Hobie improves their inflatable line and adds flagship i11s SUP. Photo: Ric Burnley
Hobie improves their inflatable line and adds flagship i11s SUP.

Leave it to Hobie to take the SUP game to the next level. We’ve seen inflatable SUPs. We’ve seen motorized SUPs. But we’ve never seen an inflatable, motorized SUP like Hobie’s i11s. This board does more than any other. The i11s is the flagship in a complete redesign of the Hobie inflatable line. With new colors and beefier construction, Hobie has created a range of boats and boards that are serious craft for serious fun.

The i11s takes either a Mirage Drive or Evolve electric motor. The rudder controls can be switched from left or right. They’ve added patches to all tie-downs and attachment points for extra toughness. The new line accepts Hobie’s leading Vantage seating system that can be adjusted for comfort and fit. Zooming around on the i11s, we felt confident and exhilerated.

The board moves at a comfortable speed with solid stability to stand and motor or paddle. The Evolve motor drive is easy to install and hard to beat. The compact unit fits perfectly in the Mirage Drive well and runs without cavitation or excessive noise. Add a Hobie H-Crate and the system is ready to fish.

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“Thank God my dad wasn’t a podiatrist,” jokes Ric about following in the footsteps of a famous outdoor writer. After graduating from Radford University and serving two years in Russia with the Peace Corps, Ric returned to Virginia Beach and started writing for The Fisherman magazine, where his dad was editor. When the kayak fishing scene exploded, Ric was among the first to get onboard. His 2007 book, The Complete Kayak Fisherman is one of the first tomes to introduce anglers to paddle fishing and hundreds of articles and seminars have brought countless anglers into the fold. When he’s not chasing every fish that swims, Ric teaches English at a school for at-risk teens.


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