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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 models. These are designated by the "A" grade and organized by categories (inflatable, all-around, touring, etc). In its 6th 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

iRocker Cruiser

Price: $799.99 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: All Around
Weight: 21.4 lbs Sizes: 10'6"

Who is this for: If you’re searching for a beginner-friendly inflatable standup paddle board that’s affordable check out the Cruiser from iRocker. The Cruiser is an all-around paddle board great for short distance paddling near shore. This board has seven (yes you read that right) different colorways available to choose from making it pretty much a guarantee you’ll find a color that best suits your style. The Cruiser is also lightweight and easy to carry so if you’re considering something that would be easy for the entire family to enjoy this board is definitely an option. Priced at $799.99, this board comes fully equipped with everything you need to get on the water to have a good time.Read more HERE.

Bay Sports Wood Look Original Series

Price: $799 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: Tour
Weight: 22.7 lbs Sizes: 10'6", 11'6"

Who is this for: If you’re on the market for an affordable, inflatable touring paddle board that comes in a complete package, the Bay Sports Wood Look Original Series is one to take into consideration. At $799, the Wood Look sits just above the low price tier and is best-suited for touring paddling but does well for all around paddling too . At 32 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 20 lbs making nice and easy to carry. The Wood Look does include everything you need to get on the water right out of the gate including a paddle, leash, fin and the board itself also has a solid amount of add on’s that you’ll typically see come with other touring paddle boards.Read more HERE.

Body Glove Performer

Price: $999 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: All-Around
Weight: 24.6 lbs Sizes: 11'

Who is this for: If you’re looking for a very stable, inflatable, all-around/touring paddle board that is at an affordable price point of less than $1,000 then the Performer 11 from Body Glove is worth a look. Due to its width of 34 inches the board is very stable and weighed in at 24.6 lbs, which is fairly lightweight and easy to carry. Its shape makes the Performer a board that can be used by everyone, no matter the age or skill level, 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 $999, the board fits in the affordable mid-tier market.

POP Board Co Royal Hawaiian

Price: $849 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: All Around
Weight: 22.12 lbs Sizes: 10'6"

Who is this for: If you’re looking for a durable, all around inflatable stand up paddle board that comes in a complete package, check out the Royal Hawaiian from POP Board Co. The Royal Hawaiian is great for beginner paddlers but also is something the entire family can enjoy. The board is best for short distance paddling of up to 2 miles and is best in flatwater conditions. The board also comes in two different colorways (pink/black or mint green/black) which is a nice option to suit your style. Priced at $849, the Royal Hawaiian sits in the popular mid-tier in terms of affordability.Read more HERE.

Thurso Surf Waterwalker

Price: $849 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: All Around
Weight: 24.4 lbs Sizes: 10', 10'6, 11'

About the board: The Waterwalker 132 from Thurso Surf is an affordable, durable, inflatable paddle board that’s designed for paddlers who are interested in an all around board. The board is nice and stable and is best for paddling short distances up to a couple miles or so, and in calm flat water. The Waterwalker also comes fully loaded with all items needed to get on the water as quickly as possible which is a nice perk. The board is also available in 3 different colorways so there’s some variety for you to choose from. Priced at $849 this board sits in the popular mid-tier market in terms of affordability. Read more HERE.

Blackfin Model XL

Price: $1,149 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: All Around
Weight: 25.1 lbs Sizes: 11'6"

Who is this for: If you’re looking for a durable inflatable board that doesn’t break the bank check out the Blackfin Model XL from iRocker. At 11’6” this board is designed with SUP fishing in mind and can handle a solid amount of weight (up to 485 lbs) and take on a bit more distance or adventure if that’s something you’re looking for. The XL is available in six different colors and is packed with features, coming with everything you need to get on the water. At 34” wide, this board is very stable and good for paddlers of all skill levels and sizes. For $1,149, this is a solid package. Read more HERE.

Starboard Touring

Price: $1,499 Build: Non-inflatable
Skill: Beginner/Intermediate Use: Touring/Race
Weight: 34.15 lbs Sizes:12'6, 14'

Who is this for: If you’re looking for a durable, quality touring board with an eco-angle, check out the Touring from Starboard. The Touring comes in three different constructions, the Lite Tech, Starlite and Carbon Top, both great options but the Carbon Top is the more premium option. This board is great for touring and longer distances and performs best in flatwater conditions. Priced between $1,499 and $2,399, this board sits between the affordable mid-price point tier and premium tier, depending on the construction you choose, and is one of the best flat water touring boards currently on the market.

Starboard Generation

Price: $2,299 Build: Non-inflatable
Skill: Intermediate Use: Touring
Weight: 27.15 lbs Sizes:12'6, 14'

Who is this for: The Starboard Generation is a non-inflatable SUP that is designed for multi-use paddling. It can be used as a touring board, an all around board, a beginner race board and even does well in the surf. The Generation range has 6 different sizes available so there should be a size that accommodates just about all riders’ weight and skill levels. Additionally, the board has 3 different constructions to choose from so the options here are pretty versatile. Priced at $2,299, this board sits in the premium price point tier but comes with the best the brand has to offer. If you’re looking for a board that can do it all, the Starboard Generation is a great choice.

Bay Sports Mandala Series

Price: $999 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: Yoga
Weight:  26.3 lbs Sizes: 11'

About the board:If you’re looking for an inflatable paddle board great for beginners that suits all around paddling and yoga, take a look at the Mandala series inflatable SUP by Bay Sports. This board is best suited for paddling shorter distances, up to a couple miles at most, and will do best in calmer waters, either on a lake or near the shoreline. The board weighs roughly 22 lbs so carrying it should be quite manageable for most paddlers. Retailing at $999 this board comes with everything you need (paddle, pump, backpack, leash) to get on the water and is a really nice package for less than $1,000 USD. Read more HERE.

Thurso Surf Tranquility

Price: $899 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: Yoga
Weight:  28.8 lbs Sizes: 10'8

About the board:If you’re looking for an inflatable paddle board specifically designed to suit SUP Yoga, look no further. The Thurso Surf Tranquility Yoga SUP is an excellent option. Priced under $1k and fully loaded with everything you need to get on the water (leash, paddle, fins, bag) this package comes at a great value. What’s more, the board can be used for some short distance paddling in calm waters if you’re not feeling like getting in yoga for the day or can even double as something the entire family can enjoy. Read more HERE.

Bay Sports Cruise

Price: $599 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: All Around
Weight: 16.86 lbs Sizes: 9'6"

Who is this for: Looking for a very lightweight, affordable inflatable stand up paddle board that’s best suited for paddlers on the smaller side? Check out Bay Sports’ Cruise Signature Series SUP. The Cruise comes fully loaded with all the tools needed to get on the water. Pump? Check. Leash? Check. Paddle? Check. Fin? Check. This board is designed for beginner paddlers and all around paddling near the shore or dock for shorter distances, up to a mile or two. It also comes in a few different colorways so there are options to choose from to suit your style. Priced at $599, this is a pretty good value for all that comes with it.Read more HERE.

Bay Sports Explore

Price: $699 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: All Around
Weight: 17.52 lbs Sizes: 10'6"

Who is this for: If you’re looking for a beginner-friendly, lightweight SUP that doesn’t break the bank check out the Explore Signature Series from Bay Sports. The Explore is best suited for all around paddling and short distances. It is very versatile and can be used for family fun, catching small waves, even a bit of yoga. As with all of Bay Sports’ boards, the package comes with everything you need. Paddle, leash, pump and fin are all included in the package making it nice and easy to get on the water. Priced at $699, this board sits in the popular mid-tier market in terms of affordability.Read more HERE.

Aztron Mercury

Price: $449 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: All Around
Weight: 17.9 lbs Sizes: 10'10"

Who is this for: If you’re looking for a paddle board that’s under $500 check out the Bay Sports Seek inflatable SUP. This paddle board comes in at $499 which is one of the most affordable boards that you’ll be able to find on the market. It comes fully loaded with the board, pump, paddle, leash, fin, and repair kit all included which is a ton of value at this price point. The Seek is a very stable board and is great for all around, short distance paddling, great for beginners. The board is also lightweight and easy to carry weighing just under 20 lbs.Read more HERE.

iRocker Nautical

Price: $549.99 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: All Around
Weight: 21.4 lbs Sizes: 10'6", 11'6"

Who is this for: Want a lightweight inflatable SUP that comes with everything you need and is affordable? Check out the Nautical from iRocker. Designed primarily for all around paddling, the Nautical is great for beginner paddlers looking for something stable and easy to use. The board comes with all the necessary tools needed: paddle, pump, leash, and fins so you’re all set to hit the water. The Nautical comes in two different sizes, 10’6” and 11’6” and has four color options to choose from. Keep in mind, if you’re a larger paddler, 200+ lbs, you’ll likely want to go for the 11’6” as it will provide more stability. Best for shorter distances, the Nautical is something you’ll want to paddle closer to the shore and in flatwater conditions. Priced at $549.99 the Nautical is a nice option for those looking for something that’s both affordable and beginner friendly. Read more HERE.

Paradise Board Co Nomad

Price: $639 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: All Around
Weight: 22.5 lbs Sizes: 11'

Who is this for: If you’re looking for a lightweight, inflatable paddle board that’s perfect for all around paddling, check out the Nomad from Paradise Board Co. The Nomad is affordably priced in the mid $600s and comes with everything you need to get on the water. The board comes with a bag, paddle, pump, fin and leash and is available in 3 different colorways so there are a few options available to suit your individual taste. Because of the all-around shape of the board, the Nomad will be best for shorter distances of a couple miles max and in calmer waters. Read more HERE.

Bay Sports Seek

Price: $499 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: All Around
Weight: 23.12 lbs Sizes: 10'8"

Who is this for: If you’re looking for a paddle board that’s under $500 check out the Bay Sports Seek inflatable SUP. This paddle board comes in at $499 which is one of the most affordable boards that you’ll be able to find on the market. It comes fully loaded with the board, pump, paddle, leash, fin, and repair kit all included which is a ton of value at this price point. The Seek is a very stable board and is great for all around, short distance paddling, great for beginners. The board is also lightweight and easy to carry weighing just under 20 lbs.Read more HERE.

Aztron Neptune

Price: $579 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: Touring
Weight: 22.6 lbs Sizes: 12'6"

Who is this for: If you’re looking for an entry-level inflatable touring board that comes with everything you need to get on the water, take a look at Aztron’s Neptune SUP. Priced at $579 this board comes equipped with a bag, paddle, pump, fin and leash which is essentially everything you need right out of the gates. Due to its shape, this board is well suited for paddlers of all skill levels and is designed for paddling longer distances, able to handle some light chop. Read more HERE.

Aztron Terra

Price: $539 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: Touring
Weight: 21.12 lbs Sizes: 10'6"

Who is this for: If you’re looking for an inflatable touring SUP that’s best suited for female and light-weight beginner paddlers, take a look here at the Aztron Terra. The Terra is a smaller-sized touring inflatable that is 10’6”, lightweight and easy to carry. Because of its shape, its well suited for touring and adventuring and can paddle up to a few miles. The board comes with everything you need - paddle, pump, leash and fin - and sits in the mid-tier price point in terms of affordability with an MSRP of $539. Read more HERE.

Bay Sports Tour

Price: $799 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: Touring
Weight: 19.62 lbs Sizes: 11'6"

Who is this for: If you’re looking for an affordable, inflatable paddle board that is designed for touring check out the Tour Signature Series from Bay Sports. This paddle board comes in a few different color ways so you have a few options there to choose what you like best. This board works well in mid to long range distances, anywhere from 3-7 miles plus. The Tour is stable at 32 inches thick and quite durable as well. Priced at $799, the Tour sits in the in the popular mid-tier market in terms of affordability.Read more HERE.

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