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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.

Boardworks Shubu Riptide

Price: $599 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: All-Around
Weight: 21.2 lbs Sizes: 10'6"

About the board: The Boardworks Shubu Riptide is a solid option for beginner paddlers looking for an affordable, easy-to-carry, inflatable board to paddle short to mid distances. At just $599, the Riptide is a great all-around and stable board for beginners and paddlers that want a simple, lightweight board for occasional use. A great entry level inflatable board. Read more HERE.

Boardworks Shubu Solr

Price: $749 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: All-Around
Weight: 22.3 lbs Sizes: 10'6"

About the board: If you’re looking for an affordable, inflatable paddle board that is designed for beginners then check out the Shubu Solr from Boardworks. Lightweight, affordable and fun the Shubu Solr is a super stable board that’s designed for all around paddling and works best paddling in short distances, usually around the beach or dock. At $749 the board sits in the popular mid-tier market in terms of affordability. Read more HERE.

Jimmy Styks Mutt

Price: $499 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: Touring
Weight: 23.1 lbs Sizes: 10'4"

About the board: If you’re looking for an entry-level inflatable touring paddle board that is cheap and comes as a package deal then the Mutt from Jimmy Styks is worth a look. The 10’4” paddle board was designed for touring and is very stable which is perfect for the beginner paddlers. The board is lightweight and easy to carry and is designed for paddling short to mid-range distances. The board comes with a paddle, leash and backpack making it an awesome package for under $500. Read more HERE.

SIC Maui Air Glide X

Price: $1,299 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Intermediate Use: Race/Touring
Weight: 23.12 lbs Sizes: 12'6"

About the board: The Air Glide X from SIC Maui is a stable, inflatable board meant for intermediate paddlers who are looking for something that suits flatwater race and touring. The Air Glide X is sits in the popular mid-tier market in terms of affordability and retails for $1,299.95. The board will work best in flat water conditions but will definitely be able to handle some chop and cover some distance. Read more HERE.

Aqua Marina Peace

Price: $599 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: Yoga
Weight: 22.12lbs Sizes: 9'9

Who is this for: If you’re on the market for an inflatable paddle board that is designed solely for SUP yoga then the Peace by Aqua Marina is something to look at. The Peace is fairly lightweight for its size, weighing just over 22lbs and has a width of 39in making it incredibly stable and ideal for practicing yoga on the water. The board is not great for traditional standup paddling as its shape is a rectangle but is an affordable option if all you’re looking to use the board for is Yoga.Read more HERE.

Aqua Marina Rapid

Price: $699 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: River
Weight: 19.6lbs Sizes: 9'6

Who is this for: If you’re looking for an affordable standup paddle board designed for the river then the Rapid by Aqua Marina might be the board for you. The 9’6” inflatable paddle board is very lightweight and easy to carry, weighing just under 20lbs. Its lightweight construction does hinder the boards durability which could be problematic if you’re goal is to paddle Class III - Class V rapids. The board is however very wide and stable and could be a good option for paddlers looking to try whitewater paddle boarding at an affordable price of $699.Read more HERE.

BOTE Flow

Price: $719.99 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: Kids
Weight:  17.15 lbs Sizes: 8'

About the board: The Flow inflatable paddle board from BOTE is a SUP geared towards youth and lightweight paddlers. At an affordable price point in the $700’s the Flow is a great starter board for your kid. The board comes in a complete package with the board, carrying bag, paddle and pump. The only thing missing is a leash and PFD. The Flow is an all-around shape that will work in both flatwater and small waves with ease. At 8 feet in length the Flow is a great pick to get the younger kids going and comfortable on the water. Read more HERE.

Pelican Flow

Price: $299 Build: Non-inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: All-around
Weight: 41.3 lbs Sizes: 9'4", 10'6", 11'6"

Who is this for: If you’re looking for an very stable, non-inflatable, all-around board to paddle short distances and in the low price point of under $500, then the Flow from Pelican is worth looking at. This stand up paddle (SUP) board comes in the extremely durable RAM-X™ construction and has both positives and negatives. The board comes in three different sizes, all of which are incredibly stable. Its construction is highly durable, however, the board is very heavy and very difficult to carry. Its shape makes the Flow an all-around board that can be used by anyone and is designed primarily for recreation. Its construction and shape combined best fit this board for short distance paddling, around the beach and dock. Starting at $299, the board is among the most affordable ones you can find. Read more HERE.

Pau Hana Grom

Price: $499 Build: Non-Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: Kids
Weight: lbs Sizes: 6'

About the board: The Pau Hana Grom is just that: a board for groms. If you’re looking to get a board that can double as a starter paddle board and a surfboard for your kid then the Pau Hana Grom is something you need to look at. The Grom is a very affordable, non-inflatable paddle board that will work great as an all around paddle board and will be a board that your grom can handle with ease. One thing to keep in mind here though is that because this paddle board is meant for the kiddos it will eventually be something that your kids will grow out of. The board is likely going to be best suited for kids 13-years-old and younger. Read more HERE.

Jimmy Styks Nxt

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Price: $449 Build: Non Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: All Around
Weight: 40.03 lbs Sizes: 10'10"

About the board: The NXT from Jimmy Styks is an all around paddle board best for beginner paddlers that want a board that can take a beating. The NXT is a non-inflatable paddle board made from blow-molded ironhide which makes it a rugged board great for recreational paddling with the whole family. The board is very stable, yet very heavy and difficult to carry. This board does come as a package deal with a paddle and leash so at a price point under $450 it’s a great deal. Read more HERE.

CA Board Company Ranger

Price: $599 Build: Non-Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: All Around
Weight: 29.12 lbs Sizes: 10'6"

Who is this for: The Ranger by California Board Company is a standup paddle board designed for beginner paddlers who are looking for a non-inflatable and affordable paddle board. The Ranger is very stable having a 33in width on the deck and is great for beginner paddlers and those looking something solid on the water. The board will be best suited for short distance paddling and is designed primarily for recreation. The board is a bit heavy and difficult to carry, weighing just under 30lbs but it comes at a very affordable price of $599.Read more HERE.

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