Bluefin Cruise Carbon 10’8″ Review

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The perfect all-around Stand Up Paddle Board does exist!

The Bluefin Cruise Carbon 10’8″ is the perfect versatile board suited for all all-around paddle boarding. The board is incredibly hard and almost unbreakable, unlike any inflatable ever seen. This amazing board comes with a convertible carbon paddle, coiled leash, kayak seat, triple action pump, and more. A purchase nobody will regret!

Before we go into the review, I want to let you know that there are 3 different sizes of the Bluefin Cruise Carbon. Although here I’m talking mostly about the 10’8, the features are the same for all three, and the only difference is the length which, of course, changes the way you perceive and use the board. Throughout this text, you will also see pictures of all three, so you have a better understanding of what you’re getting.

Let’s get to it then!

Bluefin Cruise Carbon - 3 sizes
Bluefin Cruise Carbon – 3 sizes


  • Great price for a complete package with the best accessories
  • Extra Carrying strap in the package (and D-ring to attach them)
  • The action mount on the nose has a D-ring too
  • SUP has two compartments – AIRDUO double chamber stiffening technology which makes the board ultra-strong and packed with power.
  • Very stable and reliable boards
  • Great for beginners and advanced boarders
  • Amazing online reviews; everyone loves this board!
  • Bungee cords in front and back
  • Convertible paddle and kayak seat included
  • Very big grip deck with a kick pad


  • Board is quite heavy (33 LBS)


The Bluefin Cruise Carbon is most suitable for:

The Bluefin Cruise Carbon offers a complete package and the most sturdy inflatable Stand Up Paddleboard available on the market. So, this is basically recommended for everyone who wants an all-around paddle board that can be used for multiple purposes.

Only if you are looking for a paddle board for very specific purposes like fishing / Yoga / touring / racing and don’t want to do anything else with your board, this would not be the best choice for you.

Although if you’re looking for a perfect touring board, you should surely check out the 12′ version of this board!

The board is very stable and has a size of 10’8″ long and 32″ wide. So it is a very stable board, but because of the width, it is clearly not meant for racing and reaching high speeds (which is not the purpose of an all-around paddle board). But the pointy nose of the board does allow you to make some speed on this sporty model.

cruise carbon

This board offers the best value for money possible and it will give you a very long time of paddling pleasure. Bluefin SUP offers an amazing 5 year warranty on all of their boards! (only matched by Red Paddle). They also offer 1 year manufacturing warranty on the included accessories.

So you can be sure you will love the board and it will not break anytime soon. The insane quality and the very long warranty ensure the best of the best gear. The board is very stable and super stiff, you will have a smooth ride every time. This all-around board is your best versatile board no matter what you want to do.

Bluefin cruise carbon
Bluefin cruise carbon front view
10'8" / 324 cm
32" / 82 cm
6.2" / 16 cm
39 lbs / 17.6 kg
rider weight
Max Rider Weight
330 lbs / 150 kg
air pressure
Max Air Pressure
15 PSI
colour options
Board type
Beginner / Advanced

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Primary use
All Round / Relaxing / Yoga / Touring / Fishing / Pets / Family

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Speed on the water
The board is designed for every paddler with an all-around purpose, so speed is not the main focus. But because of the pointy nose it is possible to reach some higher speeds than the regular shaped all-around paddle boards.

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The board has a weight of 33 LBS / 15 kg, which is rather heavy. This is clearly because of the very high quality construction. It is still easy to carry in the included backpack when the big fin is removed.

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The 32″ width makes the board more stable than your average 30″ width board, which is good for beginners to start on. The 6″ thickness and the sturdy material offer even more stability and support.

My own experience

The Bluefin Cruise Carbon is so stiff I could not believe it. It can be inflated up to 28 PSI, but even at the regular 15 PSI it felt incredibly stiff because of the used material. The ride was very smooth on calm water and even the wilder sea (as far as it can get wild in the Netherlands ;-))

You can just feel the quality of this board when you touch it and sense how stiff and stable it is. The same goes for the high quality paddle board accessories. Inflating the boards was done in about 5 minutes, then I was ready to get out on the water.

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The board gave me an incredible stable feeling and made it extremely easy to paddle through the water. The paddle is light and strong so I did not get exhausted too quick, which happens a lot faster with an aluminum paddle.

I felt very secure and did not hesitate to stay on this board for a longer time. As the board has both bungee cords on the front the back, it was easy to take all the necessary supplies. I like to take my water bottle and some snacks to eat on the water. (I prefer some nuts for the quick energy, but also pomegranate is great on the go!)

I like that the board has such a big and effective grip deck, that feels very soft on my feet and has a great grip so I will never slip. This did not happen during the trip once, but then again I did not fall in the water so I have honestly not experienced this with wet feet.

As said I like it on both the quiet river and on the sea (the North Sea is my only “wild” option) and it felt stable on both surfaces. I like that Bluefin did not forget to add a kick pad at the end of the board so it is easy to make turns, where this usually is a bit harder when you have a 6″ thick board. Especially on ones without a kick pad.

Because of the three fins on the bottom (of which the big one is removable) it was easy to keep a straight line without much effort. So the board did everything I wanted and I felt really comfortable out on the water.

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This is the best paddle boarding experience I have had so far and it is hard to imagine that something better will come along soon, especially for a price in this range. None of it disappoints and there is so much included that you really never need anything again to keep paddle boarding. (Unless you break stuff, but I generally only do that with computers).

Important features

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  • FRS carbon composite rail, 1000 Denier Exo Surface Laminate & Pro-Weave Drop Stitch
  • Non-slip croco-diamond deck pad is comfortable underfoot, offering extra grip & traction
  • 14 D-rings. Bungee cords on front and back, one for attaching your leash, 4 for the included kayak-seat
  • 5 Comfortable grip handles for carrying, in the middle of the board, the front, back and both sides
  • Fixed Action Camera Mount on the front of the board
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The Bluefin Cruise Carbon board has 2 small fins and one big fin, of which the big fin is removable. The fins are high quality and very strong. The big fin is easily attachable and removable without tools due to the US Box Fin System.

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The board is made out of FRS carbon composite rail, 1000 Denier Exo Surface Laminate & Pro-Weave Drop Stitch. 11200 stitches of 500 denier space yarn per square metre make for one rigid board.

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Inflate / deflate
The Bluefin Cruise Carbon Paddle Board is inflated in only 5 mins with the supplied Triple Action Hand Pump. The board can be inflated up to 28 PSI, but the recommended pressure is 15-18 PSI.

Here is a (super) fast video of me inflating the Carbon Cruise.
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Bluefin offers an amazing 5-year warranty on the board and a 1-year warranty on the accessories (manufacturing warranty for accessories)

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This board has a beautiful blue multicolor design with a big Croco-Diamond Deck pad + Kick Pad

In the package


The paddle that is included with the Bluefin Cruise Carbon is a Bluefin 3-Piece adjustable and convertible paddle, which is lightweight and very strong and durable because it is made out of carbon fiber. It can not only be used as a SUP paddle, but also as a kayak paddle. Which is perfect together with the supplied kayak seat.


The Bluefin Cruise Carbon includes a very easy and comfortable triple action hand pump. There are three different settings that can be used to inflate the board. The third is most effective because it inflates the board when pulling it up and when pressing it down.

This can also be exhausted, so you can relax and inflate slower by using one of the other settings. The only reason this pump is not in my Best SUP Pumps guide is because it is not sold separately.


The Bluefin Cruise Carbon paddle board leash is a coiled leash, which is great because it only extends if you actually fall in the water. So it is never in your way when you are paddling. The leash can easily be connected to the D-ring on the back of the board.


The Bluefin paddle board backpack is very comfortable because of the extra back and strap padding on the extra wide straps. Its design was updated again this year and now it is more comfortable and can hold a lot more.

It has some handy outside pockets, and the zippers are webbing reinforced. This can easily hold your Bluefin Cruise Carbon paddle board and all accessories.

Optional accessories (not included)

Restube Classic

Restube classic
Because extra safety measures never hurt anyone!

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Bluefin Electric SUP pump
For those who don’t want the exercise before getting on the board.

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

Advantages Hardboard

  • 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 Bluefin Cruise Carbon 10’8″ Paddle Board online

Bluefin Cruise Carbon
Bluefin Cruise Carbon

The Bluefin Cruise Carbon is a great Stand Up Paddle board, which means it has a lot of reviews online.

A short overview of some of these reviews below: Rating 9.9/10. “Buying the Bluefin Cruise Carbon is a no brainer if you’re an average-sized beginner or an experienced user who wants an extremely durable and rigid board, a 5-year warranty, and some premium features.” “The Bluefin Cruise Carbon is one of the best SUP boards. With the very good workmanship, the extremely robust construction, the high-quality accessories, which are significantly better than many low-cost SUP boards, and the extensive scope of delivery, the board convinced us.” “Although this paddleboard is cheaper than most iSUPs, users confirm that it is still of very high-quality. All the included accessories, and especially the bag, are well made. Paddleboarders are happy that they can kayak and SUP without having to buy two different products.” “If you’re in the market for an inflatable SUP, the Cruise Carbon 10’8” is a board that should be on your radar. This fun board offers unbelievable stiffness, rock-solid stability, loads of premium features, and a 5-year warranty — making it one of the most compelling iSUPs we’ve seen so far for 2021.” Rating 4.6/5. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“Our experience with customer service was very positive and we highly recommend this iSUP for those who like having the option to switch easily between paddle boarding and kayaking” – Based on 443 (!) customer reviews as on 10th of April 2021.


Frequently Asked Questions about the Bluefin Cruise Carbon 10’8″ Paddle Board

What is the size of the Bluefin Cruise Carbon 10’8″ Paddle Board?

Length: 10’8″ Width: 32″, Thickness: 6″

What is the maximum carrying capacity of the Bluefin Cruise Carbon 10’8″ Paddle Board?

287 lbs / 130 kg

What is included when purchasing the Bluefin Cruise Carbon 10’8″ Paddle Board?

Bluefin backpack, Convertible and height adjustable carbon paddle, Bluefin coiled leash, Triple Action Hand Pump, Kayak seat

What is the weight of the Bluefin Cruise Carbon 10’8″ Paddle Board?

33 lbs / 15 kg

How many fins does the Bluefin Cruise Carbon 10’8″ Paddle Board have?

3 fins, 2 small fins and one big removable fin

How many D-rings does the Bluefin Cruise Carbon 10’8″ Paddle Board have?

14 D-rings. Bungee cords on front and back, one for attaching your leash, 4 for optional kayak-seat.

How long is the warranty on the Bluefin Cruise Carbon 10’8″ Paddle Board?

The warranty on this board is 5 years

Does the Bluefin Cruise Carbon 10’8″ Paddle Board have an action-camera mount?


How many handles does the Bluefin Cruise Carbon 10’8″ Paddle Board have?

It has 5 handles, on the front, middle, back and both sides of the board

What pressure can the Bluefin Cruise Carbon 10’8″ Paddle Board be inflated to?

It can be inflated up to 28 PSI, but the recommended pressure is 15-18 PSI

Update: What is the difference between the Bluefin Cruise Carbon 2022 and the Bluefin Cruise Carbon 2021?

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On the left the Bluefin Cruise Carbon 2022, on the right side the 2021 version

Following the success of the regular bluefin cruise line, Bluefin launched the Cruise Carbon in 2019. The bluefin cruise carbon is packed with advanced features the Air | Duo double-action chamber inflation & FRS carbon side rails are by far the most rigid inflatable paddle board as of late. They also added a cool hip look for 2021.

In the latter part of 2019, bluefin released the all-new smart lock fin system as well as a much bolder blue and teal colorway also with enhanced durability. The improvements are not limited to the valve and deck, but you’ll also find removable side fins alongside a larger central fin. This instantly boosts versatility, allowing you to paddle easier in a variety of different conditions.

Conclusion – Should I buy this board?

This is the very best all-around inflatable Stand Up Paddle board you can purchase and is surely a must-buy! The package you get is incredible and next to the board that is made out of the strongest material you get all the best accessories and the incredible 5 year warranty to make sure you will not run into problems soon.

The list of pros of this board is a very long one. The incredibly strong and stiff board, the convertible carbon paddle, kayak seat, triple action hand pump, backpack and coiled leash, 14 D-rings, the big grip deck with kick pad, action camera mount, 5 grip handles, 3 fins (of which the big one is removable), incredible customer service and 5 year warranty…. It has everything you could possibly ever need!

No matter if you’ve been paddling before or if you have no experience, this board is the best choice for anyone who wants the best quality all-around Stand Up Paddle board. The advantages above are so extensive and the 5 year warranty shows that Bluefin really stands behind their product.

This is also one of the very few top quality boards, if not the only one, that includes a convertible carbon paddle and a kayak seat in the package. So even if you prefer sitting down on your Stand Up Paddle board or even have to because of physical problems, the Bluefin Cruise Carbon will accommodate you perfectly.

The pricing of $899 is not the cheapest, but also not near some of the top boards it can easily compete with. For quality this high and a package that is not missing a single thing this is an incredible price. All the online reviews and the 5 year warranty ensure that this is not a board you will get rid of soon and it is worth the investment. The Bluefin Cruise Carbon is the best all-around inflatable Stand Up Paddle board you can buy, no matter the price range.

What are your thoughts about the Bluefin Cruise Carbon Paddle Board? Did you purchase it or ever considered purchasing it? If not, what would a reason be to get a different board?

This is the highest quality board in a complete package that I have ever come across, I cannot imagine how it could possibly get better than this.

Which boards do you think could compete with this board or do you consider as even better? Let me know in the comments, I’m wondering if there are any different opinions!

Review written by: Tom

Hi! My name is Tom. During the year I try to be on a paddle board as much as possible. By reading this blog you'll stay updated on everything I test on the water :)

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  • 9 responses to “Bluefin Cruise Carbon 10’8″ Review”

    1. Thanks for the great review! I’m still doubting if the Carbon version is worth the $350 extra compared to the normal Bluefin Cruise, what are your thoughts about this?



    2. Hi Tom,

      Thanks for reviewing Bluefin sup board. Do you know where we can test it before we buy it in Netherlands?


      Kind regards,


      • Hi Dian,
        I’m not sure. However, I know Bluefin has a flexible return policy. Also, I would be surprised if you don’t like the board haha!

    3. Hi Tom
      in your review you show pictures of the backpack with wheels. Thats not the same backpack we can see on Bluefin web page. So, can you tell which one comes with the bluefin 10’8 cruise carbon board?

      • Hi José,

        This is indeed strange, as you can see on the pictures, I received a backpack with wheels with this board.
        To be honest I think Bluefin just copied the picture from the normal Bluefin Cruise to the Bluefin Cruise Carbon, but the normal Bluefin Cruise backpack did not have wheels and the Bluefin Carbon Cruise one did. They don’t even mention this, but with the Carbon Cruise you should get a backpack with wheels!

        Have a great weekend!


    4. This board is indeed exquisite quality, but man this board is so heavy to carry to the water. Good that the bag has wheels, but on wet grass or sand this is a lot. Backpack is so heavy, smaller people better get the normal Bluefin Cruise!

      • Yes totally agree. The review here massively underlays how heavy this board is. I have the carbon cruise 12 and it’s horrible to carry it any distance. The wheeled backpack is rubbish and the wheels cannot support the weight and splay out making moving it even more problematic. Front pocket drags on the ground if you do roll it, and wears through in no time.

    5. I have the cruise carbon 10’8 and what a board. Backpack has wheels on it so even though I have a disability I can still move my backpack around, also has carry handle and back straps. The board itself is amazing. 15psi and as sturdy as anything. Also the deck cover is cushioned so feels nice underfoot. Paddle has 4 parts so can easily be made into a kayak paddle and the kayak seat came with it too. Great carry strap for the board when it’s inflated, making it easy to carry. I’m so glad I chose this board

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    Review written by: Tom

    Hi! My name is Tom. During the year I try to be on a paddle board as much as possible. By reading this blog you'll stay updated on everything I test on the water :)