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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.

BIC Performer Tough

Price: $699.95 Build: Non-Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: All Around
Weight: 32 lbs Sizes: 9'2", 10'6", 11'6"

About the board:The BIC Performer Tough Tec is the beater in the BIC line. It’s built a bit heavier than the usual paddle board but is intended to take a beating. So if you’re looking for a board that the entire family can use where you can have a complete piece of mind when it comes to durability and an all-around shape that can be in the surf, with primarily flat-water use, and sticking close to the shoreline, then this is your board. The BIC Performer Tough Tec is at a great price point and for 2019 features new colors with a blue base and orange accent colors which adds nice graphics to what has typically been just a white board, making it a bit more lively. Read more HERE.

BIC Cross Tough

Price: $799.95 Build: Non-Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: Touring
Weight: 39 lbs Sizes: 10', 11'

About the board:The BIC Cross in Tough Tec is a great price point board that is very strong and is a bit wider and more stable than almost anything that you’ll find on the market. This board can be used for the family: load up the kids and use it as a platform for them to jump from and have a great time. The board doesn’t have a very long range in terms of distance paddling but you’ll still be able to get a blast out of this when loading up tons of people, gear, working on your footwork and being able to go one to two miles from the shoreline. This is a board that everyone will be able to use and you won’t have to worry too much about damaging or breaking the board as the construction is solid. Read more HERE.

SIC Maui F

Price: $1,899.95 Build: Non-Inflatable
Skill: Intermediate Use: Touring
Weight: 28.2 lbs Sizes: 12', 14'

About the board:If you’re looking for a classic downwind/touring board that does it all, take a look at SIC Maui’s F model. The F was designed to suit paddlers of all sizes and offers more stability than other boards in the same category due to its generous volume. The board is offered in two different sizes (12’ and 14’) and is perfect for downwind paddling. The board is fast, stable and pretty easy to carry, weighing slightly over 28 lbs. Starting at $1,899 the F is a premium paddle board that is best suited for intermediate paddlers looking for a downwind-specific board that can also be used for touring and all around paddling. Read more HERE.

SIC Maui Bayonet

Price: $2,499 Build: Non-Inflatable
Skill: Advanced Use: Touring/Downwind
Weight: 24.6 lbs Sizes: 12'6", 14', 17'1"

About the board:The Bayonet by SIC Maui is a premium downwind specific paddle board that also doubles as a race board and works best for advanced paddlers. At 26 in. wide the board is unstable for inexperienced paddlers but can feel pretty stable for paddlers who are experienced. The Bayonet is great for paddling long distances and is fast, lightweight and easy to carry. The board weighs roughly 24.6 lbs and has a volume of 295L. This board is offered in four sizes (12’6”, 14’ x 24.5”, 14’ x 26”, 17’1”) and starts at $2,499, placing it in the high price point tier in terms of affordability. Read more HERE.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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