9'0" x 26" x 3 5/8"
A unique concept to serve SUPers and Surfers. In SUP mode, the 120L volume and 28 inches of width may be off putting for many as this falls in the category of ‘small SUP’. But when compared to some of the previous high performance surf SUPs we tested over the years Aqua’s Dio is one of the easiest to get to grip with. Its secret lies in the sharp, boxy rails and fairly wide tail. Said rails give it a degree of secondary stability which helps paddlers keep upright. There’s also a nifty double concave worked in the hull that aids lift as soon as riders put a paddle stroke in. With momentum the tail lifts and the board settles right down. In surf mode there’s just enough reduced width to make prone paddling comfortable. And whilst lying down there’re no issues with balance. After all, from a surfboard POV AQ’s Dino is a hefty surfboard with these dimensions, yet it does work.
Back to SUP mode and once at the take off that early lift helps with picking up swells. It’s drops in pretty early for a lower volume/narrower board. And once on a face it locks in and glides beautifully. Surprisingly it’s not as flighty as you’d think displaying a decent level of bite in the rail thereby allowing very controlled turns. Of course, if you want to chuck some spray then you can, but likewise it swoops and glides with the best of ‘em. In surfboard guise it isn’t as loose as a conventional proner but you can still wang it about in some juice and have fun. And because of its bulked up volume and width (when compared to other prone surf vehicles) catching and gliding on waves is much more efficient. SupMagUK