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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.

Waterkids Natural

Price: $799 Build: Non-Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: All-Around
Weight:16 lbs Sizes: 8'

About the board:The Waterkids Natural strikes an incredible balance between a board meant for kids and also one that adults can use. As a kids board, it is highly stable and easy to handle, allowing them to carry it from the car to the waterline without any help. For adults, we were really impressed to step on the board and be able to paddle it around no problem. Both children and parents alike can have an incredible time on the Natural. The board fit our young paddler really well and wasn't too wide. It was just the perfect width for him to get the blades in the water. Read more HERE.

Aqua Marina Beast

Price: $599 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: All Around
Weight: 19.04 lbs Sizes: 10'6

Who is this for: If you’re looking for a stable, all-around paddle board, to paddle long distances and in the low-price point range of $500-$1,000, then the Aqua Marina Beast is worth a look. This stand up paddle board comes in the Super Tough Dual Stringer (STDS) construction from Aqua Marina, which is quite fragile and has its ups and downs. Due to its 32” width the board is stable. Its construction is lightweight allowing the board to weigh 19 lbs. Its shape makes the Beast an all-around board that can be used by anyone and is best suited for recreational paddling. Its construction and shape combined best fit this board for short to mid-range distance paddling, up to 5 miles. Retailing at $599, the board is is very affordable.Read more HERE.

Airhead Cruise

Price: $799 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Intermediate Use: All Around
Weight: 20.08 lbs Sizes: 10'6"

Who is this for: The Airhead Cruise is an inflatable standup paddle board best suited for intermediate paddlers who are looking for an all around board that’s also affordable. The board is lightweight and easy to carry weighing in just over 20lbs making the board easy for paddlers of all ages to handle. The board is best suited for short to mid-range paddles of no more than 3-5 miles around the beach and/or local lakes. At $799 the board sits at a great price and is in the popular mid-tier market in terms of affordability.Read more HERE.

Aqua Marina Echo

Price: $549 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: All Around
Weight: 17.11 lbs Sizes: 10'6

Who is this for: The Echo from Aqua Marina is a stable, inflatable paddle board designed for all around paddling. The Echo is perfect for beginner paddlers and is a board that is stable, affordable and lightweight. The board weighs just over 17lbs making it easy to carry for just about anyone and it’s shape best suits the board for recreational paddling. Its lightweight construction and shape combined best fit this board for short to mid-range distance paddling, from around the beach and dock to up to 3-5 miles. Retailing at $549, the board is very affordable.Read more HERE.

Body Glove Outfitter

Price: $1,199 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: All Around
Weight: 25.14 lbs Sizes: 10'8", 11'

About the board: If you’re a beginner paddler looking for an inflatable all around paddle board with a budget close to $1,000 then the Body Glove Outfitter is something to take a look at. The Outfitter is a very stable board with its 34in width and is great for beginner paddlers who need that extra stability. The board is pretty lightweight and easy to carry and is designed to be used by paddlers of all sizes and skill levels. The Outfitter works best when paddling short distances and sits in the popular mid-tier market in terms of affordability. Read more HERE.

Scott Burke Quest

Price: $629.99 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Intermediate Use: All Around
Weight: 20.14 lbs Sizes: 9'

Who is this for: If you’re looking for an affordable inflatable paddle board geared towards beginner to intermediate paddlers then the Scott Burke Quest is something to look at. At 30in wide the board is fairly stable and is best for recreational and short distance paddling. The board is lightweight and easy to carry which is great for paddlers of all sizes and is a very affordable option with a price point under $650.Read more HERE.

Surftech Runabout

Price: $999 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: All Around
Weight: 24.01 lbs Sizes: 11'

About the board: If you’re looking for an affordable, inflatable, all around paddle board that works for paddlers of all skill levels then the Surftech Runabout should be something you look at. Lightweight, stable, and good looking, the Runabout is great for all around paddling and short distances. Priced under $1,000 the Runabout is a great option for those looking for a nice board that can be used by everyone. Read more HERE.

Starboard Tikhine

Price: $1,099 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: All-Around
Weight: 20.1lbs Sizes: 10'2"

About the board:The Starboard Tikhine has a really nice package with a really nice bag and accessories. It comes with everything you need except for a paddle so take note of that. The board is definitely very creative oriented. The graphics on the deck are a bit blurred though so keep that in mind to check out before-hand. Aside from that, there’s a beautiful color coordination between the graphics and traction pad and there’s also added handles that are useful. Read more HERE.

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