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After personally paddling, weighing, and thoroughly testing 110+ boards, our expert staff has selected the best stand up paddle board 2018 models. These are designated by the "A" grade and organized by categories (inflatable, all-around, touring, etc). In its second year the Supconnect team traveled across 3 states and 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

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.

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.

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.

Starboard Touring Deluxe Double Chamber

Price: $1,399 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: Touring
Weight: 25.6lbs Sizes: 12'6"

About the board:That is just a phenomenal A-Grade board all around. It has incredible construction and feels really solid. It has a dual-chamber build, meaning that you have to inflate the outer chamber and then the inner chamber separately, which for a touring board is excellent because if you’re out and about and you have lots of things loaded on the board and the board starts deflating, the middle chamber will make sure that you’re still floating and so it serves as an excellent safety mechanism. Read more HERE.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Pau Hana Endurance

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

About the board: Yes, yes, yes! The Pau Hana Endurance is super fun. It’s very stable and is a great board for many uses. The Endurance can be great for touring, racing and all around family fun, making this board incredibly versatile. It’s also offered in Pau Hana’s Ricochet technology which makes the board virtually indestructible, which if you ask us is a huge plus. It has a beautiful finish and is arguably the most durable board around, which is a hard combo to come by. The board does come in at a heavier weight, about 31lbs, but the durability, graphics and fun factor alone easily carry this board into the A-grade tier.Read more HERE.

Boardworks Great Bear

Price: $1,799 Build: Non-Inflatable
Skill: Intermediate Use: Touring
Weight: 34.3 lbs Sizes: 14'

About the board:If you’re looking for a board that you can do long distance paddling whether it is for race or touring, the Great Bear is a great option. It has lots of bungee cords up on the nose and tail with some really good looking graphics. The board has a beautiful layout of wood on the top of the deck, and the traction pad and graphics of the board work together beautifully overall. The board comes with the LiftSUP handle making it very easy to carry. The Great Bear glides incredibly well, ideally being used in a long distance race and also for expeditions. So for those looking to go that extra mile you should take a close look at this board. Definitely an A grade. Read more HERE.

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.

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.

BOTE Rover

Price: $3,499 Build: Non-Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: Fishing
Weight: 105 lbs Sizes: 14'

About the board:If you’re on the market for a fishing-specific paddle board the Rover from BOTE is just that and more. The Rover takes SUP fishing to the next level. At 14 feet in length and 40 inches in width the Rover is one of the most stable, if not the most stable fishing-specific paddle board on the market. The Rover has an optional motor attachment that really turns this BOTE into a boat and makes your time on the water that much better. The Rover is a premium fishing paddle board with endless opportunity and fun, well-deserving of Supconnect’s A-grade. Read more HERE.

Bark Vapor Ghost Carbon

Price: $2,799 Build: Non-inflatable
Skill: Advanced Use: Race
Weight: 23.5 lbs Sizes: 12'6", 14'

Who is this for:If you’re looking for a race board that can do more than racing then this is the board for you. The board is very lightweight yet it floats you incredibly well and has a great glide. If you’re not in a race and you’re not training and you want to put your kids, dog or accessories on the board it can easily transfer into a touring or expedition board with the right width. The Bark Vapor is simple yet beautiful with its graphics. It’s definitely the race board that can do more than just race. Read more HERE.

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.

Naish Hokua

Price: $1,799 Build: Non-Inflatable
Skill: Intermediate Use: Surf
Weight: 22.12 lbs Sizes: 8'6", 9'0, 9'6"

About the board: The Naish Hokua is a great all around surfboard. It has a flatter tail than the Mad Dog model, allowing for much flatter sections, allowing for more speed. You can pump through so if you live in a place where the surf is fairly soft this is the board you want to have. It drives lots of speed, it is fairly stable, and it looks stunning as well. The Hokua is fairly lightweight for that type of board with its strong construction that it comes with. It’s a phenomenal board if you live in Southern California, or in a place with a bit softer surf wherever you are but is a great all around board that can also pump a bit more aggressively in faster surf. Defintiely deserving of an A-Grade. Read more HERE.

Naish Mad Dog

Price: $2,139 Build: Non-Inflatable
Skill: Intermediate Use: Surf
Weight: 16.12 lbs Sizes: 7'10", 8'1", 8'6", 8'11"

About the board: The Naish Mad Dog really comes alive when you have some punchy surf. It works quite well off the tail and is fairy stable to paddle for a board this size. It feels really good under the feet and is super easy to carry. If you live in a place where you have really nice punchy surf, quite a bit of either wind swell or hollow surf that you want to work your way through, this board is the perfect fit. But, if you live in a place where the surf is fairly flat or soft you might want to look for a board with less rocker on the tail so that you can grab more speed and pump more easily through the flat sections . But if hollow is what you are dealing with, or steeper waves, this is a great option. It has nice rocker both on the nose and on the tail and the graphics are beautiful overall. A great surfboard. Read more HERE.

Naish Nalu

Price: $1,799 Build: Non-Inflatable
Skill: Intermediate Use: Surf
Weight: 24.04 lbs Sizes: 10'6", 10'10",11',11'4"

About the board: The Naish Nalu is an excellent beginner surfboard that can also be used as an all around board. It’s very stable and the flatter rocker drives lots of speed in smaller softer surf. You can also use in the flat water with your family. If you are a beginner SUP surfer, or are trying to get into SUP surfing, and you still want a board where you can use it on other occasions with family and friends on flat water this is an outstanding choice. There is a beautiful coordination of graphics. The gradient from yellow to green on this board is stunning. If you put the Naish fins on it, which has yellow stripes with some black to it, the board just comes together as a beautiful package. So, the Nalu is a great choice for someone who is a beginner SUP surfer or someone who is looking to get into SUP surfing, who also wants an all around board. Read more HERE.

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