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

The WOWSEA Flyfish F1, however, stands out as a unique and positively framed hybrid cruiser.

It is perfect for ambitious beginners and experienced paddlers, providing a sporty alternative to the traditional all-around SUP.

Let’s dive into our WOWSEA Flyfish F1 review.

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Sporty Hybrid Cruiser with lots of Accessories

WOWSEA Flyfish F1

📊 Data & Facts

Board TypeInflatable (iSUP)
BrandWOWSEA
Skill LevelAmbitious Beginners and Intermediate
Price RangeEntry-level
Intended UseTouring/Cruising Board
Maximum Paddler Weight100-110 kg (220-240 lbs)
Length335 cm (11′)
Width81 cm (32″)
Thickness15 cm (6″)
Volume* (estimated)Approx. 300 liters
WeightBoard: approx. 11.3 kg (25 lbs), with accessories in backpack: approx. 15.8 kg (35 lbs)
AccessoriesManual, SUP Backpack, Luggage Strap, 3-piece Paddle, Triple-Action Air Pump with Transport Bag, Fin (Slide-In System) (new with 3 detachable fins), Coiled-Leash with Key Compartment, Dry-Bag (10 liters), Extensive Repair Kit with Valve Key and Spare Pressure Gauge

🔄 How did the WOWSEA Flyfish F1 change over time?

The WOWSEA Flyfish F1 has undergone several changes over the past few years.

  • Design & Colors: There are only visual changes to the new model!
  • Deckpad: The deck pad is now double textured with diamond texture and crocodile skin embossing. This significantly improves the grip!
  • Fins: All 3 fins are now removable and are attached using the Smartlock system (Quick Lock system).
  • Accessories: The new backpack in black, anthracite, and turquoise has, in addition to the large main compartment with an all-round zipper, a large but flat slip pocket, and 2 straps for adjusting the volume on the front.
  • Paddle: The new 3-piece paddle included now has a fiberglass shaft, the paddle blade and handle are made of plastic. It is infinitely adjustable between 170 and 220 cm. A good entry-level model with reduced weight.

👍👎 Pro & Con

Pros

  • Excellent price-performance ratio
  • Complete double-layer construction (Double-Layer-Board)
  • Compact touring shape for sporty gliding performance
  • 2+1 fin setup with removable center fin (Stecksystem)
  • 4 additional D-rings for attaching a kayak seat (not included)
  • Very comprehensive accessory package in good quality

Cons

  • Paddle with aluminum shaft
  • Not always available
  • Not quite as fast as the Flyfish F2

Sporty Hybrid Cruiser with lots of Accessories

WOWSEA Flyfish F1

🛠 Built & Material

The WOWSEA Flyfish F1 is built using a classic construction method for high-quality inflatable SUP boards: the Double-Layer-Dropstitch technique.

This method involves a core with interconnected woven polyester threads connecting the top and bottom sides of the board (Dropstitch). This textile core is then encased in two layers of durable PVC (Double-Layer) that are glued together.

WOWSEA has even coined a catchy marketing term for this construction method, referring to it as “F1 Technology.” This construction method offers clear advantages in terms of stiffness and durability.

However, one downside to the double-layer construction is the slightly higher weight of the board, which is approximately 11.3 kg (25 lbs) for the WOWSEA Flyfish F1. Despite this additional weight, handling remains manageable for an adult.

In terms of quality, the WOWSEA Flyfish F1 demonstrates that low-priced SUP boards can indeed deliver high-quality construction. All materials, and particularly the transitions, are well-manufactured.

While some minor visual flaws such as slight color errors or peeling adhesive residues may occur, the overall quality is convincing. The board is designed to provide long-lasting enjoyment to its users.

⚖️ Weight Limit

WOWSEA specifies the maximum weight limit for the Flyfish F1 as 100-110 kg (220-242 lbs). As with most inflatable SUPs, it’s important to consider a slightly lower weight limit for optimal use.

Our recommendations for the optimal weight range for the WOWSEA Flyfish F1 are as follows:

  • 80-100 kg (176-220 lbs) for the best combination of stability and performance.
  • Up to 110 kg (242 lbs) for experienced paddlers who are comfortable with a slightly less stable and slower board.

It is important to note that reaching the maximum of these recommended weights doesn’t necessarily mean the board won’t perform well. However, as the weight increases, the board will gradually lose some of its desired riding characteristics, such as stability and maneuverability.

Sporty Hybrid Cruiser with lots of Accessories

WOWSEA Flyfish F1

🏄‍♂️ Intended Use & Riding Characteristics

The WOWSEA Flyfish F1 is a versatile inflatable SUP designed for ambitious beginners and intermediate paddlers. Its unique shape, a combination of a touring shape with an all-round width and a 2+1 fin setup, makes it suitable for a variety of riding conditions, including touring, cruising, and even some wave riding.

The 335 cm (11′) length and 81 cm (32″) width provide a good balance between stability and glide, making it an excellent choice for those looking for a more sporty alternative to the traditional all-round boards.

The 2+1 fin setup, with a removable center fin, allows for better tracking and maneuverability, while the upturned nose (rocker) helps prevent the board from dipping when encountering waves.

Riding characteristics of the WOWSEA Flyfish F1 include:

  • Good stability for beginners, thanks to its all-around width and 2+1 fin setup.
  • Smooth gliding and agility, due to its touring shape and upturned nose.
  • Responsive and maneuverable, especially in waves and currents, compared to longer touring boards.
  • Can be used in various water conditions, such as lakes, canals, rivers, and calm ocean areas.

Overall, the WOWSEA Flyfish F1 is a great choice for those looking to invest in a single, versatile inflatable SUP that combines the stability of an all-rounder with the sportier gliding capabilities of a touring board.

The board is especially well-suited for smaller and lighter paddlers who will benefit from its compact size and excellent maneuverability.

🎨 Design

The WOWSEA Flyfish F1 is an eye-catching inflatable paddleboard with a sporty aesthetic, designed in a classic maritime blue color palette. On the top of the board, a lighter blue base color is contrasted with a dark blue tip that features the company’s white logo for a sleek look.

The gray deck pad is accented by black and blue elements, giving it a stylish yet functional appearance. The rails have a dark blue front section adorned with the WOWSEA logo, while the back section is black and displays the company’s slogan “Love Enjoy My Lifestyle.”

Overall, the design of the WOWSEA Flyfish F1 is bold and sporty, sure to please paddleboard enthusiasts looking for a visually striking board.

Sporty Hybrid Cruiser with lots of Accessories

WOWSEA Flyfish F1

⭐ Features

  • Deckpad with Kickpad: The WOWSEA Flyfish F1 features a large, non-slip EVA Deckpad that offers excellent grip and water drainage. Additionally, the kick pad at the rear of the deck pad aids in quick turning and pivoting maneuvers for more advanced users.
    Update: The deck pad is now double-textured with diamond structure and crocodile skin embossing. This enhancement significantly improves the grip!
  • 5 D-rings: A total of five D-rings are available on the board. The rear D-ring is integrated into the carry handle at the back and serves a dual purpose in attaching the included coiled leash. The other four D-rings are located on the sides and can be used to attach a kayak seat (sold separately).
  • 2 Carry Handles: The Flyfish F1 is equipped with two carry handles – one in the middle and one at the rear. The central handle marks the board’s sweet spot, making it easy for beginners to find the perfect standing position. Padded with soft foam, the handles provide a comfortable carry experience.
  • 2+1 Fin Setup with Removable Center Fin: This inflatable paddleboard features a classic 2+1 fin setup, with two smaller side fins permanently attached and a larger removable middle fin. The center fin easily attaches with a slide-in system, allowing for quick and convenient assembly.
    Update: Now with 3 completely removable fins in the Smartlock system.
  • Cargo Net: A bungee cord cargo net is located at the front of the board, providing ample space for you to secure your gear, equipment, and dry bags. The net attaches to four reinforced D-rings for a sturdy hold.

🎒 Accessory

The WOWSEA Flyfish F1 comes with a plethora of accessories, including an instruction manual, SUP backpack, luggage strap, three-piece paddle, triple-action air pump with transport bag, 3 detachable smartlock fins, coiled leash with key pocket, 10-liter dry bag, and an extensive repair kit with valve key and spare pressure gauge.

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  • WOWSEA Flyfish F1 Manual: A comprehensive guide on setting up and using the WOWSEA Flyfish F1, including tips on safety and maintenance.
  • WOWSEA Flyfish F1 SUP Backpack: This impressive backpack features a spacious main compartment with adjustable luggage straps, a front compartment with a zipper, and side mesh pockets for additional storage. The padded handles and straps ensure comfortable carrying, while the detachable padded back panel adds extra cushioning and support. Dimensions: 96.5 x 46 x 30.5 cm (38″ x 18″ x 12″).
    Update: The new backpack in black, anthracite, and turquoise features, in addition to the large main compartment with a zip-around closure, a spacious yet flat slip pocket and 2 straps on the front for adjusting the volume. On the front, you’ll also find a crisscrossed bungee cord, perfect for use as a cargo net (e.g., for damp clothing, a towel, etc.). On the sides, there is an additional slip pocket where you can stow paddle parts and secure them with the straps above. The back of the backpack is equipped with a carry handle and 2 well-padded shoulder straps, including chest and hip straps. The back panel is also extra padded and sturdy.
  • 3-piece WOWSEA Flyfish F1 Paddle: This adjustable paddle (172 cm to 218 cm) is made with an aluminum shaft and durable plastic blade and handle. The paddle is designed for beginners and offers a stable and comfortable paddling experience.
    Update: The included 3-piece paddle features a fiberglass shaft, and the paddle blade and handle are made of plastic. It is continuously adjustable between 170 and 220 cm. A good entry-level model with reduced weight.
  • WOWSEA Flyfish F1 Triple-Action Pump: The powerful Triple-action pump features three adjustable settings, allowing for easy and fast inflation of the WOWSEA Flyfish F1. The pump can be easily stored and transported in the included transport bag.
  • WOWSEA Flyfish F1 Removable Fin: The 10″ dolphin-shaped removable fin enhances the board’s performance and can be easily attached using the Slide-In system.
    Update: The new fins are attached using the Smartlock system, also known as the Quick-Lock system. To do this, simply open the small lever on the fin box, insert the respective fin, press it down, and close the lever again. A very fast and convenient option that we have known for a long time from other manufacturers such as Bluefin, CALA, or Thurso Surf.
  • WOWSEA Flyfish F1 Coiled Leash: The coiled safety leash keeps the board close in case you fall into the water, and can be securely fastened around your ankle or below the knee.
  • WOWSEA Flyfish F1 Dry Bag: The 10-liter dry bag is perfect for keeping your belongings safe and dry during your SUP adventures. The bag can be easily attached to the board using the included D-rings.
  • WOWSEA Flyfish F1 Repair Kit: The repair kit includes color-matched PVC patches, a valve wrench, and a spare pressure gauge to help you handle minor repairs and maintain the board’s longevity.

Sporty Hybrid Cruiser with lots of Accessories

WOWSEA Flyfish F1

💬 FAQ

How long does it take to inflate the WOWSEA Flyfish F1?

Inflating the WOWSEA Flyfish F1 typically takes between 5-10 minutes, depending on the user’s pump speed and efficiency.

What pressure should I inflate the WOWSEA Flyfish F1 to?

Inflate the WOWSEA Flyfish F1 to a recommended pressure of 15-18 PSI for optimal stiffness and performance.

Is the WOWSEA Flyfish F1 good for beginners?

Yes, the WOWSEA Flyfish F1 is suitable for ambitious beginners and intermediate paddlers, offering good stability and a balanced blend of touring and cruising performance.

What’s the weight limit of the WOWSEA Flyfish F1?

The official weight limit for the WOWSEA Flyfish F1 is 100-110 kg (220-242 lbs). However, for optimal performance, we recommend a weight range of 80-100 kg (176-220 lbs).

Conclusion

The WOWSEA Flyfish F1 is a versatile and sporty inflatable SUP suitable for ambitious beginners and experienced riders alike.

Its unique combination of touring shape, all-round width, and 2+1 fin setup create a multifunctional board, ready to tackle various water conditions and longer distances.

A comprehensive accessory package adds even more value, making the Flyfish F1 a strong contender for an excellent price-performance ratio in the market.

The solid double-layer construction guarantees durability and longevity, making this board a worthy investment for all SUP enthusiasts.

Sporty Hybrid Cruiser with lots of Accessories

WOWSEA Flyfish F1

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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