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Pelican Antigua

Price: $649.99 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: All Around
Weight: 23.4lbs Sizes: 10' , 10'6"

About the board: The Antigua is a beginner, inflatable board, offered at some of the lowest price-points in the market, but packing lots of value with beautiful graphics, a nice pump, and an all-around great package. It naturally misses some of the features of intermediate, advanced boards, such as faster glide, reinforced rails, and a more premium bag. But it is an excellent value for that beginner, price-point inflatable board, well deserving of Supconnect’s “A” grade. Read more HERE.

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Boardworks Shubu Kraken

Price: $949 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: All-Around
Weight:  20.1lbs Sizes: 10'

About the board: The Shubu Kraken is the inflatable version of the Supconnect award-winning Boardworks Kraken. This one is on the top of the charts when it comes to inflatable paddle boards. As far as graphics go it’s just gorgeous. It's a very lightweight board weighing in at about 20lbs making it incredibly easy to carry for both men and women. At a price point under $1,000 you couldn’t go wrong with this board. It’s super fun to paddle, has a great glide, and is really stable without compromising the glide feeling. One of the best inflatables that we’ve paddled all year so definitely check this one out. Read more HERE.

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Surftech Alta

Price: $999 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: All-Around
Weight: 30.5lbs Sizes: 10'

About the board:The Alta is another board in the Prana collab collection by Surftech that is eye-catching to say the least. The board has a very strong construction and beautiful graphics on the pro side. On the con side, it is a fairly heavy board for an inflatable at 30 lbs which is sort of prohibitive in terms of weight and it didn’t feel as stable as it should have been at 32 inches wide. But, one might make the argument that the graphics trump everything because it is a stunning, beautiful inflatable board which you don’t see all too often. Another cool thing about the Alta is its use of eco-friendly materials. Read more HERE.

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Surftech Aleka

Price: $1,349 Build: Non-Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: All-Around
Weight:  24.4lbs Sizes: 10'4"

About the board:In a collaboration with Prana, the Aleka boards from Surftech are gorgeous, in fact the women can’t control themselves raving about it. That’s enough to earn an A-grade. The board does come in two sizes with each size having a different set of graphics, both equally stunning. If you’re concerned about floatation you’ll definitely want to get the larger one. The bigger size will float you better. It’s a fairly lightweight board to carry, which is great for the women’s market and in terms of graphics it has beautiful color coordination with the paddle and the leash so it’s just an all around gorgeous package. If you want to make a fashion statement and have a nice board that is touring with a touch of all around to it, than this is the board to get. Read more HERE.

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SIC Maui Feel Good

Price: $1,499.95 Build: Non-Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: All-Around
Weight: 27.2lbs Sizes: 11'

About the board:If you want to ‘feel good’ about the board you own then the Feel Good from SIC Maui is a great choice. The board looks stunning and has a really beautiful coordination of graphics, from the traction pad to the color on the back rails and bottom. It’s a really nice all around board that can also be used for surfing. The board paddles really well and is quite easy to carry using SIC’s signature EZ grab handle. If you want something that you want to use to cruise short distances and dabble in the surf and look good for your friends this is something that you should look very closely at and consider having in your quiver. Read more HERE.

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Surftech Generator

Price: $1,349 Build: Non-inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: All-around
Weight: 25.1lbs Sizes: 10'6"

About the board: If you’re looking for a best in class all around board look no further because the Supconnect Award-winning Surftech Generator is it. The flatter rocker makes it a pleasure to paddle and it has stunning graphics, with a beautiful bamboo layout on both the deck and the bottom. The board is just a really good combination of color coordination between the traction pad and the color on the board, rails, and graphics up on the nose. It’s an excellent all around board, something that you can even put up on a wall to display. Read more HERE.

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Pelican Saona

Price: $499 Build: Non-Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: All-Around
Weight: 22.8lbs Sizes: 10'6"

About the board:At $499 it’s tough to beat this deal. The Pelican Saona is a paddle board with a foam construction and has classy graphics, better than any foam board that we’ve seen on the market. It paddles fairly well and with its foamy construction it can definitely take a beating both in and out of the water. If you’re looking for something that won’t cost you a lot, and can be used by the entire family this is something that you should be looking at. The folks at Pelican have done a phenomenal job on this one. Read more HERE.

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NSP Performance Touring Cocomat

Price: $1,599 Build: Non-inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: Touring
Weight: 32.3 lbs Sizes: 12'6", 14'

Who is this for:The NSP Cocomat Performance Touring is the ultimate board for a heavy guy or big gal. It’s incredibly stable with the traction pad making it feel very comfortable on the feet. It has some lips towards the rails, that really sort of tuck you in inside of the deck. There’s lots of accessories with bungees on the nose and tail and the flat rocker makes it a real pleasure to paddle. If you are heavy weight and looking for something that will float you without hesitation, maybe put your kids on it, or go for a long touring expedition, this is the board. One of the things that got us to notice this model more closely this year is that there were major upgrades to the graphics making the board all the more attractive. Read more HERE.

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Pau Hana Malibu Tour

Price: $999 Build: Non-Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: Touring
Weight:  32.1lbs Sizes: 11'6"

About the board:The Pau Hana Malibu is a plastic paddle board that has changed the concept of plastic boards. Plastic boards to date have dealt with a number of challenges. One, the graphics tend to be very plain, usually just white boards. Two, they don’t have a really nice finish and tend to have a seam that goes all along the rails on the both sides. Three, they are quite heavy. And four, they also don’t float as well as composite boards, normally. The Malibu changes all of that. In fact, the Malibu is the plastic board that can fool you into thinking you are paddling a composite board and to boot it looks stunning. Pau Hana has done a really great job and at the price point it comes at it is an excellent board and a great buy.Read more HERE.

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Pau Hana Navio

Price: $1,295 Build: Non-Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: Touring
Weight:  28.3lbs Sizes: 11'

About the board:The Navio is not clearly a flat water board, it’s not clearly a touring board, it’s a combination of both. It comes with the best in class of everything you can think of. It has a beautiful deck, and just beautiful graphics all around. It has a lot of add ons too, so if you want to have your iPad mounted on it, a GoPro, maybe a gps, a fishing pole, a cooler, you name it, you can strap it onto this board. It is highly stable and also tracks really well. It is fairly lightweight for the type of board it is, so phenomenal job by Pau Hana. If you are looking for a primarily touring board that can be very comfortable paddling on flat water, maybe to play around with your family and have kids on the board or some gear for the expedition, the Navio is a great choice.Read more HERE.

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NSP Cocomat Allrounder

Price: $1,349 Build: Non-Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: All-Around
Weight: 24.2lbs Sizes: 10'6

About the board:The Cocomat Allrounder from NSP is a great board for SUP surf beginners who might also want to try to do some flat water or touring. While the board is dubbed the ‘Allrounder’ it’s definitely more of a surf shape and is a great, beautiful board for someone who is looking to get into SUP surfing. It will definitely work well as an all around board as well as the board is wide and stable. The graphics on the board are really eye catching with the bright blue colors mixed in with their eco-friendly Cocomat material and the contrast with the lighter blue on the traction pad looks awesome.Read more HERE.

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Aqua Marina Beast

Price: $599 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: All Around
Weight: 19.04 lbs Sizes: 10'6

Who is this for: If you’re looking for a stable, all-around paddle board, to paddle long distances and in the low-price point range of $500-$1,000, then the Aqua Marina Beast is worth a look. This stand up paddle board comes in the Super Tough Dual Stringer (STDS) construction from Aqua Marina, which is quite fragile and has its ups and downs. Due to its 32” width the board is stable. Its construction is lightweight allowing the board to weigh 19 lbs. Its shape makes the Beast an all-around board that can be used by anyone and is best suited for recreational paddling. Its construction and shape combined best fit this board for short to mid-range distance paddling, up to 5 miles. Retailing at $599, the board is is very affordable.Read more HERE.

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Aqua Marina Echo

Price: $549 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: All Around
Weight: 17.11 lbs Sizes: 10'6

Who is this for: The Echo from Aqua Marina is a stable, inflatable paddle board designed for all around paddling. The Echo is perfect for beginner paddlers and is a board that is stable, affordable and lightweight. The board weighs just over 17lbs making it easy to carry for just about anyone and it’s shape best suits the board for recreational paddling. Its lightweight construction and shape combined best fit this board for short to mid-range distance paddling, from around the beach and dock to up to 3-5 miles. Retailing at $549, the board is very affordable.Read more HERE.

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Body Glove Outfitter

Price: $1,199 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: All Around
Weight: 25.14 lbs Sizes: 10'8", 11'

About the board: If you’re a beginner paddler looking for an inflatable all around paddle board with a budget close to $1,000 then the Body Glove Outfitter is something to take a look at. The Outfitter is a very stable board with its 34in width and is great for beginner paddlers who need that extra stability. The board is pretty lightweight and easy to carry and is designed to be used by paddlers of all sizes and skill levels. The Outfitter works best when paddling short distances and sits in the popular mid-tier market in terms of affordability. Read more HERE.

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Surftech Runabout

Price: $999 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: All Around
Weight: 24.01 lbs Sizes: 11'

About the board: If you’re looking for an affordable, inflatable, all around paddle board that works for paddlers of all skill levels then the Surftech Runabout should be something you look at. Lightweight, stable, and good looking, the Runabout is great for all around paddling and short distances. Priced under $1,000 the Runabout is a great option for those looking for a nice board that can be used by everyone. Read more HERE.

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Boardworks Shubu Riptide

Price: $599 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: All-Around
Weight: 21.2 lbs Sizes: 10'6"

About the board: The Boardworks Shubu Riptide is a solid option for beginner paddlers looking for an affordable, easy-to-carry, inflatable board to paddle short to mid distances. At just $599, the Riptide is a great all-around and stable board for beginners and paddlers that want a simple, lightweight board for occasional use. A great entry level inflatable board. Read more HERE.

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Boardworks Shubu Solr

Price: $749 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: All-Around
Weight: 22.3 lbs Sizes: 10'6"

About the board: If you’re looking for an affordable, inflatable paddle board that is designed for beginners then check out the Shubu Solr from Boardworks. Lightweight, affordable and fun the Shubu Solr is a super stable board that’s designed for all around paddling and works best paddling in short distances, usually around the beach or dock. At $749 the board sits in the popular mid-tier market in terms of affordability. Read more HERE.

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Thurso Surf Waterwalker

Price: $569 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: All Around
Weight: 23.15 lbs Sizes: 11'

About the board: The Waterwalker from Thurso Surf is an affordable, inflatable paddle board that’s designed for beginner paddlers who are interested in an all around board. The Waterwalker is lightweight and easy to carry weighing just over 23lbs. The board is nice and stable and is best for paddling short distances, usually around the beach or dock. At a price point of $569 the Waterwalker sits in the popular mid-tier market in terms of affordability. Read more HERE.

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Jimmy Styks Mutt

Price: $499 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: Touring
Weight: 23.1 lbs Sizes: 10'4"

About the board: If you’re looking for an entry-level inflatable touring paddle board that is cheap and comes as a package deal then the Mutt from Jimmy Styks is worth a look. The 10’4” paddle board was designed for touring and is very stable which is perfect for the beginner paddlers. The board is lightweight and easy to carry and is designed for paddling short to mid-range distances. The board comes with a paddle, leash and backpack making it an awesome package for under $500. Read more HERE.

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Aqua Marina Peace

Price: $599 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: Yoga
Weight: 22.12lbs Sizes: 9'9

Who is this for: If you’re on the market for an inflatable paddle board that is designed solely for SUP yoga then the Peace by Aqua Marina is something to look at. The Peace is fairly lightweight for its size, weighing just over 22lbs and has a width of 39in making it incredibly stable and ideal for practicing yoga on the water. The board is not great for traditional standup paddling as its shape is a rectangle but is an affordable option if all you’re looking to use the board for is Yoga.Read more HERE.

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Aqua Marina Rapid

Price: $699 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: River
Weight: 19.6lbs Sizes: 9'6

Who is this for: If you’re looking for an affordable standup paddle board designed for the river then the Rapid by Aqua Marina might be the board for you. The 9’6” inflatable paddle board is very lightweight and easy to carry, weighing just under 20lbs. Its lightweight construction does hinder the boards durability which could be problematic if you’re goal is to paddle Class III - Class V rapids. The board is however very wide and stable and could be a good option for paddlers looking to try whitewater paddle boarding at an affordable price of $699.Read more HERE.

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Pelican Flow

Price: $299 Build: Non-inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: All-around
Weight: 41.3 lbs Sizes: 9'4", 10'6", 11'6"

Who is this for: If you’re looking for an very stable, non-inflatable, all-around board to paddle short distances and in the low price point of under $500, then the Flow from Pelican is worth looking at. This stand up paddle (SUP) board comes in the extremely durable RAM-X™ construction and has both positives and negatives. The board comes in three different sizes, all of which are incredibly stable. Its construction is highly durable, however, the board is very heavy and very difficult to carry. Its shape makes the Flow an all-around board that can be used by anyone and is designed primarily for recreation. Its construction and shape combined best fit this board for short distance paddling, around the beach and dock. Starting at $299, the board is among the most affordable ones you can find. Read more HERE.

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Surftech Lido

Price: $799 Build: Non-Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: All Around
Weight: 28.09 lbs Sizes: 10'6", 11'6"

About the board: The Surftech Lido is a stable, non-inflatable paddle board that is an affordable option for paddlers of all skill levels. Priced at only $799 the Lido is a super rugged board that is great for beginners and can handle and survive heavy use. The board is best suited for all around paddling and short distances, around the beach or dock. The Lido is also considerably lightweight seeing as it was designed for the rental market but the composite construction keeps weight relatively low compared to all plastics boards. Read more HERE.

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Jimmy Styks Nxt

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Price: $449 Build: Non Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: All Around
Weight: 40.03 lbs Sizes: 10'10"

About the board: The NXT from Jimmy Styks is an all around paddle board best for beginner paddlers that want a board that can take a beating. The NXT is a non-inflatable paddle board made from blow-molded ironhide which makes it a rugged board great for recreational paddling with the whole family. The board is very stable, yet very heavy and difficult to carry. This board does come as a package deal with a paddle and leash so at a price point under $450 it’s a great deal. Read more HERE.

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CA Board Company Ranger

Price: $599 Build: Non-Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: All Around
Weight: 29.12 lbs Sizes: 10'6"

Who is this for: The Ranger by California Board Company is a standup paddle board designed for beginner paddlers who are looking for a non-inflatable and affordable paddle board. The Ranger is very stable having a 33in width on the deck and is great for beginner paddlers and those looking something solid on the water. The board will be best suited for short distance paddling and is designed primarily for recreation. The board is a bit heavy and difficult to carry, weighing just under 30lbs but it comes at a very affordable price of $599.Read more HERE.

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Scott Burke SUPYak

Price: $899 Build: Non-Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: All Around
Weight: 31.14 lbs Sizes: 12'6"

Who is this for: The SUPyak by Scott Burke is a SUP/kayak hybrid paddle board geared for beginner paddlers looking for a multi-purpose all around paddle board. The board is affordable and sits in the popular mid-tier market making it a great starter board that can work for the entire family. The board is stable but is slightly more difficult to carry than the average paddle board since it weighs just over 31lbs. The SUPyak is designed for recreational paddling and is best used paddling short distances around the beach and dock.Read more HERE.

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Jimmy Styks Miler

Price: $1,099 Build: Non-Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: Touring
Weight: 32.14 lbs Sizes: 11'6", 12'6"

About the board: The Jimmy Styks Miler is a non-inflatable touring board designed for beginner to intermediate level paddlers. Priced at just over $1,000, the Miler sits in the popular mid-tier market in terms of affordability and has a few unique features that sets it apart from other boards in this category. The board is pretty heavy and hard to carry but is seemingly strong in its construction. The board was designed for paddling mid-range to long distances and should be used primarily for touring and exploring.Read more HERE.

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Pau Hana Bimini

Price: $2,599 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: Group SUP
Weight: lbs Sizes: 15'

About the board: If you’re looking for an XXL or group SUP as we like to call it here at Supconnect then the Pau Hana Bimini is worth taking a look at. The Bimini was built with a focus towards fishing but can be used for group paddling and fun. The board is best for paddling only short distances around the beach and dock but does have the capability of attaching a motor to it if you want to take it long distances. The board is at a premium price but packs a lot of fun with it. Read more HERE.

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SIC Maui Air-Glide Flow

Price: $999 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: All-around
Weight: 21.8 lbs Sizes: 9'6", 10'6", 11'6"

About the board: The Air Glide Flow from SIC Maui is an inflatable, all-around board, perfect for beginner paddlers and is at an affordable price point under $1,000. The board has a very clean look and takes a simplistic approach with graphics and colors. The packaging that the board comes in is stunning and has a very high-quality, premium feel to it. The board is lightweight thus making it easy to carry and has FCS II tool-less fin compatibility giving it a great value for its price. The high-quality packing and materials combined with the premium look and feel make the board merit the Supconnect “A” grade. Read more HERE.

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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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Pelican Moorea

Price: $849 Build: Non-inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: All-around
Weight: 29.4 lbs Sizes: 10'6, 11'6"

About the board: The Moorea from Pelican is a non-inflatable, beginner board that is available at some of the lowest price-points in the market, but packs tremendous value with beautiful graphics and an all-around great package. It naturally misses some of the features of intermediate, advanced boards, such as faster glide and lightweight construction, however, at its very affordable price point this board offers great value and is one of the best that you can get, meriting it Supconnect’s “A” grade. Read more HERE.

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Boardworks Muse

Price: $1,149 Build: Non-inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: All-around
Weight: 27.3 lbs Sizes: 10'6"

About the board: The Muse is a very stable, non-inflatable beginner board designed for all-around paddling. The Muse is an award-winning board and has gorgeous graphics geared in particular towards the female paddler coming with an exceptional mix of bright colors and artwork that are eye-catching and nice to look at. The board misses a few points like lightweight construction and speed-centric design that many intermediate and advanced paddle boards encompass but for the affordable price the Muse is a stunning all-around board that is great for recreational paddling, well-deserving of Supconnect’s “A” grade. Read more HERE.

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Pau Hana Lotus

Price: $1,149 Build: Non-inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: Yoga
Weight: 35.3 lbs Sizes: 10'

About the board: The award-winning Lotus from Pau Hana is the ultimate SUP yoga paddle board that works for paddlers of all skill sets. The board is non-inflatable and is incredibly stable (as it should be since it’s geared for yoga). The Lotus has some beautiful looks, suited exactly in line for what someone who enjoys Yoga might like. The shape design is unique for boards in this category and has a squared nose and tail, which is very uncommon to see. It is pretty heavy and difficult to carry however, once you’re in the water you feel comfortable and stable while practicing yoga. The board also has multiple attachment points that can be used to hold you paddle or attach a number of your favorite accessories. The unique design and suitability for practicing yoga gives the Lotus a well-earned “A” grade. Read more HERE.

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Boardworks Joyride Flow

Price: $1,099 Build: Non-inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: Yoga
Weight: 28.01 lbs Sizes: 9'11"

About the board: The Joyride Flow is a great non-inflatable all-around / yoga hybrid board suitable for paddlers with any skillset. The board is very stable due to its width of 33 inches and the graphics are gorgeous, featuring a wood deck and awesome artwork on the deckpad. The deck pad conveniently doubles as a yoga mat for times when you want to practice your yoga on the water and has bungee tie downs that are perfect for holding gear while you’re on the move. This paddle board is easy to carry due in part to the LiftSUP handle as the main holding point in the board. Because of the multi-purpose aspects of the board in part with premium features like the LiftSUP handle the Joyride Flow is awarded Supconnect’s “A” grade. Read more HERE.

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BOTE Rackham

Price: $2,349 Build: Non-inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: Fishing
Weight: 46.6 lbs Sizes: 12', 14'

About the board: The Rackham is a non-inflatable, fishing-specific board that packs a punch all that it encompasses. The board is incredibly stable, perfect for what’s needed in SUP fishing and has a killer mix of colors and graphics. The board is very difficult to carry because of its size and weight, but the board comes with a ton of additions that are perfectly suited for SUP fishing. It has a paddle sheath which conveniently holds your paddle upright, ConnexSUP plugs, 2 fishing post holes, a cup holder, bottle opener, 2 through holes and 2 cooler tie downs. That’s a whole lotta extra awesomeness easily warranting it Supconnect’s “A” grade. Read more HERE.

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BOTE Drift

Price: $1,250 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: All-around
Weight: 23.1 lbs Sizes: 11'6"

Who is this for: If you’re looking for a stable, inflatable, all-around board to paddle short distances then the BOTE Drift is worth a look. This stand up paddle (SUP) board comes in the Classic construction which is durable and has its ups and downs. Due to its width of 32 inches the board is very stable and has 2.01 lbs per foot, weighing 23.1 lbs total, making this board pretty lightweight for its size. Its shape makes the Drift an all-around board that can be used by everyone and was designed for recreation. Its construction and shape combined best fit this board for short distances, around the beach, dock and on rivers. Retailing at $1,250, the board is among the popular mid-tier price point in terms of affordability.

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Naish Glide

Price: $1,539 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: All-around
Weight: 30.4 lbs Sizes: 12'

Who is this for: If you’re looking for a very stable, inflatable, all-around board to paddle short distances then the Naish Glide is worth a look. This stand up paddle (SUP) board comes in the Double Layer Stitch construction and rather durable and has its ups and downs. Due to its 34 inch width the board is very stable and has 2.43 lbs per foot, weighing 30.4 lbs total. Its shape makes the Glide an all-around board that can be used by anyone and is designed primarily for recreation. Its construction and shape combined best fit this board for short distance paddling, around the beach, dock and river. Retailing at $1,539, the board is in the high-tier price point but is among the best inflatables that the brand has to offer.

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Hala Hoss

Price: $1,399 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: All-around
Weight: 24.4 lbs Sizes: 10'10"

Who is this for: If you’re looking for a very stable, inflatable all-around board to paddle short distances then the Hala Hoss is worth a look. This stand up paddle (SUP) board is 35 inches wide, making it incredibly stable and it has 2.27 lbs per foot weighing 24.4 lbs total, which is pretty light. Its shape makes the Hoss an all-around board that can be used by everyone and is designed primarily for recreation. Everything combined, the board is best fit for short-distance paddling, around the beach, dock or on the river. Retailing at $1,399, the board is in the popular mid-tier market in terms of affordability.

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Body Glove Performer

Price: $899 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: All-around
Weight: 22.13 lbs Sizes: 11'

Who is this for: If you’re looking for a very stable, inflatable, all-around paddle board that is at an affordable price point of less than $1,000 then the Performer from Body Glove is worth a look. This stand up paddle (SUP) board comes in a single layer construction and has its ups and downs. Due to its width of 34 inches the board is very stable and weighs 22.13 lbs with 2.01 lbs per foot making this board lightweight for its size. Its shape makes the Performer an all-around board that can be used by everyone and is designed primarily for recreation. Its construction and shape combined best fit this board for short distance paddling, around the beach and dock or on the river. Retailing at $899, the board fits in the affordable mid-tier market.

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Red Paddle Co. Ride

Price: $1,299 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: All-around
Weight: 23.1 lbs Sizes: 9'8", 10'6", 10'8"

Who is this for: If you’re looking for a very stable, inflatable, all-around paddle board to paddle short distances then the Red Paddle Co. Ride is worth a look. This stand up paddle (SUP) board comes in the MSL construction which is durable and has its ups and downs. Due to its width of 32 inches the board is very stable and its has 2.2 lbs per foot weighing a total 23.1 lbs. Its shape makes the Ride a classic all-around board that can be ridden by everyone and is designed primarily for recreational paddling. Its construction and shape combined best fit this board for short distance paddling, around the beach and dock. Retailing at $1,299, the board is in the popular mid-tier market in terms of affordability.

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Boardworks Shubu Sport

Price: $899 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: All-around
Weight: 25.5 lbs Sizes: 10'6"

Who is this for: If you’re looking for an affordable, all-around, inflatable board that is very stable to paddle then Boardworks’ Shubu Sport is worth a look. This stand up paddle (SUP) board comes in the single chamber drop stitch technology which is meant to be durable. The board is very stable due to its 32 inch width and the board has 2.43 lbs per foot weighing a total of 25.5 lbs. Its shape makes the Shubu Sport an all-around board suited for paddlers of any skill level. Its construction and shape combined best fit this board for short-distance paddling, mainly around the beach and dock. Retailing at $899, the board sits in the lower-end of the popular mid-tier market in terms of affordability.

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Pelican Baja 100

Price: $399 Build: Non-inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: All-around
Weight: 47 lbs Sizes: 10'

Who is this for: If you’re looking for a board that will be very durable for you to have for yourself, your kids, friends and family that can be beaten up, thrown around and still last for a long time, this is the board for you. The Baja 100 is a perfect board for flat water paddling and touring and can withstand up to 230lbs. The board is made out of a plastic-like construction called RamXs polyethylene and is very stable and very durable however, the board has 4.7 lbs per foot and weighs 47 lbs total, making the board very heavy.  As it's typically the case with low price point boards, the Baja 100 is relatively heavier when compared to boards in higher price point tiers. You’re going to want to look at the mid-to high price-point range boards for lighter and faster boards. Retailing for $399.99, the Baja 100 is among the most affordable boards you can find.

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Surftech Chameleon

Price: $1,199 Build: Non-inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: All-around
Weight: 27.15 lbs Sizes: 10'4", 11'4"

Who is this for: If you’re looking for a very stable, non-inflatable, all-around/touring board to paddle short distances then the Surftech Chameleon is worth a look. This stand up paddle (SUP) board comes in the TEKEfx construction, which is moderately durable and has its ups and downs. Because of its width of 31 inches the board is very stable and its comes at an average weight with 2.41 lbs per foot, weighing 27.15 lbs total. Its shape makes the Chameleon an all-around/touring hybrid board that can be used by everyone with recreational paddling in mind. Its construction and shape combined best fit this board for mid-range distance paddling, up to 3-5 miles max. Retailing at $1,199, the board is in the affordable mid-tier market.

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NSP Cocomat Cruise

Price: $1,399 Build: Non-inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: All-around
Weight: 23.1 lbs Sizes: 10'2", 11', 11'6"

Who is this for: If you’re looking for a very stable, non-inflatable, all-around board to paddle short distances then the Cocomat Cruise from NSP is worth a look. This stand up paddle (SUP) board comes in NSP’s Cocomat technology which is meant to be very durable and lightweight. Due to its 31 inch width the board is very stable and it has 2.1 lbs per foot weighing 23.1 lbs total. Its shape makes the Cocomat Cruise an all-around board that can be used by everyone and it’s designed primarily for recreation. Its construction and shape combined best fit this board for short distance paddling, around the beach and dock. Retailing at $1,399, the board is among the popular mid-tier market in terms of affordability.

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BOTE Flood Core

Price: $1,499 Build: Non-inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: All-around
Weight: 35.1 lbs Sizes: 10'6", 12'

Who is this for: If you’re looking for a very stable, non-inflatable, all-around board to paddle short to mid-range distances then the BOTE Flood is worth a look. This stand up paddle (SUP) board comes in the innegra fiberglass co-mingle construction, which is very durable and has its ups and downs. The board has a 32 inch width on the widest point of its deck which makes the board very stable and easy to stand on. The Flood has 2.93 lbs per foot, weighing a total of 35.1 lbs which is moderately heavy. Its shape makes the Flood an all-around board that can also be suited for small days in the waves if you want to catch a couple. Its construction and shape combined best fit this board for anyone to paddle short to mid-range distances of 3-5 miles. Retailing at $1,499, the board sits in the popular mid-tier market in terms of affordability.

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SIC Maui Flow

Price: $1,349 Build: Non-inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: All-around
Weight: 28.1 lbs Sizes: 9'6", 10'6", 11'6",

Who is this for: If you’re looking for a very stable, non-inflatable, all-around paddle board to paddle short distances, then the Flow from SIC Maui is worth a look. This stand up paddle (SUP) board comes in the Full Carbon Innegra (FCI) construction, which is very durable and has its ups and downs. Due to its 34 inch width the board is very stable. Its construction is moderately heavy, coming in at 2.68 lbs per foot, weighing 28.1 lbs total. Its shape makes the Flow an all-around board that can be used by everyone and is designed primarily for recreation. Its construction and shape combined best fit this board for short distances, around the beach or dock. Retailing at $1,349, this board is in the popular mid-tier market in terms of affordability.

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Boardworks Kraken

Price: $1,299 Build: Non-inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: All-around
Weight: 34.08 lbs Sizes: 9'3", 9'9", 10'3", 11'

Who is this for: If you’re looking for a very stable, non-inflatable, all-around board to paddle mid-range distances then the Boardworks Kraken is worth a look. This stand up paddle (SUP) board comes in the EPX-Veneer construction which is durable having both positives and negatives. Due to it’s 33 inches in width the board is very stable. Its construction is moderately heavy coming in at 3.32 lbs per foot weighing 34.08 lbs. Its shape makes the Kraken an all-around board that can be used by all skill levels and is primarily designed for recreational paddling and/or paddle surfing. Its construction and shape combined best fit this board for mid-range distance paddling between 3 - 5 miles max. Retailing at $1,299 the board is in the popular mid-tier market in terms of affordability.

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Boardworks Rukus

Price: $999 Build: Non-inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: All-around
Weight: 32.4 lbs Sizes: 10'6"

Who is this for: If you’re looking for a very stable, affordable, non-inflatable board to paddle short distances then the Boardworks Rukus is worth a look. This stand up paddle (SUP) board comes in the new Bombshell construction which is highly durable and has its ups and downs. Because of its 33 inch width the board is very stable but because of its construction the board is moderately heavy and somewhat difficult to carry. The board has 3.09 lbs per foot and weighs 32.4 lbs total. Its shape makes the Rukus an all-around board that can be used by anyone with any skill level. Its construction and shape combined best fit this board for short-distance paddling, around the beach and dock. Retailing at an affordable $999, the board fits into the popular mid-tier market in terms of affordability.

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Pelican Rush

Price: $699 Build: Non-inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: All-around
Weight: 49 lbs Sizes: 10'6", 11'6"

Who is this for: If you’re looking for a very stable, durable, non-inflatable, all-around board to paddle short distances and is very affordable then the Rush 116 from Pelican is worth taking a look at. This stand up paddle (SUP) board comes in the polyethylene skin with a foam core construction which is rugged and has its ups and downs. The board is 32 inches wide which in turn makes it very stable. Its construction is highly durable, coming in at 4.26 lbs per foot, weighing 49 lbs total, which is very heavy. Its shape makes the Rush an all-around board that can be used by everyone and is designed for recreation. Its construction and shape combined best fit this board for short distances, around the beach and dock. Retailing at $699, the board is very affordable, sitting in the low-end of the popular mid-tier market in terms of affordability.

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Boardworks Super Natural

Price: $699 Build: Non-inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: All-around
Weight: 35.15 lbs Sizes: 10'6", 11'6"

Who is this for: If you’re looking for an affordable, very stable, non-inflatable paddle board to paddle short to mid-range distances then the Boardworks Super Natural is worth a look. This stand up paddle (SUP) board comes in the EPX construction which is fairly durable and has both ups and downs. Due to its 33 inch width, the Super Natural is a very stable board but its construction makes the board heavy and difficult to carry, coming in at 3.05 lbs per foot weighing 35.15 lbs total. Its shape makes the Super Natural a classic all-around board that can be used by everyone and is designed with the recreational paddler in mind. Its construction and shape combined best fit this board for short-range paddling at the beach and near the dock. Retailing at $699, the board is very affordable.

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Surftech Universal

Price: $1,099 Build: Non-inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: All-around
Weight: 31.2 lbs Sizes: 9'6", 10'6", 11'6"

Who is this for: If you’re looking for a very stable, non-inflatable, all-around paddle board to paddle short distances then the Universal by Surftech is worth a look. This stand up paddle (SUP) board comes in the Core Tech which incorporates a water-resistant fused-cell foam at the core and has its ups and downs. Due to its 32.13 inch width the board is very stable. Its construction comes at an average weight with 2.71 lbs per foot, weighing 31.2 lbs total. Its shape makes the Universal an all-around board that can be used by everyone and is designed primarily for recreation. Its construction and shape combined best fit this board for short-distance paddling, around the beach and dock. Retailing at $1,099, the board is in the popular mid-tier market in terms of affordability.

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Pau Hana Big EZ Angler

Price: $1,599 Build: Non-inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: Fishing
Weight: 37.7 lbs Sizes: 11'

Who is this for: If you’re looking for a very stable, non-inflatable, fishing-specific board to paddle short distances then the Big EZ Angler from Pau Hana is worth a look. This stand up paddle (SUP) board comes in the Ricochet construction, which is highly durable and the board has both ups and downs. Due to its large width of 36 inches the board is incredibly stable, just what you need for fishing. Its construction is extremely durable and strong, however it causes the board to be a bit heavier. The board has 3.43 lbs per foot which is on the heavier side for a board at 11 feet. Its shape makes the Big EZ Angler a board that can be used by everyone and was designed primarily for SUP fishing, however, it can easily double as a board that the entire family can enjoy. Retailing at $1,599, the board sits just above the popular mid-tier market in terms of affordability.

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BOTE HD

Price: $1,749 Build: Non-inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: Fishing
Weight: 30.7 lbs Sizes: 10'6", 12'

Who is this for: If you’re looking for a very stable, non-inflatable premium fishing board to paddle short distances then the BOTE HD is worth a look. This stand up paddle (SUP) board comes in the innegra fiberglass construction which is durable and has both positives and negatives. Because the board is 32 inches wide it is very stable. It has 2.56 lbs per foot and weighs 30.7 lbs total making the HD have an average weight for its size. Its shape makes the HD perfect for SUP fishing and can be used by everyone. Its construction and shape combined best fit this board for recreational paddling, around the dock and beach. Retailing at $1,749, the board is among the premium price point but one of the best that the brand has to offer.

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Boardworks Tracker

Price: $1,999 Build: Non-inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: Fishing
Weight: 47.04 Sizes: 11'

Who is this for: If you’re looking for a very stable, non-inflatable, fishing paddle board to paddle short-range distances then the Tracker from Boardworks is worth a look. This stand up paddle (SUP) board comes in Boardworks’ Innegra Glass Krypto-Mat construction which is highly durable and has its ups and downs. Because the board is 36 inches wide it is incredibly stable which is ideal for fishing where added stability is needed. While extremely durable, it’s construction is very heavy coming in over 4 lbs per foot weighing 47.04 lbs It’s shape makes the Tracker a board that can be used by anyone but was designed primarily for SUP fishing. It’s construction and shape combined best fit this board for short-distance paddling, around the beach and dock. Retailing at $1,999 the Tracker is a high-price point stand up paddle board.

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