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SIC Maui Air Glide X

Price: $1,299 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Intermediate Use: Race/Touring
Weight: 23.12 lbs Sizes: 12'6"

About the board: The Air Glide X from SIC Maui is a stable, inflatable board meant for intermediate paddlers who are looking for something that suits flatwater race and touring. The Air Glide X is sits in the popular mid-tier market in terms of affordability and retails for $1,299.95. The board will work best in flat water conditions but will definitely be able to handle some chop and cover some distance. 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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Aqua Marina Mega

Price: $1,200 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: Group SUP
Weight: 59.5lbs Sizes: 18"

About the board:Aqua Marina hit the mark when naming this board. At 18 feet long and 5 feet wide, the Aqua Marina Mega is a massive group SUP that can easily fit multiple adult and youth paddlers. Whether you take it on flat water or for a surf, the Mega is definitely a fun board for family and friends to enjoy. It comes with multiple handles which makes the board very easy to carry despite its size. It also comes with two pumps and has two attachment valves on the board so two people can help with inflating at the same time. With our team of three alternating pumpers, it took around 15 minutes to fully inflate the board. However, one thing worth noting is that the pumps do appear to be fragile and it is quite difficult and tricky at times to connect the pumps to the boards initially. But, if you're looking for an inexpensive group SUP that works well in flat water and is able to handle soft waves then the Mega is definitely worth a look. Read more HERE.

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Pau Hana Bimini

Price: $2,599 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: Group SUP
Weight: lbs Sizes: 15'

About the board: If you’re looking for an XXL or group SUP as we like to call it here at Supconnect then the Pau Hana Bimini is worth taking a look at. The Bimini was built with a focus towards fishing but can be used for group paddling and fun. The board is best for paddling only short distances around the beach and dock but does have the capability of attaching a motor to it if you want to take it long distances. The board is at a premium price but packs a lot of fun with it. 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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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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Red Paddle Co. Sport

Price: $1,499 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: Touring
Weight: 18.9 lbs Sizes: 11', 11'3", 12'6"

About the board: The Sport from Red Paddle Co. is an inflatable touring board that works for paddlers of all skill levels. The board has a very clean look to it with minimal colors and graphics keeping it very simple and clean. The construction appears very strong, as something that can handle heavy use. The board is very stable and very lightweight and is great for paddling mid to long-distances, between 3-10 miles. Its strong, lightweight construction combined with the ability to paddle some distance makes the Sport deserving of Supconnect’s “A” grade. Read more HERE.

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Starboard Touring Zen

Price: $1,099 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: Touring
Weight: 23.1 lbs Sizes: 11'6", 12'6', 14'

About the board: The Touring Zen is an inflatable board great for paddlers of all skill levels. Primarily designed with touring in mind the board is great for paddling mid-range distances up to 3-5 miles max. It has some nice looks with a mix of bold colors, blues and greens that are very eye-catching. This paddle board is easy to carry being that it weighs slightly over 23 lbs and the glide feels fast which is very surprising since inflatables aren’t usually fast. The board comes with a tool-less FCS II fin which is a perk and also has an FCS adaptor on the deck of the board which is unusual to have on an inflatable. The board has premium features at an affordable price thus deserving Supconnect’s “A” grade. Read more HERE.

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Starboard Drive

Price: $1,299 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Intermediate Use: All-around
Weight: 19.1 lbs Sizes: 10'5"

Who is this for: If you’re looking for a stable, all-around inflatable board to paddle short distances then the Drive from Starboard is worth a look. This stand up paddle (SUP) board comes in the Deluxe construction which is highly durable for an inflatable. Because of the width being 30 inches the board is stable and it has 1.81 lbs per foot weighing only 19.1 lbs total. Its shape makes the Drive an all-around board that can be used by everyone and it’s designed primarily for recreation. Its construction and shape combined best fit this board for short-distance paddling, around the beach and dock. Retailing at $1,299, the board is among the popular mid-tier market in terms of affordability.

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