Stand Up Paddle boarding is the fastest-growing water sport in the world, having recorded an almost 200%! increase in gear sales worldwide over these past couple of years.
One of the reasons why it is so popular is due to how affordable even the best paddle boards on the market are, at least compared to what expenses other outdoor activities require.
Best Stand Up Paddle Boards of 2017 – Reviews
Tower Adventurer Inflatable
Type: All Around Paddle Board
Size: 9’10 x 32 x 6
If you are planning to go paddle surfing in flat water, then why not get an inflatable board for the job? Being one of the best-selling paddle boards of all time, there isn’t much to complain about as far as the Adventurer is concerned.
Some people are under the impression that they absolutely need a hard board to go paddle surfing, yet inflatable paddle boards are among the most popular on the market.
Despite being an inflatable paddle board, the Adventurer is extremely durable and strong.
Keeper Sports SUP
Type: All Around Paddle Board
Size: 10 feet 6 x 31 x 5.5
Made of high density EPS, Keeper Sports’ Stand Up Paddle Board Set is one of the cheapest yet high-quality paddle boards that a beginner could ask for.
Reinforced with three wooden stringers, this particular board is quite durable and sturdy.
Also, not only does it come with the guarantee of being top-notch due to its manufacturer (California Board Company is one of the best in the industry), but it also comes equipped with a good paddle and leash.
Solstice Bali SUP
Type: All Around Paddle Board
Size: 10’8 x 34 x 8
Solistice Bali is a high-pressure inflatable paddle board that is sleek, lightweight, and incredibly fast. Strong by definition, it includes 4 stainless tie-downs for securing its gear and is made of durable 1000 Denier 3 ply PVD reinforced fabric material.
The board also comes equipped with a carry bag, a pump, and a gauge to help you through.
As far as maneuverability is concerned, Solistice Bali is one of the easiest boards to control and to maintain balance on.
In order to save you the trouble of spending hours and hours of research, we took it upon ourselves to review some of the most popular paddle boards on the market, paddle boards that are not only best sold but also of the highest quality.
So whether you are a beginner, a seasoned veteran, or even a paddle boarding enthusiast, you would do well to take a look at what the market has to offer before making any sort of purchase.
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BIC Sport Dura-Tec Stand Up Paddleboard
Type: All Around Paddle Board
Size: 9’10 x 32 x 6
We should point out that BIC Sport paddle boards are known for being extremely strong, hard-wearing boards.
Made from polyethylene and high-density foam, this particular board is built to endure everything the open water has to throw at it. Due to its construction, this board allows you to either take it for a cruise, do yoga on it, enjoy a relaxing time out on the water, or even race it along the waves.
Designed to provide maximum stability and comfort, it is the perfect board for any beginner who has no idea yet as to what paddle surfing means to them.
Say you are new to the sport and aren’t necessarily interested in doing anything extreme while riding one.
If this is the case, then you should probably get a flat water paddle board. Also referred to as a ‘All Around Paddle Board’, it is designed to provide maximum stability for anyone mounting it, making it perfect for any beginner looking to get their first grasp on the sport. It may not seem such an important decision at first, but choosing the right paddle board is imperative to your overall paddle surfing experience. Some people prefer a standard, flat water paddle board to anything that will make them uncomfortable by being hard to handle.
This is precisely why most flat water paddle boards are wide and short you see, to ensure that no waves or water current knocks their occupants off.
- The second thing to look for is the length. Usually, a good flat water paddle board will be around 10 to 11 feet long. Anything longer than 11 feet falls into ‘racing’ territory and you probably aren’t looking to do any type of racing if you’re on the market for an all around paddle board.
- The first thing you need to pay attention to when choosing a flat water / all around paddle board is the width. Designed to provide a solid base for you to plant your feet on, a good all around paddle board will have around 30-34″ in width so make sure that you’re not getting anything smaller first time around.
- The third thing to pay attention to is the weight. While most all around paddle boards can provide stability for anyone weighting 200 lbs (90 kg) or less, their construction determines whether they can hold anyone heavier than this or not. Speaking of construction, paddle boards can be made of foam, bamboo, or pretty much any rigid material that can reinforce the bottom of the board’s deck. When discussing paddle boards, however, there is always the issue of what type to get. You see, they can have a solid construction or they can be inflatable.
While solid paddle boards are rigid and sturdy, they are usually heavier than racing paddle boards. Most of them are built with a foam interior that is wrapped in a fibreglass shell, allowing them to skid across the water easily. It has to be said that, as a rule, the cheaper a paddle board is, the heavier it is in contrast. Inflatable paddle boards, on the other hand, are much cheaper than solid paddle boards, while providing pretty much the same experience for newcomers.
If you are an established paddle surfer, however, you will find that apart from being cheaper (although not always) and easier to store, they pretty much fall short of solid flat water paddle boards. Still, the fact that you inflate them on site makes them easier to carry around by hand or inside a vehicle.
BIC Sport ACE-TEC
Type: Race Paddle Board
Size: 11′ x 32 x 5.5
Built to resist dings and rock damage while reaching a very fast speed, BIC Sport’s ACE-TEC Stand-Up Paddle Board is one of the best touring / racing paddle boards on the market. As one of the best, however, you can expect to pay a bit more than a thousand US dollars for it.
By doing so, you will obtain one of the most stable, fastest, lighter paddle boards in existence. Few paddle boards are more durable than the ACE-TEC Stand-Up Paddleboard, and this is mainly due to its sturdy construction and due to its light frame.
Type: Race Paddle Board
Size: 10’6 x 32 x 6
Due to its rugged drop stitch construction, the Airhead AHSUP-1 can resist a much higher air pressure than other inflatable paddle boards on the market. This gives it the sturdiness of a solid paddle board while being considerably lighter.
The board also comes equipped with three removable fins to ensure straight tracking and precise maneuvering along with 4D-rings up front for you to strap your gear into. Interestingly enough, it also comes equipped with a seat that you can install, thus turning the board into a paddle kayak.
BIC Sport Dura-Tec
Type: Race Paddle Board
Size: 11′ x 32 x 6.5
A bit on the heavier side, BIC Sport Dura-Tec is similar to ACE-TEC to some extent, despite being made of slightly lower-quality components.
Nevertheless, the BIC Sport Dura-Tec paddle board is among the fastest in this price range, faster than several more expensive boards actually.
Seen more like a recreational board, it can pleasantly surprise anyone who is brave enough to take it out on the open water due to its precise maneuvering and thanks to its impressive speed.
As we already pointed out earlier, a paddle board is a serious investment, which is why you want to be 100% sure of what type of board better suits your needs. Unlike flat water paddle boards, a race paddle board is designed to skid across the surface of the water much faster.
This, however, comes with the issue of being harder to control at times given its light weight and overall build. This being said, unless the water you are surfing on is particularly restless, you are not supposed to run into any serious difficulty controlling a race paddle board nor should you act like it.
One of the issues that most people who buy race paddle boards are faced with comes not from the board itself but from themselves. Given how these particular boards are built, most people expect them to simply slice through the water in an unpredictable fashion. In truth, good touring paddle boards can provide roughly the same stability as their flat water counterparts, just as long as the water you are using them is calm. We say this because race paddle boards are made of lighter materials while being longer and slimmer all-round.
Some race paddle boards will also feature some form of customization, adding to their overall speed and maneuverability. While most touring boards are indeed slimmer, they are also quite thick in order to decrease drag without compromising volume or stability.
The goal of their peculiar build is to reduce drag in order to increase their overall speed. Being thinner and lighter, race paddle boards provide quite an enjoyable experience, allowing you to slide past any other surfer you encounter albeit not exactly recommended to beginners. Furthermore, race paddle boards are usually more expensive than flat water / all around paddle boards not only due to their construction, but also because of the light materials used to make them.
Needless to say, most people won’t feel like spending a few hundred dollars more on a board that does pretty much the same thing while being considerably faster and there’s nothing wrong with wanting stability at the cost of speed.
Isle 10 ft 4 inch Womens Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board
Type: Yoga Paddle Board
Size: 10’4 x 36 x 6
This high durability paddle board comes equipped with a travel paddle, a pump, fins, and a repair kit, making it one of the best-equipped paddle boards on the market. Due to its wide nose and tail, this particular board is perfect for yoga and leisure paddling.
It is for this exact purpose that it is equipped with a rail paddle mounted bungee system, to ensure that your paddle doesn’t get in the way of your exercising.
While not exactly suitable for touring or venturing out into the open water, it is perfect for any fitness related purposes and flat water surfing.
Like the name suggests, yoga paddle boards or fitness paddle boards as they are sometimes referred to, provide pretty much the same overall experience as all around paddle boards while being wider and more stable.
Like regular paddle boards, yoga paddle boards can be at least 30″ wide or more, giving their rider a lot of space to work with. Mostly used for fitness exercises, like you would otherwise expect given their name, these boards are in no way inferior to flat water paddle boards.
Yoga paddle boards provide a lot of space while being soft to the touch. Given its role and what you are supposed to use it for, you can always choose an inflatable yoga board due to being much softer than a regular one. Still, you should also look for the characteristics that make any good board worth its salt when buying a yoga paddle board, as when you are not exercising, you will be using it as any other paddle board.
Furthermore, yoga paddle boards feature a full length traction pad which is designed to provide great comfort to their occupant at all times.
There is no point in making any sort of exercising difficult, but this doesn’t mean that it won’t behave the same way any other paddle board should.
Interestingly enough, yoga paddle boards are not that expensive, at least not as expensive as you would expect good racing paddle boards to be. This being said, some people might find it difficult to grasp the concept of doing yoga exercises while paddle surfing, but if we are to believe the testimonies of anyone who tried it, yoga surfing is supposed to combine the relaxation provided by yoga exercises with the soothing effects of the sea.
Needless to say, yoga paddle boards don’t really allow some of the more extreme exercises, meaning that you will most likely put less effort into it.
Z-Ray PathFinder SUP 10′ Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board Set
Type: Yoga / Fishing / All Around Paddle Board
Size: 10′ x 29.5 x 4
While not necessarily wide compared to other paddle boards, Z-Ray PathFinder SUP is stable enough to allow pretty much any type of activity.
While not looking like the type to be able to, it can also carry quite a bit of gear or equipment when fully inflated.
It also has to be said that Z-Ray PathFinder SUP is an incredibly sturdy paddle board.
Made from military grade PVC and strong multi-layer drop stitch, you can hardly damage it even if you wanted to.
We should point out that fishing paddle boards are newer than the whole process of fishing from a paddle board.
Not only do paddle surfers get a good workout from riding their paddle boards, but they can also engage in other activities like yoga, racing, and of course, fishing. In fact, fishing is one of the best uses for a paddle board given their relatively small size compared to a boat.
Being out in the open water with nothing but a board under your feet is supposed to be quite a freeing experience but also quite an intimidating one. Probably the best thing about fishing paddle boards is their accessibility.
A fishing paddle board allows you to reach areas that you normally couldn’t with a boat, places like shallow waters or among the cliffs. You can quite literally reach any areas you are willing to paddle towards.
- Some fishing paddle boards will come equipped with a stand up brace for various types of equipment but you’re sometimes better off without it.
- Last but not least, paddle boards make very little noise, less noise than a boat for example.
- You are still going to make noise paddling but unlike a boat, you will slide across the water much smoother.
- One of the things to look after when looking for a good fishing paddle board is size and the other is stability.
- Unlike race paddle boards, a good fishing paddle board has to be robust and wide to ensure a greater comfort throughout long periods of time.
- As for their construction, you can pretty much choose any material you want, whether it is foam, fiberglass, or bamboo.
All in all, fishing paddle boards aren’t all that common, and thanks to their accessibility, you are likely to get the intimacy you require when fishing with nobody else in sight.
Imagine Surf V2 Wizard Angler SUP
Type: Fishing / Surfing Paddle Board
Size: 11′ x 35 x 8
Also perfect for fishing or any other activity you may pursue out into the open water, Imagine Surf V2 Wizard Angler SUP is one of the most versatile paddle boards on the market.
It features two hatches for storage, a comfortable flip up seat, deck bungees, and a cargo bay.
Built with blow molded polyethylene, it is also remarkably sturdy, capable of withstanding a fair share of abuse before showing any signs of scarring.
All things considered, this is the type of paddle board that you can use any day of the week for pretty much any type of activity.
Originating in Hawaii, standup surf paddle boarding enables you to paddle much farther into the open water than you otherwise would on a normal surf board.
- The first thing to consider before purchasing a surf paddle board is that surfing on a paddle board is a lot harder than it looks.
- Surf paddle boards are usually popular among experienced paddle surfers, but it shouldn’t take long for anyone to get accustomed to them with enough practice.
- Another thing to consider is how slim they are compared to kayaks, windsurf boards, or kite-surfs.
While not exactly small either, surf paddle boards are much easier to control than kite-surf or windsurf boards while providing quite the workout. Not only that, but they are quickly becoming a favorite among people who aren’t exactly young anymore but who still want to face the waves like they once did.
A good surf paddle board is designed to slide across the water smoothly while being faster than your average all around paddle board.
Surf paddle boards are also designed to reduce drag in order to increase maneuverability so you can expect them to be less comfortable than standard flat water paddle boards.
This being said, some of the best surf paddle boards on the market can cost you almost double as much as the standard models so be on the lookout for bargains.
Being a manufacturer, importer, and retailer at the same time, TOWER can sell quality paddle boards a lot cheaper than most other manufacturers on the market. As for their paddle boards, they represent great value for the smaller price you pay, taking nothing away from the quality of their products.
A leading manufacturer of windsurfing equipment for more than twenty years, BIC has recently broken into the standup paddle boarding market with quite a bit of success. Judging by their sales, it appears that their windsurfing expertise came in handy as far as paddle boarding is concerned, being one of the top manufacturers on the market.
Surftech have been producing high-standard paddle boards for more than twenty years and they’ve never dropped the ball once. It is due to their ability to constantly provide the quality people have come to expect from them, although they have a pretty limited online exposure.
PELICAN – Known among paddle boarding enthusiasts for their rather large paddle boards, Pelican has been a constant presence on the market throughout the years, despite not necessarily being what newcomers to the sport might need. Nevertheless, you can rely on any Pelican paddle boards to what they’re supposed to do while being quite resistant.
SUP ATX is well-known for being the first to introduce the sport in lakes and rivers throughout North America, being credited for popularizing standup paddleboarding in areas in which nobody previously thought was possible. As a company, SUP ATX is quite young, but the people driving the company forward are highly experienced surfers and it reflects into the paddle boards they make.
HOBIE – Few companies have a richer history than Hobie, a company that has been making surfboards for almost 70 years. Although not entirely dedicated to manufacturing paddle boards, those choosing to get any Hobie-related board or accessory, are bound to be fully satisfied by the high quality products they get.