Bluefin Cruise 10’8″ Review

Overview
Yoga
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Touring
Pets
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Our score
Stability
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Design
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Performance
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Price/Quality ratio
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Supplied accessories
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The best all-around paddle board for beginners

The Bluefin Cruise 10’8″ is an amazing all-around inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board that comes in a very complete package where even a kayak seat and 2-in-1 fiberglass paddle are included. The board is very stiff and will last for ages, and the same goes for high-quality accessories.

Next to the paddle and the seat the board includes a coiled leash, triple action pump, backpack, waterproof phone case and a repair kit. This is more than what you need to get started with paddle boarding.

This board is a bargain that you should want to get your hands in before they start raising the price!

This year Bluefin released the new&improved Cruise 10’8,” and I was lucky enough to get one of the first boards to test.

We have tested the two versions of these boards extensively, and you will see a lot of personal pictures of us on these two boards. The latest Bluefin Cruise 2023 version is the ORANGE SUP while the old Cruise version is in BLUE. In this review below, we will show you how we experienced these paddle boards.

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Bluefin Cruise 2023 Version Pros and Cons

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The latest version of the Bluefin Cruise came in my favorite color 😎

Pros

  • Versatile, very durable SUP Board 
  • Great for all skill levels
  • Handles a variety of water conditions
  • Stable and Rigid Board
  • Made from military-grade PVC
  • Full package 
  • Comfortable deck pad
  • Available in multiple colors
  • Smart-lock fin system
  • Four additional D-rings to attach a kayak seat
  • Kick-pad on the back

To be fair these aren’t really cons, more like small suggestions πŸ˜‰

  • Paddle blade on the large side.
  • Bag without wheels.

Bluefin Cruise Old Version Pros and Cons

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Pros

  • Great price for a complete package with the best accessories
  • Very stable and reliable board
  • Great for beginners and advanced boarders
  • Amazing online reviews, everyone loves this board!
  • Convertible paddle and kayak seat included
  • Very big grip deck with kick pad

Cons

  • Backpack has no wheels
  • No length indicator on the paddle

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Me showing off the Bluefin Cruise

Check out the NEW Bluefin Cruise here:

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The Bluefin Cruise is Most Suitable For:

This board is great for anyone who wants a versatile paddleboard that can handle a variety of conditions.

Want to know more? Check out my FULL REVIEW of the NEW Cruise ↓

The Bluefin Cruise is a very high-quality stand-up paddle board for a very competitive price that includes more than everything you need to go out for a great trip on the water. I have also tried the more luxurious version, the Bluefin Cruise Carbon before, which is perfect but more expensive and quite a bit heavier. That is why I think the Bluefin Cruise is the better board for beginners in paddle boarding.

This board is all-around so it is suitable for basically every activity you are looking for on a Stand Up Paddle board. The board could be used for a maximum weight of 287 lbs / 130 kg, for the new version this has been updated to 150 kg / 331 lbs. But I honestly think that is underestimated and you could surely get on this board with two people that have my weight (about 80 kg).

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Pushing the limits of the new Bluefin Cruise!

Although if you’re looking to go out on a tour or going out for paddling together, you should surely check out the 12′ version and the 15′ version of this board! These offer all the same advantages and the complete package that this board also offers, but with increased stability for longer tours due to the longer board.There is even a children’s version of this board with the Bluefin Cruise Junior. Are you looking for a Stand Up Paddle Board for children to get started with SUP boarding? Then check out that board instead, as it is smaller and will be easier to control for younger children.

The board is very stable and has a size of 10’8″ long and 32.9″ wide. This is why the board is very suitable for beginners, it is less likely that you will fall off of your board. The thickness of 6.3″ supports this and makes sure the board does not bend in the middle. As for speed, it is clearly not a racing board, but the shape of the board allows you to navigate through the waters quicker than with a completely rounded board.

This board offers amazing value for money and I can personally guarantee you that for this money you will not be able to get a better board. Bluefin 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 it is clear that the company itself also has a lot of faith in the product and that they are willing to back it up.

If you are looking for an all-around inflatable stand up paddle board of high quality in a very complete package for a good price, this is your best choice by far!

length
Length
10'8" / 324 cm
width
Width
32" / 82 cm
thickness
Thickness
6.2" / 16 cm
weight
Weight
25 lbs / 11.3 kg
rider weight
Max Rider Weight
330 lbs / 150 kg
air pressure
Max Air Pressure
28 PSI
colour options
Board type
All-Around
skill
Skill
Beginner

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

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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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Transport
The NEW Cruise has a weight of 24 LBS / 10.9 kg and is not hard to carry in the supplied backpack with comfortable padded straps. This is about 5 lbs less than the old Cruise, which is commendable!

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Stability
The 32.9″ width makes the board more stable than an average 30″ width board, which is good for beginners to start on. The 6.3″ thickness and the sturdy material offer even more stability and support.

My experience with the old and new versions of the Cruise

I tested both the old&new Bluefin Cruise for a whole day and filmed it. Check it out to see what this awesome beast of a board has to offer 🀩

Want to compare the old version? Here’s the video when I tested the “old” Cruise:

The Cruise and Me – Testing the old Cruise SUP for a whole day. Check it out!

I was very happy when I received the board and couldn’t wait to go out on the water. In these times when everyone is inside a lot, it is great to get out on the water for a bit. As you can see in the picture below, it was really quiet, and I had the whole lake to myself. Some peace & quiet away from the city always feels good.

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Testing the old Bluefin Cruise back in the day;)

When unpacking the board, it felt like I was getting gifts over and over with all the included accessories, all of them of great quality. (Small note to Bluefin, your packing is a bit too amazing, tone it down on the plastic wrappings;-))

With the lastest 2023 version of the Cruise, what I find especially super is that you have a choice of colors. I have to say that I was blown away by the durability of this board as well (but that’s nothing new with Bluefin boards). The military-grade PVC construction held up like a champ. I took it out in some pretty rough water and bumped into a few rocks, but it didn’t even leave a scratch.

After I unpacked everything, I went on with inflating the Bluefin Cruise. It took me exactly 3.5 minutes to inflate this board to 18 PSI, which is really quick! I do have the video to prove it but I don’t reckon anyone is interested in a 3.5-minute video of me inflating a paddle board, so I will not bother you with that.

Check out this extremely short inflation video πŸ™‚

The Bluefin Cruise was easy to carry to the water, and it felt super stable, and it was easy to paddle. As I tested the Bluefin Cruise on the same day that I tested the Bluefin Cruise Carbon it was good to see the differences between the models. The Bluefin Cruise is easier to carry than the Carbon, but the light paddle of the Carbon felt better than the fiberglass paddle of the “normal” Cruise.

For this price, a fiberglass paddle is perfect, though, and a thousand times better than an aluminum paddle. Maybe I am just getting a bit spoiled after getting used to the fancy Carbon version πŸ˜‰

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Compared to the new Carbon, the Bluefin Cruise, both old and the new version of 2023, have only one bungee cord system in the front, whereas the new Carbon has bungee cords in the front and back. I did not take that many supplies this time, and one bungee cord for a big waterproof backpack is more than enough, to be honest.

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See how easy it is for me to carry the board πŸ˜‰ | Me + Cruise = Tom Cruise πŸ˜€

The croco-diamond grip deck feels great and I never felt like losing my grip while paddling. It does not only feel great, but it also looks really cool with the look of crocodile skin (hence the name).

The kick pad on the back allows you to lean back a bit and lift up the front to make those sharper turns. I did not fall in the water (surely I must be a pro) so I don’t know how this would be with a wet board, but I trust the grip would still be wonderful.

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The New Bluefin Cruise – Front Side

It is nice and relaxing to tour around on this board, but I also managed to build up quite a bit of speed by paddling hard. The size is maybe not perfect for speed, but the pointy front of the board helps to cut through the water quicker than with a rounded board.

The three-fin system made sure I stayed in a straight line when paddling at higher speeds.

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The new Bluefin Cruise has better & improved kayak mounting points

The Old Bluefin Cruise Comes With a Kayak Seat πŸ™ŒπŸ»

Besides the normal paddling, I have even tried sitting down and kayaking on this board, which felt very relaxing. The option to sit down and have some back support (with my back I can surely use that) is great and I could paddle like this for hours without any effort. That this is included for free in a package is rare and an incredible addition to an already unbelievable bundle.

Both, The Old and The New 2023 Cruise Come with a Complete Package

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The full package of the newest Bluefin Cruise

Check out the latest price of the new Bluefin Cruise here:

Whether you get the previous version or the 2023 Cruise, this will be the best paddle board you’ve tried on the market, and both are available at a marvelous price. I would recommend the Cruise for any beginner that wants to get started right away with a complete package. With the 5-year warranty, you can be sure you will not need to purchase more things anytime soon!

Both boards are constructed with thick layers of PVC and the side reinforcement prevents any damage when bumping into things in the water. The board even has a UV-resistant coating, so it will not get damaged by the sun that quickly. (I still recommend using 303 protective spray to be sure, read more about paddle board maintenance here).

If you have more than enough money and only want the best of the best you can check out the Bluefin Cruise Carbon instead, but if you are looking for the best value for money and a complete package to use for the years to come, the Bluefin Cruise 2023 is the SUP you are looking for!

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Important features

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Setup

  • 1000 Denier Exo Surface Laminate PVC & Pro Weave Drop Stitch
  • Non-slip croco-diamond deck pad is comfortable underfoot, offering extra grip & traction
  • 9 D-rings. Bungee cord on the front, one for attaching your leash, 4 for the included kayak seat
  • 3 Comfortable grip handles for carrying, in the middle of the board, the front and back
  • Fixed Action Camera Mount on the front of the board

    + ADDITIONAL FEATURES OF THE BLUEFIN CRUISE 2023 +
  • Military-grade PVC construction
  • Raised Tail Kick Pad
  • With Safety Leash D-Ring Mount
  • Smart Lock Fins
  • Center Handle + Paddle Stay
  • Reflective D-ring Mounts
  • Neoprene Cargo Handle
  • x3 action camera mountS
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Fins
The Bluefin Cruise board has two 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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Material
The new version of the Bluefin Cruise board is made out of 1000 Denier Exo Surface Laminate PVC & Pro Weave Drop Stitch. 11200 stitches of 500 denier space yarn per square meter make for one rigid board. The fact that this material can take up to 28 PSI inflation makes it clear that it is incredibly strong!

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Inflate / deflate
The Bluefin Cruise Paddle Board is inflated in only 3,5 mins (or at least I can!) with the supplied Triple Action Hand Pump. The board can be inflated up to 28 PSI, but the recommended pressure is 15-18 PSI.

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Warranty
Bluefin offers an amazing 5-year warranty on the board and a 1-year warranty on the accessories (manufacturing warranty for accessories). You won’t possibly get this better anywhere.

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Design
This board has a nice blue an white design with a big black Croco-Diamond Deck pad + Kick Pad. The new version made this model even better and slicker, a board you will want to show to everyone.


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In The Package of The New 2023 Bluefin Cruise

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Three-Piece Paddle

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The new&improved Bluefin Cruise paddle

The three-piece paddle from Bluefin was upgraded with some new features and a completely new design to match the new SUP board.

You can adjust it from 175cm to 210cm, which makes it suitable for people of different heights. The grip on the paddle is made of a rubberized material, which feels comfortable in your hands and does not slip when wet.

The shaft is made of lightweight fiberglass, so it’s easy to handle, and the blade is made of glass-filled nylon, which helps reduce water resistance and makes your strokes smoother and more efficient.

The paddle is incredibly light, which is great for longer periods of paddling because the weight won’t tire your arms.

Pump

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Bluefin Cruise NEW pump

This is a high-pressure pump that makes inflating and deflating the paddleboard quick and easy.

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Bluefin Cruise NEW pump

It comes with a hose that attaches to the already stand-up paddle board and a gauge that lets you know when you’ve reached the optimal pressure.

Leash

Bluefin Cruise leash

The leash is another important accessory that comes with the Bluefin Cruise 10’8 paddleboard. It’s a coiled leash that attaches to your ankle and the board. Leashes ensure that the board doesn’t get away from you if you fall off but having a coiled leash is a much better option than a regular one.

The coiled leash is shorter and stretches only when needed, so it automatically does not get entangled between your legs when paddling.

Fins

Bluefin Cruise fins

The Bluefin Cruise 10’8 paddleboard comes with a tri-fin setup, which consists of three fins that attach to the bottom of the board. These fins help with stability and maneuverability and are removable so that you can adjust the setup to your preference.

Bluefin Cruise fins

The board comes with one center fin, two side fins, and two spare parts for the side fins.

Repair kit

Bluefin Cruise repair kit

A repair kit is included with a lever for the valve and two extra pieces of PVC material. Unfortunately, no glue is included, but for the sake of quality, I understand. What is nice is that you can stick reflection stickers on the board that Bluefin provides for better visibility in the dark.

Waterproof phone case

Bluefin Cruise phone case

This is a great accessory that isn’t included with the older Cruise version.

The waterproof phone case lets you bring your phone with you on the water without having to worry about it getting wet. It’s completely waterproof, so you can take pictures or use your phone without any worries, and it’s big enough to store any phone inside.

SUP Backpack

Bluefin Cruise backpack

The bag that comes with the Bluefin Cruise 10’8 SUP is an improved version of the old backpack they had with the previous Cruse SUP. This one is super spacious and has plenty of room for everything you need to bring with you on your paddleboarding adventure.

Bluefin Cruise backpack

The main compartment seems even larger, and there’s a front pocket where you can store all of your accessories. Plus, on both sides of the bag, there’s enough space to store your paddle, which is super convenient.

In The Package of The Old Bluefin Cruise

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Paddle

The paddle that is included with the Bluefin Cruise is a Bluefin 4-Piece adjustable and convertible paddle, which is lightweight and very strong and durable because it is made out of fiberglass. 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 T-bar handle of the normal SUP paddle has a very good ergonomic grip, so you hands will not start hurting when paddling. The shaft has a bit of a grainy texture for extra grip, which makes it very comfortable to paddle with this SUP paddle.

Check out my guide for the Best SUP paddles for 2022

Pump

The Bluefin Cruise includes a very easy and comfortable triple action hand pump, so it inflates both on the upstroke and the downstroke. True, this is not as effective as the Triple action pump that is included with the Bluefin Carbon Cruise. But since I inflated this board in only 3.5 minutes with this pump do you really need a better one?

The pump has a clear pressure gauge as you can see on my picture below. It goes up to 21 PSI, which is a bit strange since the board should be able to take up to 28 PSI. But since 15-18 PSI is recommended and stiff enough I don’t think this will be a problem. (If you are actually inflating this to 28 PSI I want to see a video of how long it takes you :-P!)

The handle has a nice ergonomic grip on the handle and on the foot, so even if you went for a quick swim before you will not lose grip with wet hands or wet feet. The pump easily fits into the backpack and is very light, so easily transportable.

Read my full guide on the Best SUP Pumps for this year or the Best Electric SUP Pumps.

Leash

The Bluefin Cruise 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 neoprene padding on the inside of the Velcro ankle attachment makes it feel comfortable around your ankle and will not start irritating.

Besides humans it also attaches perfectly to tree stumps as you can see, in case you want to go paddle boarding with Groot (sorry for the non-geeks who don’t get this one).

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The majestic Bluefin SUP Leash and Groot

Backpack

The Bluefin paddle board backpack is very comfortable because of the extra back and strap padding on the extra wide straps. It has some handy outside pockets and the zippers are webbing reinforced. This can easily hold your Bluefin Cruise paddle board and all accessories.

You can also use this bag to pack stuff you want to take on your trip with the Bluefin Cruise. The bag fits under the front luggage cord, so you have a nice cargo holder right with you and you do not need to worry about what to do with the bag.

The backpack has a space of 100 x 37 x 30 cm / 39.4″ x 14.6″ x 11.8″, with a total volume of 111 Liters. It has more volume than the board really needs, so you’ll always be able to fit it in there, even when not rolling the board very tight like some bags require.

Also need a small dry bag to take some of your things along? Read more about dry bags here.

Kayak seat

The paddle board Kayak seat is very comfortable and feels like it supports your back well. The feeling is nice and soft and sits great. It would have been great if the seat was waterproof, because if you tip over this seat will be soaking wet. Although it will be very hard to tip over when your balance is right on top of the board, so if that happens you should blame yourself instead of the seat πŸ˜‰

Paddling while sitting in this seat is very relaxing and easy to do when you are using the supplied dual blade paddle. If you are looking for a true canoeing experience you can just use the normal SUP paddle.

Installing the seat on the D-rings was a bit of puzzling for me to be honest, but I managed with my MacGyver skills. I would recommend everyone who gets this paddle board to try this option out at least once to experience it.

Looking for a wetsuit for paddle boarding? Read everything you need to know about wetsuits here.

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
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So many great accessories are included, feels like getting presents!

Other reviews of the Bluefin Cruise 10’8″ Paddle Board online

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Bluefin Cruise new version

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

A short overview of some of these reviews:

Supboardguide.com: Rating 9.3/10. “This board is great for beginners who find themselves below the max weight capacity and for intermediate users who want a more sporty all arounder. You will not be disappointed in its quality. It is an extremely well made and durable board with a good price point. It also comes with some great accessories, including a kayak kit right out of the box.”

Welovewatersports.com: “The Bluefin Cruise is one of the best SUP boards on the market. For beginners the Bluefin Cruise 10’8 is the right choice. We also consider the Bluefin Cruise 10’8 to be one of the best SUP boards for beginners because it strikes a good balance between a stable SUP board for beginners and a board that is also suitable for touring. You can grow with the Bluefin Cruise.”

Inflatableboarder.com: “We’re very impressed by the Bluefin Cruise 10’8β€³. A trimmed-down version of the higher-priced Cruise Carbon 10’8β€³, the Cruise 10’8β€³ offers excellent value for money and is a very enjoyable board on the water. It’s a versatile SUP that performs well and the 5-year warranty and impressive accessory package make this inflatable a top contender in this price range for the upcoming season.”

Paddlelove.com: “The BlueFin Cruise inflatable paddle board comes with an angled nose which we also say that’s sharp to cut through either flat water of waves. It should be almost effortless that you push your way through different water conditions where you’ll both; enjoy your time and workout your whole body. That being said, the Cruise is a great board for recreational paddling, kayaking, touring or even yoga if you ever wanted to give it a shot since this board is beautifully stable and versatile.”

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Bluefin Cruise new version

Trailandkale.com: “We have so much fun with our inflatable paddle board, it was definitely a great addition to our adventure gear collection for playing on our local lakes and rivers, as well as being so easy to transport when we travel around either in our car or in the garage area of our converted Sprinter camper van. I’ve been really impressed with the ease of use and quality that this SUP has to offer.”

Coolofthewild.com: “Whether you’re new to paddle boarding or are looking to upgrade to something more high performing than your first board, the Bluefin Cruise 10.8 SUP is a superb option to consider. With a kayak conversion kit to alter your paddling position, excellent tracking, responsive turning and good stability, the Cruise is one versatile package. From a quick blast on the river for fitness to overnight camping trips, it will have almost all of your paddling needs and wants catered for.”

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Bluefin Cruise new version

Standup-paddle-board.com: “The Bluefin Cruise 10.8 paddle board is quite rigid, impresses with easy maneuvering, and is ultimately a top price-performance choice. You have everything you need to get started right away. You get a good all-around paddle board that exceeding similarly priced boards.  With its extensive equipment, the iSUP all-around board offers beginners and advanced paddlers as well as families great fun and variety.”

Amazon.com: Rating 4.5/5. “Being fairly new to paddleboarding I was dubious about which board to buy but after a lot of research I went for this model from Bluefin and I’m so glad I did! The board and all the accessories fit into the bag which makes it so easy to transport. I found the board to be easy to inflate and very rigid once inflated. The price is far lower than other models available but that doesn’t affect the quality! Quick delivery too!” – Based on 448 customer reviews as on 5th of May 2020.

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The old Bluefin Cruise

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

What’s new in the latest version of the Bluefin Cruise 10’8 Paddleboard?Β 

The latest 2023 version of the Bluefin Cruise 10’8 SUP has a few new features, with impressive accessory package including an upgraded deck pad with a thermostatic crocodile deck pad for added traction and a new, more durable construction that’s designed to withstand wear and tear better than previous models.

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

Length: 10′,8″ Width: 32.9″, Thickness: 6.3″

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

The old version can support up to 287 lbs / 130 kg
The new version can support up to 330 lbs / 150 kg
So it can easily support one or two people, along with any gear you might bring along.

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

Bluefin backpack, convertible and height adjustable fiberglass paddle, Bluefin coiled leash, Triple Action Hand Pump, Kayak seat, Waterproof Phone Cover, repair kit

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

24.9 lbs / 11.3 kg

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

3 fins, 2 small fins and one big removable fin

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

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

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

The warranty on this board is 5 years

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

Yes

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

It has 3 handles, on the front, middle and back of the board

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

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

How long does it take to inflate the Bluefin Cruise 10’8″ Paddle Board?

About 3.5 minutes with the supplied triple-action pump

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Bluefin Cruise new

Update: What is the difference between the Newest 2023 Bluefin Cruise and the Bluefin Cruise 2021?

Check out the NEW Bluefin Cruise here:

Check out the old Bluefin Cruise here:

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Bluefin has released the new version of the Bluefin Cruise, with an updated design and some more upgrades compared to the 2021 version. Just when I thought it could not get any better they still manage to surprise me! Just see how many more colors and sizes have been added to the Bluefin Cruise range now!

Soon I will update this review with new pictures of the new version of the Bluefin Cruise, it is currently on its way to me, wondering which colors I will get πŸ˜‰

As you can see up here the design is more modern and over 10% lighter than the 2021 version. For me, this is surely an improvement. It might seem like the accessories have not changed at all, but this is actually not correct. Let me tell you about the differences between the new Bluefin Cruise and the Bluefin Cruise 2021.

New colors options: Where before you only had one color option, now you get to choose from six different colors. Besides that new sizes have been added to the collection, the 9’8 and the 10’4 boards.

Lighter board: The Bluefin boards are known for being heavier than others because of the high quality material. Without compromising in that they have made the boards over 10% lighter. The Bluefin Cruise 10’8 went from 12.3 kg to 10.93 kg! Bluefin now relies on a lighter, modern Fusion superstructure (MSL) for the new Cruise models.

Other features: The equipment has also changed quite a bit: There is now a removable luggage net with reflectors on the front D-rings and 2 additional action cam mounts on the rear rings. The deck pad has been extended to the rear and the valve is now integrated into the rear part of the footprint.

Accessories: A new backpack for your paddle board, a new pump, a new paddle, lots of new stuff. But unfortunately Bluefin has removed the 2nd paddle blade and the kayak seat from the package, which to me personally is a big disappointment as this was a huge plus of the package compared to competitors.

As you can see the new version of the Bluefin Cruise offers quite some small improvements. For me especially the design is a lot more attractive. I appreciate how they are still working on making small improvements on, in my opinion, the best Stand Up Paddle Board on the market.

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The new Bluefin Cruise

Conclusion – Should I buy the Bluefin Cruise?

For this money, this is the best all-around inflatable Stand Up Paddle board for beginners that you can buy. The Bluefin Cruise is of insanely high quality and made out of super tough material. The fact you get an excellent package with everything you need included is what makes this in total the best board available for beginners at this price.

With the 5 year warranty you know you are secure and in the unlikely event that something ever happens to the board, you can contact the superb customer service of Bluefin who will solve your problem easily. A repair kit is also supplied with the package in case an immediate repair would be necessary.

As you have seen above there are many advantages to the Bluefin Cruise. The incredibly strong and stiff board, the convertible fiberglass paddle, kayak seat, triple action hand pump, backpack and coiled leash, 9 D-rings, the big grip deck with kick pad, action camera mount, 3 grip handles, 3 fins (all of which are removable), incredible customer service and 5 year warranty…. It has everything you could possibly ever need!

When you want to start paddling and you are looking for a beginner’s board that is high quality and complete this Bluefin Cruise is your top pick. Are you more advanced in paddle boarding and looking for an upgrade? Probably you should look at the Bluefin Cruise Carbon instead if you have the budget available or the Bluefin Sprint for higher speeds and longer tours.

Along with the Bluefin Cruise Carbon this is one of the very few high quality Stand Up Paddle board that has a kayak seat and 2-in-1 paddle in the package for free and this makes the choice for this board even more obvious. Even if you cannot stand up for a bit (I’m feeling my back again) or just want to sit down and relax, you can do this while having your back supported.

The price is impeccable for this quality of a package and unrivaled by any other brand in Stand Up Paddling. Anyone purchasing a new Stand Up Paddle board should consider one of the Bluefin boards because of the unmatched value for money.

Nothing is missing in the package and the 5 year warranty is the best you can possibly get. Check out the online reviews and you will see how much praise this board gets and that it is a guarantee for years of fun. Or better yet, order it and find it out for yourself!

What are your thoughts about the Bluefin Cruise Paddle Board? Have you heard of this brand or tried it out yet? Would you go for the Bluefin Cruise or right away for the Bluefin Cruise Carbon?

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    Bluefin Cruise 10'8" Score 10
    Bluefin Cruise Carbon 10'8" Score 9.8
    Bluefin Cruise Junior 8' Score 8.6
  • 15 responses to “Bluefin Cruise 10’8″ Review”

      • Hi John,

        The Bluefin Cruise has a complete package with a 2-in-1 fiberglass paddle, a kayak seat and offers a 5 year warranty.
        So I would always say the Bluefin Cruise in this case. Maybe if you already have a very good fiberglass or carbon paddle, you don’t want to use a kayak seat and you can get the Beast or Magma for a lot less money you should pick one of those instead. This depends on the circumstances, but generally the Bluefin Cruise wins it easily!

        Hope you find your right SUP board!

        Tom

    1. Thanks for review!
      According to that, just ordered 10.8 / 2020 model.
      Hope will be statisfied!
      Thanks again.

    2. Thanks for bringing my attention towards the Bluefin Cruise. The center fin box does not seem to be a standard fin box, but seem to use proprietary fins. Is this correct?

      • Hi Martin,

        Bluefin does indeed have the smart lock fin system, which for me works a whole lot easier than the US fin box system really.
        The only disadvantage is that you cannot just put in fins from other brands, you will need the specific Bluefin ones.
        Hope this helps you out on this question.

        Have a lot of paddling pleasure!

        Tom

        • Irocker fins, smart lock system and gopro mount, fits great with Bluefin SUP-s. (they are the same, but different colour) and can be bought separately from Irocker-s’ website, wich is great.

    3. Hi, thanks for the review. Do you think the 2021 version would be suitable for me; 5’9 but 100kg…? Thanks for your help and advice,
      Andrew

      • Hi Andrew,

        You should easily stay afloat on the 2021 version and be stable, I have tested this board a lot of times and even together with my girlfriend this board is very stable.
        I would recommend to go for it.

        Let me know how your paddling adventures go!

        Tom

    4. Very helpful reviews! I am less than 5ft tall and about 100 lbs. I could easily fit in the junior, but would the additional length on the 10’8 help me with speed or will the larger volume make it more difficult given my size? Thanks!

      • Hi Sheila. The additional length might be an issue in the beginning until you get a hold of the board. Otherwise, overall a 10’8 shouldn’t be too much of a hassle and will increase speed.

    5. Hi Tom

      I am 6ft 2″ and weigh 85kg I am lookiing to purchase the
      The BLUEFIN CRUISE 10’8! is this the correct board or should I go for 12ft?

      • Hi Jasper!

        The Bluefin Cruise 10’8 will surely be enough for normal paddling and your adventures on the water.
        Only if you are going on long tours and want to bring some extra stuff or if you sometimes want to bring another person along I would recommend the 12′,
        but it is not necessary with your weight and height.

        Hope you have fun on your board!

        Tom

    6. Hello Tom, thanks for your extensive review, which helped me in buying this board. I’ve had it for a couple of weeks now and it is indeed as great as you say! The bluefin cruise board is very stable and the kayaking option is nice and relaxing. Sometimes my back starts hurting when I paddle for too long, maybe it is the wrong technique I have. Sitting down is a great solution to still continue then.

    7. Hi Tom, thank you for the great and complete review. I have purchased this board recently and it indeed works very well. It feels very stable compared to the budget board I had before this. For this upgrade the price honestly isn’t too much, especially with the high quality paddle that comes with it and the comfortable kayak seat. Looking at your other blogs to find some more gear to make my trips even more comfortable!

    8. Great review, a good read and interesting to see the upgrades to the previous model.

      So I bought one of these direct from Bluefin a couple of months ago. There were some issues regarding shipping (UK, probably Brexit related as it came from NL) and when it ~eventually~ arrived, we all loved it. My eldest teen was stood up paddling within 5 minutes from never having been on a solo watercraft of any description; it really is that stable and confidence inspiring. She cannot wait to get out and have another go.

      Due to weather that was the only outing to date… didn’t stop me picking another up today via Amazon and a hefty Black Friday discount! Delivery within two days too.

      They’re brilliant bits of kit for the money; well made, good features and visibly smart.

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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 :)