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After personally paddling, weighing, and thoroughly testing dozens of boards, our expert staff has selected the best stand up paddle board 2020 models. These are designated by the "A" grade and organized by categories (inflatable, all-around, touring, etc). In its 4th year the Supconnect team spent countless hours individually assessing each one of the SUP boards below, counting a total of 23 metrics per board and consistently applying them across all products. The end result: simply the most comprehensive, consumer-friendly, value-added review platform in the standup paddle world. Click through each one of the reviews and find a consistent, in-depth assessment of each product listed. FAQ

Surftech High Seas

Price: $999 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: All-Around
Weight: 25.11 lbs Sizes: 11'

About the board:If you’re looking for an inflatable paddle board that is great for paddlers of all skill levels and ages you’ll definitely want to take a look at the Surftech High Seas. This board is pretty affordable, priced at just $999 and has some nice graphics to go along with it. It’s got dual-layer drop stitch construction making it something that should be quite durable. At 25lbs the High Seas is at an average weight and isn’t difficult to carry, especially with the extra handles on the nose and tail of the board. This board is perfect for cruising around the shoreline and is a great option for a family board that everyone can use and enjoy. Read more HERE.

SIC Maui Tao Surf

Price: $649.95 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: All-Around
Weight: 22.3 lbs Sizes: 10'6"

About the board:Short and simple: be on the lookout for this board. It's got everything you want in an all around paddle board. It has the reinforced stringer in the center, reinforced rails, a very good price point, very stable, a classic and minimal graphic design and a paddle comes included in the package. The board is very easy to carry and comes in a nice package. The bag doesn't have wheels unfortunately but is still relatively easy to carry around on your back. This is a board that will likely last you a long time and if you want to look the part on the water with a brand that is on the more premium side of things then check this out. Read more HERE.

Body Glove Performer

Price: $999 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: All-Around
Weight: 22.5 lbs Sizes: 11'

Who is this for: Updated for 2020, the Performer 11 has received a nice makeover. It's not the most premium, but when it comes to value it's definitely among the top ones. The graphics have a really nice color coordination and the traction pad is comfortable on your feet. The shape is fairly good and the board feels incredibly stable and the pulled in nose does give a bit more glide. The fins are permanently attached to the board so keep that in mind since you'll have to be a bit more careful as to not damage the fins or the board. The board also features a carbon reinforced strip which definitely stiffens it up. This comes with a leash and a paddle making it a complete package. The only thing that seems slightly off about the board is the nose is slightly pulled in for my taste but other than that this board seems like an amazing inflatable touring paddle board at a good price point. Excellent job to Body Glove on putting this together.

Body Glove Porter

Price: $999 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: All-Around/Kayak Hybrid
Weight: 20.5 lbs Sizes: 9'6"

About the board:If you’re looking for an affordable SUP/Kayak hybrid look no further, this is it. The Body Glove Porter is an awesome choice for someone who is looking for an inflatable paddleboard and kayak in one. The board is meant for a single paddler and is nice and stable in both standing and sitting positions. At 9’6” and 20.5 pounds, the board is really easy to handle and carry around. The downside of this though is that bigger paddlers might not feel as comfortable or stable as a smaller paddler would; however, it’s noted that the board can handle up to 300 pounds. This board should work for paddlers of all skill levels and ages and is best for short to mid-range distances. Priced at $999, the Body Glove Porter is an incredibly affordable package, especially since you’re getting the duo usage and is a great option for those single paddlers looking for just that. Read more HERE.

Surftech Hercules

Price: $1,399 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: Touring/Kayak Hybrid
Weight: 37.8 lbs Sizes: 13'1"

About the board:If you’re on the lookout for an inflatable paddleboard that can be converted into a kayak and fit up to two persons, you need to check out the Hercules by Surftech. The Hercules is a very versatile board that allows for multiple paddlers as well as uses for the board. Going on an expedition? The board can lug a ton of gear, no problem. Want to standup paddle with a buddy and try the group SUP route? This board can do it. Want to convert it to a two-person kayak? Say no more. The board suits paddlers of all skills, age and size and is fairly affordable considering all that it can do. Read more HERE.

Surftech Aleka

Price: $1,349 Build: Non-Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: All-Around
Weight:  22.11 lbs Sizes: 10'4", 11'2"

About the board:If you’re looking for a board that is designed for women that is a stable, all around board to paddle short to mid-range distances then the Surftech Aleka is something to consider. This standup paddle board (SUP) retails starting at $1,349 and is offered in two different sizes: 10’4” and 11’2”. The Aleka uses Surftech’s Tuflite V-tech construction which makes the board strong and durable. At 29 and 30 inches wide the board is pretty stable and easy to carry, weighing just over 22 lbs. The Aleka is a hybrid all around / touring shape so it can be used in a wide variety of conditions whether you’re looking to go for a quick paddle around the shoreline, catch a few waves, or go on a mid-range paddle the Aleka was designed to do it all. Read more HERE.

Surftech Chameleon

Price: $1,050 Build: Non-inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: All-around
Weight: 22.14 lbs Sizes: 10'4", 11'4"

Who is this for: If you’re on the market for an affordable, non-inflatable paddle board that works well as both an all around board and a touring board then check out the updated Chameleon from Surftech. The 2020 edition of this board has received some big updates from previous versions and looks great. The Chameleon is 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. The board is quite light and weighs just 22 pounds, thus making it pretty easy to carry around. Starting at $1,050, the Chameleon is a stunning board that is versatile in use at an affordable price. Definitely check this one out.

NSP Hit

Price: $789 Build: Non-inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: All-around
Weight: 27.4 lbs Sizes: 10'2", 11'2", 11'6"

Who is this for: If you’re looking for a non-inflatable, rugged, affordable paddle board that is great for beginners then check out the HIT from NSP. The HIT is a board that can take quite the beating. In fact, it’s name stands for ‘High Impact Technology’ and is a great board for those who want a board that is built to last. The board has an all around shape and is best for short distance paddling around the shoreline. Weighing 27.4lbs, the HIT is at an average weight and isn’t too difficult to carry around and the 32in. width allows the board to be nice and stable. One thing to keep in mind here is that this is a smaller board so if you’re a larger paddler you might want to get something a bit bigger.

Rogue All In

Price: $2,699 Build: Non-Inflatable
Skill: Advanced Use: Race
Weight: 24.12 lbs Sizes: 11', 12'6", 14'

About the board: The Rogue All In is a great all around board for racing, downwinders and perhaps even catch a few waves with. It’s not going to be your flatwater-specific board but is something that is highly versatile that you can take out in a variety of conditions and elements. The board has a bit more of a rocker than a regular 14’ board and can definitely handle the chop when it needs to. The bottom is a bit more rolled which should help you go through the bumps more easily. The board is incredibly lightweight and doesn’t sacrifice too much on durability. If you’re looking for an advanced racing board that you can throw in the surf sometimes and still use for touring, check out the All In. Read more HERE.

Rogue Jackpot

Price: $2,899 Build: Non-Inflatable
Skill: Advanced Use: Race
Weight: 27.5 lbs Sizes: 14'

About the board: If you’re looking for a premium race-specific paddle board, check out the Jackpot from Rogue. This non-inflatable paddle board is best for the expert paddlers who can handle the instability that comes with the narrow width. Weighing in at just over 27lbs, the Jackpot is at an average weight for a similar board of it’s size and doesn’t offer much difficulty when carrying it. This board is a great option for someone looking for that flatwater raceboard that can also work in bumps and a bit rougher conditions if need be. Read more HERE.

Rogue Parlay

Price: $2,699 Build: Non-Inflatable
Skill: Advanced Use: Race
Weight: 25.7 lbs Sizes: 12'6", 14'

About the board: If you’re looking for a flatwater race board, check out the Parlay from Rogue. The Parlay is a non-inflatable standup paddle board that excels in flatwater and is designed for the sprint racers. The board is best suited for highly advanced paddlers as it is very narrow, making it pretty unstable for the average paddler. The board comes in at an average weight of 25.7lbs but considering that it’s a 14’ board, it’s not too heavy and relatively easy to carry around. At $2,699, the Parlay is in the high-price point but comes with the best that the brand has to offer.Read more HERE.

SIC Maui RS

Price: $2,499.95 Build: Non-Inflatable
Skill: Advanced Use: Race
Weight:  23.4lbs Sizes: 12'6", 14'

About the board:If you’re on the market for a premium race paddle board look no further. The RS by SIC Maui is short for ‘Rocket Ship’ and the name suits the board perfectly. This race board is fast and lightweight and is offered in multiple length and width combos, for both adult and youth paddlers. The RS is best for intermediate and advanced racers looking for a board that excels on flatwater but can also handle some chop. Starting at $2,599, the RS sits in the high price point tier but is a premium choice that is worth every penny. Read more HERE.

Hero SUP Crusader

Price: $749 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: All Around
Weight: 22.13 lbs Sizes: 11'2"

Who is this for: If you’re looking for an inflatable paddle board that comes as a complete package and is under $1,000 take a look at the Crusader by Hero SUP. The Crusader is an all around paddle board that can do a little bit of everything. It’s stable enough for anyone to be able to enjoy and is lightweight making it easy to haul around. Best for paddling in shorter distances, the Crusader will work great in calmer waters but can also head out in the surf if the waves are on the smaller side. At $749, the Hero SUP Crusader is a great choice for someone looking for a standard inflatable SUP that comes with everything you need.Read more HERE.

NIXY California Newport

Price: $795 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: All Around
Weight: 22.6 lbs Sizes: 10'6"

Who is this for: If you’re on the market for an affordable, inflatable paddle board that comes in a complete package, the NIXY Newport is one to take into consideration. At $795, the Newport sits comfortably in the affordable price tier and is best-suited for all around paddling. At 33 inches wide, the board is very stable and user-friendly to all paddlers, no matter age, skill, or size. It is also fairly lightweight, weighing only 22.6 lbs making nice and easy to carry. The NIXY Newport does include everything you need to get on the water right out of the gate and the board itself also has a bunch of add on’s which is somewhat unique for a board at this price point.Read more HERE.

Thurso Surf Waterwalker

Price: $624 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: All Around
Weight: 30.3 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 board is nice and stable and is best for paddling short distances, usually around the beach or dock. The Waterwalker is on the heavier side for an inflatable making it a bit harder to carry weighing just over 30lbs. At a price point of $624 the Waterwalker sits in the popular mid-tier market in terms of affordability. Read more HERE.

Thurso Surf Expedition

Price: $749 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Intermediate Use: Touring
Weight: 25 lbs Sizes: 11'6"

Who is this for: If you’re looking for an inflatable, touring-specific paddle board that is under $1,000, the ThursoSurf Expedition might be what you’re looking for. The Expedition is designed for just that: going on expeditions, hauling gear, and paddling with longer distances in mind. This board is on the edge of being something that beginner paddlers are able to use since it’s width is 30 inches. If you’re looking for something that is very stable you might want to look for something with a bit more width. At 25 pounds the board is manageable and comes in at an average weight.

SIC Maui Tao Tour

Price: $679.95 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: Touring
Weight: 22.6 lbs Sizes: 11'

Who is this for: If you’re looking for an inflatable touring board at a very affordable price, the SIC Maui Air Glide TaoTour is one worth checking out. Utilizing SIC Maui’s Support Stringer Tech (SST) construction the board has added durability and stiffness, which is a great feature, especially at this price point. It’s also fairly lightweight weighing just 22.6 pounds and is easy to carry around. As the name suggests, the Air Glide Tao Tour was designed for paddlers looking for an inflatable touring board that is stable and can handle mid-range distances of up to 5 miles without any problem. Priced at just $679.95, the SIC Maui Air Glide Tao Tour is a solid option for paddlers looking for something affordable and good quality.

Surftech Lido

Price: $1,099 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 $899 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 originally designed for the rental market but has now expanded for all consumers and the composite construction keeps weight relatively low compared to all plastics boards. Read more HERE.

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