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Red Paddle Co Activ

Price: $1,399 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: Yoga/Fitness
Weight: 24.2 lbs Sizes: 10'8"

About the board:The Activ from Red Paddle is an incredibly stable inflatable. If you’re looking for a highly stable platform to stay within a range of about 2 miles from the shoreline that can work for the entire family then this board is what you need. The board has almost no rocker so it is very flat on the water. You should be able to move towards the nose and tail of the board with ease as it’s 34in width makes it very stable. In fact, it is arguably the most stable platform for yoga from an inflatable paddle board. The color coordination is simple and nice and the construction is solid. It’s a great package all around from the bag to the pump to the hose so check it out if you’re on the market for something stable. Read more HERE.

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NSP Quest

Price: $1,499 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: Fishing
Weight: 39.15 lbs Sizes: 11'6"

About the board:The NSP Quest is an inflatable paddle board that is best suited for paddlers looking for a heavy-duty touring or fishing SUP that is in the mid-tier price point. The Quest is incredibly stable and is 39 in. wide, and the added side walls really help here making it perfect for hauling gear and/or reeling in your catch of the day. The board is more difficult to carry due to its size and weighs 39 lbs but paddlers of all ages and skill levels should be able to paddle this board with no problem. The board has a ton of added features including 3 air chambers, accessory mounts on the deck and tail, extra handles for carrying and triple action pump, to name a few. At $1,499 the Quest is a pretty affordable board considering all the added features and the ease of being able to store it in the trunk of your car. Read more HERE.

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Hala Gear Radito

Price: $1,299 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: River/Whitewater
Weight: 31 lbs Sizes: 10'

About the board:The Radito from Hala Gear is an inflatable SUP perfect for running rivers. The board is wide (34 in.) making it very stable, and rugged, which are necessities for paddling down the river. Carrying the board can be on the more difficult side as it weighs 31 pounds but the weight does come from the incredibly durable construction so the difficulty in carrying the board is totally worth it when you’re on the river. When not running the river the board can easily be transitioned to all around paddling and be used as a great family board that can take a beating. Retailed at $1,299, the Radito fits perfectly into the mid-level price point tier in terms of affordability. Read more HERE.

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Body Glove Crusader

Price: $1,999 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: Group
Weight: 76 lbs Sizes: 15'

About the board:If you’re on the market for a group SUP that gears towards surfing, check out the Crusader from Body Glove. The Crusader can fit up to 6 people (1,0000 lbs) and is clearly a very stable board due to its 66 in. width. The board is very difficult to carry alone due to its size but with a few people able to chip in carrying is easy. Retailed at $1,999 the Crusader is an excellent choice for a surf-specific group SUP. Read more HERE.

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Surftech Catalyst

Price: $1,399 Build: Non-Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: All Around
Weight: 25.5 lbs Sizes: 11'2"

About the board:If you’re on the market for an all around board that works for all skill levels and is in the mid-tier price point, check out the Catalyst from Surftech. The Catalyst is a non-inflatable board and uses Surftech’s Tuflite V-Tech construction making it nice and durable. The board is fairly lightweight for its size at 25.5 lbs and is easy to carry. Best suited for paddling short to mid-range distances, the Catalyst is a great all around board that can be used as something to learn on, something to go for a quick surf on and go for some adventures along the coast. Offered at $1,399 the Catalyst sits in the mid-price point market and is a quality choice at that price. Read more HERE.

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NSP Cocomat Cruise

Price: $1,325 Build: Non-inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: All-around
Weight: 20.11 lbs Sizes: 9'8", 10'2", 11', 11'6"

Who is this for: The Cocomat Cruise is best suited for paddlers looking to get an beginner-friendly all around board with an eco-friendly angle. Offered in four different sizes (9’8”, 10’2”, 11’, 11’6”) the Cocomat Cruise is nice and stable, allowing for paddlers of all ages and skill levels the chance to have fun. The board utilizes NSP’s Cocomat construction which gives the board a good durability, but it also is an environment-friendly material. The board is also pretty lightweight, weighing just over 20lbs. As an all around board, the Cocomat Cruise is best suited for short distance paddling around the shore but can also be used for catching some waves. Starting at $1,325, the Cocomat Cruise sits in the mid-level price point.

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NSP Elements Allrounder

Price: $899 Build: Non-Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: All Around
Weight: 26.1 lbs Sizes: 10', 10'6", 10'11"

About the board:The NSP Elements Allrounder is exactly what it sets out to do, to be the all around board that works for the entire family. The board is also something that is lightweight and versatile with different fin setup options. The weight of a board came as quite a surprise with how light it was and for how much volume it packs. The traction pad is also very comfortable which is an added bonus. If you’re looking for an all around board that is incredibly stable and really lightweight along with a nice touch of graphics mixing blue, white and different tones then check out the NSP Elements Allrounder. Read more HERE.

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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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BIC Performer Tough

Price: $699.95 Build: Non-Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: All Around
Weight: 32 lbs Sizes: 9'2", 10'6", 11'6"

About the board:The BIC Performer Tough Tec is the beater in the BIC line. It’s built a bit heavier than the usual paddle board but is intended to take a beating. So if you’re looking for a board that the entire family can use where you can have a complete piece of mind when it comes to durability and an all-around shape that can be in the surf, with primarily flat-water use, and sticking close to the shoreline, then this is your board. The BIC Performer Tough Tec is at a great price point and for 2019 features new colors with a blue base and orange accent colors which adds nice graphics to what has typically been just a white board, making it a bit more lively. Read more HERE.

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BIC Cross Tough

Price: $799.95 Build: Non-Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: Touring
Weight: 39 lbs Sizes: 10', 11'

About the board:The BIC Cross in Tough Tec is a great price point board that is very strong and is a bit wider and more stable than almost anything that you’ll find on the market. This board can be used for the family: load up the kids and use it as a platform for them to jump from and have a great time. The board doesn’t have a very long range in terms of distance paddling but you’ll still be able to get a blast out of this when loading up tons of people, gear, working on your footwork and being able to go one to two miles from the shoreline. This is a board that everyone will be able to use and you won’t have to worry too much about damaging or breaking the board as the construction is solid. Read more HERE.

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Pelican Antigua

Price: $649.99 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: All Around
Weight: 23.4lbs Sizes: 10' , 10'6"

About the board: The Antigua is a beginner, inflatable board, offered at some of the lowest price-points in the market, but packing lots of value with beautiful graphics, a nice pump, and an all-around great package. It naturally misses some of the features of intermediate, advanced boards, such as faster glide, reinforced rails, and a more premium bag. But it is an excellent value for that beginner, price-point inflatable board, well deserving of Supconnect’s “A” grade. Read more HERE.

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Boardworks Shubu Kraken

Price: $949 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: All-Around
Weight:  20.1lbs Sizes: 10'

About the board: The Shubu Kraken is the inflatable version of the Supconnect award-winning Boardworks Kraken. This one is on the top of the charts when it comes to inflatable paddle boards. As far as graphics go it’s just gorgeous. It's a very lightweight board weighing in at about 20lbs making it incredibly easy to carry for both men and women. At a price point under $1,000 you couldn’t go wrong with this board. It’s super fun to paddle, has a great glide, and is really stable without compromising the glide feeling. One of the best inflatables that we’ve paddled all year so definitely check this one out. Read more HERE.

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