The SIPA Drive All Rounder offers a complete new experience with the motor in the board
Welcome to my first motorized paddle board review, this is about the SIPA Drive All Rounder paddle board! As you can imagine this is a very different experience from trying out a regular paddle board and I am very happy to be able to have this experience.
Having a holiday in Switzerland offered me a great environment to test out this board on quiet water in a beautiful lake, as you will see on the pictures for this review. I received a complete package of this board to try out, including a carbon paddle so I still have my regular SUP workout while paddling over the water.
In 2015 SIPA started out as a Kickstarter project, in the meanwhile they have grown into a huge brand that offers a wider ranger of motorized paddle boards and has become very popular among a broad audience. (I have written more about how and why this motorized paddle board was invented on my SIPA brand page)
Besides the board and the motor (easy to remove and install for charging) the package includes the carbon paddle, backpack, leash and fin. This board actually inflates itself in about 8 minutes, so you don’t need a pump with this! Charging it is easy and in the morning it was very comfortable to get ready and go out on the water, without the inflating exercise.
Of course these boards are not within the price range of regular paddle boards, as you get so much more and this technology is clearly more expensive. Currently the SIPA Drive All Around package with these accessories included costs € 2.290, which is quite the investment. Surely it is worth the money if you know you want to continue paddle boarding and if you want or need the extra motorized power of the SIPA Drive board.
- Very complete package with all accessories
- Always get back to shore, no matter how tired you are
- Extra support for people that have a hard time paddling
- Motor integrated in the board to prevent drag on the water
- Very light and easy to carry
- Quite high purchase price
- No kick pad on the board
- No D-rings for a kayak seat included
- No carrying handle in the middle
The SIPA Drive All Rounder Paddle Board is most suitable for:
The SIPA Drive All Rounder Paddle Board is the highest quality motorized paddle board that you will be able to find on the market. If you need some help from the motor because normal paddling is too heavy, you want to reach higher speeds or you want the extra security to make sure you will always reach the shore in any weather conditions.
The board offers a very big and stable platform for both longer and shorter trips. You can also opt to not put the motor in if not needed to just paddle on with the pretty light board. That the board inflates itself is of course a huge advantage, so you don’t need to exhaust yourself inflating the board before you get out on the water.
So far I have only tried this on calm water on the lake, so I cannot exactly tell how the experience would be with waves or wilder water. But since the board is quite wide and offers a good balance I imagine you can use it on there pretty well, even though I wouldn’t recommend using it on the wildest waves as it’s not that agile.
The SIPA Drive All Rounder Paddle Board officially does not indicate a maximum carrying capacity, but this should be over 130 kg at least. Even without the motor the board did not bend easily and it is very stiff after inflating itself.
The size of 11′ x 35.4″ x 6″ / 335 x 90 x 15 cm is an extra wide for paddle boarding, which offer additional stability but the agility of the board is a bit less because of the size. The SIPA Drive All Rounder Paddle Board does not have a kick pad on the deck, which makes turning even harder.
This board is a great motorized paddle board and offers a lot for the (quite high) price that you pay for the board in the complete package on which you will be able to enjoy the water right away at a higher speed than with a normal paddle board. Extra easy because of the automatic inflation, so I can play on my phone some more before getting started and make some nice pictures for you 😉.
When you receive the board and the complete package accessories you will know right away that you will get a high quality product for the price you pay. Anyone who wants the extra help paddling around or wants to be sure to be able to return to the shore safely in any weather conditions should check out this board for sure.
If you are looking for a motorized paddle board and you have the budget available for this high quality board, I would surely recommend it to anyone!
|Length||Width||Thickness||Max weight load||Weight board|
|11′||35.4″||6″||286 LBS / 130 kg||8.25 kg|
All Round / Relaxing / Pets
Speed on the water
The motor in the board offers extra speed (up to 5 km/h) and allows you to reach higher speeds than are possible on a regular paddle board without a motor.
The board has a weight of 8.25 kg without the motor and is very light to carry around in the supplied backpack. With the motor the total weight is 14.25 kg.
The 35.4″ width makes the board very stable and easy for beginners to stay in control, even at higher speeds. The 6″ thickness and the sturdy material offer even more stability and support.
My own experience
Of course I had high expectations, seeing the price tag that is attached to this board and the first time I was going to try out a motorized paddle board. I was happy to be able to combine this with a nice holiday to Switzerland and check out the board while on a beautiful lake.
Important when going out with this board is the preparation the day before. The evening before you go out paddling you will have to charge both batteries, do not forget this! One battery is for the board itself, the other one is for the remote control. Charging the remote feels a bit weird and unstable with the connection, but it works correctly.
Make very sure to be prepared the day before you go out paddling with this board. It is almost impossible to go out on the water without checking the manual, so I don’t think this board is very suitable for children to use on their own. Take your time to read and follow the manual to make sure you prepare your SIPA board correctly for the first time use.
Watch the manual for the SIPA Drive All Rounder Paddle Board further on in this review for an easy video guidance.
As you can see on the pictures I had a lot of space to myself and the weather was very nice. I enjoyed this board a lot and could safely achieve higher speeds than are possible on a regular paddle board.
The board offers a bizarre amount of stability and is easy to control on the water, despite the steering being a bit harder because of the size. It felt very stable and I never had the idea the board was wobbly at all. I personally haven’t tried it out without the motor inside, so I imagine that extra weight in the middle might have help with the stability too.
As said before, the board will inflate itself in about 8 minutes, which is a very luxury option to have on a paddle board. It felt very stiff and ready to get out on the water. The only downside to this board for me is that there is no carrying handle in the middle, which I always use with boards. This board only has front and rear carrying handles, so it was a bit more difficult to take it to the water than I am used to.
The SIPA Drive All Rounder Paddle Board was pretty easy to carry to the water as the board itself weighs 8.25 kg, but it weighs 14.25 with the motor integrated into the board. I took the motor separately and put it in the board at the water.
The carbon paddle that was included with the purchase of the package (only if you purchase the package, not the separate board!) was of very high quality and made it very easy to paddle along with the motor on the water. I love the extra speed and the paddling can surely add to this if done at the correct tempo.
The bungee cord that is on the nose of the board is quite wide for one with only 4 D-rings, so you can only pack big accessories under this or put a bigger backpack underneath it. Always take a bottle of water in a dry bag for hydration and carry some food or snacks along in case you lack the energy on the way.
The board also offers some extra functions compared to a standard paddle board. With the Bluetooth chip that is in the board you can connect it to your phone through the SIPABoard app. This allows you to use your phone or smartwatch as a remote control for your board, but it can also track the route you are taking and how much battery is left on the motor.
If you are at 50%, an alarm will sound so you know it is time to head back to the shore. On the paddle you can also put a remote control system, with which you can turn the motor on and off again and determine the speed that you want on the board.
This is an amazing option for starting out with a motorized paddle board of the best possible quality. If you are looking for a paddle board that can help you move forward over the water quickly and easily and you have enough budget, this SIPA Drive paddle board will surely be a great choice.
- Built with premium super light MSL materials
- The EVA snakeskin foam provides a supreme grip while still offering enough comfort for longer paddling sessions
- 7 D-rings. Bungee cord on the front, two extra D-rings in the middle and one for attaching your leash
- Comfortable front and rear carry handles
The SIPA Drive All Rounder Paddle Board has one big fin in the middle of the board, which helps with the traction on the water. Not as good as a 3 fin setup, but good enough to stay on a straight line easier.
Built with premium super light MSL drop-stitch materials for extra stiffness while keeping the board light.
Inflate / deflate
The SIPA Drive All Rounder Paddle Board inflates itself in around 8 minutes with the included inflation SipaDrive® system.
I can’t find too much information about this, except for the 30-day money back guarantee. When you receive the board you can register for warranty, but I am unsure for how long this warranty lasts.
The board has a great and clean design which depicts the great quality of the item and the materials.
In the package
The paddle that is included with the package version of the SIPA Drive Paddle Board is a carbon height adjustable 3-Piece adjustable, which is very light and easy to paddle with without straining your muscles too much. Purchasing this paddle separately on their website will cost you $300, so purchasing the package is a lot cheaper.
Check out my guide for the Best SUP paddles for 2021
The built in compressor of the SIPA Drive Paddle Board will inflate the board to optimal pressure in 5-7 minutes. So no more have pumping or using a lot of time and energy to get your paddle board inflated, this board does it all on its own!
The SIPA Drive Paddle Board leash that is included is a coiled leash, which I have praised many times before 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.
The SIPA Drive Paddle Board Deluxe carrying backpack is very comfortable and makes the board and the motor very easy to carry along. The backpack has a paddle holder on the side to easily carry along your paddle.
With the waist strap you can make sure your SIPA Drive Paddle Board stays in place, even though it is quite easy to carry along because of the low weight it has. On one side it even has a carry handle in case you want to carry it that way.
Also need a small dry bag to take some of your things along? Read more about dry bags here.
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 Shark 2
My favorite Electric SUP pump among all. Buy it here and save 35% with code TOM35 today.
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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 SIPA Drive Paddle Board online
The SIPA Drive Paddle Board is a very popular motorized paddle board, which means it has a lot of reviews online.
A short overview of some of these reviews below:
E-surfer.com: “The speed is in line with the manufacturers data and about 5-7 km/h The battery is very small, but still good for 1-3 hours depending on the speed and conditions. Overall we were very pleased with the Sipaboards Allrounder which we used for this review. It performed definitely better compared to our inflatable Naish SUP using a Blue Fin Drive which has the same price if you add board and SUP motor.
Even when comparing it with a premium SUP motor such like the ScubaJet we still would go for the Sipaboards as the fully integrated engine is more comfortable in handling and it just rides like a normal SUP board with the motor turned off.”
Techwewant.com: “Overall, while the SipaBoard is expensive at $1,990, it has features that regular Standup Paddle Boards lack. If you want a self-inflating SUP that will allow you to go further without paddling too much while feeling safe that you can easily get home, this is great for you. You can go much further, without having to worry about paddling back. It can also be a lot of fun for kids on bringing your dog along.”
Frequently Asked Questions about the SIPA Drive All Rounder Paddle Board
What is the size of the SIPA Drive All Rounder Paddle Board?
Length: 11′, Width: 35.4″, Thickness: 6″
What is the maximum carrying capacity of the SIPA Drive All Rounder Paddle Board?
286 lbs / 130 kg
What is included when purchasing the SIPA Drive All Rounder Paddle Board package?
SIPA backpack, Wireless paddle-mount remote, board carrying strap, height adjustable carbon paddle, coiled leash
What is the weight of the SIPA Drive All Rounder Paddle Board?
8.25 kg without the motor, 14.25 kg with the motor
How many fins does the SIPA Drive All Rounder Paddle Board have?
One big removable fin
How many D-rings does the SIPA Drive All Rounder Paddle Board have?
7 D-rings. Bungee cord on the front, two extra D-rings in the middle and one for attaching your leash
Does the SIPA Drive All Rounder Paddle Board have an action-camera mount?
How many handles does the SIPA Drive All Rounder Paddle Board have?
It has two handles, in the front and the back of the board
What pressure can the SIPA Drive All Rounder Paddle Board be inflated to?
It can be inflated up to 15 PSI
How long does it take to inflate the SIPA Drive All Rounder Paddle Board?
It takes about 8 minutes for the board to inflate itself up to 15 PSI
Conclusion – Should I buy the SIPA Drive All Rounder Paddle Board?
As this is the first motorized paddle board I have tried, you can understand that it is hard to compare with any of my normal paddle boarding experiences. When purchasing the SIPA Drive All Rounder complete package with everything you need included which makes this a very good paddle board for beginners.
The board has a great performance in its price category, but is not comparable to the best Stand Up Paddle boards simply because it is a completely different league and price range. If you can afford this luxury or you simply need it because of safety or physical problems it is of course worth the extra expensive to have the best of the best.
The complete package that is sold on the SIPA boards website offers a lot of advantages and all the gear that you need included. For the purchase price you receive a package including a 3-piece carbon paddle, comfortable backpack, coiled leash, wireless paddle-mount remote and a board carrying strap.
When you want to get on the water on your motorized paddle board it can even be connected to your smartphone or smartwatch through the handy app. This way you can keep track of your whole trip and know exactly when to return to shore. And of course the board inflates itself, which also saves you the work to do this every time you go out on the water.
What do you think about the SIPA Drive All Rounder Paddle Board? Have you heard of this brand or tried out any other motorized paddle boards?
Would you consider purchasing a board like this, or do you believe the motor will ruin the experience? I’m wondering if anyone else has tried this type of boards out yet and what you think about these!