Inflatable SUP Review: The NRS Czar by Aaron Koch

Boats/Boards, Gear, Inflatable, Stand Up Boards

NRS Czar Long Term Review

NRS has some great new SUP designs for 2013. One of them is the 9’6” NRS Czar paddleboard. The czar is inflatable with removable skegs, multiple attachment points and great river running ability. I have had the pleasure of paddling this board for a while, and I am impressed!

The Czar is different from other inflatable SUP’s because it has a new 6 inch thick drop stitch. The picture above is with the board inflated to 12 PSI. It has a maximum inflation of 15 PSI! The thicker drop stitch gives this board a rigidity that I haven’t seen before.
The Czar is 34” wide with a high volume tail and a nicely rockered nose. This board is a conventional surfboard design, but with the added width and high flotation, I’ve had no problems with running rapids up to class IV.
The Czar comes with a new and improved “Stomp Pad” . It runs nearly the width of the tail and holds your foot nice and tight for when you want to do those vertical moves.
I weigh 195 lbs and the Czar floats me better that any inflatable yet. I would imagine this boards maximum weight range to be around 250 lbs.
The Czar come with a “thruster” skeg set-up. This means you can run three fins, one single fin in the back or twin fins, one on each side. This set-up gives you the chance to customize your ride and surfing style!
NRS also has new urethane Skegs for 2013. NRS skegs are designed for rivers and lakes. The 4” fin has a longer shape which performs better on slow moving river waves. There is also a 8” deep water skeg for touring and paddling long distances. The new Urethane ones are much more flexible than other skegs and less prone to breakage.


  • Awesome stability
  • Thicker drop stitch keeps feet high and dry.
  • Great maneuverability with 9’6” length.
  • Removable skegs.
  • Made by NRS..100% product guarantee.


  • Inflatable: will never surf as fast as epoxy.
  • Extremely addictive.

When you get your new board, don’t forget to get a river specific leash, some good solid shoes and maybe an electric pump. My personal favorite is the Bravo 12 electric pump. Now you can fully inflate your board to 15 PSI, in about 3 minutes, without even breaking a sweat.

Have fun out there, and be safe!


3 thoughts on “Inflatable SUP Review: The NRS Czar by Aaron Koch

  1. Jim

    How does it do on flat water and small ocean surf ? Looking for a board that will do okay on all.

    1. Bobby Kuepper

      The Czar is very stable on flatwater, but is not as fast as some narrower boards. The trade off is stability for speed on flatwater.

      As for ocean surf, I think that it would be pretty fun. The board is stiff and has a rockered nose. Let us know if you get it to the coast!

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