will deflate the board about half way. From here you have 2 options. Deflate it the rest of the way by rolling the board and squeezing the air out. Put the pump back on it and deflate it. I find attaching the pump to be the much easier option.
- Put the hose onto the deflate side of the air pump. Put the plug back in so you are using it in 2 way mode. Pump away. It takes much less effort to get the air out than inflating it. You will start feeling some resistance when all the air is out and you start pulling a vacuum. At that point take the pump off.
- You can use an electric pump to help with deflating too. It will deflate the board in about 1.5 minutes.
- Roll the board up. Close the valve when you have it rolled up. Use the adjustable strap to hold the board rolled up.
- Take the lower part of the paddle off. Collapse the top segment. Put the paddle into the nylon straps in the bottom of the carry bag.
- Put the rolled up board into the bag. Put the pump and fin into the bag. Zip up. You are ready to go. The tear down process takes about 10 minutes, not counting drying time.
Inflatable paddle board vs Rigid Paddle board
If you are wondering whether an inflatable board is right for you, it is. I have both an inflatable board and a hard board. Which one do I prefer? Without question the inflatable board. It is far easier to load, unload and store an inflatable board. I would never buy a rigid board unless you really needed it for some performance reason. For 90% of people doing recreational paddling, I would choose inflatable. Even for my windSUP board, which I use for windsurfing, I would like to replace it with an inflatable board such as a Starboard iGo.
See our article on inflatable vs rigid paddle boards for more information.
The main competitors
3 popular alternatives to this board are the Isle Pioneer ($799), iRocker Cruiser($679), and Bluefin Cruise($599). The current price for the Chasing Blue Infinite Sport is $599.
The Isle Pioneer is the closest direct competitor in terms of size, construction, features, and price. The Isle Pioneer has similar 2L construction. The Isle board includes a carbon fiber paddle giving it one advantage for the extra $200 in cost.
The iRocker Cruiser is narrower at 32 inches and also includes a carbon paddle, triple action pump, and 3 layer laminate construction.
The Bluefin Cruise is narrower at 32 inches and includes a kayak conversion seat and paddle.
For $599 the Chasing Blue is an overall good value and competitive package compared to other popular boards out there. A carbon paddle would make it stand out and be equal with other boards selling at $799. As a bonus, the Chasing Blue boards are sometimes packaged with a free Shark II electric pump making them an even better value.
Chasing Blue SUP review summary
|What We Liked|
|✔️ Lightweight, easy to carry, setup and use|
|✔️ Stable, easy to paddle, and works with paddlers up to it’s 320 lb weight limit|
|✔️ Lightweight and easy to carry|
|✔️ Well made and durable 2 layer construction|
|✔️ 22 D-Rings and lots of handles for versatility and easy transport|
|✔️ Quality accessories such as roller backpack and 3 piece paddle|
|What We Didn’t Like|
|❌ The length and width that make it stable and easy to paddle in flat water also make it a little harder to paddle into chop and wind|
|❌ 15 psi overpressure safety feature does not prevent you from over inflating the board|
|❌ Could use more pockets in the carry bag|
|❌ Small pointed ends in the deck pad|
|❌ A carbon fiber paddle would be nice for the given price point.|
OutdoorMaster Discount Code
You can use the coupon code ENDLESSRUSHOUTDOORS15 at OutdoorMaster for 15% off.
I really enjoy the Chasing Blue Infinite Sport SUP. It is a great board and an excellent choice for a novice paddler or any larger rider regardless of experience. It is well made and comes with quality accessories. It is competitively priced and a good value. I would choose this over any rigid paddleboard out there for an easy to use fun paddleboard. I would buy this board again and recommend it for anyone looking for an inflatable paddleboard.
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About the author
My name is Doug Ryan. I am an adventure sports fan and an avid skier, sailor, mountain biker who also enjoys paddle boarding, kayaking, wakeboarding, waterskiing, and travel. I take any chance I can get to get out in the snow or water. I actively run an adventure sports meetup where I get asked many questions. I decided to start Endless Rush Outdoors as a way to share my knowledge and enthusiasm for adventure sports their gear.