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Surftech Beachcraft

Price: $970 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: All-Around
Weight: 23.15 lbs Sizes: 10'8"

About the board:If you’re looking for an inflatable paddle board that’s affordable yet made with quality materials check out the Surftech Beachcraft. This inflatable standup paddle board comes in one size, a 10’8” and is great for beginners and all around paddling. The board is lightweight and easy to carry and is a pretty stable board so paddlers of any skill level should be able to paddle this without issue. The Beachcraft is best suited for short-distance paddling, around the beach or dock. At $970 the Beachcraft sits in the popular mid-tier market in terms of affordability. Read more HERE.

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Surftech Monarch

Price: $960 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: All-Around
Weight: 25.8lbs Sizes: 10'2

About the board:Looking for an inflatable standup paddle board that was designed with the female paddler in mind? The Surftech Monarch might be just what you’re looking for! This standup paddle board comes in one size, a 10’2, and is a good fit for paddlers on the smaller to mid-size. The Monarch is best for all around paddling but can also be used for SUP yoga and is ideal for shorter distances close to shore and around the dock. The board is easy to carry and hovers around the 25lb mark. This board is great for paddlers of all skill levels and is nice and stable. With the graphics, quality, and price point combined, the Surftech Monarch definitely deserves an A-grade. Read more HERE.

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Body Glove Performer

Price: $999 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: All-Around
Weight: 24.15 lbs Sizes: 11'

Who is this for: If you’re looking for a very stable, inflatable, all-around/touring paddle board that is at an affordable price point of less than $1,000 then the Performer 11 from Body Glove is worth a look. Due to its width of 34 inches the board is very stable and weighed in at 22.5 lbs, which is fairly lightweight and easy to carry. Its shape makes the Performer a board that can be used by everyone, no matter the age or skill level, and is designed primarily for recreation. Its construction and shape combined best fit this board for short distance paddling, around the beach and dock or on the river. Retailing at $999, the board fits in the affordable mid-tier market.

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Body Glove Tandem

Price: $1,499 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: Touring/Kayak Hybrid
Weight: 38.2 lbs Sizes: 15'

About the board:If you’re looking for a two-person SUP/Kayak hybrid inflatable board that is affordable and durable and stylish, the Body Glove Tandem is worth checking out. This standup paddle board is 15 feet long and comes fully loaded with everything you need to get on the water. Board, paddle, pump, leash, kayak seats and more are all included here which make this package a great value. The board is a bit on the heavier side and weighs 38 lbs so it is tougher than most boards to carry solo, but if you’re carrying it with another person it should be relatively easy. The shape of the board makes the Tandem best suited for touring-style paddling. Retailing at $1,499 this board does sit in the popular mid-tier market in terms of affordability however, Costco offers this package at just $599 making it an incredibly affordable package with great value. Read more HERE.

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Surftech Jetsetter

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Price: $999-$1,049 Build: Non-inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: All-around
Weight: 24.9lbs Sizes: 10'4", 11'4"

About the board: If you’re looking for a standup paddle board that was designed and built with the female paddler in mind look no further. The Surftech Jetsetter is a board that is great for all around paddling but can also dabble in touring and even some yoga. The board is lightweight and easy to carry and is also quite stable. This board is going to work better for paddlers on the smaller size due to the lower volume and overall thickness of the board. Depending on the size you go with the board ranges in price from $999-$1,049 and is a beautiful package for an affordable price. Read more HERE.

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Tahe Beach Cross

Price: $699 Build: Non-inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: All-around
Weight: 40.2 lbs Sizes: 10'0", 11'0"

Who is this for: The Beach Cross from Tahe is a great starter board for someone looking for a board that’s both versatile and affordable and very durable. The Beach Cross utilizes Tahe’s proprietary tough-tec technology which makes this board extremely tough and durable. The board has very minimal graphics and features nice pops of red and blue on the deckpad. The board comes with an FCS II tool-less 9” Dolphin Center Fin, a bungee attachment for either the nose or the tail of the board. The board is on the heavier side weighing in at just over 40lbs so it is difficult to carry, especially for paddlers on the smaller side. A nice feature of the board is that it includes a drink holder built-in to the deck. The Beach Cross is pretty versatile in design and can be used for all around paddling, fishing, yoga, and would be a good family board that can take a beating and last a long time. On the water the board was a bit slow and harder to turn due to the weight but was really stable even with boat wakes adding some wobble to the water’s surface. Overall, the board should be considered for beginner paddlers looking for something fairly affordable and extremely durable. Read more HERE.

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Tahe Breeze Performer

Price: $899 Build: Non-inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: All-around
Weight: 31.11 lbs Sizes: 10'6"

Who is this for: If you’re looking for a non-inflatable paddle board that’s under $1k and is great for beginners, take a look at Tahe’s Breeze Performer. This paddle board utilizes Tahe’s Ace-Tec construction making it able to withstand more than paddleboards that are built with fiberglass. The Breeze Performer is a good board for beginners looking for a board that does well in a variety of conditions. Whether you want to do some all around paddling, catch a few waves, take a SUP yoga class or just have something that works well for the entire family this board can do just that. It is on the heavier side at just over 31lbs but carrying isn’t too difficult. Priced at $899 this is a solid board at a fair price. Read more HERE.

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NSP Cruiser HIT

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Price: $785-$945 Build: Non-inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: All-around
Weight: 30.6 lbs Sizes: 9'8", 10'2", 11'2", 11'6"

About the board: If you’re looking for a standup paddle board that is TOUGH and great for cruising the NSP Cruiser is a great option. The Cruiser comes in a couple different size options and is just below $1,000 (depending on on the size you get it will range anywhere from $785 to $945). The board weighs just over 30lbs and is manageable to carry but can get difficult if carrying for longer distances. It’s a great choice for someone looking for a board that is good for beginners and can take a beating but is still good quality and a great board for the family. Read more HERE.

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Bay Sports Wood Look Original Series

Price: $599 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: Tour
Weight: 22.7 lbs Sizes: 10'6", 11'6"

Who is this for: If you’re on the market for an affordable, inflatable touring paddle board that comes in a complete package, the Bay Sports Wood Look Original Series is one to take into consideration. At $595, the Wood Look sits just above the low price tier and is best-suited for touring paddling. At 32 inches wide, the board is very stable and user-friendly to all paddlers, no matter age, skill, or size. It is also fairly lightweight, weighing only 22.7 lbs making nice and easy to carry. The Wood Look does include everything you need to get on the water right out of the gate including a paddle, leash, fin and the board itself also has a solid amount of add on’s that you’ll typically see come with other touring paddle boards.Read more HERE.

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Bay Sports Yoga Mandala Series

Price: $745 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: Yoga
Weight:  26.3 lbs Sizes: 11'

About the board:If you're looking for an inflatable paddle board that's built for SUP yoga and fitness check out the Yoga Mandala Series SUP from Bay Sports. The Yoga Mandala Series SUP sits in the mid-tier on price point and costs $745 USD. This board is best for short distance paddling and is very stable at 34 in. wide which is ideal for SUP yoga. The board is seemingly durable and when inflated to the recommended PSI of 15 is also very rigid. Read more HERE.

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Surftech High Seas

Price: $999 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: All-Around
Weight: 25.11 lbs Sizes: 11'

About the board:If you’re looking for an inflatable paddle board that is great for paddlers of all skill levels and ages you’ll definitely want to take a look at the Surftech High Seas. This board is pretty affordable, priced at just $999 and has some nice graphics to go along with it. It’s got dual-layer drop stitch construction making it something that should be quite durable. At 25lbs the High Seas is at an average weight and isn’t difficult to carry, especially with the extra handles on the nose and tail of the board. This board is perfect for cruising around the shoreline and is a great option for a family board that everyone can use and enjoy. Read more HERE.

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SIC Maui Tao Surf

Price: $649.95 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: All-Around
Weight: 22.3 lbs Sizes: 10'6"

About the board:Short and simple: be on the lookout for this board. It's got everything you want in an all around paddle board. It has the reinforced stringer in the center, reinforced rails, a very good price point, very stable, a classic and minimal graphic design and a paddle comes included in the package. The board is very easy to carry and comes in a nice package. The bag doesn't have wheels unfortunately but is still relatively easy to carry around on your back. This is a board that will likely last you a long time and if you want to look the part on the water with a brand that is on the more premium side of things then check this out. Read more HERE.

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