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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 2019 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

Surftech Alta

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

About the board:If you’re looking for an inflatable paddle board that is under $1,000 and is geared towards the women’s market then the Alta from Surftech is a solid contender. At $999 the Alta inflatable is offered in two unique set of graphics that have matching paddles and leashes and partner with prAna for matching apparel. The board is 32 in wide and utilizes BLOOM foam, giving it an eco-friendly twist. The board is best suited for recreational paddling that paddlers of all skill levels will enjoy. Read more HERE.

Red Paddle Co Voyager

Price: $1,599 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Intermediate Use: Touring
Weight:  25.3 lbs Sizes: 12'6", 13'2", 15'

About the board:The Voyager from Red Paddle Co is an inflatable touring board best suited for intermediate paddlers. At 25.3 lbs, the Voyager is lightweight and relatively easy to carry, despite its size. The Voyager is offered in three sizes (12’6”, 13’2”, 15’), giving paddlers a nice range to choose from. The board also utilizes Red Paddle Co’s MSL technology which makes the boards very rigid and durable, ideal for an inflatable SUP. Starting at $1,599, the Voyager does sit in the premium-tier market in terms of affordability but does offer free shipping and a 2-year warranty. Read more HERE.

Body Glove Oasis

Price: $999 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: Yoga
Weight:  24 lbs Sizes: 10'

About the board:At $999 this inflatable is simply one of the most beautiful mid-price point inflatables that you can buy. The graphics are gorgeous and have a very thoughtful coordination of color scheme all throughout the board. The construction is just remarkable. In fact, it’s quite surprising that at this price point you can find a carbon stringer with reinforced rails, comfortable handles on the nose and center of the board. The board is fairly stable. It’s not the most stable on the market but is fairly stable and pretty average in terms of stability and it would make for an incredible gift for your wife, girlfriend, daughter, etc. who is looking for a board in the yoga space and wanting to have fun on a board that is at an affordable price point that looks good. Read more HERE.

Surftech Aleka

Price: $1,469 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 $1,499 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 Generator

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Price: $1,349 Build: Non-inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: All-around
Weight: 25.14bs Sizes: 10'6", 11'6"

About the board: The Generator is a beginner, non-inflatable board, offered at a pretty affordable price but has a premium look. The board is very stable, lightweight and has some gorgeous looks, coming with an exceptionally beautiful play on color and graphics. The bamboo construction combined with either green or blue accent colors (depending on which size you get), make the board really stand out. The board is best suited for short-range paddling around the beach and dock and is a great board that the entire family can enjoy. Its premium look and lightweight feel alone warrant Supconnect’s “A” grade. Read more HERE.

SIC Maui Okeanos

Price: $1,499.95 Build: Non-Inflatable
Skill: Intermediate Use: Touring
Weight:  31lbs Sizes: 11', 12'6", 14'

About the board:If you’re looking for a non-inflatable touring board that looks and feels good under your feet, check out the Okeanos from SIC Maui. Starting at $1,499, the Okeanos sits in the mid-tier price point and is a solid board for its price. The board is 29 in. wide and is best for intermediate-level paddlers looking for mid-range to long-distance paddling. The board is offered in four sizes (11’, 12’6” x 27”, 12’6” x 29”, 14’) and has two different color variations to choose from. Read more HERE.

Surftech Promenade

Price: $999 Build: Non-Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: Touring
Weight:  34.7lbs Sizes: 11'6"

About the board:The Surftech Promenade is almost a category of its own. This board has the durability of most rental boards in the marketplace, but is actually fairly lightweight for how much volume it packs. The bottomline is, if you’re looking for a price point board with incredible durability that can handle cruising, touring, going the distance, and maybe even racing, and is also incredibly stable, this is it. It’s a rental board that is proving to be more of a touring board, capable of going long distances. The Surftech Promenade is truly a beater that can go the distance. 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 $2,499, the RS sits in the high price point tier but is a premium choice that is worth every penny. Read more HERE.

NRS Thrive

Price: $995 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: All Around
Weight: 31 lbs Sizes: 9'10", 10'3", 10'8", 11'

About the board:If you’re looking for an incredibly stable inflatable paddle board with a very strong construction, then the NRS Thrive is a great option. The Thrive is a board that can fit a wide-variety of needs and works great for a larger-bodied paddler or as a board that works for everyone in the family. The size of the board does make it more difficult to carry with its weight of 31 lbs but is definitely manageable. The Thrive retails at $995 and is a great affordable option for something that everyone in the family is able to have fun with and enjoy. Read more HERE.

STAR Phase

Price: $769 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: All Around
Weight: 19.8 lbs Sizes: 10'2", 10'6", 10'8"

About the board:If you’re looking for an incredibly stable, price-point inflatable with a construction still strong enough that it can last you a while, take a look at the STAR Phase. This board sits at a sweet spot right between the entry-level lowest price point and the premium level and retails for $769. The board is offered in three different sizes (10’2”, 10’6”, 10’8”) and colors and is very lightweight at only 19.8 lbs. Best for all around paddling, the Phase works best in short-range paddling and is great for paddlers of all skill levels. Read more HERE.

Red Paddle Co Activ

Price: $1,399 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: Yoga/Fitness
Weight: 24.2 lbs Sizes: 10'8"

About the board:The Activ from Red Paddle is an incredibly stable inflatable. If you’re looking for a highly stable platform to stay within a range of about 2 miles from the shoreline that can work for the entire family then this board is what you need. The board has almost no rocker so it is very flat on the water. You should be able to move towards the nose and tail of the board with ease as it’s 34in width makes it very stable. In fact, it is arguably the most stable platform for yoga from an inflatable paddle board. The color coordination is simple and nice and the construction is solid. It’s a great package all around from the bag to the pump to the hose so check it out if you’re on the market for something stable. Read more HERE.

NSP Quest

Price: $1,499 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: Fishing
Weight: 39.15 lbs Sizes: 11'6"

About the board:The NSP Quest is an inflatable paddle board that is best suited for paddlers looking for a heavy-duty touring or fishing SUP that is in the mid-tier price point. The Quest is incredibly stable and is 39 in. wide, and the added side walls really help here making it perfect for hauling gear and/or reeling in your catch of the day. The board is more difficult to carry due to its size and weighs 39 lbs but paddlers of all ages and skill levels should be able to paddle this board with no problem. The board has a ton of added features including 3 air chambers, accessory mounts on the deck and tail, extra handles for carrying and triple action pump, to name a few. At $1,499 the Quest is a pretty affordable board considering all the added features and the ease of being able to store it in the trunk of your car. Read more HERE.

SIC Maui RS Air Glide

Price: $999.95 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Intermediate Use: Race
Weight: 24.7 lbs Sizes: 11', 12'6", 14'

About the board:If you’re on the market for a premium race inflatable paddle board but look no further. The RS by SIC Maui is short for ‘Rocket Ship’ and the name suits the board perfectly. This race board is the inflatable version of its composite counterpart and is fast and lightweight. The inflatable RS is offered in multiple length and width combos, for both adult and youth paddlers. It’s best for intermediate and advanced racers looking for a board that excels on flatwater but can also handle some chop. Starting at $999, the RS sits in the affordable price point tier and is a premium choice that is worth every penny. Read more HERE.

Hala Gear Radito

Price: $1,299 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: River/Whitewater
Weight: 31 lbs Sizes: 10'

About the board:The Radito from Hala Gear is an inflatable SUP perfect for running rivers. The board is wide (34 in.) making it very stable, and rugged, which are necessities for paddling down the river. Carrying the board can be on the more difficult side as it weighs 31 pounds but the weight does come from the incredibly durable construction so the difficulty in carrying the board is totally worth it when you’re on the river. When not running the river the board can easily be transitioned to all around paddling and be used as a great family board that can take a beating. Retailed at $1,299, the Radito fits perfectly into the mid-level price point tier in terms of affordability. Read more HERE.

Body Glove Crusader

Price: $1,999 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: Group
Weight: 76 lbs Sizes: 15'

About the board:If you’re on the market for a group SUP that gears towards surfing, check out the Crusader from Body Glove. The Crusader can fit up to 6 people (1,0000 lbs) and is clearly a very stable board due to its 66 in. width. The board is very difficult to carry alone due to its size but with a few people able to chip in carrying is easy. Retailed at $1,999 the Crusader is an excellent choice for a surf-specific group SUP. Read more HERE.

Surftech Catalyst

Price: $1,399 Build: Non-Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: All Around
Weight: 25.5 lbs Sizes: 11'2"

About the board:If you’re on the market for an all around board that works for all skill levels and is in the mid-tier price point, check out the Catalyst from Surftech. The Catalyst is a non-inflatable board and uses Surftech’s Tuflite V-Tech construction making it nice and durable. The board is fairly lightweight for its size at 25.5 lbs and is easy to carry. Best suited for paddling short to mid-range distances, the Catalyst is a great all around board that can be used as something to learn on, something to go for a quick surf on and go for some adventures along the coast. Offered at $1,399 the Catalyst sits in the mid-price point market and is a quality choice at that price. Read more HERE.

NSP Cocomat Cruise

Price: $1,325 Build: Non-inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: All-around
Weight: 20.11 lbs Sizes: 9'8", 10'2", 11', 11'6"

Who is this for: The Cocomat Cruise is best suited for paddlers looking to get an beginner-friendly all around board with an eco-friendly angle. Offered in four different sizes (9’8”, 10’2”, 11’, 11’6”) the Cocomat Cruise is nice and stable, allowing for paddlers of all ages and skill levels the chance to have fun. The board utilizes NSP’s Cocomat construction which gives the board a good durability, but it also is an environment-friendly material. The board is also pretty lightweight, weighing just over 20lbs. As an all around board, the Cocomat Cruise is best suited for short distance paddling around the shore but can also be used for catching some waves. Starting at $1,325, the Cocomat Cruise sits in the mid-level price point.

NSP Elements Allrounder

Price: $899 Build: Non-Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: All Around
Weight: 26.1 lbs Sizes: 10', 10'6", 10'11"

About the board:The NSP Elements Allrounder is exactly what it sets out to do, to be the all around board that works for the entire family. The board is also something that is lightweight and versatile with different fin setup options. The weight of a board came as quite a surprise with how light it was and for how much volume it packs. The traction pad is also very comfortable which is an added bonus. If you’re looking for an all around board that is incredibly stable and really lightweight along with a nice touch of graphics mixing blue, white and different tones then check out the NSP Elements Allrounder. Read more HERE.

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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