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The Aqua Marina Fusion is better than the Aqua Marina Beast, but if you are looking for a stable board with more volume to take your kids, dogs or another adult with you, the Aqua Marina Fusion is your best choice. However, in most other regards they are similar.

If you are new to paddleboarding, you might be wondering which Aqua Marina SUP will suit your needs. The Aqua Marina Fusion and the Aqua Marina Beast are two popular paddle boards for beginners.

Both models have a similar built, come with a lot of gear and accessories, yet they are not identical. However, before we jump into the details, let us first have a look at each board’s overall build quality, performance and specs.

The Aqua Marina Fusion is the bigger of the two models. It is a stable inflatable paddle board that is well suited for beginners to beginner/intermediates. The bright orange colour makes the Fusion highly visible on the water.

The Aqua Marina Beast is also an inflatable paddle board that is stable enough for beginners. The Beast’s is a bit smaller compared to the Fusion.

The Aqua Marina Fusion and the Beast are built from high-quality PVC that makes the boards quite stiff. Both SUPs are easy to inflate. The Fusion has a length of 10ft 10in(330 cm) and a width of 32in (81cm). The Beast is 10ft 6in long and also 32in wide.

Both models are available in multiple different packages, including various kinds of gear. Most sets contain the board, a paddle, a backpack, a leash and a pump. However, some retailers might also pack a dry bag (a waterproof bag that allows you to keep your stuff dry and secure during a tour) or even a kayak seat in the package.

Both boards come with a single fin in place, yet they can be easily changed. Aqua Marina uses the standard slide-in fin system. Many other brands use the same system and, therefore, there are many slide-in fins available on the market.

The Fusion and the Beast are meant mainly for flat water paddling and SUP surfing. They will not perform too well in choppy conditions. Both Aqua Marina boards are stable on the water and will be suitable for beginners as well as intermediate paddlers.

We recommend the Aqua Marina Fusion for paddlers up to 110 kilograms in weight and the smaller Beast for paddler up to 95 to 100 kilograms.

The Fusion is well-suited for heavy riders, paddling tours with two lightweight adults (at least one of them needs to sit on the board) and great to take your kid(s) or dog(s) with you.

With the smaller size and volume, the Beast is also perfect to take your kid(s) or dog(s) with you. However, for paddling tours with two adults, we’d recommend picking the Aqua Marina Fusion over the Aqua Marina Beast.

On the water, the Aqua Marina Fusion is a slightly faster SUP than the Beast. The difference between these two boards is minimal, and we recommend both models for beginners’ level paddling.

If you are looking for a beginner/intermediate paddle board, comfortable enough to carry heavy people and still be stable with kids hanging around, the Aqua Marina Fusion is a great pick.

However, if you do not plan to take more than one person with you and/or you are a lightweight paddler, the Aqua Marina Beast will also be an excellent choice.

We like to match up popular models with other favourite. Therefore, we’ve created another comparison of the Bluefin Cruise vs Aqua Marina Fusion if you like to check that one out.

Check out our review of the Aqua Marina Fusion to find more information about the board.

Check out our review of the Aqua Marina Beast to find more information about the board.

Hi, my name is Max. In 2016, on my first SUP trip, I was still a bit shaky on the SUP board. But quickly the ambition grabbed me and my passion for SUP was ignited. That’s why I founded stand-up-paddling.org the same year. Our mission is to help beginners discover this sport and bring more transparency into the market with our in-depth product reviews.

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