This past summer we took our first look at the JP-Australia inflatable SUPs.
Part of the Pryde Group, JP-Australia has been a well-known player in the windsurf board industry; recently, JP-Australia moved into paddle boards, bringing their line of inflatable SUPs to the US. This past summer we took our first look at the 15 PSI JP-Australia CruisAir – a 12-foot, 32-inch wide all-around cruising and touring inflatable paddle board. (Please note: some of the info will be repeated from prior writeups.)
JP-Australia CruisAir 12-0 Inflatable SUP – Getting Started
The board as-arrived is 36 x 20 x 11 inches in the box, weighing in at 37 lbs.
Inside is the CruisAir 12’ body, backpack, repair kit, single action pump with pressure gauge, cinch belt, removable fin and instructions. Once rolled up, the SUP board fits into the backpack, as well as breakdown paddle (longer shafts can jut out of the top) and the pump; the pump can also be strapped to the side of the pack. The board itself weighs 25 lbs, or 31 lbs inside the backpack with pump – these all easily fit in the back of a small car.
For your first set up, uncinch the strap and unroll the SUP body. Lay it out face up so that you can access the military valve.
The CruisAir 12-0 utilizes one spring-loaded military 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). Not to worry, the instructions are printed on the valve. But before you make the effort to inflate the board, PLEASE make sure the plunger is in the inflate position.
The CruisAir paddle board system includes a Bravo high-pressure, single-action pump with a gauge – what we term the “wide barrel” as it pushes out a bit more air, though takes a little more effort to attain very high pressures.
First, screw the gauge onto the hose. Tip #1: Make sure you screw the gauge on carefully – if it gets cross-threaded, air will leak out and you will have a difficult time pumping the board up to necessary pressure. Then attach the hose to the pump barrel.
Take the military valve adaptor, and screw it onto the valve slightly to lock into position – the first time, you may need to push a bit harder to attach, but it gets easier. You’re ready to pump!
After 100 strokes with the single action pump, the board started to fill out, and at