Customer experience: the Jobe Duna and Angara speed test

One of our customers first purchased an air-filled Jobe Duna sup board. from the Kallavesj fair in Kuopio. He was really enthusiastic about the sport and later bought a second board. Angara sup board. In this blog his experiences with the boards as he compared them in the same conditions on a familiar 2.5km run in calm weather. There were carbon fibre coil and maximum power! :)

Jobe Danube

"I took my first run on the Duna with an average heart rate of 141, giving an average speed for the run of 7.1km/h, peaks of 7.6km/h and a total time of 20min 13s. On the duna I paddle an average of 7-8 strokes, then half change, so the duna is a relatively directionally stable soup when there is enough speed. On the Duna the distance was a bit longer because the board is more winding, which is why the gps gives a slightly longer distance compared to Angara (20m difference).

Jobe Duna speed test

The average speed on Angara was 7.8 km/h, with peaks of 8.3 km/h at an average speed of 142, so the performances were similar in terms of effort. The total time was 18min 25s. Angara averaged 8-9 strokes before the halfway point. The Angara is more directionally stable, so the same route is about 20m shorter, as there is less winding. This also had a small effect on the final time difference, which ended up being 1.48 min faster for Angara.

Jobe Angara

The measurements were therefore taken at my own maximum speed over a distance of 2.5km and the final result is that Angara is therefore faster, but the difference is not significant in calm conditions. Considering the many advantages of the inflatable over the hard board (easy to transport/easier to store empty/lighter/easier to land on the caves/feet stay dry and warm because the inflatable board is thicker) the inflatable sup board is the best for basic/general use. The Angara does justify its place as a special board, if you swim a lot of kilometres per season like me and want more challenge and fun. You do get used to the Angara's fickleness, as is well said on your website. The advantages of the Angara are particularly apparent when paddling upwind and downwind, as the sharp bow breaks waves and the wind area is much smaller.

Jobe Angara speed test

Based on my experience, if customers ask for the average cruising speed to the touring board (as I did at the Kallavesimessu at the stand) then around 5 km/h is a realistic speed which is what I was told at the fair. Only when you have 100 or more kilometres behind you, the average speed can rise to 6 km/h. Average speeds above 7 km/h always require "heart rate through the roof", which no one can do for hours."

- A satisfied customer

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