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2019 Fanatic Fly Air and Fly Air Premium inflatable paddle board range

Since starting to work with Fanatic stand up paddle boards early last season, we have been pleasantly surprised with the product quality, performance and excellent pricing. Fanatic are no strangers to the SUP world and while they’ve had a slow start in the US market, they are a very popular and well known brand around the world.

We had a small selection of boards during last season and they sold well, so well in fact that we’ve expanded our selection of sizes to include all of the Fly Air boards in the regular and Premium versions.

I’ve actually had a personal connection to the brand from my professional kitesurfing days I was sponsored by Naish through the Australian distributor, who was also the Fanatic, North (and now Duotone) distributor, among others. Part of the distributor team included riders that went on to become national and world kitesurfing champions (I could only manage state champion) and elite international world tour level paddlers representing Fanatic and Australia.

Before we get too carried away reminiscing, let’s take a look at the current Fanatic SUP catalog, especially the Fanatic inflatable paddle boards, starting on page 10.

The Fanatic SUP brand as described by them:

Our way of life is fuelled by our addiction to ride. We value each session, adventure and discovery, yet more than anything, Fanatic is about giving back to you. From top to bottom, our brand oozes experience. Each year we thrive on the fresh perspectives and technical know-how this brings. Our unique combination of experience and expertise enables us to transform great ideas into winning boards. Time and time again. Boards you will love just as much as we do. Every board in our range has been meticulously developed, tested and refined to offer that extra notch of performance and that magical quality that we strive for in all of our products.

Fanatic SUP brand video

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Fanatic’s acknowledgment of a greater environmental responsibility:

Our Ocean Minded spirit is the driving force behind our passion to create and innovate. Complemented by our ethos of “protecting what you love,” we celebrate the challenges we face each day to come up with new ways to combine both.Acknowledging the part we play in creating a cleaner, greener environment we work hard to source ethical and raw materials to utilise in the production, packaging and distribution of our products. This year, we are proud to announce the expansion of our Gecko Eco Edition range, which now extends across three models, 110, 120 and 133. Achieving a premium product with a unique layup of flax, cork and bamboo, we’re one step closer to accomplishing an eco-friendly future.

Double Layer Light Technology (DL LIGHT)

The Double Layer Light technology is Fanatic’s Premium construction. Featuring a second PVC layer, which is welded directly to the core layers and around the V-Drop Stitch material. An additional third layer of coloured rail bands round off the highly durable and premium quality, with stylish optics of the deck print.The benefits of the Double Layer Light construction when compared to the standard Double Layer technology is a 20 – 25 % reduction in weight, and around 25 – 30 % increase in stiffness. This is similar to Red Paddle Co’s MSL and Starboard’s Deluxe fusion construction.

Stringer Technology (STR)

Utilising the best Drop Stitch material available on the market, our Stringer technology provides an outstanding durability / weight / price / performance ratio with its centre stinger keeping the shape strong and stiff, while reducing weight and price at the same time. This is similar to Starboard’s Zen construction.

We have almost all these boards in stock and ready to ship. Those that aren’t available now, will be ready to go in early March. Don’t delay, we expect them to sell well.

We’ll also be reviewing the 9’8″ Fly Air Premium and the 10’4″ Fly Air soon, so stand by for an even more detailed write up and images.

Fly Air

Fly Air Premium

There are also a couple of the 2018 boards still available, on sale here, so grab a deal while you can. If you have any questions regarding the Fanatic inflatable paddle board range, we are available on 1-888-252-4983 and via email here.

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About the author: Julian Kidd
I have been an avid stand up paddle boarder since 2009. I retired from a decade of professional kiteboarding to focus on SUP. Green Water Sports grew from this love of all things SUP. As well as being a keen paddle boarder, I'm a football fan, closet petrol head, web tinkerer, husband and father.