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Since we began reviewing paddle boards in 2016, we’ve tested over 100 different models.

The CALA Ikatere stands out with its unique design, impressive performance, and suitable features for beginners and advanced paddlers alike.

This versatile touring board has caught our attention, and we’re excited to share our findings with you.

Let’s dive into our CALA Ikatere review.

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Stylish High-Performance Touring Paddleboard

CALA Ikatere

๐Ÿ“Š Data & Facts

Board TypeInflatable (iSUP)
BrandCALA Boards
Skill LevelAmbitious Beginners, Intermediate
Price RangeExpensive
Intended UseTouring
Maximum Paddler Weight120 kg
Length350 cm (11’6″)
Width81 cm (32″)
Thickness15 cm (6″)
Volume* (estimated)Approximately 320-340 Liters
Weight9.4 kg
AccessoriesSUP Trolley-Backpack, Manual, Double-Action Air Pump (switchable), 3-piece Full-Carbon Paddle (continuously adjustable), Coiled-Leash (spiral safety line) with key compartment, 3 removable Fins (Smartlock System), Repair Kit with Valve Key

๐Ÿ”„ How did the CALA Ikatere change over time?

The CALA Ikatere has seen a few significant updates in its recent model, particularly in its accessory package.

  • SUP Trolley-Backpack: CALA Boards has improved the trolley-rucksack by making it more comfortable and adding larger outdoor rollers for better functionality.
  • Paddle: The paddle is now made entirely of carbon, with both the paddle blade and grip also being 100% carbon fiber, resulting in a lighter and stiffer paddle with better performance.
  • Pump: A completely revamped pump with a larger piston has been introduced that delivers better pumping performance and time-saving during inflation.

๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘Ž Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Stylish “Rastafari” design and eye-catching appearance
  • Innovative, stiff, and lightweight construction using “Fusion Technology”
  • Double-layer rails with fabric reinforcement
  • 3 removable fins (Smartlock-System)
  • 2 bungee storage areas
  • High weight capacity and solid stability
  • Comprehensive, high-quality accessory package included

Cons

  • Higher price range
  • Insufficient long-term experiences

Stylish High-Performance Touring Paddleboard

CALA Ikatere

๐Ÿ›  Built & Material

The CALA Ikatere features an advanced construction technique called “HDX Air System Technology,” which combines elements of Fusion-Dropstitch and Double-Layer Rails.

The board’s core is created via drop-stitch technology, connecting the top and bottom surfaces with polyester threads and incorporating a stable “X-Woven-Dropstitch” fabric weave.

The outer PVC layer is fused with the core using a thermo-fusion process, ensuring high stiffness and durability similar to Red Paddle’s MSL-Fusion technique.

Double-layer reinforced and fabric-reinforced side surfaces (Rails) provide additional strength, as they are stress-prone areas. Despite the robust construction, the CALA Ikatere maintains a surprisingly lightweight profile at around 9.4 kg.

This feature facilitates transportation, especially when combined with the provided high-quality backpack trolley, making it an ideal choice for those seeking a portable and user-friendly touring SUP board.

โš–๏ธ Weight Limit

The CALA Ikatere inflatable stand-up paddleboard is designed with a maximum paddler weight limit of 120 kg (265 lbs). While its Fusion-Dropstitch and Double-Layer-Rails construction provides excellent stability and durability, for optimal performance, we recommend not to exceed this weight limit too much.

However, if the weight is well distributed, such as through the use of the two bungee cargo nets, the board can potentially support up to 140 kg (308 lbs) for shorter tours or casual paddling activities.

Two lighter adults could also use the board together on occasion. Parents or dog owners likewise have enough load capacity to bring along a companion on the water!

Stylish High-Performance Touring Paddleboard

CALA Ikatere

๐Ÿ„โ€โ™‚๏ธ Intended Use & Riding Characteristics

The CALA Ikatere is a versatile touring paddleboard that stands out due to its slightly shorter length and comfortable width. It offers excellent tipping stability, which is perfect for beginners, and inspires confidence even in demanding waters.

Compared to longer models, it demonstrates better performance in currents and waves, particularly when using all three fins.

The 2+1 fin setup provides impressive agility and stability. At the same time, you have the option to switch to a single-center fin under calmer conditions for better tracking (though less tipping stability and maneuverability).

The three removable fins allow you to adjust the board’s performance according to different conditions, whether it be for calm recreational paddling or tackling more challenging touring routes.

Although the CALA Ikatere shares similarities with the shorter CALA Kanaloa, it offers its own set of advantages. With its higher volume and additional bungee cargo net, the CALA Ikatere is a suitable choice for longer tours with more gear.

The large deck area is also suitable for alternative activities such as yoga or fishing, and the option to attach a kayak seat makes it a welcome feature for a touring paddleboard.

๐ŸŽจ Design

The CALA Ikatere paddle board’s design stands out with its unique “Rasta-Style”, making it a definite head-turner on the water. The board features a realistic wood-grain aesthetic on both the top and bottom, complemented by bands of the Rasta colors of green, yellow, and red.

These bands adorn the tail and nose areas of the board. Additionally, the center fin is framed by palm trees, adding to the board’s visual appeal. On the top side of the nose, there is a Lion of Judah design โ€“ a significant symbol in the Rastafarian religion.

The deck pad is entirely black, adorned only with the yellow CALA Boards logo.

Stylish High-Performance Touring Paddleboard

CALA Ikatere

โญ Features

  • Deck pad: The generous deck pad, made from EVA material, features a non-slip diamond texture to ensure a secure footing, even when wet. Notably, the material from BLOOM is 20% composed of seagrass, making it more environmentally friendly.
  • 8 D-rings: There are six D-rings located on the side of the standing area to allow for attaching an optional kayak seat. In addition, a sturdy D-ring at the back is integrated into the rubber vent patch for attaching the supplied coiled leash, and another robust D-ring at the bottom of the nose serves as an anchor or towing point.
  • 2 carrying handles with removable paddle holders: The CALA Ikatere features two carrying handles made from strap material located in the center and at the tail. These handles are accompanied by removable neoprene paddle holders adorned with rubber patches.
  • 3 removable fins: Featuring a Smartlock system, all three fins can be quickly and easily attached or removed. The board can be ridden with all three fins or just the main fin, offering varied riding experiences depending on the user’s preference.
  • 2 bungee storage areas: The board has elastic bungee storage nets in both the front and rear areas, offering ample space for gear and provisions on longer trips.
  • Action-cam mount: For documenting your SUP adventures, a mount on the nose of the board is compatible with action cameras such as GoPro, allowing for hands-free filming.
  • Rubber patch with serial number: Each CALA Ikatere comes with its unique serial number located on a rubber patch next to the center fin box. Registering this number with the manufacturer ensures warranty services and helps with ownership verification in case of loss or theft.

๐ŸŽ’ Accessory

  • CALA Ikatere Manual: A comprehensive guide about setting up the CALA Ikatere is included, ensuring a smooth and easy experience for users.
  • CALA Ikatere SUP Trolley-Backpack: The new, improved trolley-backpack comes in a sleek black design with red accents and the CALA logo. The large main compartment has space for the rolled-up board and other essential equipment. The backpack features ergonomically designed handles, a transparent address compartment, and larger outdoor wheels for easy transportation. The padded straps and adjustable waist belt ensure comfort during transport.
  • 3-piece CALA Ikatere Carbon Paddle: Made entirely of carbon fiber, this adjustable paddle (170 cm to 220 cm) is lightweight (775 g) and offers improved stiffness for better performance. The anti-twist feature ensures a secure fit while paddling.
  • CALA Ikatere Double-action Pump: The double-action pump allows for efficient inflation, with a dual-action mode filling most of the volume quickly and a single-action mode for easier pumping as you reach higher pressures.
  • 3 Removable CALA Ikatere Fins: These robust fins feature the Smartlock system, allowing for easy installation and removal. They improve the board’s hydrodynamic properties for an enhanced performance on the water.
  • CALA Ikatere Coiled Leash with Key Pocket: The spiral safety leash can be securely fastened around your ankle or below the knee, keeping the board close in case you fall into the water. The leash also features a small pocket for holding a key.
  • CALA Ikatere Repair Kit with Valve Wrench: This handy kit includes black PVC patches, adhesive, and a valve wrench for performing minor repairs on your board.

Stylish High-Performance Touring Paddleboard

CALA Ikatere

๐Ÿ’ฌ FAQ

How long does it take to inflate the CALA Ikatere?

It takes approximately 5-10 minutes to inflate the CALA Ikatere using the provided double-action pump.

What pressure should I inflate the CALA Ikatere to?

The recommended pressure is 15 PSI. This is the standard value for many SUP boards and is approximately equivalent to 1 bar. However, the board can also withstand up to 20 PSI (1.37 bar), which clearly indicates high quality.

Is the CALA Ikatere good for beginners?

Yes, the CALA Ikatere is suitable for ambitious beginners and intermediate paddlers due to its stable design, high weight capacity, and versatile features.

What’s the weight limit of the CALA Ikatere?

The CALA Ikatere has a maximum paddler weight limit of 120 kg (265 lbs), but can potentially support up to 140 kg (308 lbs) for shorter tours or casual paddling activities.

Conclusion

The CALA Ikatere paddle board stands out with its stylish design and innovative construction.

Its durable yet lightweight build suits ambitious beginners and intermediate paddlers.

Key features include removable fins, two bungee storage areas, and a comprehensive accessory package.

Although at a higher price range, the CALA Ikatere’s versatility and impressive performance make it a worthy investment for touring paddleboard enthusiasts.

Stylish High-Performance Touring Paddleboard

CALA Ikatere

Water is Benjamin's element. In 2019, he made his first attempts on a SUP board and since then he's constantly learning. For him, stand-up paddling is a great way to combine a workout and feel relaxed at the same time. The perfect balance to everyday life!

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