Inflatable Paddle Boards

Surfing is a great sport that can be easily performed with two types of boards, namely hard and inflatable. In the following lines, we will take a closer look at the inflatable models, we will inspect their features and will try to discover which are their advantages and best uses. Therefore, stick with us if you are interested in stand up paddleboarding.

1. Atoll 11’0″ Foot 2. ISLE Airtech 12-Feet 6-Inches Touring 3. Tower Adventurer Inflatable 9’10” 4. iRocker 10′ (6″ Thick) Inflatable SUP 5. Ten Toes WEEKENDER 10-Feet
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General Information

Manufacturer Atoll Board Co. ISLE Surf and SUP Tower iRocker Ten Toes Board Emporium
Inflated Dimension (Length x Width x Thichness) 11’0″ x 32″ x 6″ 12’6″ x 30″ x 6″ 9’10” x 32″ x 6″ 11’0″ x 30″ x 6″ 10’0″ x 30″ x 6″
Deflated Dimension (Diameter x Width) 12″ x 36″ 12″ x 36″ 12″ x 33″ 13″ x 33″ 11″ x 36″
Weight 19 lbs 20.5 lbs 24 lbs 22 lbs 29 lbs
Weight Capacity Up to 250 lbs Up to 275 lbs Up to 400 lbs Up to 385 lbs Up to 275 lbs
Colors Available 3 1 1 2 5


Board Material Ultra-light material and is fully wrapped with a second PVC layer Military-grade PVC Material Military-grade PVC Material Military-grade PVC Material Military-grade PVC Material
Paddle Material Aluminium Aluminium Fiberglass Aluminium Aluminium
Pressure Range Up to 15 PSI Up to 15 PSI Up to 25 PSI Up to 15 PSI Up to 16 PSI
Deck Pad EVA Foam Deck Pad Super Soft EVA Diamond Groove Deck Pad Tower Branded Diamond Grooved Deck Pad EVA Diamond Groove Deck Pad EVA Textured Foam Deck Pad
Fin Configuration 2+1 2+1 2+1 2+1 2+1
Drop-stitch Construction
Nose Rocker
Tail Rocker
Handles 2 1 1 1
Number of D-rings 14 5 2 8 5


Bungee Cord
Backpack Carry Bag Included
High Pressure Hand Pump Included
Repair Kit Included
Leash Included
Fast Pump Up time
Solid Construction


Product Warranty 2-year warranty 1-year warranty 2-year warranty 2-year warranty 1-year warranty
User Manual

1. Atoll 11’0″

The inflatable SUP boards made by Attol distinguish themselves in terms of durability. They are as strong as hard boards, only that they are much practical in what concerns the weight or storage possibilities. For this reason, our first pick for the best inflatable SUPs is the Atoll 11 ft. Its size makes it a nice option for most paddlers and it is suitable for a wide range of activities.


When inflated, the board is 11 feet long, 32 inches wide, and 6 inches thick and it can hold a maximum weight of 250 pounds. Theer are 3 color options you can choose from – army green, light blue, and burgundy red. Additionally, it features a lightweight design, weighing only 19 pounds.

  • Dual layer PVC: it features two layers of polyvinyl chloride material. The second layer is used for reinforcing the top and the bottom of the board. This material is durable and easy to repair but it is not resistant to chemicals and UV rays.
  • EVA traction deck pad: to increase traction, the deck is made of thick EVA foam. This material is highly resistant to tear and shocks.
  • Includes 3 fins: for increased stability it comes with 2 fixed fins on the side and one large 8-inch composite fin in the center. This fin is detachable and the fin box is universal, so you can use it with a wide range of fin brands.
  • Lightweight paddle: it is made of aluminum alloy and features a 3-piece design. It comes in black and it is adjustable.

User Benefits

To make your adventure more fun, you can take your favorite snacks and drinks with you. Additionally, to make it more user-friendly, the manufacturer paid attention to all details, including carry handles and foot leash.

  • Multiple D-rings: 6 of the D-rings are connected with a bungee cord but you can gain more space for your things by connecting a bungee cord to the other 8-D rings.
  • Convenient to carry around: the built-in handles allow you to carry it with ease. There’s one grab handle at the center and one at the tail.
  • 10-foot flex leash: includes a poly flex leash to keep you connected to the board no matter what.

Accessories Included

Besides the leash and the bungee cord, this model comes with many other useful accessories. For convenient storage, it includes a strap to keep it tight and you can transport it in the backpack carry bag made of nylon. Also, it comes with a high-pressure hand pump that helps you inflate it much easier. In case you need to patch the board, you can use the included repair kit.

  • Made of ultra-light material
  • The deck pad is made of high-quality EVA foam
  • Features 2 handles: at tail and center
  • Comes with numerous D-rings
  • Fully wrapped with PVC layer
  • Can handle only up to 250 pounds

This board has a beautiful design and is great for all-around use, including yoga. It is easy to carry around as is made of light materials. Additionally, it comes with pretty much everything you need except for the leash. You may consider buying this model if you don’t weight more than 250 pounds.

2. ISLE Airtech 12′ 6″ Touring

If you’re looking for a model that allows you to increase your speed and feel the adventure on the water, then this model will definitely be the right choice for you. Its dimensions are 12’6″ long, 30″ wide and 6″ thick and it can handle up to 275 lbs. This means that it is designed for many paddling enthusiasts. Also, it is made of military-grade PVC Material with drop-stitch construction making it very resistant and durable. The super soft EVA diamond groove deck pad keeps you safe every time you’re on the water and the nose rocker will help you ride very smoothly on the water.

Moreover, due to the bungee cord, you can carry your things on the inflatable paddle board with absolutely no inconvenience. In what regards the paddle, it’s made of aluminum and it’s strong enough to help you paddle all the way through the water. The 2 handles are placed in the front and center and they are specially made to carry it easier every time necessary. After you use it, the ISLE Airtech 12-Feet 6-Inches can be deflated and stored in small places, measuring only 12 inches in diameter and 36 inches in width. Furthermore, the great news is that the model has a full package available, namely a backup carry bag, a high-pressure hand pump and a repair kit.

  • Long board
  • The deck pad is made of super soft EVA diamond groove
  • Lightweight
  • Features a nose and center handle
  • Stylish
  • Can hold a maximum weight of only 275 pounds

We recommend this model if you’re interested in fast paddling or long-distance touring. The red color makes it very attractive and it features a lightweight design. It comes with all you need, except for the leash. The overall construction is highly-durable but we would’ve wanted it to be backed by a longer warranty.

3. Tower Adventurer Inflatable 9’10”

The Tower Adventurer Inflatable 9’10” is one of the most popular choices of the moment and for good reasons. The paddle is very strong and it can handle weight up to 400 lbs, measuring 9’10” long x 32″ wide and 6″ thick, which makes it perfect for those who want to paddle together with their wife or children. The high-quality military-grade PVC material and the drop-stitch construction makes it very similar to a hard board, so you don’t have to worry about any possible dings and cracks. The tower branded diamond grooved deck pad is specially designed to offer stability while you’re standing on it and the paddle is made of strong fiberglass.

The 4-inch nose rocker will help it smoothly through the water, so all you have to do is to admire the nature and let it carry you along the water. Unfortunately, the board has only one handle placed in the center and it doesn’t have a bungee cord to allow you carry your personal things. Also, the package includes a manual hand pump and a repair kit, but unfortunately it doesn’t have a carry bag for transportation.

  • Great weight capacity
  • Fiberglass paddle material
  • Deck pad made of tower branded diamond groove
  • Features a handle in the center
  • Up to 25 PSI pressure
  • Doesn’t come with a bungee cord
  • No carry bag included

Opt for this board if you love surfing as it provides excellent performance. Since it features a weight capacity of 400 pounds, the board can easily accommodate 2 persons. It has a simple white design and a solid construction. However, you will have to spend some extra money for the bungee cord and the leash. You may also consider buying a carry bag as it doesn’t come with one.

4. iRocker 10′ 6″

Another high-quality model that will impress even the most skilled paddlers is the iRocker 10′ Inflatable SUP. There are many reasons why people like this model and one of them is the fact that it’s light weighted and it can easily handle weight up to 385 lbs. The model dimension is 9 feet, 11 inches length, 30 inches width and 6 inches thickness, making it similar to the other available models. It comes in two unisex colors: blue and white and both of them are great choices for those who want to own a nice-looking model.

Besides this, the iRocker is very resistant and durable and this is mainly because the military-grade PVC material and the drop-stitch construction is on of the most used materials for these sport products. The EVA diamond groove deck pad is stable enough to keep you on the board and don’t slip off it while the nose rocker will make your entire paddling experience much easier. Additionally, the model has one handle placed in the center and a paddle made of aluminum. The package also includes a carry bag, a hand pump and a repair kit.

  • Can handle a weight of maximum 385 pounds
  • Two color options: blue and white
  • The handle is conveniently placed in the center of the board
  • Comes with all the accessories, except for the leash
  • Made of heavy-duty materials
  • The bungee cord is rather small

You can’t go wrong with this board as is perfect for any occasion. It has an attractive design and you have the possibility to choose from 2 color options. The manufacturer offers a 2-year warranty for this model, so you can rest assured in case something’s wrong with it during this period. What is not so great, is the small bungee cord because if you’re planning on doing longer expedition you won’t be able to take with you many of the things you’ll need.

5. Ten Toes WEEKENDER 10′

The Ten Toes WEEKENDER 10-Feet Inflatable Standup Paddleboard which provides you all the features you need to have the best paddling experience. Its dimensions, 10 feet length, 30 inches width and 6 inches thickness, makes it perfect for both skilled and experienced users and it can handle weight up to 250 lbs. Moreover, you can pick whatever color you like from black/red, blue, green gray and sea-foam and still enjoying the same quality and incredible features. In terms of stability and resistance, the model is manufactured from military grade PVC material and EVA textured foam deck pad.

The paddle is made of aluminum and it’s a real helper for the riders, allowing them to travel on the water much easier. The model has one handle placed in the center and it also has a bungee cord for all those who want to store their things. Although the inflatable paddle board doesn’t have a backup carry bag included it comes with a strap that can help keep it rolled up after you use it, measuring only 11 inches in diameter and 36 inches in width.

  • Available in multiple colors
  • The deck pad features EVA textured foam
  • It has 1 handle located in the center
  • Features a paddle aluminum
  • Rather heavy for its size
  • You’ll have to buy the carry bag as it doesn’t come with one

This is a medium board, so is ideal not only for surfing but also for recreational use. It looks pretty nice and in case you don’t like a particular color, you have more options to choose from. It comes in a beautiful combination of black and red or in a single color design: blue, green, gray, or seafoam. Unfortunately, this model doesn’t come with a backpack carry bag.

6. PathFinder Inflatable SUP 9’9″

Another great model that you can go with is the PathFinder Inflatable SUP 9’9″ that, as the name sais, measures no less than 9 feet and 9 inches in length. Due to the fact that it’s 30 inches wide and 5 inches thick, it’s great for both beginner and advanced users. The maximum weight limit that it boasts is 240 pounds, so it should be perfect for you. One of the aspects that have impressed us the most is the fact that it’s very durable, being made with PVC and multi-layer drop stitch. It features a D-ring that you can use to attach a leash to the paddleboard and a bungee that comes in handy when you want to secure the onboard cargo.

The large deck pad that it boasts ensures that you will remain on your feet even if it’s the first time you try this type of physical activity. When you purchase it, you will receive the inflation pump, a convenient carry bag that has shoulder straps, a detachable center fin, and a valve wrench as well. Now that we’re at the end of this product’s review, we give you an important piece of information that you should always take into consideration, more precisely that this model must be inflated to a maximum of 15 PSI.

  • Multi-layer drop stitch
  • Made of PVC
  • Aluminum paddle
  • Comes with a carry bag
  • Features a bungee cord
  • Only 240 weight capacity
  • Rather difficult to inflate

This model is suitable for smaller persons or even kids. Due to the fact that is a short board, we recommend it for surfing. The bold orange color makes it perfect for your water adventures, being at the same time easy to handle and carry around. According to some customers, the board is a little bit difficult to inflate, so you have to be more patient when you perform this operation.

7. SereneLife SLSUPB20

You can consider this model not only if you’re a beginner but also an experienced paddle boarder. It is 10 inches long, 30 inches wide, and 6 inches thick, just like the Ten Toes WEEKENDER. Due to the fact that it weighs only 19.6 pounds, transporting it will be a breeze. Furthermore, it can handle users with a maximum weight of 275. It is made of reinforced engineered PVC and is highly resistant to corrosion, so it will be a long-term investment.

The non-slip deck measures 30 inches and is soft enough to enjoy a comfortable ride. The 2+1 fin configuration helps it improve the speed, steering, and maneuverability. Just as many other inflatable SUP, it features a bungee cord and a carrying handle placed in the center. There is also a leash plug. The accessories it comes with include a safety leash, a paddle, a manual air pump, a repair kit, and a storage bag.

  • The paddle can be easily adjustable according to your preferences
  • Comes with multiple accessories including a leash and a repair kit
  • Beautiful olive green color (also available in marine blue)
  • Non-slip deck for increased stability
  • Features 3 bottom panel fins, bungee cords, and carrying handle
  • Short bungee cord
  • Can’t handle users who weight more than 275 pounds

This paddle board comes with many positive reviews and is less expensive than the other models reviewed by us. It is a great option for both teens and adults. Also, it is ideal for oceans or lakes and provides increased stability. Additionally, it features a nice design and comes with many accessories. The only drawbacks are the short bungee cord and the limited weight capacity.

8. PEAK Inflatable 10’6″

This is an all around stand up paddle board that not only looks very beautiful but it is very well made and highly durable as well. It is a medium-sized board that is 10 feet and 6 inches long, 31 inches wide, and 6 inches thick. When rolled up for storage it measures 11 x 36 inches. It weighs 23 pounds and can handle a maximum weight of 300 pounds. Like most similar models, it is made of military grade PVC. For more stability, the manufacturer added a diamond groove traction pad that provides an excellent grip every time you’re on the board. The included aluminum paddle is made of 3 pieces. It can be adjusted according to your preference within a range of 65 to 86 inches. It comes with 7 D-rings, 6 of them being attached to a bungee cord to store your items. The other D-ring is on the tail and you can use it to dock the board or to attach a safety leash (which is included). In order to transport it with ease, you can use the nose handle located at the front of the board. It comes with pretty much all the accessories you need. Besides the leash and the paddle, you will also receive a high-pressure pump and a backpack to carry and store the board. It is backed by a standard 1-year warranty.

  • Available in 3 color options: aqua, blue, and white
  • Money back guarantee within 30 days of purchase
  • Features a removable fin for increased stability
  • The deck is made of non-slip material
  • Adjustable paddle
  • Rolling it up may require some effort
  • The included hand pump is not very sturdy

There are many things we like about this model, including the fact that is affordable. It can be used by riders of all skill levels as is easy to maneuver, solid, and stable. Nevertheless, when it comes to rolling it you need to put more force. At the same time, the pump is not very stable, so it may be a little bit difficult to inflate the board, so you may want to consider purchasing an electric pump.

9. Ancheer DA02

This board was designed for all-around use, so no matter if you’re a beginner or a pro, you can confidently opt for it to paddle on a lake or into the ocean. The ridged construction will make you feel like you’re on a hardboard. The outer layer is made of a double layer of military-grade PVC and the interior structure is made of high-density drop stitch. For increased stability, it features a non-slip EVA deck pad. It is 6 inches thick, 30 inches wide, and 10 feet long. The maximum capacity it can handle is 290 pounds. Additionally, it comes with 3 fins that provide more stability. The center fin is detachable.

Due to the fact that it weighs 28 pounds, the board is easy to carry around. Once rolled up, it fits in the included backpack, so you can protect it during the storage period. According to the manufacturer it can be inflated up to 15 PSI, but you shouldn’t exceed 12 PSI. You can inflate it with the dual action hand pump with gauge that comes with the board. The paddle features a 3-piece construction and it can be adjusted from 63 to 84 inches. Unfortunately, it has no leash to keep the board attached to you but it comes with a repair kit. This model is available in 3 different colors, so you can choose between white and blue, red, or yellow. Also, it comes with a 1-year warranty.

  • The outside construction features 2 layers of military grade PVC
  • The inner structure is made of multiple high density drop-stitch
  • There’s a carry handle located on the deck pad
  • Includes a storage bungee to safley keep your things
  • You can return it within 30 days of purchase
  • No coil leash included
  • The securing clip of the detachable fin is poor quality

With 3 beautiful colors to choose from and a durable construction, this paddle board is a nice option to consider. It has multiple uses and is very convenient to carry or store. However, it has some flaws. First, there’s the fact that it lacks a leash and the second is that the clip for securing the central fin is poorly made.

10. THURSO SURF Waterwalker

This model made by Thurso Surf is worth considering if you want a well-made paddle board that provides great stability. It is an all-around board and it is ideal for intermediate and advanced paddlers who explore not only lakes, but also rivers and oceans. It measures 10’6 x 31” x 6”and it weighs 24 pounds, being able to handle weighs of up to 280 pounds. What is interesting about it, is the fact that it was designed by combining the features of a traditional board with a touring board. Furthermore, it is made of quality materials to increase its durability – features a double layer construction with a drop stitch internal fabric layer and triple military grade PVC coatings. Additionally, it is equipped with an EVA deck pad to increase traction. The paddle is made of carbon so it is very lightweight – it weighs 2 pounds. This model also comes with a deck cooler bag – it is water-resistant and provides superior insulation – that can be attached to the bungee cord. It has 3 removable fins that are very easy to attach due to the quick lock feature. It includes a leash, a pump, a backpack, a deck bag, and a repair kit. The warranty for this paddle is of 2 years.

  • The paddle features a 3-piece construction and you can also use it as a 2-piece paddle
  • Includes a deck bag that comes with 4 suction cups and 4 bungees
  • Has 2 handles – one in the center that has a removable neoprene cover and one at the nose
  • The inner and outer side wrap feature 2 PVC coatings
  • The backpack has padded shoulder straps that can be adjusted
  • Not the fastest option you can go with

Nice option to consider if you want a reliable board that comes with many accessories. We particularly like the included bag. It has a nice design, it is solid, and versatile. However, it is not very fast and it is a little bit pricey.

What’s Behind Our Ratings

Here below we will detail you some of the most important aspects that stay behind our ratings. We took into consideration aspects like dimensions, weight, manufacturing materials, and so on. Keep reading to learn more.

  • Inflated Dimension

    The inflated dimension is one of the main aspects we’ve looked for when we’ve selected the best models. Usually, a novice will do great on a model that is at minimum 9 or 10 feet long, 30 inches wide and 4 inches thick. This is essential in order to have stability on the water and paddle in safe conditions.

  • Weight Capacity

    Another important criterion that we had in mind when we’ve made our top is the weight capacity. A good paddleboard will always hold weights up to 250 lbs with absolutely no inconvenience. This is why, our picks are specially selected to satisfy the needs of all rides, no matter how much they weight.

  • Board Material

    The material used for manufacturing is greatly significant because it can make a big difference between the many models available. Besides the fact that it has to be light weighted, the construction material also has to be durable and resistant. This is why it should be wrapped in a high-quality PVC material, very strong and vigorous, just as those used to create military and commercial inflatable boats.

  • Deck Pad

    The deck pad is the soft surface placed on the deck in order to offer traction and comfort to the user. The deck pad is one of the features that really makes a difference after long rides because a soft deck pad will provide an increased level of comfort to the rider. All our models have deck pads that are made of soft foams which offer a good grip and traction for the feet while paddling.

  • Fin Configuration

    The fin configuration refers to the placement of fins which are located underneath, or more exactly, under the tail. The fins are made to provide tracking and stability while you’re on the water and they are usually curved. There are models that include more than just a fin, which is great because they will add more tracking and stability on the water. As you will see, the models presented in this article have 3 fins, 2 fixed ones in most cases and one fin that is larger and it can be detached when you deflate it.

  • Drop-stitch Construction

    The drop-stitch construction is what keeps the layers of the board connected and it’s made of thousands of fine threads. Since they come in various lengths, 4 to 6 inches, the threads used in manufacturing the model will give its thickness, thus its stability and firmness.

  • Nose Rocker

    The rocker plays an important role when choosing the best paddling board, so all of them feature a nose rocker. The rocker is the curve from nose to tail on the underside of the board and it influences its performance. Just as the front of a boat, the nose rocker helps the unit stay on the water when you drop into a wave and it can be easily seen when you place it on the ground.

  • Bungee Cord

    The bungee cord is an elastic cord placed near the nose of the inflatable paddle board where you can store your things when you’re on the water. This feature is very convenient for most rides because the bungee cord keeps the bag or snacks in a safe place.

Short Introduction to Inflatable SUPs

Surfing passionates were used to the hard boards they had to carry around and since using the non-inflatable boards posed some difficulties for many people, especially when it came to transportation and storage, the development of inflatable SUPs was an excellent option for water sports enthusiasts. Using one is the perfect way to enjoy the water while paddling along, cruising, surfing or even fishing. Just by standing up on it, you will be able to explore all sorts of lakes, rivers or coastlines and the great thing is that it’s suitable for people of all ages. Also, another thing you have to know is that it’s made of high-grade materials, such as the military-grade PVC material and drop-stitch fabric that connects the top and the bottom layers of the model. Therefore, whenever it is inflated, the threads hold tight so the air can be pumped in, the pressure ranging from 15 to 25 PSI. The result is that it becomes very stiff and resistant, this fact being tested by throwing it off buildings or driving over it and still remaining in perfect condition.

Nevertheless, you should know that these inflating boards are not recommended to be used near rocky places because although they are resistant and durable there are some chances to get a hole within it. However, with the help of the repair kit that usually comes with the model, you will be able to patch any hole and make it like new without any troubles. Moreover, after you use it, you just have to deflate it and easily transport it in your car. Due to the fact that the dimensions are significantly reduced after deflation, this makes it a great choice for all those who live in small houses or apartments. Now let’s see which are the many advantages of using it.

What Are the Advantages?

Exploring the nature and relaxing while you’re on an inflatable paddle board can be exciting and one of the main reasons why this type of physical activity has gained more and more popularity is the fact that it’s safe and suitable for many people. Nevertheless, the are many other advantages of using it and here are the most important ones:

  • Portability

    Since this particular type of SUP is inflatable, it means that you can inflate or deflate it whenever you want, making it extremely portable. A non-inflatable board can be very inconvenient because traveling with massive constructions can be quite difficult. Moreover, since it has a huge volume, carrying it around can be rather hassling. Fortunately, this is not the case if you have an inflatable model because you are able to deflate it and carry it around whenever the need arises.

  • Easy Transportation

    Due to the fact that the inflatable SUP can be deflated it also means that you will transport it much easier in a small car. Wherever it’s deflated, it reduces its volume and weight and it can be rolled up and then secured with a strap. This means that you won’t even notice that you have it in your trunk.

  • Easy Storage

    Another big advantage is the fact that the inflatable paddle board can be easily stored in the house, garage and so on. Usually, when rolled up, it measures 11-13 inches in diameter and 33 – 36 inches in width, so it won’t occupy too much space in comparison with the non-inflatable ones.

  • Stability

    Again, when compared to non-inflatable types, an inflatable one is much more stable. Therefore, if you’re a novice, it’s preferable to choose this type of SUPs because you will need greater stability when you’re on the water. Also, higher stability means a lesser chance of falling off, so you will boost your self-confidence in learning this sport.

  • Affordability

    An inflatable SUP is not that expensive and it offers great features and performance. Moreover, there are many sellers who offer discounts, so you can purchase a great model at a very reasonable price.

  • A Surfing Alternative

    In case you like the idea of surfing, but you are afraid and you feel that you just can’t learn this sport, then this type of physical activity is a great alternative. All you have to do is to buy or rent the model that you like and enjoy the water along with your surfer friends. You may not have the same speed, but you will still be able to enjoy a good ride.

  • Yoga Practice

    Nowadays, more and more people like to practice yoga while they use this type of sport accessory. The main reasons why performing yoga on an inflatable SUP makes such a great activity is the fact that it can be more challenging because it requires extra balance and stability. Also, the surrounding nature will greatly increase the entire yoga session, helping you relax and enjoy the activity much more.

  • Health Benefits

    Maintaining your balance of an inflatable board engages all your muscle groups, from the calves to the shoulders, in the effort in standing on waters. When using one, you can receive many health benefits, such as improving the cardiovascular system, burning more calories, working your core muscles, relieving stress, and so on. Nevertheless, the SUP can deliver a full body workout and many health advantages.

Main Accessories

In order to get more familiarized with an inflatable paddle board, let’s take a quick look at the main accessories it comes with. While some of them come with the paddle board, others have to be purchased separately, which means extra money. In general, some of the accessories may need replacement after a period of time, but luckily they are available both online and in specialized stores.
  • Paddle

    The paddle is the main accessory of a board which allows you to move the board through the water. Usually, this is collapsible for a more convenient transportation and it’s also quite durable, so it won’t break very easily. Most paddles are made of aluminum, fiber glass, or carbon fiber.

  • Leash

    The leash is an important part of the board equipment as it keeps the inflatable SUP attached to you. This is extremely helpful because it prevents your board from getting washed into shore and keeps you safe while paddling. Unfortunately, there are few models that come with a leash, so it’s recommended that you buy it separately.

  • Hand Pump

    A hand pump will help you inflate the board very fast and without too much effort. This is possible due to the fact that it features high-pressure, thus allowing you easily inflate it every time you want. The pump is usually among the included accessories.

  • Board Bag

    Transporting the paddle board without a board bag can be quite difficult, so many models features a bag for more convenience. There are various styles of bags for the board including a backpack, a zippered bag, and so on. The bag allows you to store the paddle board when you’re not using it as well as to protect it.

Differences Between a Hard Board and an Inflatable One

The development of inflatable paddleboards has raised some questions in what regards their utility and quality compared to the regular hard ones made of epoxy.

The main concern is related to the stability they provide, which has proven to be as satisfying and reassuring. Inflatable models manage to deliver similar stability on the water as the material flexes and adapts to the movements of the water. Moreover, the construction is very durable and doesn’t pose a risk in any way to the safety of the user. Beginners, in particular, find the inflatable one easier to maneuver and control on the water.

Another matter of interest was in the speed provided. In any test, the inflatable and the hard stand up boards offered the same speed, with minimal differences that don’t count in casual racing. However, if you are in a competition, the hard models would be more appropriate for achieving a better time. Still, using an inflatable board doesn’t overstrain your body nor it increases your heart rate.

Price is another aspect that differentiates the two types, the inflatable one being more affordable and more popular among beginners or surfers who don’t want to spend tot much on a board they use occasionally or just for a hobby.

Paddle Boarding Tips for Beginners

You might be attracted by this type of sport but you can’t know how to maneuver a SUP if you have never used one and if you are not familiar with its particularities. This is why we thought it would be helpful to offer you some tips for handling an inflatable board if you are a beginner.

  • Use a Leash

    You shouldn’t start practicing without using a leash because it can sometimes turn out to be life-saving. In case you fall off, the leash will keep you floating and will keep the inflatable SUP board close to you, thus being able to get back on it. There are different types of leashes of different strengths and sizes and you need to look for the right one for you.

  • Pick the Right Board Type

    The most common mistake newbie surfers make is they don’t pick the right model. Fortunately, this article will help you learn more about these items and will help you choose the one that meets your needs and skills.

  • Keep the Board in the Right Position

    It might be hard to know which is the right position in which you should stand on the board, especially if you have a model with both ends rounded. The easiest way to find out how you should face the board is by always positioning the fins at the back.

  • Use Your Core to Paddle

    Although it seems that your arms do all the work, it is your core that actually keeps you standing. Therefore, make sure you use your core muscles to stay upright and to power your arms as well because if you don’t, your arms will get tired.

  • Look Forward

    Another secret to keep you standing and paddle the right way is to always look to the front and not down to the water. Although your instinct will be to look at the board to check its position, you should look towards the horizon in order to achieve stability and balance.

  • Practice Falling

    Yes, you read right, you must practice falling the same way you practice paddling. Given that the board is large and often heavy, falling near it could hurt you badly. Therefore, you must always fall far away from the board to make sure it will not hit you. Don’t worry about losing it because you are connected to it by the leash.

Maintenance Tips

In order to enjoy your ISUP for more time, you have to properly take care of it after every usage. Cleaning it is not very difficult, especially if you follow some simple maintenance tips. To help you do things correctly we have gathered here below all the information you need to know on this aspect.

  • Wash It After Each Use

    Washing the board will help remove all the dirt and prevent premature wear. For this, you only need freshwater to rinse it off thoroughly. In case the board is too dirty, you can use a mild soap or a special cleaning product to clean it properly. Then, rinse it off until the soap is completely removed.

  • Dry It Before Storing

    After you wash it, you have to dry it completely before storing it. However, you should keep it out of direct sunlight because the UV rays can shorten the lifetime of the board. Instead, you can let it dry in a covered place, like a garage for example.

  • Apply 303 Protectant Spray

    In general, most ISUPs are made of materials that are UV resistant, but once in a while it’s recommended that you apply 303 protectant spray. Nevertheless, you should keep in mind that any excessive use of this spray may damage the board, so it’s better to only apply it several times a year.

  • Don’t Drag It

    If you drag the board on rocks or any other sharp surfaces it can get scratched, so its performance may be affected. So, the best thing you can do is to carry it without touching the ground. Remember that carrying after it will extend its life which means that you will be able to enjoy it for many years.

  • Store It Properly

    Never store it in direct UV light and always cover the board with a resistant material that can protect it. By doing so, the debris won’t fall directly on the board and it will be like new for a longer period of time. Also, make sure the room temperatures where you store the ISUP aren’t too high or too low.

How to Choose the Highest Rated Model

In case you are interested in buying an inflating paddleboard, you need to know some tips that will help you choose the model that suits you best. So, let’s see which are the most important things you have to look for.

  • Think about What You Need it For

    There are lost of models available on the market today. Some are designed for racing while others are excellent for yoga or surfing, it all depends on their construction and features. Before buying a certain model, analyze its specifications and see which area it adapts to best. Go for the right width and thickness that will help you practice and improve your skills.

  • Consider Its Dimensions and Weight Capacity

    The dimensions and the weight capacity of a board are the first things you have to consider when you start looking for a top pick model. So, make sure that it’s at least 9 feet long, 30 inches wide and 4 inches thick if you want to have stability on the water at all times. Also, make sure that the weight capacity is the right one for you because there are certain models that can’t handle too much weight.

  • Choose a Firm Construction

    A firm construction is one of the main aspects that transforms a regular SUP into an excellent one. So, check carefully the manufacturer specifications and see the construction material as well as any other particularities. In general, a good inflating paddle board is made of high-quality military-grade PVC material that is one of the most resistant and durable, making it a perfect choice. Also, make sure that board features a drop-stitch construction because this will make it resistant and vigorous. Another important aspect is the deck pad which is the extra layer applied to the deck, for maximum comfort and traction.

  • Don’t Forget about the Features

    The features are those particularities that make something an excellent choice in terms of performance and convenience. When it comes to inflatable SUPs there are some features which are definitely worth to consider before buying one. Among them, we can enumerate the nose rocker, the handles, the number of D-rings, the fin configuration, the bungee cord, the carry bag, and so on. So, make sure that you know more about each of these particularities and how they can influence the performance and utility of the board and then decide which model is the best for you.

  • Check the Price and Warranty

    The price and warranty can play a decisive role when you have to make your final choice. People always consider that the price should reflect its performance and features, so it’s best to make a balance between what it has to offer you and its price. Also, a reliable brand will always stand behind their products, offering a written promise to all their clients. In general, they have at least 1-year warranty, but there are also manufacturers who offer 2-year warranties.

Top Brands to Go with

Sports equipment is often designed by renowned manufacturers with a large history in the field. Sometimes, going for a popular brand is the key to a successful experience although it often involves higher costs. The following brands are the most reputable ones that design durable and reliable SUP boards.

  • Atoll Board Co.

    The Atoll company is known for manufacturing strong and resistant SUP boards, SUPs accessories, and apparel. The company is based in Huntington Beach, California and one of their main advantages is the fact that they use only high-quality materials. Just as any other trustful companies, the Atoll Board Co. offers their costumers a 60 Day Money Back Guarantee and a 2-year warranty for any manufacturer defects. Moreover, the boards sold by the company can be purchased at a reasonable price, making them a great choice when it comes to performance and convenience. Their top pick, Atoll 11’0″ Foot, is one of the most popular among those who love paddling and besides the fact that the model is very resistant and durable it’s also affordable for most people.

  • ISLE Surf and SUP

    The ISLE Surf and SUP company is located in National City, California and they are a well-known brand in this industry. The company manufactures inflatable SUPs, Surfboards, paddles, accessories and apparel and their products are carefully made using only superior materials. In order to offer support to their clients, the company has a blog where you can find all sorts of stories, reviews and so on, which are meant to encourage those who like surfing and paddle boarding. In what concerns the inflatable types, there are 5 products available on the company’s website and they all seem to deliver great performance. However, the ISLE Airtech 12-Feet 6-Inches Touring is the model that grabbed our attention because it has great features and is one of the best models on the market.

  • Tower

    The Tower is a reliable manufacturer which is located in San Diego, California. Their products may be cheaper in price, but not in quality, so you can always be sure that you will buy one of the best inflatable SUPs and accessories. For the customers who want to learn paddling lessons or just rent a model for a try, they can visit the store from San Diego and live one of the most exciting experiences. The company produces a wide range of products, but in what regards the inflatable SUPs, we were truly impressed by the Tower Adventurer Inflatable 9’10”. Its stability and endurance are only some of the advantages and no wonder when you’re on the water you can see many people who own it.

  • iRocker

    Another famous brand in this industry is the iRocker, a company which has gained a lot of experience during the last years, being constantly involved in producing the best inflate boards and gears. Their valuable knowledge is what places their products among the most outstanding ones and this can be easily proved on the water. The iRocker 10′ (6″ Thick) Inflatable SUP is one of their top models and its shape is specially designed to help the rider in any water conditions. Moreover, if you are interested in learning all sorts of interesting things related to paddling you can visit their blog and read some really impressive posts.

  • Ten Toes Board Emporium

    At this moment, Ten Toes Board Emporium produces 4 different models and they are all great choices for water sports passionate. The company is located in Los Angeles and their main purpose is to make simple yet advanced inflatable boards. The Ten Toes WEEKENDER 10-Feet Inflatable Standup Paddleboard SUP is among our favorite ones because it’s specially designed for all those who just want to enjoy a nice and calm ride on the water. The Ten Toes brand is also known for gear, long boards, and slackline kits.

All in all, the inflatable paddle boards are a great alternative to the hard stand up boards. Besides the fact that they are easy to handle and portable, they also offer great stability on the water. They are beautifully colored and durable, being a long-lasting investment for all surfing passionates. Each and every model chose by us has many positive reviews from customers worldwide, this being one of the main aspects we took into consideration during the selection process. Comparing them will surely help you choose the model you like best, so take your time and choose wisely.

Frequently Asked Questions

? How to Choose the Right Paddle Board Size?
It’s very important to choose the right paddle board because otherwise, you won’t be able to use it to its full capacity. In general, the paddle boards that are less than 9 inches are considered short and they are great for surfing. Also, if you have kids who love this sport, then look for this type of boards. Boards that have a length between 9 and 12 inches are known as medium-sized boards and they are the most common ones. They can be used in calm water but also in rivers. Long paddle boards are those ranging from 12 to 14 inches and they are ideal for racing or touring because they are faster than the others. However, due to their size, they are quite hard to handle.
? How Durable is an inflatable SUP Board?
Most top-rated models are made to last for many years being made of military-grade PVC material. This makes them very resistant to shocks and if properly taken cared of they will last for many years. Unfortunately, even though they are very resistant, they come with a relatively short warranty, 1 or 2 years.
? HWhy Is Better than a Hard One?
Is not that it’s better but it’s more convenient in so many aspects. First of all, it is easier to use, secondly transporting and storing it is less complicated, and thirdly, it is less expensive. However, a hardboard comes with some other advantages, including the fact that it’s faster.

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