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Body Glove Porter

Price: $999 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: All-Around/Kayak Hybrid
Weight: 20.5 lbs Sizes: 9'6"

About the board:If you’re looking for an affordable SUP/Kayak hybrid look no further, this is it. The Body Glove Porter is an awesome choice for someone who is looking for an inflatable paddleboard and kayak in one. The board is meant for a single paddler and is nice and stable in both standing and sitting positions. At 9’6” and 20.5 pounds, the board is really easy to handle and carry around. The downside of this though is that bigger paddlers might not feel as comfortable or stable as a smaller paddler would; however, it’s noted that the board can handle up to 300 pounds. This board should work for paddlers of all skill levels and ages and is best for short to mid-range distances. Priced at $999, the Body Glove Porter is an incredibly affordable package, especially since you’re getting the duo usage and is a great option for those single paddlers looking for just that. Read more HERE.

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NSP Elements Cruise

Price: $789 Build: Non-inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: All-around
Weight: 27.4 lbs Sizes: 10'2", 11'2", 11'6"

Who is this for: If you’re looking for a non-inflatable, rugged, affordable paddle board that is great for beginners then check out the Elements Cruise from NSP. The Elements Cruise is a board that can take quite the beating. It's a great board for those who want a board that is built to last. The board has an all around shape and is best for short distance paddling around the shoreline. Weighing 27.4lbs, the Elements Cruise is at an average weight and isn’t too difficult to carry around and the 32in. width allows the board to be nice and stable. One thing to keep in mind here is that this is a smaller board so if you’re a larger paddler you might want to get something a bit bigger.

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Hero SUP Crusader

Price: $749 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: All Around
Weight: 22.13 lbs Sizes: 11'2"

Who is this for: If you’re looking for an inflatable paddle board that comes as a complete package and is under $1,000 take a look at the Crusader by Hero SUP. The Crusader is an all around paddle board that can do a little bit of everything. It’s stable enough for anyone to be able to enjoy and is lightweight making it easy to haul around. Best for paddling in shorter distances, the Crusader will work great in calmer waters but can also head out in the surf if the waves are on the smaller side. At $749, the Hero SUP Crusader is a great choice for someone looking for a standard inflatable SUP that comes with everything you need.Read more HERE.

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NIXY California Newport

Price: $795 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: All Around
Weight: 22.6 lbs Sizes: 10'6"

Who is this for: If you’re on the market for an affordable, inflatable paddle board that comes in a complete package, the NIXY Newport is one to take into consideration. At $795, the Newport sits comfortably in the affordable price tier and is best-suited for all around paddling. At 33 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 22.6 lbs making nice and easy to carry. The NIXY Newport does include everything you need to get on the water right out of the gate and the board itself also has a bunch of add on’s which is somewhat unique for a board at this price point.Read more HERE.

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Thurso Surf Waterwalker

Price: $624 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: All Around
Weight: 30.3 lbs Sizes: 11'

About the board: The Waterwalker from Thurso Surf is an affordable, inflatable paddle board that’s designed for beginner paddlers who are interested in an all around board. The board is nice and stable and is best for paddling short distances, usually around the beach or dock. The Waterwalker is on the heavier side for an inflatable making it a bit harder to carry weighing just over 30lbs. At a price point of $624 the Waterwalker sits in the popular mid-tier market in terms of affordability. Read more HERE.

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Thurso Surf Expedition

Price: $749 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Intermediate Use: Touring
Weight: 25 lbs Sizes: 11'6"

Who is this for: If you’re looking for an inflatable, touring-specific paddle board that is under $1,000, the ThursoSurf Expedition might be what you’re looking for. The Expedition is designed for just that: going on expeditions, hauling gear, and paddling with longer distances in mind. This board is on the edge of being something that beginner paddlers are able to use since it’s width is 30 inches. If you’re looking for something that is very stable you might want to look for something with a bit more width. At 25 pounds the board is manageable and comes in at an average weight.

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SIC Maui Tao Tour

Price: $679.95 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: Touring
Weight: 22.6 lbs Sizes: 11'

Who is this for: If you’re looking for an inflatable touring board at a very affordable price, the SIC Maui Air Glide TaoTour is one worth checking out. Utilizing SIC Maui’s Support Stringer Tech (SST) construction the board has added durability and stiffness, which is a great feature, especially at this price point. It’s also fairly lightweight weighing just 22.6 pounds and is easy to carry around. As the name suggests, the Air Glide Tao Tour was designed for paddlers looking for an inflatable touring board that is stable and can handle mid-range distances of up to 5 miles without any problem. Priced at just $679.95, the SIC Maui Air Glide Tao Tour is a solid option for paddlers looking for something affordable and good quality.

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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.

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Surftech Alta

Price: $999 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: All-Around
Weight: 30.5lbs Sizes: 10'

About the board:If you’re looking for an inflatable paddle board that is under $1,000 and is geared towards the women’s market then the Alta from Surftech is a solid contender. At $999 the Alta inflatable is offered in two unique set of graphics that have matching paddles and leashes and partner with prAna for matching apparel. The board is 32 in wide and utilizes BLOOM foam, giving it an eco-friendly twist. The board is best suited for recreational paddling that paddlers of all skill levels will enjoy. Read more HERE.

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Body Glove Navigator Plus

Price: $999 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: All-Around
Weight: 22.12 lbs Sizes: 10'6"

About the board:This board is hands down one of the best inflatable standup paddle board models for 2019. The construction is very strong with reinforced rails and stringer and feels stiff. This inflatable has the perfect amount of rocker so it glides incredibly well for an inflatable. The board is also very stable with the square tail helping add to that stability as you cruise along. The board features some really nice add on's as well with a comfortable handle that is nice when carrying the board but it also features as a paddle holder when you want to be hands free. The graphics are beautiful and have a really nice color coordination that is attractive to both guys and gals. The board also comes with a full setup, a paddle, leash and pump and a nice portable carry bag. The paddle blade also has nice graphics adding a nice touch to the overall package. Read more HERE.

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Body Glove Oasis

Price: $999 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: Yoga
Weight:  24 lbs Sizes: 10'

About the board:At $999 this inflatable is simply one of the most beautiful mid-price point inflatables that you can buy. The graphics are gorgeous and have a very thoughtful coordination of color scheme all throughout the board. The construction is just remarkable. In fact, it’s quite surprising that at this price point you can find a carbon stringer with reinforced rails, comfortable handles on the nose and center of the board. The board is fairly stable. It’s not the most stable on the market but is fairly stable and pretty average in terms of stability and it would make for an incredible gift for your wife, girlfriend, daughter, etc. who is looking for a board in the yoga space and wanting to have fun on a board that is at an affordable price point that looks good. Read more HERE.

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Surftech Promenade

Price: $999 Build: Non-Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: Touring
Weight:  34.7lbs Sizes: 11'6"

About the board:The Surftech Promenade is almost a category of its own. This board has the durability of most rental boards in the marketplace, but is actually fairly lightweight for how much volume it packs. The bottomline is, if you’re looking for a price point board with incredible durability that can handle cruising, touring, going the distance, and maybe even racing, and is also incredibly stable, this is it. It’s a rental board that is proving to be more of a touring board, capable of going long distances. The Surftech Promenade is truly a beater that can go the distance. Read more HERE.

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