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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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Thurso Surf Waterwalker

Price: $569 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: All Around
Weight: 23.15 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 Waterwalker is lightweight and easy to carry weighing just over 23lbs. The board is nice and stable and is best for paddling short distances, usually around the beach or dock. At a price point of $569 the Waterwalker sits in the popular mid-tier market in terms of affordability. Read more HERE.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Boardworks Shubu

Price: $1,099 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: All-around
Weight: 26.7 lbs Sizes: 9'6", 10'6"

About the board: The Shubu is a very stable, inflatable board that is great for beginners. The board takes the simple route in terms of looks, coming with a limited play on color and graphics however, it offers unique features having two side-bite fins and with the option of adding a third, FCS II center fin into the center fin box which is unusual for inflatables. It has reinforced rails and an arch bar in the center to help with rigidity and comes in a nice portable bag and has a repair kit in case of damage. The board has premium qualities for an affordable price, meriting it 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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Boardworks Muse

Price: $1,149 Build: Non-inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: All-around
Weight: 27.3 lbs Sizes: 10'6"

About the board: The Muse is a very stable, non-inflatable beginner board designed for all-around paddling. The Muse is an award-winning board and has gorgeous graphics geared in particular towards the female paddler coming with an exceptional mix of bright colors and artwork that are eye-catching and nice to look at. The board misses a few points like lightweight construction and speed-centric design that many intermediate and advanced paddle boards encompass but for the affordable price the Muse is a stunning all-around board that is great for recreational paddling, well-deserving of Supconnect’s “A” grade. Read more HERE.

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Starboard Freeride

Price: $1,999 Build: Non-inflatable
Skill: Intermediate Use: All-around/Touring
Weight: 26.4 lbs Sizes: 11'2", 12'2"

About the board: The Freeride is a stable, non-inflatable board that is suited for intermediate-skilled paddlers. It has some really nice looks featuring beautiful Australian Pine and with pops of color. This paddle board is pretty easy to carry since it’s only 26.4 lbs and the glide feels fast. And although the width is a bit narrower at 29 inches, it does feel very stable when paddling. The board is best suited for mid-range paddling between 3 and 5 miles. A premium look and feel give the Freeride a well-deserved “A” grade. Read more HERE.

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