Best Paddle Boards of 2017

Best Paddle Boards

Best Paddle Boards of 2017 Official Guide

 

Welcome to Paddle Boarding!

Compared to Sports like Canoeing or Kayaking Paddle Boarding is relatively new. It originated as a type of surf board which eventually evolved into the stand up paddle board! In this guide we will give you information that will help you make the best decision as to how to choose the Best Paddle Boards. Whether you are a beginner or pro we will find you the best Paddle Board for your type of paddling desires and what you plan to achieve. If you are new to paddle boarding I would first recommend that you rent one to get the hang of how the board feels and handles on the water. If you are going on a vacation there are lots of opportunities to try stand up paddle boarding.

Not sure what paddle board you want yet? No problem we will outline exactly the set of steps you can follow that will get you to the paddle board that best fits your desires. You do know what you want? Feel free to skip this section and head to the table of contents at the top of the page to best find what you are looking for. Happy Floating!

There are several set base of criteria to choose from when looking for a brand new paddle board. I’ll go through them all below

 

Function
The very first set of criteria is function or in simple terms “what are you using the paddle board for?’ If you are a beginner and only plan to paddle a few times a month or so I would recommend an all around or flat water paddle board. They are more stable, easier to maneuver because of their flat and rounded shape.

If you can see yourself going onto the paddle board quite often chances are you will progress quicker and want something a bit more advanced such as more speciality categories like yoga/fitness paddle boards, surfing paddle boards or even racing/ touring boards depending on what your end goal is. There is also a sub category for each of these what are inflatable paddleboards! These are great if you do not posses a lot of space and you want something that is much easier to transport.

 

Weight and Height
Another set of criteria to choose from is weight and height. This set of criteria is more for what size of person you are. Generally if you are bigger and heavier you would like a bigger board that has more surface area to combat it. If you are a smaller person like some females for example (Yes I know there are smaller guys out there too!) it would not make sense for them to stand on a huge board that would of restrict their manoeuvrability and progress made on the water.

 

Location
Similar to our criteria for kayaks location makes a big difference if not an even bigger difference on what you should select for a paddle board. Because you are standing there is a lot higher center of gravity involved meaning the chances of going into the water in tougher conditions (especially if you are a beginner) is a lot greater. In places where there is more surf or the waters are typically more choppy you would choose a more pointed board for more control whereas if you were in calmer waters you would want a board with a more rounded tip that would offer you more stability. In short, Calm lakes, rivers and other bodies of water it would be more ideal to get a rounded board while in coastal oceans where you need some traction it would be wise to seek a more pointed board.

Best Fishing Paddle Boards

Paddle BoardTypeDimensions (L X W X D)Weight and Max CapacityRating
Aqua Marina Drift Fishing Inflatable Stand-up Paddle Board with Fish Cooler & Fishing Rod Holders 10'10" X 38" X 6" 27.1 Lbs and 287 Lbs 9.5/10
California Board Company 11' Angler Fishing Stand up Paddle Board 11' X 30" X 5.5" 30.8 Lbs and 250 Lbs 9/10
Tower Paddle Boards iSUP Package "Adventurer 2" 10'4" 10' 4" x 32" x 6" 25 Lbs and 350 Lbs 9/10
Osprey Inflatable Fishing Paddle Board 11'2" X 35" X 6" 42 Lbs and 400 Lbs 9/10
Sun Dolphin Seaquest Stand Up Paddleboard (Tangerine) 10' X 33" X 10" 50 Lbs and 230 Lbs 8/10

Best Inflatable Paddle Boards

Paddle BoardTypeDimensions( L X W X D)Weight and Max CapacityRating
Xterra Touring iSUP Package 12'6" X 30" X 6" 39.75 Lbs(Shipping weight) and 270 Lbs 9.5/10
ISLE Airtech Inflatable 10'4 Yoga Stand Up Paddle Board (6" Thick) iSUP Package | Includes Adjustable Travel Paddle, Carrying Bag, Pump 10'4" X 31" X 6" 18.2 Lbs and 255 Lbs 9.5/10
Tower Paddle Boards Adventurer Inflatable 9'10" SUP Package 9'10" X 32" X 6" 24 Lbs and 300 Lbs 9/10
Red Paddle Co RIDE MSL 10'6 x 32" (2017 Series) Includes Bundle. Titan Pump - Backpack - ERS Pressure Gauge + Pumped Up SUP Sticker 10'6" X 23" X 4.7" 21.78 Lbs and 220 Lbs 9/10
Ten Toes Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board Bundle, Blue - 2017, Weekender 10' X 30" X 6" 29 Lbs and 275 Lbs 9/10

Best Touring Paddle Boards

Paddle BoardTypeDimensions (L X W X D)Weight and Max CapRating
Naish 2015 Glide Touring GS Paddle Board 12' X 31" X 5 3/4" 22 Lbs and 230 Lbs 9.5/10
Starboard Elite Touring Starshot SUP Paddleboard 12'6" X 31.5 X 6.9" 30.94 Lbs and 220 Lbs 9.5/10
Imagine Surf Touring Mission Glass Composite Super Durable Epoxy Stand UP Paddleboard 12'6" X 31" x 6" Unknown 9.5/10
BIC Sport ACE-TEC Wing Stand Up Paddleboard, Gloss White, 12'6" X 30" X ? 34 Lbs and 260 Lbs 9/10
Stand On Liquid Revere Bamboo Wood Touring Stand Up Paddle Board (SUP) Package | Includes Full 100% Carbon Adjustable Paddle, Cargo Nets, Carrying Handle, Removable Fin 12'6" X 30" X 6.7" 26 Lbs and 250 Lbs 9/10

Best All Around Paddle Boards

Paddle BoardTypeDimensions (L X W X D)Weight and Max CapRating
Pau Hana Oahu 9'5" Paddle Board 9'5" X 32" X 4.25" 25 Lbs and 210 Lbs 9.5/10
PEAK Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board with Adjustable Paddle, Travel Backpack and Coil Leash, Blue 10'6" X 31" X 6" 23 Lbs and 300 Lbs 9/10
Starboard Atlas Extra ASAP SUP Paddleboard 12" X 36" X 4.6" 32.85 Lbs and 250 Lbs 8.5/10
Hobie Mirage Eclipse 12 Stand Up Paddleboard 10'6" X 33.5 X ? 54 Lbs and 225 Lbs 8.5/10
BIC Sport Slide SUP Stand Up Paddleboard Package, Blue/Green 10'6" X 33" X ? 25.5 Lbs and 240 Lbs 8/10

Best Surfing Paddle Boards

Paddle BoardTypeDimensions (L X W X D)Weight and Max CapacityRating
Boardworks Surf Kraken 10'3 Stand Up Paddleboard -Wood-Light Grey 10'3" X 34" X 4 34" ? and 230 Lbs 10/10
Surftech Super Fly SUP, Blue 9'6" X 30" X 4" 125 Volume and ? 9/10
Jimmy Lewis Black & Blue 9'6" X 28.5 X 3.5" 117 Volume and? 8.5/10
ISLE Versa Epoxy 10'5 Standup Paddle Board (4.5" Thick) Includes Adjustable Paddle Carbon Shaft Nylon Blade, Carry Handle, Center Fin - Aqua 10'5" X 32" X 4.5" 27 Lbs and 275 Lbs 8.5/10
Greco Surf Soft Performance 8" X 23" X 3.7" 15 Lbs and 180 Lbs 8.5/10

Best Yoga Paddle Boards

Paddle BoardTypeDimensions (L X W X D)Weight and Max CapacityRating
BIC Sport ACE-TEC Cross Stand-Up Paddleboard, White/Blue 10' X 33" X 4 3/4" 26 Lbs and 220 Lbs 9.5/10
Advanced Elements Lotus YSUP Yoga Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board, Orange 10' X 32" X 6" 28 Lbs and 200 Lbs 9/10
Surftech Balboa Paddle Board, Light Blue/Dark Blue 12' X 34" x 5.2" 25 Lbs and ?? 9/10
Jimmy Styks Strider 11'6" 11'6" X 32" X 4.75" 31.5 Lbs and ?? 8.5/10
Aqua Marina Flow Inflatable Stand-Up Paddle Board, 9'9" X 32" X 6" 18.3 Lbs and 265 Lbs 8.5/10

 

 

Best Fishing Paddle Boards

Some Considerations:

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Paddle Board fishing is becoming more and more popular because ultimately you can spot fish from the surface by standing which takes out some guesswork when fishing. It also works different muscles as opposed to kayaking or canoeing due to you balancing on the board. Similar to fishing kayaks many of these boards can be rigged with a variety of different options including coolers, rods, nets and even trolling motors!

As you can imagine most fishing paddle boards are built to be stable with many having unique ways that allow that stability to take place, so perhaps that is the first major criteria is stability. The other criteria are more tuned for what you are ultimately using it for. The best fishing paddle boards ultimately come down to several criteria that you have to think about before your purchase.

Where are you fishing?

One of the biggest criteria for stand up paddle board fishing is what kinds of water ways will you be using? Where you are fishing ultimately determines what kind of board you will be using. If you are looking to travel great distances on your paddle board in coastal waters then It would be wise to choose a longer board with a narrower nose. The difference between this and a shorter rounder nosed paddle board is massive.

If you are planning on traveling these great distances you would want a board that tracks well to allows you to paddle a greater distance with less amount of effort. If you bought say a surfing paddle board with a round nose it will definitely be more maneuverable but it will ultimately take more effort to keep straight. If you are fishing in say a smaller lake this would not be as bit off an issue.

Portability

In contrast to what I was saying about coastal paddle boarding you have to also keep in mind how portable your paddle board is. When I say portable I mean how heavy it will be, it’s size and how you get it from your place to the water. The problem with some of the pointier nosed paddle boards is that they are longer, heavier and take up more room which is a problem for some people.  However there are inflatable paddle boards you can purchase that combat a lot of these problems.

Height and Weight

I won’t go too in depth with this one because I have already talked about it in the beginning of the article but make sure when choosing a fishing paddle board that you  select the proper size. As a rule of thumb for all paddle boards (The bigger/taller you are the more surface area you need below you to be able to sufficiently support you. One more point I would like to add to this is that you have to figure out how much gear you will be bringing with you and take that into consideration when looking for the best fishing paddle board. It is highly recommended that find a paddle board that can at least hold a cooler and rods for simplicity sake.

Here are the Best Paddle Boards for Fishing

Paddle BoardTypeDimensions (L X W X D)Weight and Max CapacityRating
Aqua Marina Drift Fishing Inflatable Stand-up Paddle Board with Fish Cooler & Fishing Rod Holders 10'10" X 38" X 6" 27.1 Lbs and 287 Lbs 9.5/10
California Board Company 11' Angler Fishing Stand up Paddle Board 11' X 30" X 5.5" 30.8 Lbs and 250 Lbs 9/10
Tower Paddle Boards iSUP Package "Adventurer 2" 10'4" 10' 4" x 32" x 6" 25 Lbs and 350 Lbs 9/10
Osprey Inflatable Fishing Paddle Board 11'2" X 35" X 6" 42 Lbs and 400 Lbs 9/10
Sun Dolphin Seaquest Stand Up Paddleboard (Tangerine) 10' X 33" X 10" 50 Lbs and 230 Lbs 8/10

 

1. Aqua Marina Drift Fishing Stand Up Paddle Board

 

Features

  • Side chambers for safety and stability
  •  Slide in Center fin
  • Large diamond Eva Anti-Slip foot pad
  • Built in Fishing Rod Holder mounts on each side
  • Stainless Steel D Ring on the tail for a safety leash
  • Two stainless steel D rings in the center for cooler attachment
  • Bungee Deck lacing
  • Kool fishing cooler with high back seat, bait well and storage boxes
  • Paddle Holder
  • Pump
  • Bag

If there was ever a paddle board meant for fishing this is the one! It is one of the few paddle boards out there that is specifically meant for fishing and it comes with a whole fishing cooler seat back! Yes you read that correctly this paddle board actually comes with a cooler! What is cool about the cooler is that it features a baitwell, storage boxes  and has a high seat back. This is a huge selling feature for any fisherman who wants to try stand up paddle boarding. This board is also highly portable because it is an inflatable! This paddle board inflates to be 10 feet and 10 inches by 38 inches wide.

Performance wise this paddle board provides good overall tracking thanks to its retractable fin but is not the fastest board altho it can be used for shorter touring purposes. The inflatable sidewall and it’s 6 inch depth give the board a great deal of sturdiness which every stand up fisherman would need. It also has D rings to help secure the cooler as well as a D ring in the back for a leash in case you want to do some wadded fishing.

Because of its pointed nose its maneuverability is slightly compromised compared to rounder nosed paddle boards but it will fair better than a lot of actual touring boards in that aspect. Overall this is a fantastic board for fishing, it checks all the boxes when it comes to being a true fishing board with a leash, proper stability decent tracking and of course the added bonus of the cooler/ seat back that is provided!

 

Pros: Because this is an inflatable paddle board it is very portable. Overall good tracking ability coupled with good stability. Ingenious inflatable sidewalls to give it a sit on top feel that add to the stability of the board. Comes with a cooler and bungee deck lacing at the front of the board.

Cons: The only con I can really think of is that it does not come with a paddle and your probably should not use this board for surfing either.

 

Bodies of Water
Can handle some choppy coastal surf but great for calmer conditions like lakes bays and rivers.

 

Best Paddle Boards for Fishing Rating: 9.5/10

 

2. California Board Company 11’ Angler Fishing Paddle Board

 

Features

  • Nose and tail bungee deck lacing
  • Traction Pad
  • Cooler mount
  • V Hull
  • Rod and Gear rack
  • One Tracking Fin

The CBC 11’ Angler is probably the quickest paddle board on our best fishing paddle boards list, It features ample bungee deck lacing on the nose and tail that can hold a wide array of items like extra rods, the paddle or even fishing nets. It also provides a small tackle box and gear rack that has 2 rod holders which is great for setting up a line or 2 while you are paddling. Not very many paddle boards come with such features.

It’s tracking pad provides ample grip that you need for gliding along the water and while there are a few mixed reviews on the stability of the boards that the California Board Company make for people that weigh more than 200 lbs this one should provide ample stability because of its 5.5 depth,as well as the 11” length of the board and the 235 weight capacity recommended by the manufacturer.

As stated in the first paragraph this is the fastest paddle board on the list thanks to its narrow build and its V shaped Hull. The nose of the board effectively cuts through the water instead of sitting on top giving it more traction than a lot of the other fishing boards on this list.

This is a great fishing paddle board for touring purposes in a mixed variety of conditions.

Pros: Fast, and tracks very well. Has the fishing accessories you would need like a racking with rod holders. Ample Bungee deck lacing for storing other things as well.

Cons: This board is a bit pricey

 

Bodies of Water: Good board for touring/fishing so can handle coastal surf, but equally at home in calmer lakes.

 

Best Paddle Boards for Fishing Rating: 9/10

 

3. Tower Paddle Boards ISUP Adventurer 2 Package

 

Features

  • Front bungee deck lacing
  • Two Year Warranty
  • Carrying Handle
  • Three Plastic fins, 1 detachable
  • Front and Rear D rings for towing and surf leash
  • Tower branded deck pad
  • Repair kit
  • Fiberglass paddle
  • Pump
  • Made of Military PBC material

The Tower Paddle Board iSUP Adventurer 2 is a great paddle board for fishing because if it’s stability and Portability. It’s stability is helped with it’s 6” Depth which is typically about 2” more than other brands of inflatable paddleboards.

This is crucial because 4” Inflatable paddle boards usually start sagging in the middle which compromises performance among other things and makes it a bit of an uncomfortable ride. With the 6” construction and its rigidity it allows you to stand higher up in the water without having any performance being affected.

Ohh ya I guess I forgot to mention in the beginning that it is indeed an inflatable paddle board which gives it a huge advantage in terms of storage and space. The board itself features bungee deck lacing at the front which is great for fishing use as you can place your paddle, rod , fishing net or other on the front without having it come loose.

The board is very comfortable to stand on because of its deck pad and the fact that the material has a slight bit of play in it which is a huge benefit when you are going on longer paddle excursions.

This board is 10’4 inches and has a maximum capacity of 400 lbs which makes it a great board to carry a cooler or a whole lot of other different fishing gear.  This particular package is great as well because the folks at Tower Paddle Board include a fiberglass paddle, a pump as well as a repair kit!

This paddle board handles a wide variety of different conditions well including chop from coastal surf, calm lakes and rivers. Unlike the first Tower Paddle Board Adventurer this is designed for paddling longer distances as it is longer and it’s nose is more pointed. Performance wise it handles as well as any inflatable paddle board if not better thanks to it’s 3 fins at the back which helps majorly with tracking.

Pros: Made of soft and durable military grade material which is about as durable as a paddle board can get. It’s tracking is great especially for an inflatable. Very portable, can be stored in the trunk of a car, a closet ect. Comes with a fiberglass paddle as well as a pump and a repair kit.

Cons: There are few cons about this board, the only few quirks I would have for it is that it is not the fastest board around, and the stability can be a bit suspect when you are using it for the first couple of times in wavy conditions. Not made specifically for fishing in mind but does amply well anyways.

 

Bodies of Water
A Jack of all trades board this can handle coastal surf, calm lakes and rivers very well.

 

Best Fishing Paddle Boards Rating: 9/10

 

 

4. Osprey Inflatable Fishing Paddle Board

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Features

  • Extra EVA Foam deck pad
  • Two small soft fins and 1 large removable fin
  • Center carrying handle
  • Bow and stern carrying handles
  • Removable foot bar
  • Seventeen D rings
  • Backpack/ Storage bag
  • Three PVC pods for mounting optional accessories like rod holders, fish finder or anchor

 

While the Osprey inflatable fishing paddle boards primary use is fishing it does have a stomp pad that allows you to do some surfing as well! With 17 D rings constructed on this inflatable paddle board it can be rigged with a variety of different accessories such as a do it yourself cooler or you can mount specific mounting accessories on its 3 PVC pods for items like rod holders, electronic devices, anchors or anything else you can think up. It also comes with an extra deck pad as well as 2 soft smaller fins and 1 large removable fin to help with tracking.

This is a very stable board thanks to its 6 inch depth and it can hold a 400 lb weight capacity meaning this is an ideal paddle board to take out if you want to fish with a friend or kids/ a dog! The tracking ability of this board is impressive as it has 2 small soft tracking fins built on the bottom and it has a larger center fin that allows you to increase tracking ability in more open waters.

In terms of on board capacity for an inflatable paddle board this is as good as you can get with a wide array of options that you can buy separately to fully customise this board or simply have a companion or two ride with you.  

Pros: Features a wide array of options and is fully customizable with itrs featured 17 D rings. Tracks well for an inflatable board with the options of more tracking ability with a retractable center fin. Has a whopping 400 lb maximum capacity which would make this a great board to go out on the water with someone else. Has a stomp pad on the back that allows this board to get into some coastal surf for surfing purposes.

Cons: The price tag is a bit hefty considering there are fishing inflatable paddle boards for half its price.

Bodies of water:
Can handle and is in fact encouraged to go in coastal surf as well as calm lakes, calm rivers or class 1 rapids.

 

Best Paddle Boards for Fishing Rating: 9/10

 

 

5. Sun Dolphin Seaquest

 

Features

  • Non-slip foot pads
  • Five carrying handles
  • Front storage compartment
  • Paddle
  • Removable Fin
  • Cooler area with strap
  • Shock Cord deck rigging

Altho not specified to be a fishing paddle board the Sun Dolphin Seaquest certainly has a lot of qualities that a fisherman would want! It features a front storage compartment that that can hold small items such as tackle and other items like pliers, It also has bungee storage compartment at the front and a smaller cooler strap at the back. This part slightly annoys me as while Sun Dolphin’s intentions are good it would be nice it you could add a bigger cooler in the back and have a larger strap mainly because many fisherman like to rig their SUP’s with big coolers fitted with rod  holders and other doo-dads although it does come with one feature that a fisherman would appreciate.. And that is a beer errr I mean..bottle holder!

One of the most common complaints I hear about this paddle board is that it is particularly heavy for a SUP. This is because it is made of high density polyethylene which is the same material that many kayaks are made of. However where the weight can be a burden it is a blessing because it’s weight and it’s fin do help with its tracking ability.

Overall this is a good paddle board for calmer waters and can be used for some longer lake touring journeys thanks to its narrower hull and 10’ length.

Pros: Overall good tracking ability, and good storage room including a handy small storage compartment on the hull and the bungee deck lacing. Durable thanks to its high density polyethelene .Comes with a paddle as well.

Cons: Not enough room for a proper fisherman’s sized cooler and this paddle board is a bit on the heavy side at 50 lbs.

 

Bodies of water:
Calmer waterways like lakes, bays and rivers. Does not have a leash system

 

Best Paddle Boards for Fishing Rating: 8/10

 

Best Inflatable Paddle Boards

Inflatable paddle boards are growing more and more popular because of the limited amount of space that they take up compared to their hard shelled cousins. This category in general has a wide variety of different shaped paddle boards for different purposes so we will review the best inflatable paddle boards in the recreational, surfing, touring and fitness boards. There will be a more detailed review section just on inflatable paddle boards to come.

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Fitness Paddle Boards
Fitness or Yoga Paddle boards are meant for people that well.. Like to do Yoga or stretching exercises on paddle boards! They do this to work new muscles that helps with balance. Often times People who have excelled at Yoga in the past want new challenges to they turn to paddle board yoga that helps work out new sets of muscles and makes their poses more difficult than on dry land. Yoga boards usually feature a wider planing hull which is a fatter board which gives it more stability to do these poses.

 

Recreational Boards
These boards are more for beginners that are starting out. They usually have a wide hull that helps the user get more accustomed to balance while standing up.  The purpose of these boards is not necessarily speed but more paddling for an hour or two. There are of course hybrid boards out there that take some of the qualities of touring and surfing boards and fuse them to be more of a recreational board build.

 

Touring Boards
These boards are for more longer paddling distances for more intermediate paddlers. The features of these boards are their narrower build and their length. Touring boards usually feature tracking fins to help aid in their straight line ability. The trade off is that while these boards are faster and can track better they sacrifice some stability making them the ideal boards to start off with if you are an intermediate paddler.

 

Surfing Paddle Boards
Surfing paddle Boards are for .. You guessed it surfing! Now don’t get confused with actual surfboards and surfing paddle boards as they are different! For one surf paddle boards actually need a paddle to be effective to combat their greater volume. Another distinguishing feature that surf  paddle boards have compared to other paddle boards is that they have a rocker. A rocker is when the board curved up at the front, the back or both. Typically this makes these paddle boards slower but they make for more responsive turning which is a key feature when you are surf paddle boarding

Here are the Best Inflatable Paddle Boards

Paddle BoardTypeDimensions( L X W X D)Weight and Max CapacityRating
Xterra Touring iSUP Package 12'6" X 30" X 6" 39.75 Lbs(Shipping weight) and 270 Lbs 9.5/10
ISLE Airtech Inflatable 10'4 Yoga Stand Up Paddle Board (6" Thick) iSUP Package | Includes Adjustable Travel Paddle, Carrying Bag, Pump 10'4" X 31" X 6" 18.2 Lbs and 255 Lbs 9.5/10
Tower Paddle Boards Adventurer Inflatable 9'10" SUP Package 9'10" X 32" X 6" 24 Lbs and 300 Lbs 9/10
Red Paddle Co RIDE MSL 10'6 x 32" (2017 Series) Includes Bundle. Titan Pump - Backpack - ERS Pressure Gauge + Pumped Up SUP Sticker 10'6" X 23" X 4.7" 21.78 Lbs and 220 Lbs 9/10
Ten Toes Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board Bundle, Blue - 2017, Weekender 10' X 30" X 6" 29 Lbs and 275 Lbs 9/10

 

1. Xterra Touring iSUP package

 

Features

  • Deck Pad
  • Backpack
  • Repair Kit
  • Travel Paddle
  • Six D rings
  • Bungee Deck lacing
  • Large center fin
  • Coiled Leash
  • Go Pro Camera mount
  • Pump

The Xterra Touring iSUP package is a great way to get introduced to touring paddle boards. This paddle board comes complete with everything you need to get out onto the water including a travel paddle the pump, large center fin for tracking, a coiled leash (which not very many paddle boards provide) and it even features a Go Pro camera mount! I particularly though the go pro mount was a good idea as in the age of social media and sharing many people like to share their adventures with the world and put it on platforms such as facebook or youtube! It also features 6 D rings (4 which are supported by bungees) 1 on the nose and one on the tail for towing ot leashing purposes.

Unlike many touring boards this one can actually serve a wide range of different uses including surf play touring or pure recreational use as this board features the stability of many wider paddle boards but has the speed to beat most inflatable boards.

While this paddle board is a giant at 12 feet 6 inches it is capable of handling some surf thanks to the bit of rocker on it’s nose. The large tracking fin really helps this board out in calm waters and currents as well. Overall this is a great board for touring purposes but is steady enough to be used for recreational and some surf as well.

Pros: features everything you need to get started including pump, paddle, leash. Is surprisingly lightweight for a larger board weighing in at 31 lbs. Can be used for more than just touring. More stable than many touring paddle boards.

Cons: There have been some complaints about the paddle breaking and you having to prod customer service if something is wrong but the good reviews far outweigh the complaints.

Bodies of water
Can handle a variety of different conditions including some coastal currents, surf to calm bays, lakes and is surprisingly manoeuvrable enough for rivers as well.(Just mind your depth so that you don’t damage the fin!)

 

See the Full Review on the Xterra Touring iSUP Here

Best Paddle Boards that are Inflatable Rating: 9.5/10

 

 

2. Isle Airtech Yoga Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board

 

Features

  • Steel D rings at the tail
  • Center and Nose carry handles
  • Bungee Deck lacing”
  • Paddle Holder Rail Bungee system
  • Diamond Groove Traction pad
  • Three fins (2 smaller fins and 1 larger removable one)

The Isle Airtech Yoga inflatable paddle board is simply designed for yoga and fitness in mind. You can see this even by simply looking at the board because there is only a slight amount of rocker at the nose and none at the tail. It also has a large grip pad area which is crucial especially if you are doing complicated yoga poses such as handstand scorpion or half lotus crow (Google them) .

Another great feature about this board is that it has a rail paddle holder at the side which is a fantastic spot to have the paddle when you are trying your luck on the handstand scorpion! The D ring for the leash or tie up spot is also in a good area away from any activity that can be taking place.

The constructions of this paddle board is very high quality as it is made of military grade PVC material and is backed with a 30 day guarantee and a 1 year warranty on the materials. For the quality this package is quite affordable as it comes with a paddle, a carrying backpack and a hand pump.

Ideally because of its design it is meant for women but it’s manufacturer recommended 250 lbs does allow for guys to take a ride on this board as well. The tracking ability of this board is really not too bad as it comes with 3 fins ( 2 smaller attached ones and 1 removable fin) and it’s 6 inch depth really helps with its stability on the water.

Pros: Built with high quality materials, smartly designed for the fitness/ yoga enthusiast without taking away too much performance from the board. I really liked the side paddle rail as it insures the paddle will not be in the way of exercises that you try.  Features 3 tracking fins to make sure it does not handle like a floatie on the water.

Cons: This board is built more for women but guys under 250 lbs can use it as well. The new style does look a bit more unisex while the old one style was definitely designed with the female in mind.

 

Bodies of water
Calm waters like lakes or calm bays. Definitely would not take this board surfing.

 

See the Full Review on the Airtch Yoga Paddle Board Here

Best Paddle Board that is Inflatable Rating: 9.5/10

 

3. Tower Paddle Boards Adventurer

 

Features

  • Carrying handle
  • Front towing D ring
  • Rear surf leash D ring
  • Detachable center fin
  • Tower Branded Deck Pad
  • Repair kit with patches and valve wrench
  • Two Smaller fins
  • Air Pump
  • A Paddle

The Tower Adventurer is one of the most well known paddle board names. You may even recognise it from Sharks Tank! Well the company did quite well on that program and they ended up striking a deal with Mark Cuban! The Tower Adventurer is a great all round paddle board that would be branded under recreational unlike it’s narrower cousin the Adventurer 2 .

The board itself comes with everything you need including a tower deck pad, Front and Rear D rings for towing or paddle board leashes. It can also fit a wide variety of different people with its 350 lb maximum weight capacity. This package includes everything you really need to try out paddle boarding for the first time or simply going out for a nice paddle.

It does feature a 4 inch nose rocker which does make surfing with this board possible but because this is an all round recreational board I would not use this as a surf only type of board. This board is ok for touring purposes but if you are absolutely in love with this brand they do have better touring boards available.

Because of its width is does not track in the straightest of lines but it’s material when properly inflated does give it a bit of play which makes it much more comfortable on your feet which is a huge advantage to even having a hard shelled paddle board. It’s 6 foot depth gives the board great stability and does not bend towards the middle like 4’ paddle boards. This paddle board is a pioneer in that aspect as many others have now copied this design and build.

Pros: Great all around recreational paddle board which can handle a bit of surf and do a bit of touring. Made of military grade PVC material and is very stable thanks to it’s 6 inch depth. Comes with everything you need to start paddle and provides great customer service.

Cons: This particular board is like a Jack of all trades board so if you are looking for a board with a specific purpose in mind I would look at another board. Tracking could be a bit better.

 

Bodies of water

Can handle some coastal surf, can be used for recreation surf as well as calm waters like lakes and bays.

 

Best Paddle Boards that are Inflatable Rating: 9/10

 

4. Red Paddle Co-Ride 10’6

 

Features

  • -Back pack
  • Titan Pump
  • Repair kit
  • Water resistant phone case

The Red Paddle Co- Ride is a high quality board that excels in surf conditions. A lot of the inflatable paddle boards I have reviewed are 6” thick but this one is 4.7”. You may be thinking that 4.7” means it is lower quality but this simply is not the case for surfing paddle boards because you need responsiveness when tackling one of these bad boys in surf.

Red Paddle Company is a renowned board company because of it’s MSL composite fusion process which involves a second layer of hard wearing polymer to the drop stitch core to remove errors that can happen with hand glueing. The board comes with the standard accessories including a pump, backpack repair kit as well as a water resistant phone case.

This is a good surfing board because it has some nose rocker to it and the new models feature a stomping pad to help with surf. It can also be used as a solid board for recreational use and is just as easily adept with recreational use thanks to its 3 small tracking fins.

Pros: One of the better well known paddle board companies, is more responsive than many paddle boards because of it’s 4.7” . Made with MSL composite fusion process to minimise any manufacturing errors.. Has decent tracking to boot thanks to its 3 fin system.

Cons: Could use more accessories and is pretty pricy. Could also use front and rear carrying handles.

 

Bodies of water
A great board to surf with and play in coastal surf, rougher waters. Can be used in a lake as well.

 

Best Paddle Boards that are Inflatable Rating: 9/10

 

5. Ten Toes Weekender

 

Features

  • Stainless Steel D rings
  • Bungee Deck lacing
  • Adjustable paddle
  • Repair kit including valve wrench, adhesive and PVC for patching
  • Three Removable Fins
  • Pump

The Ten Toes Weekender is a great all round recreational board that is highly adaptable to many different kinds of conditions. Before we talk about that though we have to talk about some of it’s features. The Weekender features handy deck lacing for items like a backpack or paddle, includes your standard pump, repair kit and bag as well as 3 removable tracking fins! Yes 3!

Honestly I’m surprised why more inflatable paddle boards do not have this feature as it is very easy to scrape up the fins in shallow water. It’s two smaller fins are good for water about 6 inches plus deep and the larger fin is great for open water.

As I said in the beginning this board is very adaptable because it is kind of like an all in one paddle board but with a larger focus on recreational paddling. It is actually a great paddle board for beginners thanks to it’s 6” thickness which adds to its stability.

It can also be used for touring purposes and light surf although if you are looking to focus just on those areas I would recommend one of our other boards that we reviewed. The thing I liked best about this board is it’s removable fins. The fact that not just the larger center fin is removable but also the two smaller ones makes this a great paddle board for paddling in shallower waters or wading.

The three fin system also helps the tracking of this board in both shallow conditions(2 or no fins recommended) or in deeper water.This paddle board is equally adept to calm water as it is to some swells and surf.

Pros: Great all around board that serves most purposes relatively well. I would recommend this board to beginners simply because it is easy to set up. As said a few times I loved the removable 3 fin design of this board.

Cons: There is no towing D ring at the front and there is only one carrying handle.. Which is standard for a lot of Inflatable SUP’s but as I say carrying with two people is always easier than one!

 

Bodies of water
Can handle a wide variety of different conditions including some rougher coastal surf, to calm lakes, rivers and bays. This paddle board excels in both shallow and deeper water

 

Best Paddle Boards that are Inflatable Rating: 9/10

Best Touring Paddle Boards

Touring Paddle Boards are for floaters that are more serious about paddling greater distances and getting there quicker. There are a variety of things to look for in touring paddle boards but one distinctive difference is that these touring boards are more narrow and the nose has a more pointed shape. The reason being that pointy noses cut through the water giving them better tracking ability and less strokes per paddle to get the board up to speed. All this combines for getting to your destination in a shorter time period.

Some Considerations before you get started

 

Best Paddle Boards

Stability

How much stability you would like out of the board all depends on the rider. If you are new to touring Paddle Boards or just paddle boards in general and want to hop right on a touring board you definitely should consider this factor. Starting out on touring paddle boards can be tricky because touring boards usually feature less width to which makes the board more tippy for a new comer. I highly recommend going to your local boardshop and trying a paddle board for a few times to make a more forgivable learning curve.

If you have a paddle board already and want to add to your collection and get a quicker board then any of the below models would work well for you. Some of these are also highly successful as recreational racing boards as well.

Here are the Best Paddle Boards for Touring

Paddle BoardTypeDimensions (L X W X D)Weight and Max CapRating
Naish 2015 Glide Touring GS Paddle Board 12' X 31" X 5 3/4" 22 Lbs and 230 Lbs 9.5/10
Starboard Elite Touring Starshot SUP Paddleboard 12'6" X 31.5 X 6.9" 30.94 Lbs and 220 Lbs 9.5/10
Imagine Surf Touring Mission Glass Composite Super Durable Epoxy Stand UP Paddleboard 12'6" X 31" x 6" Unknown 9.5/10
BIC Sport ACE-TEC Wing Stand Up Paddleboard, Gloss White, 12'6" X 30" X ? 34 Lbs and 260 Lbs 9/10
Stand On Liquid Revere Bamboo Wood Touring Stand Up Paddle Board (SUP) Package | Includes Full 100% Carbon Adjustable Paddle, Cargo Nets, Carrying Handle, Removable Fin 12'6" X 30" X 6.7" 26 Lbs and 250 Lbs 9/10

1. Naish Glide Touring (2015 model)

 

Features

  • V nose design
  • Flat rocker
  • Wood reinforced in stance area
  • Glass Matrix deck and bottom
  • Molded EPS Closed Cell Core

The Naish Glide touring board is a great multi functioning touring board which features great stability and performance for both beginners and advanced paddlers. Naish make high quality boards thanks to its overall construction. It features a wide range of materials within the different layers of the board including half deck glass reinforcement that features impact durability and strength as well as glass matrix deck and bottom, molded EPS Closed Cell Core and Visible Woods Sandwich Deck and wood bottom. All of these materials are all fused into different layers to provide strength, flex as well as material resistant to water leakage all in one board.

Now that we talked about it’s construction we will now get to its design. The Naish Glide Touring board comes in 2 sizes depending on the size of the boarder. It’s pointed nose effortlessly pierces through chop making it a great all round conditions board with its flat hull that adds for added stability. What you will find different from this board is it’s pin tail which gives it a unique look all while tapering water off of it’s tail to help with the ride and increase it’s speed.

Overall this is a great board if you have if you don’t mind spending for performance and quality construction.

Pros: High quality multi-material construction which helps provide a great smooth ride in a variety of different conditions. Has a high performance design thanks to it’s pointed V shaped nose. The unique tail design makes this board quite the looker along with it’s ability to push water off it’s tail aiding in its overall performance.

Cons: High Price because of it’s construction.

 

Bodies of Water
Recommended for Oceans in a variety of calm or rough conditions. If you are new to paddle  boarding be sure to launch it away from the rocks!

 

Best Paddle Boards for Touring Rating: 9.5/10

 

2. Starboard Star Shot Touring Paddle Board

 

Features

  • Front and Rear Bungee Deck lacing
  • Sharp Nose with lowered nose rocker
  • Chambered rail edge
  • Deep center channel for stability
  • One year Warranty
  • Glass enforced rails
  • Leash insert
  • Rounded V shape front and rear hull rounded with concave mid section.

Starboard are some of the leaders when it comes to quality paddle boards including six world champions that have spawned from using their boards.The Starboard Starshot touring paddle boards combines a sleek and smooth hull design with some added stability thanks to its raised rails. It features ample room for storage with front and rear bungee deck lacing, a leash insert as well as a deck pad that feels like crocodile skin!

The board itself is made of several layers starting with the deckpad, Australian Pine standing plank, Bi full (environmentally friendly) resin infusion, Biaxial reinforced glass and precision molded EPS.

The big selling feature of this paddle board is that fact that it excels at what touring paddle boards are supposed to do… Tour!

It is great in flat water conditions thanks to the combination of its sharp nose and lowered nose rocker , its deep center channels which helps direct the water smoothly from nose to tail to generate more speed as well as the V shaped tail that helps reduce drag. It also has a large 22” center fin which helps improve tracking ability on top of the V hull.

This is a great paddle board for some flat water performance and is worth the few extra hundred to get a quality touring board that is smartly designed.

Pros: Very well designed and offers good stability. Probably the most aerodynamic Touring board on this list. Lots of space for for cargo with optional bungee netting at the front and back of the board. Probably the fastest or at least one of the fastest on this list. Tracking ability is great thanks to the very large 22” fin.

Cons: While the Fin provides good tracking ability thanks to its large size I would avoid paddling in shallow waters as you could potentially damage it.

 

Bodies of water:
Works best in flatwater conditions Like larger lakes, Coastal waters. Anything with deeper calmer waters with little chop

 

Best Paddle Boards for Touring Rating: 9.5/10

 

3. Imagine Surf Mission Glass Composite XT

 

Features

  • Impact Rails
  • Diamond Groove Deck Pad
  • Deck inserts
  • Go Pro/ Action Camera insert
  • FCS Fin
  • Four Anchor Points
  • Leash Plug

The Imagine Surf Mission XT is made of high quality materials at an affordable price for it’s make. It features additional glass along the rails that adds to the boards stiffness to increase it’s impact strength.

This board also has a some built in optional features that you may want to ponder over including 4 anchor points built into the board to tire down addition gear you may be bringing with you along with an insert for an action camera like a Go Pro! This board is made of the same materials that other high quality glass composites are made of at a more affordable price point due to the simplified graphics on it.

This board also features a tracking fin that helps it along in flat water conditions to improve tracking ability. It’s 6” Thickness and 30” width helps elevate you out of the water and increases the overall stability of the board coupled with the extra glass along the rails making it a comfortable paddle. This board can also paddle in rougher conditions thanks to its pointed nose that can cut through water chop in windier conditions while still providing a stable ride.

Pros: A solid high performance board at a great overall price point due to the limited amount of graphics used. It has great stability for both calm and rougher conditions thanks to its width, thickness and it’s solid glass anchor rails. Nose cuts through water with ease and the fin provides great tracking ability. Also customizable with action camera insert and Four anchor points to allow you to store gear.

Cons: Only one carrying handle in the middle which may be difficult for some people. It is a bit heavier than other paddling boards at 33 lbs and it would be nice if they stated their maximum capacity.

 

Bodies of water
Excels in flat water conditions in coastal surf but also handles well in choppier waters. Can be used in deeper larger lakes and rivers as well.

 

Best Paddle Boards for Touring Rating 9.5/10

 

4. BIC ACE- TEC Wing Series

 

Features

  • Lightweight watertight foam core
  • Nine Molded internal inserts
  • Fiberglass reinforced
  • ASA Polymer outer skin for durability
  • Universal Removable 9” Fin system
  • Premium deck pad
  • Carry handle

The BIC Wing series is a great start out paddle board for beginners who want to advance to the touring category of paddle boards.

If you are new to paddle boarding BIC is typically not be the first company you think of to produce paddle boards as they are more well known for producing your standard pens. However the company has actually been involved in water sports for decades so they know a thing or two about boards.

This particular line has won awards such as the 2013 Outside Magazine’s Gear of the Year thanks to its optimum design that allows this board to excel both stability wise and performance wise to boot. It’s V shaped nose transitions into a flat hull that allows this board to do that. It’s ACE-TEC technology features a blend of Fiberglass, ASA Polymer Embossed EVA Foam pad all within layers of the board to help it keep its shape and durability.

The BIC Wing features a 9” fin that helps with its tracking ability. The fin is also removable which is a great option that I believe all paddle boards should feature as paddling through shallow waters can possibly damage or in some cases destroy the fin. This boards ride is pretty solid as it provides a great combination of speed, tracking and of course stability that is great for beginners.

Pros: Removable fin system helps this paddle board be more versatile as you can paddle in the shallows or deeper water. Recommended paddle board for beginners looking to get into the touring category. The price is reasonable for a touring board. Good all round performance in a variety of different water conditions.

Cons: There are better touring boards out there as this is geared for more of a beginner getting into touring boards.

 

Bodies of Water
Can take on a variety of different conditions including calm lakes coastal bays along with choppier surf.

 

Best Paddle Boards for Touring Rating: 9/10

 

5. Stand on Liquid Revere 12’6”

 

Features

  • Bamboo wood
  • Carbon reinforcement
  • Gortex Self Venting Plug
  • Gopro mount
  • Smooth EVA deck pad
  • Tracking Fin
  • Leash Plug
  • Luggage handle
  • Comes with a paddle

This board has a very unique sleek hull design that I was so impressed with that I decided to put it on the list.

Some reviewers have even claimed that it keeps up with race boards! The Stand on Liquid is made is slightly different materials than other boards. It is made from a mixture of layers that include Bamboo wood, and carbon reinforcement. It also features bungee deck lacing at the front and rear of the board for gear you may take with you.

One of the unique things about this board is that it has a Gortex self venting plug. This plug helps the board breathe in a variety of different conditions so that the composition of the inside of the board stays in the same condition in which you bought it giving it long lasting use.

Besides the Gortex self venting plug the other thing that really caught my eye is the V hell that runs throughout the board. In a way the Liquid’s hull has taken the design of many ocean kayaks and made it its own. The V hull really helps this paddle board glide along the water and the tracking is helped with a 10” tracking fin which will allow you to take minimum strokes to maintain a good speed.

Pros: One of the few high quality touring paddle boards that comes with a paddle! Tracking and the speed of this board is superb. Some reviewers have even tracked this board to go 6 knots with proper paddling technique. Gortex Self venting plug is a great bonus to help maintain the boards quality over the years. Tracking is fantastic with it’s 10” fin.

Cons: I don’t really like the suitcase handle on the board as it would seem to get in the way. Also this is not the most stable board thanks to its hull shape so I would recommend this for intermediate to advanced paddlers.

 

Bodies of water
Can take some choppy water but is more well suited for calmer waterways like lakes, rivers and coastal bays.

 

Best Paddle Boards for Touring Rating: 9/10

 

 

Best All Around Paddle Boards

All around Paddle Boards are great for beginners to learn on and perhaps advance to different categories if they find that they are using the board for a more particular purpose like surfing, touring or even fitness/ Yoga. These boards are ideal as jack of all trades for people who do not want to buy a bunch of different paddle boards for different purposes but rather would like one board to do it all! There are some differences and areas that certain boards to excel in more than others but that ultimately comes down to what you want to use the board for.

 

Some questions you should ask yourself is

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Inflatable or Hard shelled?

What kind of paddle board best fits your living situation and lifestyle? Typically Inflatable Paddle Boards are more budget friendly and the good ones are made of durable material that helps maintain their useage life. The down side to inflatable paddle boards is that they take more effort to glide through the water than hard shelled boards.

Hard shelled boards typically cost a bit more money pending on the board make but glide better through the water and are more versatile. Another factor to consider is how much space do you have? As more people are downsizing space is becoming more of an issue in today’s world which is why inflatable Paddle boards have spiked over the past 5 years. As a result more quality inflatable paddle boards have been in production and are constantly raising the bar for competitors.

Here are the Best Paddle Boards for All Around Use

Paddle BoardTypeDimensions (L X W X D)Weight and Max CapRating
Pau Hana Oahu 9'5" Paddle Board 9'5" X 32" X 4.25" 25 Lbs and 210 Lbs 9.5/10
PEAK Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board with Adjustable Paddle, Travel Backpack and Coil Leash, Blue 10'6" X 31" X 6" 23 Lbs and 300 Lbs 9/10
Starboard Atlas Extra ASAP SUP Paddleboard 12" X 36" X 4.6" 32.85 Lbs and 250 Lbs 8.5/10
Hobie Mirage Eclipse 12 Stand Up Paddleboard 10'6" X 33.5 X ? 54 Lbs and 225 Lbs 8.5/10
BIC Sport Slide SUP Stand Up Paddleboard Package, Blue/Green 10'6" X 33" X ? 25.5 Lbs and 240 Lbs 8/10

1. Pau Hana Oahu 9’ 5” Paddle Board

 

 

Features
-5 mm EVA Deck Pad
– “Bamboo Sandwich construction”
– Gortex Vent plug
– Multi Fin set up

This is almost as high quality as you can get with an all around paddle board. The folks at Pau Hana really thought out the construction process and the design of this board and has gotten mentions in well known publications like Men’s Journal and The New York Times.

The Oahu board features the “Bamboo Sandwich Construction” which means there is a layer of carbonized bamboo laid between two layers of fiberglass surrounded by an EPD (Expanded Polystyrene) foam core which helps because the bamboo helps give it a lightweight but high impact strength that other boards simply do not have.

When wondering what is the difference between cheaper and more expensive paddle boards it is details like this which helps not only with weight, performance and durability but also insures the board lasts a long time. Part of what aids with the longevity of this board is that fact that it features a Gortex Vent plug which lets the board breathe in a variety of different conditions to help the materials inside the board last.

What is really neat about this board is the fact that you can change the fin setup of this board to match the conditions you are paddling in thanks the the 5 fin boxes that it features. It can switch between a single , thruster or quad fin set up depending on how far or what conditions you are paddling in. Unlike other boards we have reviewed this paddle board actually does well in surf as well as Yoga and touring scenarios.

This board is also very lightweight and thanks to its smaller length making it ideal for smaller people although with that being said it can still perform well with 240 lbs on it. Being a 9’6” board it is much more manoeuvrable than larger boards although tracking ability does suffer a bit as a result. This is a great all around conditions type of board that is good in a whole variety of waterways.

Pros: The first pro that comes to mind is the fact that this board is very versatile and can match a whole range of different conditions with relative ease. Great for people of all sizes but especially smaller/ lighter people. This board has a changeable fin set up to match the conditions as well as a Gortex plug that helps the inside of the board breathe better. A great overall investment as it can grow with you as your paddling improves and you want to use it for other categories.

Cons: This is not the board to enter a race in and while it does paddle relatively well the tracking is simply not the best but that is mostly forgivable as it is a 9’ 6” board! This board is also a bit pricy.

 

Bodies of Water
Can do almost anything really, great for surfing, paddling longer distances or simply messing around. Excels in Ocean surf but is also maneuverable enough to go through smaller waterways like rivers as well as lakes.

 

Best Paddle Boards for All Around Use Rating: 9.5/10

 

2. PEAK Inflatable Paddle Board

 

Features

  • Adjustable Paddle
  • Travel Backpack
  • Coil Leash
  • Backpack
  • Constructed of military grade PVC
  • 30 day guarantee (1 year warranty on materials)
  • Diamond Traction
  • Bungee Deck Lacing
  • Nose handle
  • Center Handle
  • Fin

PEAK Inflatable Paddle Boards is made by a respected paddle board company called ISLE specifically for Amazon to bring a quality paddle board to the everyday customer that features the right price and everything you need to get started.

The PEAK Paddle Board follows in the footsteps of Tower Paddle board in that it brings you a quality 6” Board thickness to accommodate people of most shapes and sizes.

To be honest I was very close to putting this in the Best Inflatable Paddle Boards category on this page but there simply was not enough room for another all around paddle board. So alas here it is!

What I really like about this board is that it comes with everything you need to just get into the water! I really do wish more paddle board companies did this as it encourages customers to just buy the package and get into the water instead of just buying a board and then just remembering “ohh right I have to get a paddle,, And a leash… And deck lacing. This strategy clearly works as this paddle board as I am writing this is the best seller on Amazon!

Ok I’m getting a bit off track sorry..

The Peak Inflatable Paddle Board has ample room to store some gear thanks to its handy deck lacing. In my mind this is a perfect package for beginners and it’s all around abilities allows you to try different activities such as SUP fishing, touring, Yoga or even paddling with the little ones or your furry friend!

While this paddle board is not the best in each of these categories it does the job quite sufficiently and provides more than ample enough stability! The only downside to this as well as many other paddle boards is that it will not be as fast as its hard shelled cousins and the wind can affect the performance of this board more significantly.

Pros: A very durable and stable board that is great for beginners or intermediate floaters alike. The best feature of this board is that it comes with everything you need to get out to the water and paddle. Has ample amount of storage space and is an overall great Jack of all trades type of board at a good affordable price.

Cons: This wind can push this board around a bit. Don’t expect to win any races with this board as it is not designed for speed in mind. The hand Pump can be a bit taxing at times.

 

Bodies of water
Calmer Coastal waters and Lakes, as well as rivers.

 

Best Paddle Boards for All Around Use Rating: 9/10

 

3. Starboard Atlas Extra ASAP Paddle Board

 

Features

  • Bungee inserts for gear storage
  • Bottom shape “Mono-Concave to flat V”
  • Race aft rocker
  • EVA Deck pad
  • Bi Resin Center fin
  • Two smaller fins
  • High Density EVA Rail

When I picked this board I figured I would have choose something for the bigger guys (and gals) as there are some models that are meant for smaller people on this list. The Starboard Atlas Extra ASAP Paddle Board offers premium stability thanks to its 36” wide build and its high density thermoformed EVA Rail. The high density thermoformed EVA Rail also helps with the durability of this board which helps the rails brace for any impact resistance. This board is built like a tank thanks to the materials that are involved in the making of this board.

It is made with a combination of Precision molded EPS towards the front followed by a glass layer, Australian Pine for an impact resistant deck as well as high density foam reinforced fin boxes towards the bottom of the board.

This board is also pretty adaptable as its bottom has a mono concave flat V shape and a race aft rocker to improve the paddling performance as well as some nose kick to deal with choppier waters or wind that may come your way. Keep in mind that with extra stability comes a loss of maneuverability and tracking although the fins do help with this.

Pros: If you are a bigger guy or gal this is a great board for you! It is one of the most stable boards you can ride making it great for beginners as well as intermediate paddler who just want to cruise. It’s construction is very strong and impact resistant to boot.

Cons: Tracking ability is a bit compromised and the maneuverability is not the greatest out there.

 

Bodies of Water
Able to handle some chop,  but is equally inept in calmer waters.

 

Best Paddle Boards for All Around Use Rating: 8.5/10


4. Hobie Mirage Eclipse 10.5 Paddle Board

 

Features

  • Handle Bars
  • Hobie Mirage Drive
  • Durable Kick Up Rudder
  • Bungee Deck Lacing

Ok so I know what many of you are thinking.. Probably something along the lines of “What the Heck is that thing and why is it in the Paddle Boards category?” This is the Hobie Mirage Eclipse and it uses the Hobie Mirage Drive to power itself using pedals and two flaps instead of a paddle.

The Handlebars itself act as the stabilizer with the finger tip controls that helps control the rudder to go right or left. The board itself is made of ACX Advanced Composite Epoxy. This will probably be one of the most bazar “ Paddle Boards” You have ever seen but my god does it ever motor!

The company that makes it is also very respectable as they are some of the innovative leaders in the boating industry making kayaks, smaller sail boats as well as traditional SUPs.  This thing is faster than most paddle boards especially doing a standing start! It is also a great workout as it works similar muscles as a step climber but it is probably 10X more fun!

Pros: As much fun as you can have on a paddle board this thing really goes fast! Rudder control is very responsive and the board itself is quite stable. The kick up rudder is a marvel idea as well in case you bump something the rudder simply retracts up!

Cons: Well the first thing is the price tag. If you are a traditionalist paddle boarder you will not like this and the fact that I even considered putting this in the all around paddle boards category! Is quite heavy especially if the mirage drive is in it.

Bodies of water
Calmer Waters like coastal sheltered bays lakes and even rivers.

 

Best All Around Paddle Boards Rating: 9.1/10

 

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5. BIC Sport Slide

 

Features

  • Adjustable Paddle
  • Leash
  • Bungee Deck lacing
  • Center Carry Handle
  • Removable Soft Fin
  • Embossed EVA deck pad
  • Moderate nose rocker

The BIC Slide Sport is an all around board that is designed for paddling a bit of surfing and handling some waves. It also comes with an adjustable paddle, a leash and some bungee deck lacing that allows you to bring gear with you. This board is very stable with a 6 inch thickness and 33 inch width that makes it ideal for beginner paddlers getting into the sport of paddle boarding.

It is also a great board for people of most sizes with a 240 lb weight capacity rating and is lightweight to carry at 25 lbs. There is also a removable soft fin that comes with this package.

The stability is definitely the greatest performance factor of this board. When attached the tracking Fin definitely helps this board along but if tracking is what you are after I would go with the Bic Sport Ace- Tec Touring board. However the thing I do like about this fin is that it is removable which is great if you are doing shallow water paddling.

Overall a great starter package to get started in the sport of paddle boarding thanks to its included paddle, fin and leash and an even greater price! Seriously hard shelled paddled boards are rarely this affordable!

Pros: Affordable Price, and good starter package for anyone starting out in paddle boarding. Comes with Paddle, Leash and fin! Jack of All Trades Paddle Board.

Cons: Going back to the Jack of All Trades statement what is meant by that is that it can ride in a variety of different categories like surfing and touring but it does not particularly excel at one. This is to be expected with a paddle board of this price though. Could use more handles.

 

Bodies of Water
Calmer Coastal waters. Can handle some surf but nothing too major. Great board for lakes and slow rivers as well.

 

Best Paddle Boards for All Around Use Rating: 8/10

 

Best Surfing Paddle Boards

Surfing Paddle boards have what we like to call some rocker to it. Rocker is the amount of of depth the nose or tail dips up to allow for quicker maneuvering and control among waves.

Surfing Paddle Boards ultimately come down to preference as to what the rider prefers and what their experience level is with the boards. Here are some factors that will help you choose what kind of board you are looking for.

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What style of surfing are you?

Are you new to surfing or are you advanced? People with surfing back grounds like to swarm towards smaller boards because they are more maneuverable and make quick turns when necessary. Having said that there are different styles of surfing such as long board enthusiasts or short boarders. If you have any previous experience with either or chances are you would select a paddle board that reflects your surfing style. SUP surfing requires a different kind of skill because of the boards feel in the waves which might catch you off guard if you are not used to it.

 

Size

Similar to what style of surfing you do, the board size affects what it would do in the water and how it reacts to the waves. Long boards are typically good for nose riding depending on how much rocker the boards feature. While shorter boards do not pick up as much speed but are much more maneuverable and some even feature a squash tail which allows you to position the board to where you would like it by stomping on the tail as opposed to paddling all the way around. Besides surfing style another factor to consider is what size the rider is? If you are a bigger / heavier guy or gal you would want a bigger board that has a good amount of thickness and volume to it. There are boards out there that feature a thick board and trimmed out rails that allows these folks to enjoy paddle board surfing.

Best Paddle Boards for Surfing

Paddle BoardTypeDimensions (L X W X D)Weight and Max CapacityRating
Boardworks Surf Kraken 10'3 Stand Up Paddleboard -Wood-Light Grey 10'3" X 34" X 4 34" ? and 230 Lbs 10/10
Surftech Super Fly SUP, Blue 9'6" X 30" X 4" 125 Volume and ? 9/10
Jimmy Lewis Black & Blue 9'6" X 28.5 X 3.5" 117 Volume and? 8.5/10
ISLE Versa Epoxy 10'5 Standup Paddle Board (4.5" Thick) Includes Adjustable Paddle Carbon Shaft Nylon Blade, Carry Handle, Center Fin - Aqua 10'5" X 32" X 4.5" 27 Lbs and 275 Lbs 8.5/10
Greco Surf Soft Performance 8" X 23" X 3.7" 15 Lbs and 180 Lbs 8.5/10

1. Boardworks Surf Kraken

 

Features

  • Pulled in tail with thinned tuned rails for great surf performance
  • Diamond groove pad
  • LiftSUP handle for easy portage and locking
  • Bungee deck lacing
  • Self regulating vent plug
  • 4 + 1 Fin setup for multiple fin configurations
  • Tail kick and arch bar

I almost put this board in the Best All Around Paddle Boards category but then I noticed how it exceeded in surf conditions! The Boardworks Surf Kraken is a great performance board both in terms of surfing and all around abilities. It’s secret is that it is shaped with an EPS foam core laminated with layers of fiberglass, bamboo veneer and epoxy resin.

Another unique feature that I really liked about this board is that it features a LiftSUP handle which allows the board to be locked up to prevent anyone stealing it. Along with many other high quality boards the Boardworks Surf Kraken has a self regulating vent plug which allows the boards materials to breathe and relieves it from pressure in the heat or high altitude conditions.

Performance wise this is as good of a board as you can get for surf and all around use. The tail of the board is pulled in while the rails are thinned out making it extremely maneuverable in both the surf and cruising in flat water conditions. On top of this the Surf Kraken also features Tail kick and an archboard for improved maneuverability especially when surfing the waves and making sudden tail turns.

This board also features a unique 4 + 1 fin setup which allows you to configure the fins any which way to match what activities or the conditions of the water you may be paddling in.  To summarize this board is really the only thing you need for surfing as well as an all around board. It is highly responsive and surprisingly stable making it a great board for beginners to pros!

Pros: Fantastic surf performance for and all around board. Highly maneuverable and surprisingly stable. Has a variety of unique features including the LiftSUP handle, and self venting Plug. Is also surprisingly good for for use as a touring board.

Cons: Honestly can’t really think of any except for perhaps the fact that it does not come with a paddle.

 

Bodies of Water
Equally at home in the coastal surf with medium sized waves as it is on a calm lake.

 

Best Paddle Boards for Surfing Rating 10/10

 

2. Surftech Superfly SUP

 

Features

  • BCC Construction
  • Diamond Groove deck pad
  • 4 +1 Versatile Fin system
  • Chinned rails
  • Rounded Tail

The Surftech Superfly Paddle Board is kind of like a fusion of an actual surfboard and a paddle board. The difference being this board is primarily used for surf conditions.

The board is built with BCC (Bamboo Carbon Composite) construction making it lightweight and maneuverable. The construction of the board features a surfboard like outline with a pulled in nose which then transitions to chined rails for maximum performance.

This board also features a 4+1 fin setup which allows you to set up the fins in any which way that you desire to match the water conditions.

This board is more for paddle boarders with a surfing background so I suggest at least taking some lessons before purchasing this board.

Pros: Used for pure surfing purposes, has great manoeuvrability. Strong construction.

Cons: Not recommended as a first surf paddle board unless you have a surfing background. Not a very stable board. I also don’t like the fact that the fins do not come with this board!

 

Bodies of Water
Pure surfing conditions in coastal waters.

 

Best Paddle Boards for Surfing Rating: 9/10

 

3. Jimmy Lewis Black and Blue Machine

 

Features

  • Classic 60’s Rocker
  • Tail kick
  • 50/50 rails
  • Single Fin
  • Self Regulating Vent
  • Full Deck Pad

The Jimmy Lewis Black and Blue Machine is a pure nose riding surf paddle board. What is meant by that is that the composition of the board and how it handles completely changes when you ride on the nose.  It has the classic sandwich style composition of fiberglass layers, high density PVC foam and lightweight EPS foam in the middle.

Like many high quality boards it also features a self regulating vent and comes with a single fin. If your style of SUP surfing is noseriding then this is definitely the paddle board for you! This is definitely not a paddle board that you go touring with as it take some effort to start padding.

Pros: If you love the nose riding style of surfing and plan to take it out just for surf use this is the board for you! Has a Self regulating vent and is well built materials wise.

Cons: If you do not like nose riding then this probably is not the best board for you. I have heard of other paddle boarders complaining that it takes a lot of effort to paddle and that standing on the back/ middle of this board is not very effective handling wise.

 

Bodies of water
Pure medium to small waved surf.

 

Best Paddle Boards for Surfing Rating: 8.5/10

 

4. ISLE Versa Epoxy

 

Features

  • Adjustable Paddle
  • Removable Tracking Fin
  • 30 day guarantee
  • New Thermal Molded Construction
  • EPS Epoxy Technology
  • Comfort Groove carry handle

The ISLE Versa Epoxy is a great affordable all around paddle board that can handle small to medium surf. This bundle actually comes with almost everything you need including an adjustable paddle, and a removable tracking fin. This paddleboard is particularly light thanks to it’s Thermal molded construction of EPS Epoxy.

This is a great paddle board to learn surf and surfing technique if you are new to the sport as it is very stable and can support riders of up to 275 lbs.

The Isle Versa Epoxy is not just for surfing though, it is a board that can do a variety of different activities such as Fitness/ Yoga, Cruising as well as even fishing which really saves you money in the long run if you are looking for a more multi purpose board in the future. The tracking ability of this board is pretty good for a surfingf board as well.

Pros: Good all around affordable board package. Good for surfing small to medium sized waves as well as all around use. Great for beginners learning to SUP surf or just SUP in general.

Cons: This board will be a bit of a disappointment if you are an experienced surfer looking to tackles that big wave. There have been some complaints about the paddle that comes with the board as well.

 

Bodies of Water
Ocean conditions with small to medium waves as well as calmer lakes and rivers.

 

Best Paddle Boards for Surfing Rating 8.5/10

 

5. Greco Surf Soft performance Paddle Board

 

Features

  • Three fin set up
  • High end leash included
  • Top and bottom internal epoxy core
  • Bungee Deck Lacing
  • EPS foamcore with high density lightweight IXPE deck

I figured I would do another sort of budget surf style paddle board as a lot of people who read these lists are beginners. This is a great first board for any beginner who wants the ability to use it as a surf style SUP with some cruising capabilities.

To be perfectly honest it’s materials leave a bit to be desired as there have been a few complaints about how durable it is and you can see why, The board is made of EPS foam core material protected by an ICPE deck and plastic reinforcement at the bottom.

If you are wondering what the difference is when comparing $500 + range boards to $1000 plus that is it. The $1000 + boards usually have layers of reinforced wood and fibreglass making it resistant to most impacts.

Having been critical about the quality of this board I will say that it does perform pretty well and it’s 3 fin set up allows you to customise this board to match the water conditions you are in. Similar to the ISLE Versa Epoxy this board is great for beginners and is safer.

It is good for beginners in that it takes less paddling effort from the boarder catch a wave as opposed to heavier fibreglass boards and I say it is safer because if you fall the board is made of softer more forgiving material that decreases injury.  Overall a good surf long board type of paddle board which is good for beginners and novices to learn on and is equally at home as a cruising board.

Pros: Affordable, Great board for beginners as well as a good all around board

Cons: Not a high performance surfboard so the pros might get sick of this board. Also for an affordable board of this price range it should at least come with a paddle! Material is not as strong as other paddle boards.

Bodies of water
Can handle small to medium surf, equally at home on calmer lakes and rivers as well as sheltered bays.

 

Best Paddle Boards for Surfing Rating: 8.5/10

 

Best Yoga Paddle Boards

Yoga Paddle Boarding is the next step up if you are getting tired of just doing normal Yoga. The combination of being on the water with the wind gently blowing on you all while balancing using a variety of unique poses. Not only does it provide a unique experience but it also helps build up your stabilisation muscles in your core and other parts of your body.

 

Things to look for in Yoga Paddle Boards

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Stabilisation is key

Probably one of if not the most important thing to factor into yoga paddle boards is stabilisation. To have the confidence to challenge yourself in trying out new poses you need a board that is fairly wide and thick. Simple physics tells us that the more width you have the more stable your board will be. A good thickness is also key as you want to be high and dry and not have water spilling on to the board is it can make the surface more slippery and can be distracting.

 

Practicality

A lot of Yoga paddle boards also make good all around recreational boards so the question that begs to be asked is do you want a board that you can take out for a recreational paddle as well or are you dead set on having one specifically for yoga? Most people want a good yoga/ recreational hyrbid for a variety of reasons such as cost, space and practicality. Many of times its Recreational boards that make good Yoga boards instead of vice versa so just keep in mind what you want to use the board for!

Here are Best Paddle Boards for Yoga

Paddle BoardTypeDimensions (L X W X D)Weight and Max CapacityRating
BIC Sport ACE-TEC Cross Stand-Up Paddleboard, White/Blue 10' X 33" X 4 3/4" 26 Lbs and 220 Lbs 9.5/10
Advanced Elements Lotus YSUP Yoga Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board, Orange 10' X 32" X 6" 28 Lbs and 200 Lbs 9/10
Surftech Balboa Paddle Board, Light Blue/Dark Blue 12' X 34" x 5.2" 25 Lbs and ?? 9/10
Jimmy Styks Strider 11'6" 11'6" X 32" X 4.75" 31.5 Lbs and ?? 8.5/10
Aqua Marina Flow Inflatable Stand-Up Paddle Board, 9'9" X 32" X 6" 18.3 Lbs and 265 Lbs 8.5/10

1. BIC Sport ACE- TEC Cross

 

Features

  • Keeled nose
  • Six Deck Attachment Points
  • Flat Deck
  • Full Eva foam Deck Pad
  • Molded EPS Foam Core
  • Fiberglass reinforcement
  • ASA Polymer outer skin

The BIC Sport ACE-TEC Cross is not specifically meant just for yoga as it is an allround board but it’s soft Deck Pad coupled with its soft Thermoformed plastic skin makes it a safe and solid board for Yoga and fitness.

BIC generally produces quality boards and uses ACE-TEC construction which consists of several layers consisting of a Water tight EPS Foam core, several layers of fibreglass followed by a soft Thermoformed plastic skin and a deck pad attached at the top.

It also has a keeled nose that follows through to its body to improve the overall tracking of the board instead of using fins. It also features six attachment points on its deck for bungee deck lacing or securing a seat or cooler. It’s fiberglass rails also provides a dry ride which is key especially when doing yoga.

The board features ample amount of deck pad for traction which is something I usually look for in a paddle board.

For paddling purposes this is one of the better fitness/ all around paddle boards as it can take on a variety of different conditions well which is a very overlooked feature. Typically people would rather spend money on a board that can do it all instead of having one that excels at one type of condition. While I would not use this board for long touring journeys it does track well for a board of its 34 inch width thanks to the keeled nose that runs throughout its body.

Pros: Great all around board the excels in fitness and yoga activities. Tracks well for a wide board. Has ample amount deck pad and is made of soft material. Can tackle a variety of different conditions well.

Cons: Does not come with a paddle or leash, Weight Range is only up to 220 lbs.

 

Bodies of Water
Is fully capable of handling a variety of different conditions including coastal surd, with medium swells, as well as calmer lakes, bays and rivers.

 

Best Paddle Boards for Yoga Rating: 9.5/10

 

2. Advanced Elements Lotus YSUP Inflatable Paddle Board

 

Features

  • Made of 6” Drop stitch material
  • Large traction foam area for grip
  • Double Layer Outer skin
  • Hand Pump with Gauge
  • Detachable shoulder carry strap
  • Duffel bag
  • Three Removable tracking fins
  • Paddle
  • Repair Kit
  • Three D Rings on the back

The Advanced Elements Lotus Ysup is an inflatable paddle board built for yoga. It is made with 6’ thick drop stitch material meshed with a double layer outer skin for durability should you accidentally scrape the board against rocks or barnacles.

The 6” Thick material and and 32 inch width helps maintain the boards stability which especially works out well if you are a beginner. This Paddle Board comes with almost everything you need to get started (except for perhaps a leash) including a paddle, hand pump, repair kit, and duffel bag along with three removable tracking fins that gives the board improved tracking ability.

Besides the dimensions another secret that makes this paddle board so stable can be found in its specialised drop stitch material which allows it to be inflated at high pressures.

Advanced Elements are known for making some of the highest quality inflatable floaters in the market, paddle boards included. The pump also has a pressure gauge attached that allows to to monitor the pressures within the board. A feature that really struck home with me was the fact that it has a large traction foam area allowing you to not worry where you are stepping.

It is also safer do to the fact that if you fall you will not injure yourself on that paddle boards made of harder materials. This Also makes a pretty good paddling. All around board to boot as it comes with two removable side fins and one larger main removable tracking fin to help you best configure the fin setup to where you are paddling.

Pros: Comes with almost everything needed. Made of high quality material and comes from a good quality manufacturer. Has a large traction foam pad that covers most of the board so you don’t have to worry about stepping off of the traction.

Cons: Is a bit pricey for an inflatable paddle board.

 

Bodies of Water
Calmer Waters like bays lakes or Still moving rivers.

 

Best Paddle Boards for Yoga Rating: 9/10

 

3. Surftech Balboa 1200

 

Features

  • Large grip pad
  • Bamboo Veneer construction
  • Squash tail
  • Single Fin

A larger board the Surftech Balboa 1200 is made for stability making it a great yoga board. It features a large gripped deck pad for traction and a squash tail that helps increase the stability and maneuverability of this larger sized board. Another part of the stability equation for this board is the fact that it is 34 inches wide and 5.2 inches thick making it as stable as possible for riders of all different sizes.

Its construction features a hot coat and hand fish, exterior epoxy fiberglass lamination, natural bamboo veneer and internal Epoxy Fiberglass laminate. This process allows this board to be made from low ecological impact composite materials along with the resilient bamboo inside the board.

The added stability and ride height helps you stay high and dry while practicing yoga making it the ideal yoga board. This board is great for recreational use as well and is a good board for people of all experience levels.

The 12’ length and single tracking fin allows the board to track relatively well and gives the board a gliding effect along flat water. There is a bit of nose rocker to this board as well making it great for a variety of different conditions including some surf/ choppier waters.

Pros: One of the most stable Yoga boards out there that fit a variety of different sized people. Made with quality materials. Good all around board.

Cons: A bit expensive and heavy making is a more ideal board for bigger people.

 

Bodies of water
Coastal Surf, Bays as well as flatwater lakes .

 

Best Paddle Boards for Yoga Rating: 9/10

 

4. Jimmy Styks Strider 11’6”

 

Features

  • JS Carbon Adjustable Paddle
  • Stabilizer fin and hardware
  • 10’ Coil Leash
  • Spare Vent Cap
  • Board Bag
  • Printed Fir Wood finish
  • Deck Pad

Finally an all in one solid paddle board package that comes with EVERYTHING you need! This package included a adjustable carbon paddle, tracking fin and hardware as well as a 10’ long leash and bag! The Strider uses construction found in other Jimmy Styks boards which features an EPS Core sandwiched between layers of fiberglass epoxy followed by a Printed Paper inlay that features the wooden look.

The weight of this board is a bit heavier than the other two weighing in at 31.5 Lbs. Similar to the BIC Sport ACE-TEC it is an all around paddle board that can actually perform quite well in the surf with a 4/5 Surf rating done by the manufacturer. It features a more pronounced nose and tail rocker at 5.25” and 1.75” respectively allowing the nose to clear over waves instead of cutting into them.

In terms of Yoga use this board has a well defined grip pad that covers about 2/3s of the board and provides ample stability at 32” width needed to do more complex poses on the water.

When looking for a paddle board I usually look for one that is not specified for one particular use but has more all around ability and this board features that with its ability to paddle in the surf as well as be used as a touring board of sorts thanks to its 11’6” Length which allows it to glide on the water with relative ease. My only big concern with this board is the fact that it is not a soft board so if you are not to confident in your yoga abilities I would perhaps use an inflatable or soft board material.

Pros: Provides everything you need to go paddling which included leash, fin, paddle and board bag. Great all around board which is rated for yoga use thanks to its larger grip pad surface. Provides good surfing ability thanks to the nose and tail rocker and tracks well for longer excursions. Great for all around use.

Cons: This is a hard shelled Paddled Board so if you are starting out in Yoga I would not choose this particular board in case of injury.

 

Bodies of Water
Can handle a variety of different coastal conditions and is equally inept in flat water thanks to its width.

 

Best Paddle Boards for Yoga Rating: 8.5/10

 

 

5. Aqua Marina FLOW Yoga Paddle Board

 

Features

  • 6” Thickness
  • Double wall drop stitch material
  • EVA Diamond Groove deck pad
  • D ring on tail for leash
  • Bungee Deck lacing
  • Strap Included
  • Paddle Holder
  • MAGIC backpack
  • Repair Kit
  • High pressure pump
  • Three removable fins (2 side 1 larger middle)

We have been reviewing some all around boards that make great Yoga paddle boards but now we will review a Yoga Paddle board that makes for a decent all around board! If you are new to both Yoga and paddle boarding this is definitely the board for you as it is highly portable, stable and does not break the bank with affordability.

The Aqua Marina FLOW comes with almost everything you need to get started including a high pressure pump, three removable fins, repair kit,  carry bag and a carry strap.

If you are a guy you have no doubt noticed that this board is pink. Although this paddle board has a maximum weight load of 265 lbs I would recommend this board be more geared towards smaller females because of a simple paddle board philosophy.  When you are a larger person you typically need a longer board as more volume can usually hold more weight and this is equally true with inflatable boards.

Having said that if you are a smaller guy and pink is your colour hey power to you man! Yoga use aside this is a good paddle board for all around use as well thanks to its three removable fins that you can change up depending on the conditions you are paddling in.

This board is good for recreational paddling as well but I would not use it for touring purposes due to its small 9’9” length. Even with the tracking fins it would not be the best board to use for tracking ability but that is standard for a board of its size. Another added benefit to this board is that it is very lightweight even compared to other inflatable paddle boards weighing in at 18 lbs making it one of the best options out there in terms of portability.

To summarize this board up it is a great Yoga board to use as a smaller sized beginner who also wants to do recreational paddling excursions or hang out on the water.

Pros: Made specifically for Yoga Purposes but makes a decent all around board as well. Comes with a good amount of accessories including interchangeable fins and a good quality pump. Great for board for a smaller person. Very stable for its size.

Cons: This is a small board at 9’9” so if you are a bigger person I would look elsewhere. The colour pink does also gear it more towards women.

Bodies of water
Flat water like calm bays and lakes.

 

Best Paddle Boards for Yoga Rating: 8.5/10

 

 Conclusion

Paddle Boarding is a great way to get in the water for a variety of different purposes. Whether you are planning to use it for fitness purposes, recreational use or touring purposes it is always a good idea to go to a rental board shop to try out paddle boarding for the first time and ask questions. Or you can simply stay on this site and I will be posting how to guides for paddleboarding to give you a good idea of what makes a good paddle board. In the end it is always good to have an end goal in mind when deciding what you want to use the paddle board for so you can get the perfect paddle board that is best suited to you.

Or you can become a collector, and have a variety of different boards for different purposes. In the end it is ultimately up to you but just keep in mind especially with paddleboarding you get what you pay for. A hollow Plastic Paddle Board will not be as enjoyable of an experience as the above mentioned boards and will not simply last as long so it is always good to spend the extra money to get the maximum out of your investment from an enjoyment perspective.

Key Terms

SUP: Stand Up Paddle Board
Tracking Fin: Fin that is usually removable that goes underneath the board to help it go in a straighter line
Leash: A strap that goes around your ankle that attaches to the board
Foamcore: Usually placed in the middle in the construction of the paddleboard allows the paddleboard to float.
Nose Rocker: how much the nose is raised up. The higher the rocker the more agile the board is.
Tail Rocker:How much the tail is raised up.
Squash tail: A square tail which allows for more maneuverability and responsiveness because of the lift generated from the square shape.
EPS Foamcore: Expanded Polystyrene  Usually placed in the middle in the construction of the paddleboard allows the paddleboard to be more buoyant and water resistant.
Rails: The edges of the paddle board that are also a representation of the thickness.