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Slingshot Crossbreed

Price: $799 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: Touring
Weight: 22lbs Sizes: 11'

About the board: Slingshot’s Crossbreed Inflatable is a stable, beginner-friendly board great for all-around paddling and/or short-distance touring. The Crossbreed has some nice looks, coming with a solid yellow throughout most of the board keeping it simple and striking. (The board is also offered in three other colors: Blue, Red, and Green.) At a very affordable price point the Crossbreed has premium qualities to it coming with a nice carrying bag, strong dual-action pump and FCS II fin, among other items, easily making this board a great value for its price and deserving of Supconnect’s “A” grade. Read more HERE.

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Boardworks Shubu

Price: $1,099 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: All-around
Weight: 26.7 lbs Sizes: 9'6", 10'6"

About the board: The Shubu is a very stable, inflatable board that is great for beginners. The board takes the simple route in terms of looks, coming with a limited play on color and graphics however, it offers unique features having two side-bite fins and with the option of adding a third, FCS II center fin into the center fin box which is unusual for inflatables. It has reinforced rails and an arch bar in the center to help with rigidity and comes in a nice portable bag and has a repair kit in case of damage. The board has premium qualities for an affordable price, meriting it Supconnect’s “A” grade. Read more HERE.

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Red Paddle Co. Sport

Price: $1,499 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: Touring
Weight: 18.9 lbs Sizes: 11', 11'3", 12'6"

About the board: The Sport from Red Paddle Co. is an inflatable touring board that works for paddlers of all skill levels. The board has a very clean look to it with minimal colors and graphics keeping it very simple and clean. The construction appears very strong, as something that can handle heavy use. The board is very stable and very lightweight and is great for paddling mid to long-distances, between 3-10 miles. Its strong, lightweight construction combined with the ability to paddle some distance makes the Sport deserving of Supconnect’s “A” grade. Read more HERE.

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Starboard Touring Zen

Price: $1,099 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: Touring
Weight: 23.1 lbs Sizes: 11'6", 12'6', 14'

About the board: The Touring Zen is an inflatable board great for paddlers of all skill levels. Primarily designed with touring in mind the board is great for paddling mid-range distances up to 3-5 miles max. It has some nice looks with a mix of bold colors, blues and greens that are very eye-catching. This paddle board is easy to carry being that it weighs slightly over 23 lbs and the glide feels fast which is very surprising since inflatables aren’t usually fast. The board comes with a tool-less FCS II fin which is a perk and also has an FCS adaptor on the deck of the board which is unusual to have on an inflatable. The board has premium features at an affordable price thus deserving Supconnect’s “A” grade. Read more HERE.

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SIC Maui Bullet

Price: $1,599 Build: Non-inflatable
Skill: Intermediate Use: Race/Touring
Weight: 27.5 lbs Sizes: 11', 12'6", 14'

About the board: SIC Maui’s award-winning Bullet is a multi-purpose, non-inflatable board great for intermediate and advanced paddlers. The graphics are simple yet stunning and give the board a premium look. Because the board is 27 lbs it’s borderline-difficult to carry however the EZ grab handle makes carrying much easier because you’re able to fully grip the handle. The board is great for downwinders, touring and even racing, making it very versatile and fun. Premium looks and feel combined with a variety of conditions that it works in warrants the Bullet Supconnect’s “A” grade. Read more HERE.

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Pau Hana Endurance

Price: $1,599 Build: Non-inflatable
Skill: Intermediate Use: Touring
Weight: 31.3 lbs Sizes: 12'

About the board: The Endurance is a stable and extremely durable non-inflatable touring board geared towards intermediate paddlers. It looks beautiful, coming with an exceptionally striking play on colors and graphics but it is difficult to carry since it weighs over 31 lbs. The board has handles on the tail and nose which are helpful for carrying the board and the 36 sea mounts allow for endless scenarios on how to setup your board to hold down gear or setup accessories. With stunning looks, rugged construction and tons of ad-ons this board is deserving of Supconnect’s “A” grade. Read more HERE.

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Bark Expedition

Price: $2,299 Build: Non-inflatable
Skill: Advanced Use: Touring
Weight: 27.02 lbs Sizes: 12'6", 14'

About the board: The Expedition is a fast, non-inflatable board geared towards advanced paddlers who want to invest in a touring/expedition board. It has some gorgeous looks, coming with an exceptionally beautiful play on color and graphics, intended to be potent and yet with class. It’s relatively easy to carry and has a couple cool features incorporated: the GoPro mount located on the nose as well as bungee inserts on both the tail and nose. This paddle board is easy to carry and the glide feels fast, which is great for expeditions. With its superior graphics and smooth glide on the water this board warrants Supconnect’s “A” grade. Read more HERE.

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Starboard Freeride

Price: $1,999 Build: Non-inflatable
Skill: Intermediate Use: All-around/Touring
Weight: 26.4 lbs Sizes: 11'2", 12'2"

About the board: The Freeride is a stable, non-inflatable board that is suited for intermediate-skilled paddlers. It has some really nice looks featuring beautiful Australian Pine and with pops of color. This paddle board is pretty easy to carry since it’s only 26.4 lbs and the glide feels fast. And although the width is a bit narrower at 29 inches, it does feel very stable when paddling. The board is best suited for mid-range paddling between 3 and 5 miles. A premium look and feel give the Freeride a well-deserved “A” grade. Read more HERE.

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BOTE HD Low Rider Core

Price: $1,550 Build: Non-inflatable
Skill: Intermediate Use: Touring
Weight: 30.15 lbs Sizes: 12'

About the board: The HD Lowrider is an awesome non-inflatable touring board that is fit for intermediate-level paddlers and can be used in a wide range of conditions. Its shape makes the HD a great touring board that could also be used in a race because of its race-board hull design. It looks has beautiful graphics and the deckpad design flows perfectly with the color of the board. Although the board is difficult to carry has a ton of cool accessories and additions that cater to touring and fishing. It has ConnexSUP inserts which allow for endless opportunities to hook up cool gadgets and tools, it has a paddle holder on the rail of the board, cooler tie downs, fishing post inserts more. With the premium look and countless add-ons the HD Lowrider is awarded with Supconnect’s “A” grade. Read more HERE.

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Surftech Sport Touring Escape

Price: $1,499 Build: Non-inflatable
Skill: Intermediate Use: Touring
Weight: 26.02 lbs Sizes: 11'6"

About the board: The Sport Touring Escape from Surftech is a non-inflatable board designed for intermediate-level paddlers who are interested in touring. The board has some exquisite looks, coming with a bamboo finish and gorgeous graphics. This paddle board is easy to carry and the glide feels fast which is a definite plus. The board doesn’t have many add-ons other than the bungee on the deck of the board but the look and glide of the board are excellent, befitting of Supconnect’s “A” grade. Read more HERE.

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Hala Nass T

Price: $1,699 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Advanced Use: Race/Touring
Weight: 32.8 lbs Sizes: 14'

Who is this for: If you’re looking for a fast, inflatable, race/touring board to paddle mid to long-range distances then the Hala Nass T is worth a look. This stand up paddle (SUP) board comes in the Carbon Fiber Composite construction which is very durable and has its ups and downs. Due to its narrow width of 26 inches the board is very unstable, however, it is fast. Its construction comes in at an average weight coming in at 32.8 lbs and has 2.34 lbs per foot, putting the board at an average weight for its size. Its shape makes the Nass T a touring and/or race board for advanced paddlers and is designed to be used in both recreational and competitive paddling. Retailing at $1,699, the board is among the high-tier price point but comes with the best that the brand has to offer.

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Naish One

Price: $1,249 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Intermediate Use: Race/Touring
Weight: 25.1 lbs Sizes: 12'6"

Who is this for: If you’re looking for a stable inflatable, race/touring board to paddle then the One from Naish is worth a look. This stand up paddle (SUP) board comes in a double drop stitch technology, which is durable and has its ups and downs. The board is 30 inches wide making the board pretty stable and the board has 2.01 lbs per foot and weighs 25.1 lbs total which is lightweight for a board that is 12’6”. Its shape makes the One a race/touring board that can be used by intermediate paddlers and was designed for both recreation and competition. Its construction and shape combined best fit this board for mid to long-distance paddling between 3-10 miles plus. Retailing at $1,249, the board is in the popular mid-tier market in terms of affordability.

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