11′ & 12′ Gili Adventure SUP

Overview
Surf
Yoga
All-round
Touring
Pets
Fishing
9.4
9.4
Our score
Stability
9
Design
9
Performance
10
Price/Quality ratio
9
Supplied accessories
10

Gili Adventure Review: All The Adventure You’ll Ever Need

Looking for a SUP board that can take you on all sorts of adventures? Then the Gili Adventure may be the perfect option for you! In this review, we will take a look at all of the features that this board has to offer. We’ll discuss its construction, performance, and what makes it stand out from other boards on the market. So if you’re considering buying a Gili Adventure SUP board, then read on!

Gili Adventure 11'
Me & My Gili Adventure 11′ Full Package

The Gili Adventure 2022 is available in two sizes: 11′ and 12′. Explore hidden lakes and out-of-the-way areas with the GILI Adventure SUP, the ultimate expedition iSUP intended for utility, touring, and performance.

For attaching all of your gear, the Adventure boasts 20 D-Rings, front and rear (removable) bungees, and Scotty mounts for the optional tackle rack.

The Adventure can do everything from touring to exploration to SUP fishing and SUP Yoga!

This board will appeal to both beginners and advanced paddlers who wish to practice touring and carry additional gear or bring a pet along on their trips.

Gili Adventure 11'
Gili Adventure 11′

Most suitable for:

The Gili Adventure is a versatile SUP board that can be used for various activities. It’s made with a durable construction that can withstand even the roughest waters. The board also has a great design that makes it easy to maneuver and control.

Plus, it comes with all the accessories you need to get started, including a paddle, leash, and life jacket.

When it comes to performance, the Gili Adventure does not disappoint. It paddles smoothly and tracks well in both calm and rough water. It’s also stable enough to handle small waves and windy conditions. And if you want to go fishing or camping on your SUP board, the Gili Adventure has plenty of room for all your gear.

Pro’s

  • A portion of the proceeds will be used to help protect our oceans
  • Excellent price. Most comparable iSUPs are more expensive.
  • Great kit with a high-quality bag and a nice paddle.
  • High weight capacity, perfect for bringing along pets or children
  • High weight capacity 
  • Ideal for all levels, traveling with children and/or pets.
  • Outstanding Stability
  • Portable and Lightweight
  • Quiet fast
  • SUP adventurers will love this versatile, stable touring board.
  • Two bungees, three carry handles, 20 d-rings, and even fishing mounts are included in the package.

Cons

  • EVA pad could have more grip
  • It is not as sturdy as some of the other paddle boards on the market 
  • Lasts a shorter amount of time, not cost-effective in the long run
Gili Adventure 11'
Gili Adventure 11′ from the side

What Makes Gili Adventure Stand Out?

Throughout all of our tests, the Gili Adventure performed wonderfully. Its general steadiness never failed to impress us. Created with the innovative, dual-layer Fusion Technology: the strongest, lightest iSUP material available. You don’t need to worry about branches, rocks, or other harsh surfaces with the Adventure’s military-grade PVC outer skin.

A percentage of the proceeds from your SUP purchase will be contributed to organizations that work to protect our oceans, reefs, and endangered sea creatures.

This board is inexpensive and includes numerous features and extras. It’s easy to transport, lightweight, and provides outstanding maneuverability and stability on the water.

Gili Adventure 11'
Gili Adventure 11′ Back

It is also relatively smooth and efficient on the water, making it ideal for long expeditions.

The Adventure 11′ and 12′ are GILI’s higher-end all-around inflatable SUPs that glide nicely and have plenty of valuable features.

The Adventure is an all-around board that measures 11′ x 32′′ x 6′′ or 12′ x 32′′ x 6′′ and has a sturdier form than the AIR, resulting in significant speed and tracking capability. It also has a lot of space to store gear.

This board is ready for any adventure with 20 D-rings, front and rear bungee straps, three action mounts, and Scotty mounts.

Specifications

length
Length
11' / 12'
width
Width
32"
thickness
Thickness
6"
weight
Weight
22 lbs / 9.9 kg
rider weight
Max Rider Weight
290 lbs & 330 lbs / 131 kg & 149 kg
air pressure
Max Air Pressure
15 PSI
colour options
Board type
All-Around
skill
Skill
Beginner and Intermediate
11' & 12' Gili Adventure SUP 1

Primary use
All-Around/Flat Water Paddling/Recreational/Ocean Paddling/Surfing

11' & 12' Gili Adventure SUP 2

Speed on the water
The longer 12′ board is faster on the water than the shorter 11′ board. They’re both terrific options if you’re searching for a board to take on medium-length travels.

The Gili Adventure is excellent for flatwater paddling and light surf conditions, making it an excellent choice for paddle boarding adventures. The Gili Adventure Paddle Board is for those looking for a board that moves quickly on the water. This board is made with a sleek design that helps it cut through the water with ease. 

11' & 12' Gili Adventure SUP 3

Transport
If you’re looking for a paddle board that’s easy to transport, the Gili Adventure Paddle Board is great. It’s lightweight and comes with a convenient carrying strap, so you can take it wherever you go.

11' & 12' Gili Adventure SUP 4

Stability
The Gili Adventure Paddle Board is very stable. It has a large, flat surface area and is very sturdy. The board is also very lightweight, making it easy to carry and maneuver.

You can paddle in any direction with ease, and the board will provide a great deal of stability, allowing beginners to practice using touring boards while also having the speed and maneuverability that more advanced paddle boarders seek.

Personal Experience

Gili Adventure 11'
Gili Adventure 11′ is kinda taller than me, huh?

I always choose the Gili Adventure Paddle Board when it comes to paddle boarding.

This is a great board for anyone who wants to get into stand-up paddle boarding or someone who wants a versatile board that can handle different conditions.

The Gili Adventure is perfect for calm waters like lakes and slow-moving rivers and choppy waters like the ocean. It’s also stable enough to take out in small waves and windy conditions. If you want to go fishing or camping on your SUP board, the Gili Adventure has plenty of room for all your gear. 

It’s very stable and easy to use, even in choppy waters. The best thing about it is that it’s lightweight and portable, making it perfect for those who love traveling and exploring new places.

Gili Adventure 11'
Gili Adventure 11′ Back

I’ve taken my Gili Adventure Paddle Board on many different adventures, from exploring remote coves and bays to paddling down rivers and even across lakes. It’s always performed flawlessly, providing me with a great experience every time.

Overall, I highly recommend this board to anyone looking for a durable and versatile SUP. It’s well-made, performs excellent, and comes with everything you need to get started. It’s the perfect choice for both beginners and experienced paddleboarders alike.

So if you’re in the market for a new SUP board, be sure to check out the Gili Adventure. Trust me; you won’t be disappointed! 


Gili Adventure 11'
Gili Adventure 11′ Side view

Important features

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Setup

  • Bungee area:
    You’ll have plenty of room to secure your valuables with both front and back bungees. Thanks to the 6-point front bungee, you can swiftly secure a backpack or two and any additional gear you want to bring along. The 4-point bungee is ideal for securing a dry bag on the small side.
    The back bungee is detachable; if you don’t need it, you can easily remove it. You’ll be able to move your feet around more easily.
  • Carry Handles:
    In the middle is a carry handle. The board is strong and well-padded, making it easy to tote over long distances. 
  • Construction:
    The company went with a dual-layer MSL design. The fusion technology reduced the overall score to eight despite the board’s size. Thanks to its twin-layer fusion technology, its durability has also been thoroughly considered; it is extremely light when fully inflated, yet it will endure a long time with some care.
  • Deck Pad:
    Several changes have been made to the deck pad. The Gili Adventure 11′ / 12′ SUP now boasts a comfy EVA foam traction pad, unlike the earlier 10’6 all-around’s diamond-grooved design. It offers a comfortable brushed finish for your feet and hands.
  • D-Rings:
    There are 20 D-rings on the Gili Adventure 11′ / 12′ SUP. This is a substantial amount, so it’s ideal for securing personal belongings and equipment. It can also secure items such as a kayak seat or a fishing rod.
  • Paddle holder:
    On the right side of the board is a paddle holder. Two Velcro straps secure your paddle, allowing you to free up your hands.
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Fins
The Gili Adventure fins are made from a durable and lightweight material. The board has a flip-lock race fin and flip-lock side fins for enhanced stability and traction. The side fins can be removed for transportation or storage. The prominent fins are attached to the board with screws.

11' & 12' Gili Adventure SUP 7

Material
The Gili Adventure Sports Paddle Board is made of high-density polyethylene (HDPE), which is a durable, rigid material that can withstand years of use. The board also has an EVA foam deck pad, which provides traction and comfort while paddling. The paddle is made of aluminum, and the leash is made of nylon. These materials are designed to withstand the elements and provide a great experience while paddle boarding.

11' & 12' Gili Adventure SUP 8

Inflate / deflate
It only takes about ten to fifteen minutes to inflate the Gili Adventure entirely. To speed up the process, I recommend my absolute best OM Shark II electric pump. Deflating is just as easy – simply open the valve and let the air out. The whole process takes less than five minutes, making it a breeze to get on and off the water. Overall, this product is extremely user-friendly and requires minimal effort.

11' & 12' Gili Adventure SUP 9

Warranty
The Gili Adventure Inflatable SUP Board comes with a 2-year warranty. When you buy a product, you usually expect some kind of warranty coverage in the event that something goes wrong.
Gili Sports’ SUP Board comes with a two-year warranty against manufacturing defects and a 60-day money-back guarantee so that you can feel safe about your purchase. The warranty coverage is usual for SUPs in this price range, but the 60-day return policy sets it apart from the competition.

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Design
The Gili Adventure paddle board is designed for both all-around flatwater paddling and light ocean surfing. It is a durable yet lightweight construction that makes it easy to carry and transport. The paddle board also features a non-slip deck pad for added safety and comfort while paddling. Additionally, the Gili Adventure SUP has a detachable fin for added stability while surfing or paddling in windy conditions.


In the package

Paddle

There are three paddle options available: fiberglass with nylon blade, carbon fiber with nylon blade, and carbon shaft with a carbon blade.

Gili Adventure full package
Gili Adventure with paddle

Leash

A coiled lightweight safety leash with an 8-foot reach. The leash’s spiral design keeps it out of the water and out of the way. When paddle boarding, it features a comfortable ankle strap and goes unnoticed.

Pump

The Gili 2-stage hand pump is quite powerful. It’s compact and lightweight, and it folds up easily for travel. Continuous upward and downward pumping cycles make it easy to inflate your board to 15 PSI. The pump also has a gauge that shows the pressure on the board (PSI).

Backpack

The front of the bag has wheels, and the handle for wheeled use is also on the front. It is nice and compact, SUP fits in it and so does the pump.  There are also more compartments where you can store some of your paddleboard accessories. In comparison to the previous one, I liked the new backpack they updated.

Repair Kit

iRocker repair kit
Gili repair kit

The Gili Adventure board also comes with a repair kit in case something goes wrong with it. Although we do not wish for this to occur, it is a good thing that they have included it in their package. A valve wrench, three PVC repair patches, and three replacement flip locks for the board’s fins are included in the kit. Having a spare repair kit is better than having none!

Additional Accessories

Life Jacket

This is a must-have accessory, especially if there will be children or pets on the paddleboard. You can’t just put on any old life jacket and call it good when paddle boarding. You need a properly-fitting personal flotation device (PFD) that is comfortable and won’t get in your way while paddling. While there are many different types and styles of PFDs on the market, here are a few things to consider when choosing the right one for you.

Consider the type of paddle boarding you’ll be doing most often. If you are doing primarily flatwater paddling, you’ll want a different PFD than if you’re planning on tackling some whitewater rapids. Comfort is vital. You don’t want to constantly adjust and readjust your PFD while you’re out on the water, so make sure it fits well and doesn’t chafe or rub in any uncomfortable ways.

Because the Adventure SUP has so many activities to offer, it’s best to invest in a high-quality and comfortable life jacket to keep the passengers safe. Keep in mind that you must ensure everyone’s safety. With more options to choose from, an infant life jacket and a dog life jacket are available.

Waterproof Fanny Pack

If you’re planning on hitting the waves for a day of paddle boarding, you’ll want to make sure you have all the gear you need to stay safe and comfortable. One essential item is a waterproof fanny pack. This will help keep your valuables safe and dry as you enjoy your time on the water. There are a few things to consider when choosing a waterproof fanny pack. First, think about what size you need. A smaller bag will be fine if you’re only bringing a few small items with you. But if you’re carrying things like sunscreen, snacks, and extra clothes, you’ll need something more significant.

Electric Pump

The electric pump is an excellent addition to any paddle boarder’s arsenal. It is easy to get your board inflated and ready to hit the water. No more struggling with manual pumps or worrying about whether or not you’ve got enough air in your board. The electric pump does all the work for you.

Kayak Conversion Kit/Seat Cushion

Because the Gili Adventure SUP is also a great fishing paddleboard, you might want to consider adding a kayak seat to make your experience more comfortable and enjoyable, especially if you have a passenger.

Water Proof Speakers

A waterproof speaker will enhance your paddling experience on the water. While you’re doing your activity, listen to your favorite song! When paddling, good music will lighten the mood; you can even dance while on the water on this paddleboard because it is guaranteed to be stable! Invest in a high-quality, waterproof sticker that you will be able to use for a long time.

Hard/Soft Coolers

The Gili paddleboard has two storage areas on the front and back, allowing you to add either a hard or soft cooler. Bring your favorite drink out on the water with you! It’s so much easier to stay hydrated when you have a SUP Cooler with you! This is also recommended for paddlers who will be out on the water for several hours!

Paddle board lock

While paddle boarding is a relatively new sport, its popularity has exploded in recent years. With that increase in popularity, there has also been an increase in people looking for ways to protect their investments. A Paddleboard lock is one of the best ways to do that. There are a few different types of paddleboard locks on the market, but they all serve the same purpose – to keep your board safe from theft. The most important thing to look for in a lock is something that will be difficult for thieves to cut through or break.

Optional accessories (my must-haves – not included)

Here are two of my favorite accessories for this year. One for safety and one because I like to use my time wisely (like take pictures while my board inflates itself) 😋

outdoormaster-sup-pump

Outdoormaster Shark 2
My favorite Electric SUP pump among all. Buy it here and save 35% with code TOM35 today.

11' & 12' Gili Adventure SUP 11

Restube classic
Because extra safety measures never hurt anyone! Buy it here and save 10% with code SUPWORLD10 today.


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 Gili Adventure Paddle Board Online

amazon.com: “I love my Gili board! I feel very stable on the board and haven’t fallen off yet. I purchased it about a month ago, and it is my first board. However, I did use another before deciding to purchase my own. The other board was heavy and larger, and it was hard for me to carry the .25 miles to the Lake. The Gili board is half the weight and easy to carry. As you can see in the picture, I am short; so it’s a good weight. I love the fact that it has bungee cords on the front and back, which is great for keeping things on the board, and it has plenty of D-rings. It is light and balanced. I have been boarding on some rough water, and it handles it perfectly. I recently bought a kayak seat from Gili to attach to the board when I want another option for kayaking. My dog loves the board too. I have nothing negative to say about this board; been using it 2-4 times a week since I bought it.”

ubuy.com: “GILI was fantastic. They offered another and expedited delivery ahead of schedule when the color was out of stock. Best of all, I got to talk with real people! And, the product is fantastic – just as advertised – and very high quality.”

Frequently Asked Questions about the Gili Adventure SUP

How long will it take to inflate the Gili Adventure SUP board?

The Gili 11′ Adventure Inflatable SUP Board can be inflated and deflated in 15-20 minutes. I recommend using an electric pump like my favorite one, the OM Shark II (check the review on my website), to speed up the process.

What are the Gili Sports Adventure paddle boards made of?

The Gili Sports Adventure paddle boards are made from high-density polyethylene (HDPE) material. The material is UV stabilized to protect against sun damage and fading.

How much does the Gili Sports Adventure paddle board weigh?

The Gili Sports Adventure paddle board weighs 22-23 pounds. 

How do I care for the Gili Sports Adventure paddle board?

To care for the Gili Sports Adventure paddle board:
1. Rinse it off with fresh water after each use.
2. Store in a cool, dry place out of direct sunlight when not in use.
3. Avoid contact with sharp objects. 

Where can I purchase the Gili Sports Adventure paddle board?

The Gili Sports Adventure paddle board is available for purchase on their website or Amazon.

How long will it take to ship the Gili Sports Adventure paddle board?

The Gili Sports Adventure paddle board will ship within one to three business days. Shipping time will depend on your location. 

How do I inflate the Gili Sports Adventure paddle board?

To inflate the Gili Sports Adventure paddle board, you will need an air pump with an adapter that fits the size of the valves on the board. Inflate to 15 PSI. 

How many fins does the Gili Adventure Board have?

It has 2 quick snap fins, which are easy to install.

How many D-rings does the Gili Adventure Board have?

It comes with 20 D-rings for storing your gear and other attachments.

What is the weight limit for the Gili Sports Adventure paddleboard?

The weight limit for the Gili Sports Adventure paddle board is 290-330 pounds. 

What pressure can the Gili Adventure Inflatable SUP board be inflated to?

The Gili Adventure needs to be inflated to 15PSI. With the included pump, that’ll take a little less than 10 minutes.

Bluefin Cruise 10’8″ Review11′ & 12′ Gili Adventure SUPBlackfin Model V
ProductBluefin Cruise 10’8″ Review11′ & 12′ Gili Adventure SUPBlackfin Model V
BuildInflatableInflatable Inflatable
SkillBeginnerBeginner and IntermediateBeginners / Advanced
Price €399.00 $639.97 $999.99
Score109.49
All-round
Touring
Surfing
Yoga

Conclusion – Should I buy this board?

The Gili Sports 11’/12′ Adventure left a great impression on me. Despite its impressive weight capacity, it feels easy to maneuver on the water as a light iSUP (in general, not just because of its size).

I like how it’s so feature-rich, with so many practical features that improve the paddling experience. It moved quickly through the water while being sturdy enough to handle most of the harsher conditions we encountered.

Overall, I believe these boards are well worth their high overall scores. New paddlers to intermediate paddlers will really appreciate it. GILI’s touring paddle board will otherwise appeal to paddlers looking for better speed. With lots of additional features and accessories, this paddle board is excellent value for money and will last longer if rightly maintained and looked after. 

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Review written by: Tom

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Comparison

Bluefin Cruise 10’8″ Review 11′ & 12′ Gili Adventure SUP Blackfin Model V
Product Bluefin Cruise 10’8″ Review 11′ & 12′ Gili Adventure SUP Blackfin Model V
Build Inflatable Inflatable Inflatable
Skill Beginner Beginner and Intermediate Beginners / Advanced
Price €399.00 $639.97 $999.99
Score 10 9.4 9
All-round
Touring
Surfing
Yoga

Specifications

length
Length
11' / 12'
width
Width
32"
thickness
Thickness
6"
weight
Weight
22 lbs / 9.9 kg
rider weight
Max Rider Weight
290 lbs & 330 lbs / 131 kg & 149 kg
air pressure
Max Air Pressure
15 PSI
colour options
Board type
All-Around
skill
Skill
Beginner and Intermediate

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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 :)