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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.

NSP Carolina

Price: $2,899 Build: Non-Inflatable
Skill: Advanced Use: Race
Weight: 26.11 lbs Sizes: 14'

About the board:The NSP Carolina is designed and inspired by the infamous Carolina Cup race held every April in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. That being said, the design takes into mind all the conditions that you would experience in the Carolina Cup (downwind, flatwater, surf) and morphs it all into one craft. The well of the board on the deck keeps your legs and feet from getting dragged or pulled back from the bumps that wash over the deck and in the well there are drains for the water that does get in the well. The board has plenty of mounting points that can be used for cameras, GPS or other devices. As expected, the board is quite unstable but very fast as it’s designed for speed. So, if you’re looking for a race board that does well in all conditions that goes fast, this is an awesome choice. Read more HERE.

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.

Body Glove Navigator Plus

Price: $999 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: All-Around
Weight: 22.12 lbs Sizes: 10'6"

About the board:This board is hands down one of the best inflatable standup paddle board models for 2019. The construction is very strong with reinforced rails and stringer and feels stiff. This inflatable has the perfect amount of rocker so it glides incredibly well for an inflatable. The board is also very stable with the square tail helping add to that stability as you cruise along. The board features some really nice add on's as well with a comfortable handle that is nice when carrying the board but it also features as a paddle holder when you want to be hands free. The graphics are beautiful and have a really nice color coordination that is attractive to both guys and gals. The board also comes with a full setup, a paddle, leash and pump and a nice portable carry bag. The paddle blade also has nice graphics adding a nice touch to the overall package. 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 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.

iRocker All Around

Price: $639 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: All Around
Weight: 30.12 lbs Sizes: 11'

Who is this for: If you’re looking for an affordable, all around inflatable paddle board that comes with a complete package, check out the iRocker All Around. The board is great for beginner paddlers and is very stable at 32 inches wide. The board is on the heavier side though and is somewhat difficult to carry, however this can be contributed to the tough construction of the board. The iRocker All around is a fully loaded package that includes the board, paddle, leash, fins, pump and bag all for just $639. Read more HERE.

Aqua Marina Atlas

Price: $549 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: All Around
Weight: 21.5 lbs Sizes: 12'

Who is this for: The Aqua Marina Atlas is a very stable, price-point inflatable paddle board. The board is an all-around shape that is great for cruising near the shoreline and short distance paddling and is also wide enough for paddlers of all skill levels and sizes to be able to use with ease. Carrying the board is quite easy as it weighs just over 21 lbs and the board has rich graphics on it, making it stand out. At $549 , the Atlas sits in the affordable price point tier in terms of affordability. Read more HERE.

Red Paddle Co Compact

Price: $1,899 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: All Around
Weight: 17.6 lbs Sizes: 9'6"

About the board:If you’re looking for an incredibly compact, lightweight inflatable paddle board that is ideal for transportation and ease look no further. The Compact from Red Paddle Co is a revolutionary design in paddle boarding as it’s the most compact board on the market. Fitting into a bag that’s the size of a backpack, the Compact is great for paddlers who love traveling with their boards or for those living in Urban areas with no space for a composite SUP in their home or car. The board weighs just over 17 lbs making it very lightweight and easy to carry and is a great option for someone looking for an all around board to paddle short distances or for cruising around the shoreline or dock. Retailing at $1,899, the Compact does sit in the high price point tier but is a premium option and the choice for someone looking for the most compact, quality package available 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.

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.

Aqua Marina Triton

Price: $519 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: All Around
Weight: 20.2 lbs Sizes: 11'2"

Who is this for: If you’re looking for an inflatable paddle board that is affordable and best used for all around paddling, check out the Triton from Aqua Marina. At just $519 the Triton is a great package for its price point. Carrying the board is nice and easy, it’s really stable at 32 in. wide and is a board that can work for paddlers of all ages and skill levels. The board will work best in short distance paddling near the shore and dock and is an easy choice for paddlers looking for a good package on a budget. 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.

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