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The Aqua Marina Magma is on fire with its versatile use
The Aqua Marina Magma is an incredibly nice board to get on the water with. A popular all-around board with a striking orange color that is versatile, has a great design and comes with a complete package.
- Allround-board for beginners and more advanced SUP boarders
- Upon purchase you get a complete package so you do not have to incur extra costs to start
- Higher kicktail for easier turning
- Lightweight product that is easy to carry and inflate
- Is wonderful for touring
- Not so agile due to its width and length
- The board is not fast enough for the advanced SUP boarder (5+ years experience)
Most suitable for:
So the first thing I feel I need to disclose is the similarity of the several Aqua Marina All-Around Stand Up Paddle Boards. You might have noticed I have reviewed the next four boards:
These boards are a lot alike because they are all in the same series. The Atlas is a longer touring board than the other 3, so it is obvious this is a special category. But what is the difference between the Aqua Marina Magma, Aqua Marina Triton and the Aqua Marina Beast?
Not that much really, it is mostly the design and 6″ of length that separates them:
Aqua Marina Beast: 10’6″
Aqua Marina Magma: 11’2″
Aqua Marina Triton: 11’2″ (discontinued)
The maximum weight varies from 308 lbs to 330 lbs and the width, thickness, technology, package and air pressure of these boards are all the same.
The Triton is more into the touring side of Stand Up Paddle boards and the Beast is a bit more suited for catching waves. The Magma is the middle board of this again. But honestly will this 6″ of length make such a huge difference? To me it did not feel like it.
If you are looking for any of these 3 boards, I would recommend you to just take the cheapest one because they are so similar to each other. Unless you really prefer one design over the others.
Lets move on with the actual review of the Aqua Marina Magma now!
The Aqua Marina Magma is an all-around inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board with a size of 11’2″ x 33″ and a thickness of 6″ that performs well on the water and is very stiff.
This board has a weight of 20.9 lbs and a maximum carrying capacity of 330 lbs. So it is possible to carry along a pet or child if you wish so, depending on the goal of your trip.
As said this is really an in between board, so as all-around as possible to accommodate a wide spectrum of activities. (I almost feel smart using words like that!).
I liked this board for paddling around while relaxing along the shore on my holiday. It is easier to make turns because of the kick pad. You can lean back, lift the front up a bit and make a quick turn.
|Length||Width||Thickness||Max weight load||Weight board|
|11’2″||33″||6″||330 LBS / 150 kg||20.9 LBS / 9.5 kg|
All Round / Yoga / Touring / Relaxing
Speed on the water
The board is pretty long, but also wide. Perfect for small tours and catching waves but not suited for racing.
It is very easy to transport this SUP because it is inflatable and light. Even on your back if you go with a bicycle.
The board is stable on the water and the weight capacity of 330 lbs is even enough to take a pet or a child along.
My own experience
I like the Aqua Marina Magma the same way I like the Triton and the Beast, great for just paddling around and a very stiff board. They perform better than the cheaper versions, the Breeze/Vapor/Fusion and have the added kick pad for easier turning.
Like I mentioned in a different review I prefer the Aqua Marina Atlas as it is bigger and it enables me to take along a friend for the trip. But for all-around activities the Aqua Marina Magma is a great choice.
However, for catching waves and sharp turns this board is way better. So if you want action this board is the way to go!
The style of the Magma is newer and adapted to modern times, in comparison to the older version of the board. I really like the new design, the orange and white will surely attract attention and is also great for safety reasons!
However, of these boards the Aqua Marina is best suited for touring.
Where the Aqua Marina Fusion and Vapor models are sold very often and have many fans, more and more people are looking for a slightly wider and more stable board with a length of 10’10”.
The thickness of 6″ and the width of 33″ of the Aqua Marina Magma make it an extremely stable paddle board and the board feels very stiff, if it is inflated to the recommended pressure of 15 PSI.
Especially suitable for touring and to take along some extra gear, a child or a pet on your trip.
The board feels very solid and stable, which is of course necessary for longer trips. I like the big EVA-deck so I have grip everywhere.
The addition of the kick tail (just like the Aqua Marina Beast, Triton and Atlas) is great and makes it a lot easier to make turns on the water.
- Lightweight drop stitch technology
- Full deck and base quality printing and rail design for superior optics
- Removable slide-in Center Fin
- Integrated cargo D-ring with easy-adjustable bungee cord to attach luggage
- Comfortable neoprene handle
- Tail kick pad for critical bottom turns and cutbacks
- Diamond grooving footpad for ultimate grip and comfort
- 3-piece adjustable aluminum paddle
- Aqua Marina double action pump for fast & easy inflation
SUP comes with one center fin
The Aqua Marina Magma is made out of lightweight drop stitch material and very sturdy but easy to carry
Inflate / deflate
SUP is inflated in nearly 10 mins with the supplied pump
1 year warranty on production errors
Very stylish and modern design
In the package
The Aqua Marina Magma stand up paddle board is delivered including an Aqua Marina Sports III Paddle. The Sports III Paddle is an aluminum paddle in 3 parts, that can be height adjusted so it is always on the right length.
To be fair, if you are planning to take long touring trips on the Aqua Marina Magma, you should look at a Carbon Paddle or a Glassfiber one that has more quality than this one.
The Aqua Marina Double Action Pump makes sure the job gets done as soon as possible, as it inflates both when the pump is pulled up and when it is pressed down.
The board includes a simple Aqua Marina paddle board leash. A straightforward leash without a coil, that is always extended. This version is not as good as the coiled version that is sold separately, but for a free included leash it is good enough.
The Aqua Marina Magic Backpack makes it easy to carry your SUP board with you. It really is a basic backpack without luxury soft cover and which is not too sturdy. You can certainly carry your SUP board with you, but you don’t have to put extra stuff in it, otherwise it could tear through. In the long run it is better to buy a higher quality backpack.
Optional accessories (not included)
Because extra safety measures never hurt anyone!
Aqua Marina Bluedrive Power fin
For those who are too lazy to paddle themselves 😉
Difference between an Inflatable board and a Hard board
Advantages Inflatable board
- Easy to take on holiday (even on the plane)
- Easy to store in the winter days
- Much cheaper
- Technology has improved greatly over the past 10 years. For this reason, these boards are now almost hard to distinguish from hard boards
- More speed, which is important if you are a professional
- Easier to make sharp turns on the water because the board is thinner
- No inflation needed, you can get on the water right away
Other reviews of the Aqua Marina Magma online
The Aqua Marina Magma is a known name and in the top 5 of Aqua Marina boards, so it has a couple of reviews online.
A short overview of these reviews below:
Supconnect.com: “If you’re looking for a stable, lightweight, inflatable, all-around board to paddle mid-range distance, and in the low price point of under $500 then the Magma from Aqua Marina is worth a look.”
Paddlelove.com: ” The Magma delivers a stable performance and an impressive tracking in different water conditions. With just a little skill and effort, anyone can get on top of it because it’s nothing near wobbly or shaky.”
Amazon.co.uk: Rating 5/5. “The board is well suited for paddlers from 60 to 100 kg. The SUP is neatly stiff, but without being as stiff as a hard board. Even as a beginner, it is not difficult to stay on the board.” (Based on 8 reviews)
Frequently Asked Questions about the Aqua Marina Magma
What is the maximum carrying capacity of the Aqua Marina Magma?
330 LBS / 150 kg
What is the weight of the Aqua Marina Magma?
20.9 LBS / 9.5 kg
What is the air pressure of the Aqua Marina Magma?
What is the size of the Aqua Marina Magma?
11’2″ x 33″ x 6″
What is the volume of the Aqua Marina Magma?
Which paddle does the Aqua Marina Magma include?
The Aqua Marina Sports III Paddle
What kind of pump comes with the Aqua Marina Magma?
The Aqua Marina Double Action Pump
How many D-rings does the Aqua Marina Magma have?
9 D–rings. 4 D–rings on the nose attached with a bungee cord. 4 More D–ring for kayak seat attachment. 1 D–ring on the tail for ankle leash attachment.
What is the warranty on the Aqua Marina Magma?
1 year warranty
How many carry handles does the Aqua Marina Magma have?
1 comfortable neoprene handle in the center of the board
How many fins does the Aqua Marina Magma have?
1 Large detachable central fin
What material is the Aqua Marina Magma made of?
Lightweight drop stitch technology
Conclusion – Should I buy this board?
The Aqua Marina Magma is a great all-around paddleboard that can surely suit all your needs. It is very stiff and you get a complete package of accessories with it so you can get started right away. The bottom fin keeps the board in a straight line, but because of the kick pad it is also easier to turn.
The board has a nice design, comparable to the Triton/Atlas but in a bright orange color. The included accessories are fairly standard, but do what they are made for.
If you are looking for the all-around board in between the all-around boards, this one has a great price for its quality and package which makes it worth buying.
What do you think about the Aqua Marina Magma and the design of the board? Do you like the combination of a touring paddle board and a paddle board for wilder water or would you rather have a model dedicated to one purpose?
I’m looking forward to hearing from you and your opinion about this popular board. Where are you from and have you tried this board before? Let me know, I’m looking forward to hearing from you!
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