- Extremely easy to transport
- High volume hand pump makes for easy inflation
- Low volume storage in the trunk of your car or garage
- Big deck and super stable platform in calm waters
- Generally lighter and easy to carry than rigid boards
The NRS Mayra works well as a no-fuss SUP board that travels well. I could throw the Mayra into a suitcase for a trip to Hawaii or store it in the trunk of my car for an early morning workout. The design is especially well suited to SUP yoga fans and fitness paddlers.
Although not a race board, the NRS Mayra is great for casual touring, yoga sessions on the water, and bringing your dog along on that after-work fitness paddle. The smooth foam deck pad provided me a comfortable surface for yoga positions while offering good grip for riding control. I found the stomp pad on the tail gave good leverage for quick turns and maneuvers, although this inflatable board does not exactly turn on a dime.
Ease of Getting in/out Water
The board, pump, fins, and accessories all fit into a backpack for simple and tidy transport. Using a little elbow grease, the high-pressure hand pump inflated the Mayra within a few minutes. I just considered that as an extra part of my workout.
Though the included pressure gauge indicates the real-time pressure in pounds per square inch (PSI) during inflation, I had trouble ever getting it to the recommended 15 PSI inflation level even after lots of forceful pumping. The Leafield C7 valve open fully to quickly deflate the Mayra once off the water.
The three easy-to-install optional nylon fines allowed me to customize the Mayra according to the type of water I rode. A sturdy webbing handle in the center of the board made for easy carrying of this lightweight board to and from the water.
At 10'6" long and 32" wide, the NRS Mayra gave me plenty of room for poses and exercises, and the high-volume nose and tail made it stable from end to end. The 4-inch-thick Mayra provided optimal stability and can accommodate paddlers up to 200 pounds.
The heavy-duty PVC construction stood up to plenty of abrasion and abuse during my testing. The nylon fins flexed to absorb impact without breaking when dropped on the ground. If the Mayra gets punctured, repairing PVC is much easier to patch than fiberglass.
At less than 24 lbs., the Mayra drops 10 pounds or more off the weight of the average SUP. Folding up small, this SUP could easily be thrown in a suitcase and checked as airplane luggage without paying any excess baggage fees.
How We Tested It
I tested the NRS Mayra with seemingly endless paddle sessions with my dog Lola in various bodies of water around the San Francisco Bay Area.
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