We put this mid-range SUP to the test on a Mallorca charter trip to see how it fares on the water

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Since borrowing an inflatable paddleboard last year I’ve been lusting after an SUP to keep on board my Karnic. SUPs are a hot topic on the MBY forum and recommendations cover the full spectrum from high-end but pricey Red Paddle Co boards to cheaper entry-level offerings from Decathlon.

Occupying the middle ground but garnering positive reviews was Two Bare Feet, a UK-based company specialising in its own brand of SUPs. They offer a wide range of different boards from a basic 10ft starter kit priced at £265 up to 12ft 6in touring boards costing £615.

I opted for a mid-range 10ft 6in Sport Air model, which is a stable all-rounder suitable for adults up to 105kg. It features a triple-layer underside made out of double wall fusion laminated PVC for increased durability.

Like all their models it’s available with either a Starter, Deluxe or Ultimate pack. I went for the Ultimate pack as it includes a lightweight carbon fibre paddle in place of the standard aluminium one and a removeable kayak seat as well as a pump, leash and repair kit.

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The Ultimate Pack is compact enough to take on a flight

Because it all stows neatly into the rucksack supplied, it’s relatively easy to travel with, something I took advantage of during a recent charter in Mallorca. Although the rucksack suffered a small tear from the airline’s baggage handlers, the board emerged unscathed and proved easy to inflate on board the boat.

My wife, 16-year-old son and I all found it to be commendably rigid under foot and stable to paddle even in choppy conditions. I can’t claim to be an expert in SUP handling, and I’m a long way off surfing on it, but as a fun, stylish and seemingly well-built paddleboard that we can use to develop our skills and confidence, I’m very pleased with it. As ever the advice on the forum was spot on.

Price from: £375
Ultimate pack price: £465
MBY rating: 5/5