Stand up paddleboarding, or SUP for short, is one of the more popular water sports at the beach. There is minimal equipment needed and anyone can do it. The sport involves standing on a surfboard-like piece and using a paddle (like a kayak or canoe) to propel yourself through the water. The result is a satisfying adventure through the sea where the paddler gets up close and personal with the nature around them. Paddleboards can venture into tight and shallow waters where other boats may not enter. Moving through the waves, the motions are nearly silent, unlike motor boats or jet skis.
The key to a successful SUP is balance, you’ll engage your core. Anyone can do SUP paddleboarding. Novices may want to try on their knees first to establish a rhythm, and places with fewer waves and boats sure make the SUP life easier. The beach is the perfect place to hop on board, and is easy for any paddler to pursue. Inflatable or hard boards?
Inflatable boards for rivers, traveling, friends who are new to the sport, dogs, and basically putting the board through the wringer. Look for a heavy-duty board that you don’t have to worry about popping them through wear and tear as much as the worry for damaging a hard board.
Hard boards are great if you like the feel of a highly responsive, rigid board. Although some inflatables can get very rigid, they don’t entirely match up to an actual hard board. But, unless you’re already familiar with board sports and used to the hard board feel, I doubt you will notice that a good quality inflatable board is not as rigid, because the differences can be minute. Go for a hard board when you want to paddle long distances fast because it glides a bit easier on the water than an inflatable. Hard boards also are easier to surf (both ocean and river) than inflatable boards.
Paddle boards are expensive, but if you find a SUP that’s less than $700, DON’T BUY IT! It’s no good! Granted, there may be some outliers, but definitely approach cheap boards with caution. Good inflatable boards are not cheaper than hard boards. Accept the investment and go for a board that will fit your intended use.
A SUP is an investment regardless of what kind you get. They are expensive either way, so you might as well get a paddle board that will last several seasons. Cheaper boards, regardless of whether they are inflatable or hard, are much more difficult to repair than boards that are made of higher quality materials. So if you thinks about it, you will get much more use out of your money if you suck it up and get something that is higher quality. And if you don’t like it, selling a higher quality board that still performs is going to be much easier than selling your Walmart special. For other great water sports on the water, head back to our Water Sports Gear and find other options. Keep reading to find everything you will need to start SUP paddle boarding!
Peak Inflatable 10’6 Stand Up Paddle Board – All Around Board
Peak Paddle boards provide the Ultimate beginner paddle board package. They are committed to bringing you the best quality paddle boards designed and tested by people who surf and paddle every day. This Peak 10’6 Inflatable Paddle Board is built tough from the highest quality military grade PVC and drop stitch material. This makes it a lighter, stiffer, more durable SUP board without the extra weight. The 6″ thickness makes it much more stable and rigid vs. the typical 4″ thick models, and the non-slip grip ensures a stable ride. Perfect for all skill levels – Yoga enthusiasts, SUP fishing, recreational paddlers, kids, or even carrying your furry friends.
Atoll 11′ Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board
Atoll’s flagship ISUP, the Cruiser Deluxe, is 11 foot x 6 inch x 32 inch ISUP ready with everything you need to paddle that same day. New Fusion Light Construction – 40% lighter than comparable models. Manufactured with a built in state of the art H3 valve. It comes with a the industry leading Bravo dual action hand pump. Replaceable, reliable and 3nd generation detachable fin, now compatible with Universal Fin boxes, no screws required. The use of aftermarket river fins or larger race finds has nver been easier. The stock 8 inch double strength fin keeps this inflatable stand up paddle board headed on its intended course. The tri fin design allows for the best tracking ( moving forward without turning). Dual Layer PVC, this board is wrapped with second layer of patented PVC on the top and bottom of the board that creats a stiff, rigid and sturdy ISUP. EVA foam on the top: prevents ISUP rider from slipping and loosing their balance. Pressure ranges up to 15 psi with Korean style drop stitching technology. Package comes with a new sleek 3 piece lightweight aluminum paddle and nylon blade.
*Top PIck* iRocker All-Around Inflatable Stand-Up Paddle Board
iRocker used only the highest quality QUAD Layer military grade PVC in their inflatable paddle boards. This provides extra protection, durability, and greater rigidity giving you longer lasting reliable performance. Greater rigidity results in reduced flex over common single and double layer boards. Their boards are designed, tested, and perfected in Florida.
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Peak 10’5 Escape Soft Top Aqua Stand Up Paddle Board
Great for all types of paddling conditions: rivers, lakes, oceans and streams, it doesn’t matter. The perfect board for your kids or to share with the whole fam. Bring along an extra person, dog or cooler. The PEAK 10’5 Soft has all the features of the hard SUP wrapped in a soft EVA shell with an ABS bottom. If you drop this board, it won’t ding or scratch. This SUP is rigid offering a stable ride with soft cushion pad under your feet.
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Gold Coast SUP Paddleboard Orca Indestructo
Paddleboard is 10’6″ and 4.5″ thick. Easily supports riders up to 275 + lbs. Full coverage top deck fingerprint texture IXPE traction layer. The board is lightweight, and extremely durable with EZ carry handle. This is a family-friendly, long lasting SUP for all ages to have fun with! Comes with 11′ paddle board bag. 100% satisfaction guarantee. Ride risk free for 30 days or return it.
SUP Paddleboard Carrier/Storage Sling
With the Enhanced SUP-Now Paddleboard Carry/Storage Strap, you can easily carry your paddleboard, paddle and accessories and still have a free hand. This has a triple-padded shoulder pad made from soft and durable Neoprene.
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Best Kayak Boat Anchor Kit for Paddle board
Their galvanized anchor doesn’t need a painted coating to keep it resistant to rust. The anchor line is 40ft long and allows for more horizontal drag and a better hold. They also include a nylon storage bag, a buoy ball and a stainless steel hook for situations requiring a quick disconnect. It is only 12in x 3in when closed. It takes up minimal space and can easily be stored in kayaks, canoes, dinghy, paddle boards or wave runner PWC.
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Paddle Board Storage Rack
Requires no assembly and is easy to install. They’re made from the highest quality materials and are built to last. Made of rust resistant, powder coated steel, rugged nylon covered foam padding that won’t deteriorate over time, and adjustable straps designed to secure and hold your paddleboard in place.
Paddle board Cooler & Mesh Bag
SUP Cooler and Mesh Bag all in one! Your new paddle board coolers features a thermal insulated lining to keep your drinks cold for hours. Fits 6 cans perfectly and features a mesh top to hold any dry goods. Also included is 4 suction cups that attach great to any hard top SUP board.
SUP-Now Paddleboard Deck Bag with Waterproof Insert
With the genuine SUP-Now Paddleboard Pouch Deluxe Edition with waterproof insert, you can easily take necessities such as your life jacket, phone, keys, water bottles, sunscreen, snacks, sandals, and even your SUP-Now Paddleboard Carrying Strap with you on your paddle board. Comes with a free waterproof insert. Uses commercial grade suction cups, with easy release hooks built in.
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Unigear Premium 10′ coiled SUP Leash w/Waterproof Wallet
When it come to stand up surfing or paddling, safety is always a concern. Unigear SUP leash perfectly solves this problem. You can tie the leash onto your ankle and tie the other end to the board so that you won’t be separated from your board in an emergency in the water. The coiled part is made of super strong 7mm urethane cord to handle the longest and heaviest of board while the ankle part is made of TPU elastic polyurethane with soft sponge. So you won’t feel discomfort while surfing or paddling.
GoPro Hero 5 Session
Capture different with HERO5 Session. With its stunning 4K video, one-button simplicity and voice control, HERO5 Session may be the ultimate combination of performance and small size. Liquid-smooth image stabilization, waterproof design and go-anywhere durability help capture life as you live it. And when it’s time to edit and share, HERO5 Session can automatically upload footage to your GoPro Plus cloud account, providing easy access on your phone. Then you can use Quik, the GoPro editing app, to automatically create videos that wow.
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SEAWAG Universal Waterproof Case for Smartphone
The Seawag waterproof case for smartphone will be your ideal partner during your aquatic activities to protect your smartphone. All our products are completely waterproof and tested to a depth of 25 meters (80 feet), even resistant to sand, dust and snow. Its design allows easy access to all functions of your smartphone without having to remove it from the case. Featuring a transparent screen at the back of the cover, you will have the opportunity, even in the water, to take pictures and record videos. Universal, suitable for all sizes of phones.
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