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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Scott Burke SUPYak

Price: $899 Build: Non-Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: All Around
Weight: 31.14 lbs Sizes: 12'6"

Who is this for: The SUPyak by Scott Burke is a SUP/kayak hybrid paddle board geared for beginner paddlers looking for a multi-purpose all around paddle board. The board is affordable and sits in the popular mid-tier market making it a great starter board that can work for the entire family. The board is stable but is slightly more difficult to carry than the average paddle board since it weighs just over 31lbs. The SUPyak is designed for recreational paddling and is best used paddling short distances around the beach and dock.Read more HERE.

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SIC Maui Air-Glide Flow

Price: $999 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: All-around
Weight: 21.8 lbs Sizes: 9'6", 10'6", 11'6"

About the board: The Air Glide Flow from SIC Maui is an inflatable, all-around board, perfect for beginner paddlers and is at an affordable price point under $1,000. The board has a very clean look and takes a simplistic approach with graphics and colors. The packaging that the board comes in is stunning and has a very high-quality, premium feel to it. The board is lightweight thus making it easy to carry and has FCS II tool-less fin compatibility giving it a great value for its price. The high-quality packing and materials combined with the premium look and feel make the board merit the Supconnect “A” grade. Read more HERE.

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Slingshot Crossbreed

Price: $799 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: Touring
Weight: 22lbs Sizes: 11'

About the board: Slingshot’s Crossbreed Inflatable is a stable, beginner-friendly board great for all-around paddling and/or short-distance touring. The Crossbreed has some nice looks, coming with a solid yellow throughout most of the board keeping it simple and striking. (The board is also offered in three other colors: Blue, Red, and Green.) At a very affordable price point the Crossbreed has premium qualities to it coming with a nice carrying bag, strong dual-action pump and FCS II fin, among other items, easily making this board a great value for its price and deserving of Supconnect’s “A” grade. Read more HERE.

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Pelican Moorea

Price: $849 Build: Non-inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: All-around
Weight: 29.4 lbs Sizes: 10'6, 11'6"

About the board: The Moorea from Pelican is a non-inflatable, beginner board that is available at some of the lowest price-points in the market, but packs tremendous value with beautiful graphics and an all-around great package. It naturally misses some of the features of intermediate, advanced boards, such as faster glide and lightweight construction, however, at its very affordable price point this board offers great value and is one of the best that you can get, meriting it Supconnect’s “A” grade. Read more HERE.

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Aqua Marina Evolution

Price: $599 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: Fishing
Weight: 31.8lbs Sizes: 9'8/10'14

Who is this for: If you’re looking for a SUP/kayak hybrid to paddle short distances then the Aqua Marina Evolution is worth a look. This product is unique in that it can be used as either a stand up paddle (SUP) board or a kayak and comes in the PVC drop stitch construction which is rather fragile and has its ups and downs. Due to its width of 41 inches when outfitted as a kayak the board is very stable however, when the board is used solely as a SUP its width of 26 inches make it very unstable. The Kayak setup has 2.83 lbs per foot (board is 11’2 when outfitted as a kayak) weighing 31.8 lbs. It’s shape makes the Evolution best for beginners as a Kayak and best for advanced paddlers as a SUP. Its construction and shape combined best fit this board for short distance paddling around the beach and dock. Retailing at $599 the board is in the popular mid-tier market in terms of affordability and is a great price for a SUP/kayak hybrid.

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Boardworks Shubu Sport

Price: $899 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: All-around
Weight: 25.5 lbs Sizes: 10'6"

Who is this for: If you’re looking for an affordable, all-around, inflatable board that is very stable to paddle then Boardworks’ Shubu Sport is worth a look. This stand up paddle (SUP) board comes in the single chamber drop stitch technology which is meant to be durable. The board is very stable due to its 32 inch width and the board has 2.43 lbs per foot weighing a total of 25.5 lbs. Its shape makes the Shubu Sport an all-around board suited for paddlers of any skill level. Its construction and shape combined best fit this board for short-distance paddling, mainly around the beach and dock. Retailing at $899, the board sits in the lower-end of the popular mid-tier market in terms of affordability.

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