Comparing The Best Stand Up Paddleboards (SUPS)

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What sets the best paddle board apart from the rest?

A board that lets you fully immerse in your journey. Wherever you are. If you are looking for the all-around best SUP (i.e., versatile boards), we have reviewed over 42 boards and picked these boards (start with the comparison table below).

Now, for those that want to specialize, in SUP Yoga or SUP Surfing, we have covered the best boards for both in separate posts.

Look, if you live in a large city with limited storage and far from the water (like me), probably your best bet is an inflatable SUP.

Contrary to popular belief, inflatable stand up paddle boards are a great option, they are just as durable & maneuverable as traditional hard boards with the bonus of being portable. If you don’t believe it, take it from Germany’s SUP manufacturer stats, where 98% of all SUP boards are inflatable.

Whether you’re looking for an epoxy paddle board, an inflatable paddle board or a soft top, look no further for guidance on what SUP to buy.

  NameLengthWidthRating 
Best Overall
PEAK Inflatable SUP10’6"31″4.9/5Check Price
Beginners
SereneLife Inflatable SUP10"30"4.8/5Check Price
Best Budget
PathFinder Inflatable SUP9’9"30"4.8/5Check Price
Best Quality
iROCKER CRUISER Inflatable SUP10’6"33"4.6/5Check Price
Best Soft Top
ISLE Cruiser Soft Top SUP10’5"32"4.4/5Check Price

Best Paddle Board

Best Overall!

PEAK Inflatable SUP

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Recommendation

ISLE Surf & SUP are the brains behind the PEAK inflatable SUP boards, so you know you’re getting a specialist product designed by experts. Bringing the best of both worlds in terms of versatility and craftsmanship, this fantastic all-round board is aimed at beginners to intermediates. It might be above the $500 mark, but you get what you pay for. When you consider the versatility, the awesome design and the backing of the big name brand, there’s a reason why this is one of the best selling SUPs ever made.

Our Rating: 4.9/5

TECH SPECS

Length
10’6″
Width
31″
Thickness
6″
Type
Inflatable Paddle board
Material
Military Grade PVC
Board weight
23 lbs
Max. user weight capacity
300 lbs
Maximum inflation pressure
15 PSI
Accessories included
Adjustable three piece aluminium paddle, pump with pressure gauge, removable travel fin, repair kit, leash, high quality backpack

Who Should Buy

This is a no-fuss inflatable SUP which acts as a great entry point to the world of stand up paddle boarding. It might be an all-rounder, but this board is far from basic. According to our PEAK inflatable stand up paddle board review, buy it now and it will last for years – perfect if you’re ready to take your paddle boarding to the next level.Click here for the PEAK Inflatable SUP

Review

https://youtu.be/KCm5Kmb6b-M

The PEAK inflatable SUP isn’t the biggest board within our inflatable SUP reviews or the board that can take the most weight. However, it is six inches thick and it’s been designed with a very stable shape, making it the perfect platform to get you used to basic stand-up paddle techniques. It’s big enough to be used for SUP yoga; it’s tough enough to hold adults and kids; it’s even robust enough to stand up to choppy water and small waves. All of this means that this one board can suit everyone from complete beginners to more adventurous riders with higher skill levels.

The Peak Inflatable SUP is built to easily take anywhere:

Unfortunately, only one fin is supplied with the board. This is detachable for easy storage, but it would be nice if a few different options were included as well. The one fin that’s included is strong and perfectly adequate for beginners, but if you’re looking for superior tracking and intense racing, this might not be sufficient.

This is a basic all-around SUP board, but that doesn’t make it boring. It looks sleek and cool, and there are even a few different color options to choose from. The designers have given even more thought to the design by including bungee cord at the front of the deck which is secured in six points – more than the typical four points which you’ll find on most other boards. This provides secure storage space for all your other equipment, whether you’re going SUP fishing or just for a relaxing picnic on the lake.

As well as the extra storage space, the deck delivers amazing grip. The traction pad has a diamond pattern engraved into its surface, so it keeps you in place while still being comfortable. No matter how much water splashes onto the surface, your feet will never feel slippery or insecure.

The bag is one extra feature which sets this apart from all our other SUP inflatable reviews. Many other iSUPs come supplied with a bag, but few are as well made or as comfortable as this one. It features thick straps, soft padding, and even a waist strap to distribute the weight easily. You shouldn’t buy an inflatable SUP based on the backpack alone, but this is certainly an added bonus if you’ll be hiking for a few miles before you even hit the water.

Pros
  • Suitable for all abilities and skill levels
  • Six point bungee cord allows for the secure storage of lots of gear
  • Stylish design comes in a range of colors
  • Supplied with a very supportive, high quality backpack
  • Isle is one of the Best SUP brands
Cons
  • Physically demanding to inflate
  • Only supplied with one detachable fin
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Beginners!

SereneLife Inflatable SUP

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Recommendation

Our pick as the best paddle board for beginners is the SereneLife Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board, which comes with everything that a new SUPer will need, including an ankle leash. Its 6-inch thickness and high weight capacity make it one of the most stable SUP boards on which to find your feet on the water – and it’s so sturdy that you won’t even notice it’s inflatable.

Our Rating: 4.8/5

TECH SPECS

Length
10″
Width
30″
Thickness
6″
Type
Inflatable Paddle board
Material
PVC
Maximum user weight capacity
275 lbs
Board weight
19.6 lbs
Maximum inflation pressure
20 PSI
Accessories included
Storage bag, adjustable paddle, two-way manual air pump, ankle leash

Who Should Buy

The SereneLife iSUP is best suited to beginners who want a good quality, all-around board to get used to stand up paddling. It’s also an excellent choice for families who want to try out stand up paddling together, as the high 275 lb weight limit is more than enough to support the weight of an adult and a couple of kids, or even the dog. However, inflatable SUP boards are notoriously tough to inflate – and this one is no different. It does come with a two-way pump which alleviates some of the strain, but the last few minutes are still tough. Be warned if you don’t have a lot of upper body muscle strength.Click here for the SereneLife Inflatable SUP

Review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=olrulPRt2hM&t=157s

Straight off the bat, the SereneLife inflatable SUP makes a good impression because it comes with all the accessories needed to get started. Many other similar products on the market only come with a bag and a paddle, and most leave you to buy your own ankle leash separately. However, this is the complete package, including a storage bag, air pump, paddle, and that usually elusive safety leash. That means that you can unpack and head out to the water straight away. The only thing that isn’t included is a detachable seat, although it is compatible with seats sold separately.

Inflation is always a workout on the arms, but in this case, it is lessened slightly by the fact that the air pump included is a two-way pump. This means that it inflates the SUP on the way up as well as the way down. The benefit that you’ll feel from this is only minor, however, as inflation still takes around 10 minutes and is a real strain to fill the last 5 PSI.

Once you actually get out onto the water, this iSUP really comes into its own. At 10’ long and 30″ wide it isn’t the largest inflatable SUP out there, but it does track well in the water. If you are a beginner, you don’t need to worry about feeling unsteady, as at 6″ thick and feeling as rigid as a hard shell board; this is the ultimate floating platform.

However, we were disappointed by the board’s center fin. When the rest of the board is made to such a high standard, we were expecting the same of all parts, but the center fin felt flimsier than the rest and we were worried that it might detach quite easily.

Furthermore, the gauge on the air pump was a little temperamental. Pumping up to 15 or even 20 PSI is tough enough, but when the gauge doesn’t display the pressure properly and you don’t know how much further you have to pump, it’s a mental challenge as well as a physical one.

Nevertheless, we were supremely impressed with this board overall. It’s thick, stable, sturdy, buoyant and high quality enough that it is easily one of the best iSUPs we’ve had the pleasure of trying – and that includes boards for twice the price.

Pros
  • A wide range of accessories included: storage bag, adjustable paddle, two-way manual air pump, ankle leash
  • 6″ thickness makes it extremely stable
  • Tracks well in the water
Cons
  • Strenuous to inflate the last few PSI
  • Flimsy center fin
  • Temperamental pressure gauge
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Best Budget!

PathFinder Inflatable SUP

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Recommendation

Our PathFinder Inflatable SUP review found that it really competes with more expensive stand up paddleboards as it brings together strength and durability, versatility and super quick inflation and deflation times. Considering that it’s one of the cheapest models you’ll find, it’s easily the best inflatable paddleboard for the money.

Our Rating: 4.8/5

TECH SPECS

Length
9’9″
Width
30″
Thickness
5″
Type
Inflatable Paddle Board
Material
PVC
Maximum user weight capacity
240 lbs
Board weight
25 lbs
Inflation pressure
15 PSI
Accessories included
Adjustable aluminum paddle, pump, detachable center fin, carry bag (with shoulder straps), and valve wrench

Who Should Buy

If you’re looking for a basic, all-round stand-up paddle board without fuss or fancy features, you’ll find the PathFinder fantastic. Its size offers slightly more speed than other entry-level models, so complete beginners might prefer something with a larger surface area. This board has a relatively low weight limit which won’t be great for heavier or multiple riders, but as it’s a bargain buy you can’t go far wrong for the price.Click here for the PathFinder Inflatable SUP

Review

Although this stand-up paddleboard is shorter, narrower and thinner than some of the others in our featured inflatable SUP reviews, it more than makes up for this with maneuverability. It inflates to 15 PSI but feels so solid and stable that it’s comparable to hard SUPs, offering the ultimate combination of compact size, sturdiness, and speed. As a result, whether you want to try out some yoga poses on a lake or paddling on a faster flowing river, this iSUP is incredibly versatile.

We’ve chosen the PathFinder as the best all-around SUP board due to its ease of use. The center fin is detachable (making the board easy to transport) but it can be clicked into place in seconds.

While it’s demanding on the lower back and arms, inflating the SUP takes around five minutes, and by using the included valve wrench, deflation can be done in seconds. There’s no technical set-up and no complicated assembly required, meaning that you can get going quickly whether it’s for yoga, racing or just some gentle paddling.

Whether you like to take extra sporting gear or just some music and a camera with you, PathFinder has designed a bungee cord storage area to give you plenty of options. The adjustable paddle isn’t designed to float, but you don’t have to worry about leaving space for it on your board as it can be secured to the attached D-ring by a leash. When you’re done, you’ll find that the backpack is more than big enough to carry the deflated, rolled up board, the pump, the paddle and all your extra gear.

Pros
  • Size delivers quick speed and easy maneuverability (9’9″ x 30″ x 5″)
  • Quick set up (five minutes) and deflation (a few seconds)
  • Bungee cord offers space to secure extra kit for all hobbies
  • Comes with a spacious backpack
  • Moves quickly on the water but feels very stable for yoga
Cons
  • Prone to slow leaks at the seams when over-inflated
  • Low maximum weight limit (240 lbs)
  • Paddle doesn’t float
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Best Quality!

iROCKER CRUISER Inflatable SUP

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Recommendation

They say that you get what you pay for, and that’s certainly true of the iROCKER CRUISER Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board. It might top the $500 price point, but it more than delivers in terms of quality. This doesn’t just apply to the board: it extends to the accessories like the fiberglass paddle and the backpack too, making this the best quality stand up paddle board you can buy.

Our Rating: 4.6/5

TECH SPECS

Length
10’6″
Width
33″
Thickness
6″
Type
Inflatable Paddle Board
Material
PVC
Maximum user weight capacity
400 lbs
Board weight
25 lbs
Maximum inflation pressure
20 PSI
Accessories included
Padded storage bag, adjustable fiberglass paddle, two-way manual air pump, ankle leash, repair kit

Who Should Buy

iROCKER is building a name for itself as being one of the best paddle board brands for beginners – especially when it comes to inflatables. Never has it been more true than with their iROCKER CRUISER Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board, which measures 33 inches the whole way down its length. This provides a great, stable platform, perfect for beginners to find their feet on the water.Click here for the iROCKER CRUISER Inflatable SUP

Review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ko5vZePHAag

When your iROCKER CRUISER iSUP arrives and you open up the box, you’ll find that everything inside screams quality. The board itself is made up of four layers of military grade PVC. These aren’t just words to sound good: you’ll really notice the added rigidity when out on the water.

All the accessories are just as impressive. This iSUP comes with a super-lightweight fiberglass paddle which is noticeably lighter than most standard aluminum paddles, so it’s comfortable to use, and there’s less chance of it sinking. It’s versatile, too – you can adapt it into a dual-ended kayak paddle (with the purchase of an extra blade, sold separately) and when you’re done, it breaks down into three sections for easy storage. If you’re over 6’ tall, you might find the paddle slightly too short, but it makes up for this in quality.

Like the SereneLife inflatable SUP reviewed previously, this is a two-way pump which makes inflation slightly easier than traditional hand pumps. We like to try out a variety of manual and electric pumps, and in this case, we found that the quickest and most effective way to inflate the board was to use the pump supplied. It will be a workout, but don’t be tempted to splash out on buying a separate electric pump.

The bag, too, is supremely comfortable carry. It has padded straps and sits in a comfortable position on the back, reducing back strain. It’s bigger than you’d expect, too, so there’s plenty of space for throwing in some extra gear.

This inflatable SUP has a slightly larger surface area than the SereneLife iSUP, and it’s just as thick. This makes it very stable on the water, and the non-slip surface means that it’s comfortable to use for hours at a time. The tail is slightly wider than many other boards we’ve tried, making it track really well. These factors combined mean that this SUP is suitable for beginners, but also for more experienced paddlers who want better maneuverability on the water.

Finally, one aspect of making a purchase that you don’t get to find out about until it’s too late is the company’s customer service. We don’t usually comment on this side of a business, but we’ve been so impressed that it warranted a mention. We can assure you that iROCKER are outstanding – they are incredibly responsive and very helpful. If you choose this iSUP, you will be in good hands!

Pros
  • Very high maximum weight capacity – 400 lbs
  • High quality in all aspects – board, paddle, bag, air pump, and all accessories
  • Stable but tracks well due to the wide tail
  • Bungee cord storage area holds gear very securely
  • Impressive customer service
Cons
  • Strenuous to inflate the last few PSI, even with the two-way hand pump
  • Expensive (over $500)
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Best Soft Top!

ISLE Cruiser Soft Top SUP

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Recommendation

If you’ve read any of our other comparison guides on the best inflatable SUP boards, you’ll know that ISLE is a brand to be reckoned with. We’re champions of ISLE inflatable stand up paddle boards, so it may surprise you to see that we’re actually just as keen on their hardshell boards, too. In fact, the ISLE Cruiser Soft Top Stand Up Paddle Board is the best hardshell on the market. Here, you can expect the rigidity of a hard board, combined with the comfort and light weight of an inflatable.

Our Rating: 4.4/5

TECH SPECS

Length
10’5″
Width
32″
Thickness
4.5″
Type
Soft Top Board (Not-inflatable)
Material
EPS core, with fiberglass wrap
Maximum user weight capacity
275 lbs – experienced riders may exceed this weight
Board weight
23.5 lbs
Maximum inflation pressure
N/A
Accessories included
Adjustable paddle, 9″ flatwater removable center fin

Who Should Buy

We think that the ISLE Cruiser Soft Top is a fantastic choice for beginners. While it isn’t as small and easy to transport as an iSUP, being a hard board does mean that you can get started on the water straight away – and it’s light enough to carry straight to the water’s edge. It’s suitable for use on flat water and waves, and the best part is that you won’t have to worry about getting sore feet! Beginners and experienced paddlers alike will love how comfortable it is to use for hours at a time.Click here for the ISLE Cruiser Soft Top SUP

Review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UaEklAc010o

Firstly, we should probably clear up what you can actually expect your board to feel like. We’ve used the terms ‘hardshell’ and ‘soft top’ so far, but believe it or not, both terms can apply to the same board. This is a hard board: you can’t deflate it or roll it up. However, it isn’t a traditional hard board in that it feels like it’s made from a firm Styrofoam, rather than being a hard epoxy paddle board. Most of the surface of the deck is covered with a polyethylene material, which is where the ‘soft top’ feature comes in. While it does still offer a hard surface, this is super comfortable underfoot, even after a long day on the water.

As well as being comfortable, this surface also makes the ISLE Cruiser Soft Top perfect for beginners to try out many different types of stand up paddling. It offers a great, non-slip surface for SUP yoga; its large surface area is a stable platform for all-around paddling; you can even try out some SUP surf as it can cut through some small waves. However, we would advise sticking to calmer waters rather than venturing out to choppy seas due to the board’s lightweight.

For the price, the quality of this board is seriously impressive. This is definitely a board that you can buy as a beginner to see you through years of SUP enjoyment. However, we did notice a drawback.

The hard-yet-soft nature of the material meant that we did notice some dents appearing on the board, especially when bumped or after being strapped to the roof of the car. We always recommend taking good care of your stand up paddle board, but bumps and everyday wear and tear is inevitable. These dents weren’t permanent; they seemed to fill out and return to the board’s normal shape after a few hours, but this may be a disappointment if you place a lot of importance on the visual appearance of your board at all times.

Pros
  • Combines the rigidity of a hard board with the comfort and light weight of an inflatable
  • Soft, non-slip top surface lets you paddle in comfort or try out SUP yoga safely
  • Good quality
  • No strenuous inflating
Cons
  • Dents appeared when strapped to the car roof (but these are not permanent)
  • Limited accessory bundle
  • Does not deflate or fold down – not as easy to transport as inflatable SUPs
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ANCHEER Inflatable SUP

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Recommendation

Measuring 10’ long and 30″ wide, the ANCHEER Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board isn’t the largest board we’ve reviewed, but don’t let that deceive you. Its 6″ thickness, combined with its carefully engineered shape, make it perfect for touring, without worrying about losing your balance. We’ve been impressed by the quality and the all-around SUP possibilities, but bear in mind that this is a board best suited to a single user at a time.

Our Rating: 4.4/5

TECH SPECS

Length
10’
Width
30″
Thickness
6″
Type
Inflatable SUP
Material
Military grade PVC
Maximum user weight capacity
Approx. 265 lbs (model DA02)
Board weight
23.5 lbs
Maximum inflation pressure
TBC
Accessories included
Adjustable paddle, two-way manual air pump, backpack, repair kit

Who Should Buy

If you’re interested in cruising gently on flat water, then this is the board for you. It’s been designed to perform best in those conditions, the shape letting you glide effortlessly across the water. If you’re looking for a highly responsive board that can pick up speed quickly and manoeuver easily, we’d recommend looking for a narrow board with a pointed nose and a thin tail instead.Click here for the ANCHEER Inflatable SUP

Review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=90AhATFX8YU

We’ve tried many boards in our time, so we’ve seen the good, the slightly unstable, and the downright awesome. The ANCHEER Inflatable SUP is one of the best that we’ve tried for tracking and gliding on flatwater. This is down to the curved profile of the board, but the smoothness of the tough, military-grade PVC material used on the board definitely helps.

This SUP style isn’t going to suit everyone, but if you’re looking for an all-around board to explore some nearby lakes, or even for a beginner’s board to start out, you can’t go wrong here. That said, it’s not the best board for adventuring as a family, as its size and shape mean that it’s only really suitable for one user at a time. While the maximum weight capacity can handle a child or a dog joining an average adult, we found that there wasn’t a lot of space for both to move around and still feel stable on the water.

Nevertheless, if you do enjoy having the whole board to yourself, we think you’ll be impressed with the quality of the workmanship. It’s seriously firm and rigid when fully inflated – the chances are that your friends won’t even be able to tell that it’s an inflatable SUP – but it’s still an impressively lightweight paddle board.

We were pleased to discover that it’s not just in the areas of quality and performance where this board stands up to scrutiny: it’s highly practical, too. Aside from the fact that it can deflate in a matter of minutes for easy transportation, it comes with a backpack which is rugged and sturdy, yet comfortable to wear. This offers enough space for the board, the 3-piece paddle, and a few other bits of gear. There is a four-point bungee cord area on top of the board, where you can safely store this same gear while you’re out paddling. The only thing it doesn’t have is a leash, so you’ll need to buy your own.

Elsewhere, the iROCKER CRUISER and the SereneLife iSUPs, the pump features a two-way action which makes it much easier to inflate than a traditional single action pump. This saves so much effort and strain before you even begin. Take it from us: your shoulders and arms will thank you for it!

Pros
  • Ideal for flatwater touring and cruising
  • Very good quality build
  • Can be easily transported as it is lightweight and fits into a sturdy yet comfortable backpack
Cons
  • Does not come with an ankle
  • Not best suited to high speeds, SUP surf or quick manoeuvers in the water
  • Only suitable for one user at a time
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Goplus 11’ Inflatable SUP

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Recommendation

The ANCHEER iSUP might be perfect for paddling on flatwater, but the Goplus 11’ Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board is the ideal choice if you’re looking for one board that can take you from surf to yoga to fishing – and everything in between. This is because of the impressively large deck pad (rivaling only the ISLE Cruiser Soft Top SUP) and the numerous D-rings and bungee cords to keep you and your belongings in place. Our only word of warning: be prepared to buy a new paddle if you’re tall, as the one supplied comes up frustratingly short.

Our Rating: 4.0/5

TECH SPECS

Length
11’
Width
30″
Thickness
6″
Type
Inflatable SUP
Material
EVA
Maximum user weight capacity
265 lbs
Board weight
26 lbs
Maximum inflation pressure
TBC
Accessories included
Lightweight paddle, manual air pump, backpack, repair kit

Who Should Buy

For SUPers who want both convenience and versatility, look no further than the Goplus 11’ Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board package. It’s a fantastic all-around board which beginners can use to start out, but the extra long deck pad which reaches right to the tail makes it the perfect board for more experienced paddlers who want to specialize – whether that’s into fishing, yoga or even surf.Click here for the Goplus 11’ Inflatable SUP

Review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EqFy54JplOI

We loved the Goplus 11’ Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board, even before we started using it. Right away we saw the large deck pad stretching across the top of the board, which is made from a soft, comfortable foam. Instantly, we knew the versatility that this would bring, and we weren’t disappointed.

We tried using this board for SUP surf, SUP fishing, SUP yoga and SUP touring, and it performed on all occasions. It can be used on light surf, but experienced riders will note that it doesn’t handle quite as well as more expensive, specialized boards.

However, in terms of quality, Goplus are rivaling boards with significantly higher price tags. This board is made from a tough PVC material which can withstand all the usual bumps and scrapes, and at 6″ thick, it’s strong and rigid enough that all but the most serious SUPers won’t even notice it’s not a hard board. The number of D-rings makes this board even better value for money, as there’s more than enough space for you to tie down yourself and all your gear (although an ankle leash isn’t included) – and that’s not even taking into account the four-point bungee cord system.

There is one minor downside to this board when compared to the others reviewed so far – but it may become a major downside if you have to carry it for miles to get from the car to the water. The board only weighs 26 lbs, which is light enough for one person to carry alone, but this is over 6 lbs heavier than the SereneLife Inflatable SUP. This might not sound like a lot, but we really noticed the extra strain when trekking to and from the water. Luckily, the backpack provided is comfortable and supportive, but the journey back to the car after a long day’s SUPing is always the worst.

Finally, we think that this is one of the most stylish and well-designed boards available at the moment. Visuals shouldn’t be a deal-breaker – they certainly don’t interfere with the board’s performance – but they are essential in making you the best looking SUPer on the water!

Pros
  • Suitable for a wide variety of SUP specialisms
  • Large, comfortable deck pad
  • Four-point bungee cord system and numerous D-rings make storing gear a breeze
  • Stylish design
Cons
  • Heavier than many other boards (26 lbs)
  • Paddle feels too short for tall riders
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Vilano Journey Inflatable SUP

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Recommendation

The Vilano Journey Inflatable SUP Kit isn’t the highest spec board you’ll find amongst our reviews. At 9’9″ long it’s the shortest, and its maximum weight capacity of 240 lbs is the lowest so far. However, this iSUP is priced extremely reasonably, coming in at under $300. Provided that you aren’t expecting a top-of-the-range, professional board, you’ll be pleased with the value for money of this great entry-level board.

Our Rating: 3.5/5

TECH SPECS

Length
9’9″
Width
30″
Thickness
5″
Type
Inflatable SUP
Material
PVC
Maximum user weight capacity
240 lbs
Board weight
24 lbs
Maximum inflation pressure
TBC
Accessories included
Three-piece aluminum paddle, air pump, backpack, removable carry strap

Who Should Buy

Experienced riders will probably find this board too small and basic for their needs, but it does make a fantastic starter board to set up any beginner or youngster. The low weight capacity, the 5″ thickness and the paddle measuring a maximum of 86″ long make this kit ideal for kids to have a go, but they won’t be supportive enough for taller, heavier adults. Ultimately, if you’re looking for pure and simple fun without spending an arm and a leg in the process, you won’t find much better value than this.Click here for the Vilano Journey Inflatable SUP

Review

As soon as it arrived, we were impressed with the compact size and portability of the Vilano Journey Inflatable SUP Kit. When deflated, it rolls down into a cylindrical shape measuring only 3’ wide and 1’ across. At 24 lbs in weight it’s on the lighter end of the spectrum, and it looks pretty stylish, too. It comes with a detachable carry strap which is extremely useful, and an added feature which sets this board apart from most of the others we’ve looked at.

Inflation is quick and easy. This is normally the most challenging part of any SUP experience, but, surprisingly, filling this board using the pump provided wasn’t that strenuous. We did find it tricky to connect the hose with the board, but if you can tape or hold it in place, it shouldn’t give you too much trouble. The last few PSI always offer a good workout for the arms (although perhaps that was just psychological as the gauge on our pump seemed to be temperamental), but all in all, inflation took less than 10 minutes – quicker than many other boards.

Another slight hiccup that we had with getting set up was fitting the fin in place. The fin is detachable, but connecting it for the first time was confusing as there was a small plastic piece which had to be removed first. Unfortunately, the instructions weren’t clear on this, so we had to find out the hard way. Take our advice and remove it first, and you’ll save yourself a lot of time and hassle!

When in use, this SUP tracks remarkably well on the water. With some strong paddling we were able to build up a considerable amount of speed – more than expected for a board of this size and price.

The paddle does adjust from anywhere between 65.5″ and 86″ long, so it’s great if you’re buying for your kids and you want to invest in gear that will grow with them. However, if you’re taller than average, you might find the paddle a little too short and flimsy to be practical. You’ll be saving money on the board when compared to other models, so spend a little elsewhere by choosing a really good quality, slightly longer paddle.

All in all, this is an inexpensive SUP board, but it’s a great value investment for kids, beginners or anyone wanting to keep SUP as a hobby. The Vilano Journey strips SUP down and takes it back to basics, letting you enjoy the experience of being outdoors and on the water in a way that won’t break the bank.

Pros
  • Very reasonably priced (under $300)
  • Lightweight and easy to store, transport and carry
  • Ideal for kids, beginners or hobbyists
  • Adjustable paddle grows with the kids
  • Tracks smoothly and picks up speed well
Cons
  • No ankle leash included
  • Shorter and has a lower maximum weight capacity than other boards (9’9″; 240 lbs)
  • Gauge on air pump and connection between hose and board could be better quality
  • Fin is tricky to connect the first time
  • Expect to invest in a longer, higher quality paddle
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Atoll 11’ Inflatable SUP

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Recommendation

At a whisker under $700, the Atoll 11’ Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board is the most expensive of our best iSUP reviews, but you get what you pay for. Here, you’re buying quality, ease of use and outstanding customer service. On top of that, this is one of the few boards which actually comes supplied with an ankle leash, which is a find worth paying for in itself!

Our Rating: 4.2/5

TECH SPECS

Length
11’
Width
32″
Thickness
6″
Material
PVC
Maximum user weight capacity
300 lbs
Board weight
TBC
Maximum inflation pressure
TBC
Accessories included
Three-piece adjustable aluminum paddle, two-way air pump, large backpack with waist strap, repair kit, 10″ ankle leash

Who Should Buy

The price point of this inflatable stand up paddle board mean that it is probably out of reach of most beginners or casual paddlers. Even if you do have a larger budget, as a beginner, we’d recommend choosing a more entry-level board such as the SereneLife iSUP, where you can find your feet and try out the sport without breaking the bank. This Atoll iSUP is great quality, tracks extremely well and handles trickier conditions with ease, which we think will appeal to experienced paddlers or those who want a bit more of an adventure.Click here for the Atoll 11’ Inflatable SUP

Review

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If you’ve ever purchased inexpensive, basic SUP equipment, you’ve probably had a couple of instances where your highly anticipated purchase finally arrives, only to find that it’s been packaged in a couple of layers of plastic sheeting within a cardboard box which has been battered and broken during transit. Luckily, you don’t have to worry about experiencing any of that same disappointment with the Atoll 11’ iSUP. When it arrived, this board was packaged far better than most we’ve received, all in sturdy boxes.

Along with the inflatable board, a great range of accessories is included in the box. This includes a repair kit, a dual-action pump with a gauge that actually works (once you fill the first few PSI), a great quality ankle leash, and a seriously good quality backpack which has loads of spare room, and which fastens shut to hold all your belongings securely.

The package also comes with a removable fin – but don’t worry that you’re limited to only ever using this fin with your board. You can use almost any fin with this board, even those specifically designed for racing, cruising, or your SUP activity of choice. You can move the fin forwards or backwards by a few inches, giving the kind of flexibility and fine-tuning that you’d expect from top-of-the-range, high-cost pieces of sporting equipment.

However, if you do choose to use the fin supplied, you don’t have to worry about losing any tiny but critical supplies, as the screw is fixed to the fin itself so can’t work loose.

Once out on the water, this board handles really well. It glides smoothly, tracks well and picks up speed faster than most. It might be at the top end of the price spectrum, but in terms of ride quality, this board is worth every cent. This isn’t a SUP for surf board, but it has been designed with a little curve which makes it great for tackling a small amount of surf. In fact, it’s so responsive, maneuverable and stable that it rivals traditional hard boards – but with almost half the weight.

Pros
  • Compatible with almost all fins on the market
  • Handles particularly well on flat water and light surf
  • 15 D-rings give plenty of space to tie down belongings
  • Comes supplied with an ankle leash
Cons
  • The most expensive of our stand up paddle board reviews (almost $700)
  • Air pressure gauge does not show a reading for the first few PSI
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Roc Inflatable Board

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Recommendation

With several hundred dollars’ worth of accessories included in this bundle, the added extras alone make this Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board by Roc Paddleboards worth buying. Luckily, this is not a case of putting too much focus into the accessories instead of the board, as this SUP handles really well on the water, too.

Our Rating: 4.0/5

TECH SPECS

Length
10’
Width
33″
Thickness
6″
Type
Inflatable SUP
Material
Military grade PVC
Maximum user weight capacity
350 lbs
Board weight
33 pounds
Inflation pressure
15 PSI
Warranty
2 Years
Accessories included
Adjustable paddle, electric air pump, two-way hand pump, waterproof, floating bag with waist strap, adjustable ankle leash

Who Should Buy

This stand up paddle board isn’t the most expensive of those we’ve reviewed, but it isn’t the cheapest, either. You can pick up the whole package for less than $400 with plenty left over, so we think it’s pitched perfectly for beginners who want to take stand up paddling seriously. This setup doesn’t come with a range of bells and whistles aimed solely at professionals, but it does have a great range of extra accessories. This makes it an ideal buy if you haven’t been involved with SUP for very long, but you’re looking for kit which can help take your skills to the next level.Click here for the Roc Inflatable Board

Review

The Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board by Roc Paddleboards measures 33″ wide, making it the joint widest SUP board we’ve reviewed here (along with the iROCKER CRUISER). As a result, it feels incredibly stable on the water, especially when compared to some of the other smaller, thinner boards we’ve tried. Add in the non-slip surface and the fact that there’s a maximum user weight limit of 350 lbs, and you can be pretty confident of staying put.

That said, Roc Paddleboards have not designed this to be a floating raft. The shape glides through the water easily, picking up speed impressively quickly for a board of this size. While the rigidity and stability make it great for beginners and cruising, this speed and maneuverability make it a seriously fun piece of kit for anyone wanting to raise the adrenaline, too.

When it first arrives, don’t be concerned if you don’t find any user manuals or instructions included in the box. This board is very simple to set up (admittedly, not quite as simple as the ISLE Cruiser Soft Top SUP) with inflation taking less than 10 minutes using the two-way hand pump that’s included. However, if you don’t feel like giving your arms a good workout by pumping by hand, Roc Paddleboards have your back. They also include an electric pump with an automatic cut-off with this board, which you can hook up to your car to inflate your board on the go.

This electric pump is only one of a handful of accessories which went above and beyond what we were expecting from a board of this price. You will also find an adjustable paddle, an adjustable ankle leash, and a good quality bag. Not only does this bag hold all your gear, but it’s also waterproof and floats, so no need to panic if it lands in the water.

Pros
  • Great range of accessories included, including a floating, waterproof bag and an electric pump with an automatic cut-off
  • Rigid, stable and solid on the water
  • Picks up speed and maneuvers well
  • Excellent value for money
Cons
  • Tough to inflate by hand
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Z-Ray A4 11’6″ Touring SUP

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Recommendation

The Z-Ray A4 11’6″ Touring SUP Package is rugged but versatile; stable but easy to maneuver. If you’re thinking of trying SUP touring, this board ticks all the boxes, offering quality and more storage options than you can shake your paddle at. Just be aware that inflation is slightly more demanding than some other boards, especially if you use the hand pump that’s included.

Our Rating: 3.3/5

TECH SPECS

Length
11’6″
Width
32″
Thickness
6″
Material
PVC
Maximum user weight capacity
352 lbs
Board weight
25 lbs
Inflation pressure
15 PSI
Accessories included
Adjustable aluminum paddle, air pump, two-way hand pump, strap to keep the board rolled up, backpack, footrest

Who Should Buy

If you’re interested in SUP touring, this could be the stand up paddle board for you. Its sleek design lets it tackle everything up to slightly choppy lakes and rivers – but don’t worry about stability or control as the inclusion of three fins makes handling and maneuvering a breeze. In addition, this board can be adapted for use with a kayak seat (not included), making it perfect for adventurers.Click here for the Z-Ray A4 11’6″ Touring SUP

Review

For a board which comes in mid-range in terms of all the price points we’ve looked at in these reviews, we’ve been super impressed at how tough and rugged the Z-Ray A4 Touring SUP is.

This board is designed to stand up to use on lakes, rivers and slightly choppy (not rough) water. We took it out in all conditions and put it through all the everyday bumps and knocks that any board of this type can expect, and it stood up pretty well. Natural wear and tear can be expected, but we haven’t found any scrapes or scratches.

A major factor when enjoying touring SUP boarding is the stability of the board in question and how easy it is to handle. In this case, the board tracks well, and the inclusion of three fins makes it responsive and easy to control. It feels very firm and rigid, partly down to the side rails, but partly down to the 32″ width. This might be an inch narrower than the inflatable SUP from Roc Paddleboards, but it does allow an extra 2 lbs in weight capacity – and in some cases, those extra couple of pounds might make all the difference!

We found that inflating the board was a challenge, but it’s the same with any inflatable SUP that you have to pump manually. It took us around 10 minutes to inflate this board fully, which is slightly longer than some of the other models we’ve tried. However, once inflated, we found that we could leave it inflated (covered and protected, of course) and it was still ok to use a few days later.

If you’ve ever tried SUP touring before, you’ll know that keeping all your gear in place can be tricky, especially if your board doesn’t have many D-rings or storage points. Luckily, the Z-Ray A4 has 12 D-rings to which you can attach your gear, a leash, or even a kayak seat (which you’d have to buy separately). There is also a 6-point bungee cord system, so you can rest assured that your belongings aren’t going anywhere.

Pros
  • Designed for touring: maneuvers well, turns easily and remains stable over choppy water
  • Rugged
  • Plenty of storage space, with 12 D-rings and a 6-point bungee cord system
Cons
  • Takes slightly longer to inflate than some other inflatable SUPs
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Sun Dolphin Seaquest SUP

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Recommendation

The Sun Dolphin Seaquest 10-Foot Stand Up Paddleboard is a great all-rounder for beginners, kids and casual paddlers. This hard board sits at the lower end of the price spectrum so it makes SUP affordable, but unfortunately, the packaging during shipping leaves a lot to be desired, so your board may be scuffed before you even have a chance to use it. Nevertheless, it’s still super fun, has a closable storage box to keep your valuables dry, and comes in four awesome colors to choose from.

Our Rating: 2.9/5

TECH SPECS

Length
10’
Width
33″
Thickness
Approx. 5″
Type
Hard Shell Board
Material
Hard plastic
Maximum user weight capacity
250 lbs
Board weight
49 ounds
Accessories included

Who Should Buy

This is a hard shell stand up paddle board, so if you’re looking for easy storage and transportation, we suggest taking a look at some of our best inflatable SUP reviews instead. If you do have the space and capacity for a hard board, this is a great choice if you’re just looking for all-around fun, without too much focus on picking up speed or specializing in any way.Click here for the Sun Dolphin Seaquest SUP

Review

Firstly, we thought it was important to mention the shipping of this board, as unfortunately, that’s something that you never find out about until after you’ve placed an order. Delivery can take several months, which is disappointing if you’re looking forward to trying out your new purchase. Plan ahead and don’t be surprized if you can’t use it at short notice.

The packaging consists of a couple of layers of thick plastic sheeting, which is prone to scratching and tearing during transportation. This means that your board might arrive with a couple of scuffs and scrapes on it, which isn’t ideal if you want your brand new item to stay looking in mint condition for as long as possible. However, this is purely cosmetic – it doesn’t affect the performance of the board, and you should always expect your board to go through some wear and tear during use, anyway.

At just 10’ long, the Sun Dolphin Seaquest SUP doesn’t offer the same expansive surface area as longer boards such as the iROCKER CRUISER, but it does offer an impressive 33″ width. This helps it to glide through the water easily, in a way that always feels stable. As with most boards, the deck area is covered with a non-slip surface, so we didn’t feel at risk of slipping or falling at all.

When it comes to use, this iSUP handles well on the water. It doesn’t pick up speed quite as easily as lighter, inflatable models such as the boards from Vilano and Roc Paddleboards, but we did find that it moved best on calmer water.

In addition, this is an inflatable stand up paddle board, but if you’re looking for versatility, then this might offer you some of the benefits of a kayak, too. A kayak seat isn’t included so if you want to take advantage of this functionality you’ll have to purchase one separately, but it does come with a paddle which can be adapted by adding an extra blade so that you can sit down and paddle.

Finally, this may be a fairly entry-level board, but we were impressed with the level of thought that has gone into the detail of the design. You aren’t constrained to using D-rings or bungee cord systems here, as Sun Dolphin have incorporated a storage compartment with a closable lid for you to keep your valuables. It’s a great idea, and is practical for storing smaller items which may slip out of bungee cord strapping. However, it can be slippery to open when wet so don’t use it to keep anything that you might need in an emergency. We would also recommend keeping valuables like phones and watches in a sealed plastic bag inside the compartment anyway, just in case water leaks in or you tip over with the lid open.

Pros
  • Versatile: an all-round board which can be adapted for use with a kayak seat and paddle
  • Comes in four bright colors: green, blue, red and orange
  • Design incorporates a storage compartment to keep valuables secure and dry
Cons
  • Shipping is slow and just uses plastic sheeting which can tear, scuffing the board during transit
  • Cannot be deflated and rolled up so not convenient for storage and transportation
  • No leash included
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How To Choose The Best Paddle Board

The Definitive Buyer’s Guide

paddle board buyers guide

How To Choose A Stand Up Paddle Board?

There are a few things you should know before you go shopping for your first stand up paddle board. You will need to decide what type of board you will need, whether it should be inflatable or a hard board, what size range you should be looking at, and you will need to give some consideration to fin setup and other accessories.

Firstly, thinking about what type of SUP you want to try will have a massive impact on the number of boards available to you. Sometimes it seems like there is an endless selection of boards to choose from, but by simply deciding whether you want to do surf SUP, touring SUP, yoga SUP or anything else, you will narrow down your options as only a selection of those on the market will be the right size and shape. If you’re not sure or if you’d like to try several different types, look for an all-round board to give you versatility.

The decision of whether to choose an inflatable board or a hardshell is a personal one. As a beginner, you probably won’t notice much of a difference between the two in terms of feel on the water. As a result, much of your decision will probably come down to how easily you need to be able to transport and store your board. If you have plenty of space to store a hard board then this may not be an important factor for you, but some of the benefits of inflatable boards are that they can deflate and roll up to the size of a backpack. This means that you can throw it in the back of your car, store it at home in a cupboard, and even take it with you when you go traveling abroad.

Most boards should display their dimensions pretty clearly. The size you choose should depend on your own height and weight. As a general rule, if you’re taller or heavier you will need a longer, thicker board; if you’re shorter or lighter you will need a smaller, thinner board. You can find more details on choosing the right SUP for your height and weight here.

Finally, you should bear in mind the fin configuration of each board and the range of accessories which is included. In terms of fins, most boards will come with one central fin (although on the best inflatable paddle boards these detach for storage), but others allow you to fix two smaller fins to the bottom of the board as well, one on each side of the central fin. These help with tracking and making sharp turns, so look for these if you want quick and responsive maneuvering. Some other accessories which might be included are air pumps and backpacks (for inflatable boards), paddles, ankle leashes, fishing rod holders, and seats or back rests. Every accessory that’s included with your bundle is one more that you don’t have to pay for separately!

What Is The Best Sup Board For Beginners?

There are some fantastic beginner SUP boards on the market which come with everything you need to get set up, without costing the Earth.

Unless you specifically know that you want to specialize in a certain type of SUP, we would recommend going for an all-round board which can give you versatility while you try out the options. You’ll want a rigid, stable board which has a good surface area, but if you plan to progress quickly, don’t be afraid to go for a board with a narrower nose or tail which will cut through the surf smoothly and give you sharp turns.

You’ll be expecting value for money, so look at the lower end of the price spectrum: most are actually really good quality and come with a range of accessories which you’ll need to get started. The only thing that you might need to pay for separately is an ankle leash, but this still keeps the price pretty affordable until you’re ready to move onto an intermediate or advanced level board.

Inflatable Sups Vs Hardboards

When it comes to the way boards feel under your feet when you’re out on the water, you probably won’t notice a difference between inflatable SUPs and hard boards. In fact, the standard of manufacture has come so far that many long-time hard board users are surprised at the quality and rigidity of inflatable boards these days.

However, in order to get a level of support and rigidity from an inflatable that rivals a hard board, you will need to ensure that it’s inflated to its maximum capacity. This can be challenging on the arms – especially if you’re using a manual air pump – but it’s essential for stability.

With stiffness and support being so comparable between the two different board types, attention turns to storage and transportation as those areas are where the major differences lie.

After use, inflatable SUPs can be deflated and rolled up in a matter of minutes – often much quicker than the time it takes to lift a hard board onto the top of your roof and strap it down. Inflatable boards can be rolled up and stored in backpacks or duffel bags, so they’re more than small enough to put in your trunk, stow as air luggage, or store indoors, even if you live in a small apartment.

Hard boards, on the other hand, are much simpler to keep. They aren’t as easy to store or take on your travels, but they don’t need all the extra equipment that comes from inflatables. You don’t need to inflate or deflate it, so you can be on the water just about as soon as you’ve parked your car, and back on the journey home almost as soon as you’re back on dry land. Plus, it’s easier on the arms as there is no strenuous workout while you try to pump all the way up to 15 PSI. Still, pumping shouldn’t deter you from an iSUP, since you can buy an electrical pump which solves that problem.

In terms of performance, there is little difference between inflatable SUPs and hard boards. Both have their benefits, and both have their disadvantages. It is up to you to decide which is the most suitable design to fit in with your lifestyle, needs and wants! My personal preference has shifted towards inflatables, since easier on foot transport is critical for me.

Features To Look For

Each stand up paddle board that you look at will come with a wealth of information on why it is better than all the others. In order to help you sort the key information from the sales pitch, there are a few key things that you should look for.

By now, you should realize that whether a board is a traditional hardshell or an inflatable is a really important feature. This will impact how easy your SUP is to store and transport, but not its performance.

The size and shape of the board are important features, as well – and not just because you need the right amount of stability to support your weight. Boards with straighter sides are great for SUP racing as they help you pick up speed in a straight line; curved sides and narrow tails are designed for sharp maneuvers and tight turns; boards with narrow noses are best for SUP surf.

Regardless of which type of SUP you choose, look for a board which has plenty of D-rings to attach your gear (including an ankle leash in case you fall off), as well as bungee cord or lockable storage compartments. This will mean that you can take everything you need for a day on the water with you, without worrying that you will lose it if it gets wet.

The selection of accessories is another feature which you should look at – but don’t base your whole decision on what is included with your board. Paddles which are adjustable and buoyant are preferable to those which come as a fixed length or those which don’t float. Similarly, if you can adapt your paddle into a dual-ended kayak paddle and attach a seat to your board, this will give you more versatility. There is a very wide range of added accessories available to buy, all of which enhance an already awesome activity and make it even more fun.

Finally, one of the most crucial factors when comparing the best stand up paddle boards is price. You can pick up a board for a few hundred dollars, while at the other end of the spectrum you could end up paying thousands. You should weigh up the balance of what good value means for you, but normally beginners should start looking at the cheaper end of the market as you will find some really impressive quality.

The more you practice your stand up paddling, and the longer you spend out on the water, the more you’ll learn what works for you, what doesn’t, and what to look for next time. As your skill level and experience grows, you’ll learn which of these features should be highest on your list as you look to upgrade to your next board.

Checklist

Q: Who makes the best paddle boards?
A: Some of the most popular SUP brands include the Red Paddle Co., Tower, ISLE, Bic SUP, Bluefin, iROCKER, Ancheer, ZRay, Boardworks, Pro-Lite, Imagine Surf; the list goes on. There is a wide range of SUP boards on the market, including hard shell boards and inflatable stand up paddle boards, so you should do plenty of research and read as many SUP reviews as you can – preferably from people in a similar position to you. If you can, sign up for SUP lessons and try out some different boards to find out what works for you, then read our paddle board reviews to find the most suitable SUP for your needs.

Q: What is the best SUP board for fishing?
A: If you’re interested in trying fishing SUP, you’ll need a board which can offer you stability, comfort and practicality for hours at a time. You shouldn’t need to speed up quickly or do hairpin turns, so look for an all-round board with a wide nose and a round tail to give you support. You will need to take your fishing gear, rods and tackle with you, so choose a board which has a large surface area to put your belongings, and plenty of D-rings and bungee cord to hold them in place. Some boards will even come with rod holders affixed so that you don’t have to worry about holding onto your rod all afternoon. Remember that you could be out there a while, and although it’s called stand up paddle boarding for a reason, standing on a SUP can be tiring on the legs. Look for a board which has attachments for you to add a seat or a backrest, letting you sit back and enjoy fishing in beautiful surroundings in comfort.

Q: What is the best paddle board for yoga?
A: Yoga will test your balance even on dry land, so it’s even more of a challenge on water. If you’re looking for a SUP for yoga, you’ll want a stable platform which can give you rigid support while you change positions. Narrow noses are good for picking up speed and narrow tails let you turn tightly, so look for a board with a slightly wider shape and a round tail.

Q: What size paddle board is best?
A: The real question here should be: what size paddle board is best for your height, weight, and the type of paddling which you’ll be doing? As a general rule, taller or heavier people need larger boards to support their weight, while smaller, lighter people and kids find large boards too heavy to maneuver, so are better suited to smaller boards. As a rough guide, if you weigh less than 170 lbs, you’ll want a board that’s a maximum of 11’6″ long; if you’re anywhere between 170 lbs and 220 lbs you should be looking at boards between 11’7″ and 12’6″; any heavier, and you’ll need the support from a board measuring 12’7″ or longer. However, do bear in mind whether you’ll be specializing. SUP for surf, yoga, fishing and touring require boards to be different shapes, so remember that size isn’t always as important as design.

Q: What size paddle board do I need for my weight?
A: All boards should clearly state their maximum weight capacity – in other words, the maximum user weight that it can support. If a board’s weight capacity is higher than your own weight, it should be suitable for your use. There are a few factors which you should bear in mind, though, as they may affect your SUP experience. Firstly, think about whether you will be doing SUP alone, with kids, or with the dog. You will need to add your weights together to be sure that the SUP you are choosing can support all of you put together. In addition, in order to receive a proper level of support, you need to ensure that your board has been inflated to its full PSI (if you are using an inflatable board). If you don’t inflate it properly, you will notice some buckling under your weight, and your board may not sit high enough in the water.

The Bottom Line

SUP is insanely fun. Sure, it’s a good workout, but it’s also one of the best ways to get out in the fresh air, enjoying the scenery, trying out new hobbies, and engaging with nature. You can put in as much research as you like and spend hours doing comparisons, but nothing beats heading outside and trying SUP out. We can recommend SUP brands and make suggestions based on our own experiences for you to start from, but SUP is a personal activity so the best advice we can give is for you to get out there and experience it for yourself. If you don’t get it right first time, don’t worry…falling in and getting wet is half the fun!

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