NRS Thrive


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Paddle Board Highlights

Who is it for?

If you’re looking for an incredibly stable inflatable paddle board with a very strong construction, then the NRS Thrive is a great option. The Thrive is a board that can fit a wide-variety of needs and works great for a larger-bodied paddler or as a board that works for everyone in the family. The size of the board does make it more difficult to carry with its weight of 31 lbs but is definitely manageable. The Thrive retails at $995 and is a great affordable option for something that everyone in the family is able to have fun with and enjoy.

First Impressions

With a triple layer of PVC, a special valve system, reinforced rails, and a fairly flexible fin setup with lots of options to paddle on either a single-fin or thruster, this board is something that should last you a while. The board has a premium-quality build and is one of the widest inflatable paddle boards that we’ve seen in the market. But do keep in mind that given the extra width this is also a fairly slow board when it comes to glide which is expected due to the 36 in. width and is meant primarily for close range paddles between 3-5 miles max from the shoreline. So, if you want to run whitewater or just want a comfortable, stable board then check this out.


  • Primary Use

    All Around

    Paddle Boards fall into two broad categories, All-Around and Specialty boards, with all-around designed primarily for recreation while speciality boards for top performance in specific disciplines

  • Durability


    Durability is largely a result of the board construction and shape, with more durable boards typically carrying more materials (added layers, PVC, etc) and as such adding to the weight.

  • Carrying


    Carrying ease is determined by board weight and handle type, where a board weighing under 20lbs with a Liftsup handle is extremely easy to carry while a 35+lbs board quite difficult.

  • Stability

    Very Stable

    Stability is a product of construction and shape, where boards w/ 30”+ wide and 200+ liters in volume offer plenty of stability for your AVG adult while a board under 26” wide is a challenge.

  • Glide

    Very Slow

    Glide is a result of board shape and construction, w/ boards weighing under 30lbs and designed for racing offering best glide while recreational boards normally being on the slow side.

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Learn more on the NRS website.


  • Dimensions

    11' x 36" x 6"

    Industry standard in board dimensions reads: L (length, from nose to tail) x W (width, from rail to rail at midpoint length), and H (height, from top to bottom of board at midpoint length).

  • Weight

    31 lbs

    Standup paddle boards tend to fall into 4 different weight classes: extremely lightweight (under 20 lbs), lightweight (20-28 lbs), average weight (28-35 lbs), heavy (above 35 lbs).

  • Volume

    380 L

    Volume is a key metric to determine how much weight a board can carry. Boards w/ 200+ liters offer most floatation with boards under 150 liters typically for high-performance surf.

  • Capacity

    275 lbs

    Capacity is the max cargo weight a stand up paddle board can carry, considering not only the paddler’s weight but whatever else the paddler may choose to carry alongside him/her.

  • Add On's

    Bungee Nose, Pressure relief valve, extra straps on deck, fin set

    Add-on’s include bungee cords, a minimalist way to haul things; Connexsup, which allows for all sorts of attachments, even fishing rods; and FCS II/Connect, for easy fin install.

  • Handle


    Handles directly affect carrying ease, with external grip handles (Liftsup & EZgrab) offering most comfort, Internal Ergo Grip the mid-tier comfort, and box handles as least comfortable.

  • Holders


    Fishing rod holders and/or paddle holders can make paddling that much more pleasant, esp. when needing holders for the rod or having a safe place for the paddle during yoga.

Sizes Available

9 Feet 10 Inches 30 Inches 5 Inches 229 L
10 Feet 3 Inches 32 Inches 5 Inches 253 L
10 Feet 8 Inches 34 Inches 6 Inches 350 L
11 Feet 0 Inches 36 Inches 6 Inches 380 L


Learn more on the NRS website.

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Last modified onWednesday, 22 May 2019 16:35
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