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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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Boardworks Chinook

Price: $1,499 Build: Non-Inflatable
Skill: Intermediate Use: Touring
Weight: 29.04 lbs Sizes: 12'6"

About the board: If you’re an intermediate paddler looking for a quality non-inflatable touring paddle board then check out the Boardworks Chinook. The Chinook is a fairly stable board meant for intermediate paddlers who are looking to paddle mid to long range distances up to 10 miles or more. The Chinook is also a board that’s solid and durable but it is somewhat difficult to carry. The board however is pretty affordable and sits at the higher end of the the popular mid-tier market. Read more HERE.

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Boardworks Verve

Price: $1,399 Build: Non-inflatable
Skill: Intermediate Use: Race
Weight: 29.1 lbs Sizes: 11'

Who is this for: If you’re looking for a stable, non-inflatable board to paddle long-range distances then the Verve from Boardworks is worth a look. This stand up paddle (SUP) board comes in the Carbon Vector Net construction which is meant to be lightweight and durable. The Verve has both positives and negatives to note. Due to its width of 28 inches the board is stable but is not intended for beginner paddlers. Its construction comes in at an average weight of 2.65 lbs per foot, weighing a total of 29.1 lbs. Its shape makes the Verve great for touring or race training that can be used by intermediate paddlers for both recreation and competitive paddling. Its construction and shape combined best fit this board for long-range distances from 3 to 10 miles plus. Retailing at $1,399, the board is among the popular mid-tier market in terms of affordability. Read more HERE

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SIC Maui Bullet

Price: $1,599 Build: Non-inflatable
Skill: Intermediate Use: Race/Touring
Weight: 27.5 lbs Sizes: 11', 12'6", 14'

About the board: SIC Maui’s award-winning Bullet is a multi-purpose, non-inflatable board great for intermediate and advanced paddlers. The graphics are simple yet stunning and give the board a premium look. Because the board is 27 lbs it’s borderline-difficult to carry however the EZ grab handle makes carrying much easier because you’re able to fully grip the handle. The board is great for downwinders, touring and even racing, making it very versatile and fun. Premium looks and feel combined with a variety of conditions that it works in warrants the Bullet 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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BOTE HD Low Rider Core

Price: $1,550 Build: Non-inflatable
Skill: Intermediate Use: Touring
Weight: 30.15 lbs Sizes: 12'

About the board: The HD Lowrider is an awesome non-inflatable touring board that is fit for intermediate-level paddlers and can be used in a wide range of conditions. Its shape makes the HD a great touring board that could also be used in a race because of its race-board hull design. It looks has beautiful graphics and the deckpad design flows perfectly with the color of the board. Although the board is difficult to carry has a ton of cool accessories and additions that cater to touring and fishing. It has ConnexSUP inserts which allow for endless opportunities to hook up cool gadgets and tools, it has a paddle holder on the rail of the board, cooler tie downs, fishing post inserts more. With the premium look and countless add-ons the HD Lowrider is awarded with Supconnect’s “A” grade. Read more HERE.

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Surftech Sport Touring Escape

Price: $1,499 Build: Non-inflatable
Skill: Intermediate Use: Touring
Weight: 26.02 lbs Sizes: 11'6"

About the board: The Sport Touring Escape from Surftech is a non-inflatable board designed for intermediate-level paddlers who are interested in touring. The board has some exquisite looks, coming with a bamboo finish and gorgeous graphics. This paddle board is easy to carry and the glide feels fast which is a definite plus. The board doesn’t have many add-ons other than the bungee on the deck of the board but the look and glide of the board are excellent, befitting of Supconnect’s “A” grade. Read more HERE.

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Naish Javelin Maliko

Price: $3,199 Build: Non-inflatable
Skill: Intermediate Use: Race
Weight: 27.11 lbs Sizes: 14'

About the board:The Javelin Maliko is a non-inflatable premium quality race board that is best suited for intermediate and advanced paddlers. The Javelin Maliko looks great and has detailed graphics that are displayed all throughout the board that are rather eye-catching. This paddle board is pretty easy to carry considering its size and the glide feels fast, which is no surprise since lightweight construction and speed-centric design are at the core of this board model. The board was really fun to paddle and stood out compared to other boards in the category earning Supconnect’s “A” grade.

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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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Aqua Marina Evolution

Price: $599 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: Fishing
Weight: 31.8lbs Sizes: 9'8/10'14

Who is this for: If you’re looking for a SUP/kayak hybrid to paddle short distances then the Aqua Marina Evolution is worth a look. This product is unique in that it can be used as either a stand up paddle (SUP) board or a kayak and comes in the PVC drop stitch construction which is rather fragile and has its ups and downs. Due to its width of 41 inches when outfitted as a kayak the board is very stable however, when the board is used solely as a SUP its width of 26 inches make it very unstable. The Kayak setup has 2.83 lbs per foot (board is 11’2 when outfitted as a kayak) weighing 31.8 lbs. It’s shape makes the Evolution best for beginners as a Kayak and best for advanced paddlers as a SUP. Its construction and shape combined best fit this board for short distance paddling around the beach and dock. Retailing at $599 the board is in the popular mid-tier market in terms of affordability and is a great price for a SUP/kayak hybrid.

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Aqua Marina Magma

Price: $499 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Intermediate Use: All Around
Weight: 17lbs Sizes: 10'10

Who is this for: If you’re looking for a stable, lightweight, inflatable, all-around board to paddle mid-range distance, and in the low price point of under $500 then the Magma from Aqua Marina is worth a look. This stand up paddle (SUP) board comes in the drop stitch construction which is somewhat fragile and has its ups and downs. With its 30 inch width the board is pretty stable, and has 1.57 lbs per foot weighing only 17 lbs. Its shape makes the Magma an all-around board that can be used by almost anyone and is designed primarily for recreation. Its construction and shape combined best fit this board for short to mid-range distance paddling (3-5 miles). Retailing at $499 the board is among the most affordable paddle boards (inflatable or not) that you can find.

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Naish One

Price: $1,249 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Intermediate Use: Race/Touring
Weight: 25.1 lbs Sizes: 12'6"

Who is this for: If you’re looking for a stable inflatable, race/touring board to paddle then the One from Naish is worth a look. This stand up paddle (SUP) board comes in a double drop stitch technology, which is durable and has its ups and downs. The board is 30 inches wide making the board pretty stable and the board has 2.01 lbs per foot and weighs 25.1 lbs total which is lightweight for a board that is 12’6”. Its shape makes the One a race/touring board that can be used by intermediate paddlers and was designed for both recreation and competition. Its construction and shape combined best fit this board for mid to long-distance paddling between 3-10 miles plus. Retailing at $1,249, the board is in the popular mid-tier market in terms of affordability.

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