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Red Paddle Co Voyager

Price: $1,599 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Intermediate Use: Touring
Weight:  25.3 lbs Sizes: 12'6", 13'2", 15'

About the board:The Voyager from Red Paddle Co is an inflatable touring board best suited for intermediate paddlers. At 25.3 lbs, the Voyager is lightweight and relatively easy to carry, despite its size. The Voyager is offered in three sizes (12’6”, 13’2”, 15’), giving paddlers a nice range to choose from. The board also utilizes Red Paddle Co’s MSL technology which makes the boards very rigid and durable, ideal for an inflatable SUP. Starting at $1,599, the Voyager does sit in the premium-tier market in terms of affordability but does offer free shipping and a 2-year warranty. Read more HERE.

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SIC Maui Okeanos

Price: $1,499.95 Build: Non-Inflatable
Skill: Intermediate Use: Touring
Weight:  31lbs Sizes: 11', 12'6", 14'

About the board:If you’re looking for a non-inflatable touring board that looks and feels good under your feet, check out the Okeanos from SIC Maui. Starting at $1,499, the Okeanos sits in the mid-tier price point and is a solid board for its price. The board is 29 in. wide and is best for intermediate-level paddlers looking for mid-range to long-distance paddling. The board is offered in four sizes (11’, 12’6” x 27”, 12’6” x 29”, 14’) and has two different color variations to choose from. Read more HERE.

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SIC Maui RS Air Glide

Price: $999.95 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Intermediate Use: Race
Weight: 24.7 lbs Sizes: 11', 12'6", 14'

About the board:If you’re on the market for a premium race inflatable paddle board but look no further. The RS by SIC Maui is short for ‘Rocket Ship’ and the name suits the board perfectly. This race board is the inflatable version of its composite counterpart and is fast and lightweight. The inflatable RS is offered in multiple length and width combos, for both adult and youth paddlers. It’s best for intermediate and advanced racers looking for a board that excels on flatwater but can also handle some chop. Starting at $999, the RS sits in the affordable price point tier and is a premium choice that is worth every penny. Read more HERE.

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SIC Maui F

Price: $1,899.95 Build: Non-Inflatable
Skill: Intermediate Use: Touring
Weight: 28.2 lbs Sizes: 12', 14'

About the board:If you’re looking for a classic downwind/touring board that does it all, take a look at SIC Maui’s F model. The F was designed to suit paddlers of all sizes and offers more stability than other boards in the same category due to its generous volume. The board is offered in two different sizes (12’ and 14’) and is perfect for downwind paddling. The board is fast, stable and pretty easy to carry, weighing slightly over 28 lbs. Starting at $1,899 the F is a premium paddle board that is best suited for intermediate paddlers looking for a downwind-specific board that can also be used for touring and all around paddling. Read more HERE.

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Pau Hana Endurance

Price: $1,599 Build: Non-inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: Touring
Weight: 31.3 lbs Sizes: 12'

About the board: Yes, yes, yes! The Pau Hana Endurance is super fun. It’s very stable and is a great board for many uses. The Endurance can be great for touring, racing and all around family fun, making this board incredibly versatile. It’s also offered in Pau Hana’s Ricochet technology which makes the board virtually indestructible, which if you ask us is a huge plus. It has a beautiful finish and is arguably the most durable board around, which is a hard combo to come by. The board does come in at a heavier weight, about 31lbs, but the durability, graphics and fun factor alone easily carry this board into the A-grade tier.Read more HERE.

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Boardworks Great Bear

Price: $1,799 Build: Non-Inflatable
Skill: Intermediate Use: Touring
Weight: 34.3 lbs Sizes: 14'

About the board:If you’re looking for a board that you can do long distance paddling whether it is for race or touring, the Great Bear is a great option. It has lots of bungee cords up on the nose and tail with some really good looking graphics. The board has a beautiful layout of wood on the top of the deck, and the traction pad and graphics of the board work together beautifully overall. The board comes with the LiftSUP handle making it very easy to carry. The Great Bear glides incredibly well, ideally being used in a long distance race and also for expeditions. So for those looking to go that extra mile you should take a close look at this board. Definitely an A grade. Read more HERE.

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Naish Hokua

Price: $1,799 Build: Non-Inflatable
Skill: Intermediate Use: Surf
Weight: 22.12 lbs Sizes: 8'6", 9'0, 9'6"

About the board: The Naish Hokua is a great all around surfboard. It has a flatter tail than the Mad Dog model, allowing for much flatter sections, allowing for more speed. You can pump through so if you live in a place where the surf is fairly soft this is the board you want to have. It drives lots of speed, it is fairly stable, and it looks stunning as well. The Hokua is fairly lightweight for that type of board with its strong construction that it comes with. It’s a phenomenal board if you live in Southern California, or in a place with a bit softer surf wherever you are but is a great all around board that can also pump a bit more aggressively in faster surf. Defintiely deserving of an A-Grade. Read more HERE.

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Naish Mad Dog

Price: $2,139 Build: Non-Inflatable
Skill: Intermediate Use: Surf
Weight: 16.12 lbs Sizes: 7'10", 8'1", 8'6", 8'11"

About the board: The Naish Mad Dog really comes alive when you have some punchy surf. It works quite well off the tail and is fairy stable to paddle for a board this size. It feels really good under the feet and is super easy to carry. If you live in a place where you have really nice punchy surf, quite a bit of either wind swell or hollow surf that you want to work your way through, this board is the perfect fit. But, if you live in a place where the surf is fairly flat or soft you might want to look for a board with less rocker on the tail so that you can grab more speed and pump more easily through the flat sections . But if hollow is what you are dealing with, or steeper waves, this is a great option. It has nice rocker both on the nose and on the tail and the graphics are beautiful overall. A great surfboard. Read more HERE.

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Naish Nalu

Price: $1,799 Build: Non-Inflatable
Skill: Intermediate Use: Surf
Weight: 24.04 lbs Sizes: 10'6", 10'10",11',11'4"

About the board: The Naish Nalu is an excellent beginner surfboard that can also be used as an all around board. It’s very stable and the flatter rocker drives lots of speed in smaller softer surf. You can also use in the flat water with your family. If you are a beginner SUP surfer, or are trying to get into SUP surfing, and you still want a board where you can use it on other occasions with family and friends on flat water this is an outstanding choice. There is a beautiful coordination of graphics. The gradient from yellow to green on this board is stunning. If you put the Naish fins on it, which has yellow stripes with some black to it, the board just comes together as a beautiful package. So, the Nalu is a great choice for someone who is a beginner SUP surfer or someone who is looking to get into SUP surfing, who also wants an all around board. Read more HERE.

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Airhead Cruise

Price: $799 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Intermediate Use: All Around
Weight: 20.08 lbs Sizes: 10'6"

Who is this for: The Airhead Cruise is an inflatable standup paddle board best suited for intermediate paddlers who are looking for an all around board that’s also affordable. The board is lightweight and easy to carry weighing in just over 20lbs making the board easy for paddlers of all ages to handle. The board is best suited for short to mid-range paddles of no more than 3-5 miles around the beach and/or local lakes. At $799 the board sits at a great price and is in the popular mid-tier market in terms of affordability.Read more HERE.

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Scott Burke Quest

Price: $629.99 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Intermediate Use: All Around
Weight: 20.14 lbs Sizes: 9'

Who is this for: If you’re looking for an affordable inflatable paddle board geared towards beginner to intermediate paddlers then the Scott Burke Quest is something to look at. At 30in wide the board is fairly stable and is best for recreational and short distance paddling. The board is lightweight and easy to carry which is great for paddlers of all sizes and is a very affordable option with a price point under $650.Read more HERE.

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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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