We received our new 2021 of Aquaglide inflatable paddle boards consisting of four models ranging in size from 10 to 12’6 feet. Our first review will focus on Aquaglide’s new Cascade 11 SUP – a 14-18 PSI inflatable SUP with a capacity load of 230 lbs.
2021 Aquaglide SUPs carried at Airkayaks
TEAser: Airkayaks was so impressed with this board when used as a Kayak/SUP Combo, we created a category of similar boards, and are including a bonus kayak seat and paddle with purchase. Check out our blog post – Intro to Kayak / SUP Combos.
Back to the review –
For 2021, Aquaglide has redesigned the Cascade board range with a new printed graphic color scheme, updated pump and included paddles. These boards provide excellent value by maintaining low price points and bundling premium accessories. New for this year, the Cascade 11 SUP now includes a Wayfinder Carbon Paddle, which retails at $149 when sold separately. The Cascade 10’0″, 11’0″ and Roam 12’6″ are $699, and $899 respectively, making them great options for those getting into the sport, yet not ready to make a major commitment. All three Cascades are now 6 inches thick.
Aquaglide Cascade 11 SUP – Getting Started
The double-boxed board as-arrived is 39 x 17 x 15 inches weighing in at 44 lbs.
Unpacking the Cascade
Getting Started – Aquaglide 11 SUP Unboxed
Inside is the Cascade 11 SUP body, Wayfinder Paddle, River Crossing backpack, manual, repair kit, high pressure pump with gauge, removable fin.
AG Cascade 11 first open
Once rolled up, the SUP board, breakdown paddle and pump fit into the backpack, though the backpack is set up to also attach paddles to the outside. The board itself weighs 21 lbs, or 32 lbs inside the backpack with pump – these all easily fit in the back of a small car.
Unrolling the SUP body
For your first set up, uncinch the strap and unroll the SUP body and lay it out face up so that you can access the military valve.
AG Cascade 11 Valve
Opening and closing the military valve
The Cascade 11 SUP utilizes one spring-loaded Harkey Roberts valve for inflation. These are very simple to use and feature an inflate mode (spring plunger is UP) and a deflate mode (spring plunger is DOWN). By using your finger to gently push on the plunger, it can be moved to the inflate mode (air goes in and doesn’t come back out) and deflate mode (air goes in and comes back out). Before you go to all the effort of inflating the board, PLEASE make sure the plunger is in the inflate position.
AG Cascade 11 Pump
New Double Action High Pressure Pump
The 2021 Cascade paddle board systems includes a high-pressure, dual-action pump with a gauge. Simply screw on the