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Starboard Touring

Price: $1,499 Build: Non-inflatable
Skill: Beginner/Intermediate Use: Touring/Race
Weight: 34.15 lbs Sizes:12'6, 14'

Who is this for: If you’re looking for a durable, quality touring board with an eco-angle, check out the Touring from Starboard. The Touring comes in three different constructions, the Lite Tech, Starlite and Carbon Top, both great options but the Carbon Top is the more premium option. This board is great for touring and longer distances and performs best in flatwater conditions. Priced between $1,499 and $2,399, this board sits between the affordable mid-price point tier and premium tier, depending on the construction you choose, and is one of the best flat water touring boards currently on the market.

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Starboard Generation

Price: $2,299 Build: Non-inflatable
Skill: Intermediate Use: Touring
Weight: 27.15 lbs Sizes:12'6, 14'

Who is this for: The Starboard Generation is a non-inflatable SUP that is designed for multi-use paddling. It can be used as a touring board, an all around board, a beginner race board and even does well in the surf. The Generation range has 6 different sizes available so there should be a size that accommodates just about all riders’ weight and skill levels. Additionally, the board has 3 different constructions to choose from so the options here are pretty versatile. Priced at $2,299, this board sits in the premium price point tier but comes with the best the brand has to offer. If you’re looking for a board that can do it all, the Starboard Generation is a great choice.

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Surftech Jetsetter

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Price: $999-$1,049 Build: Non-inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: All-around
Weight: 24.9lbs Sizes: 10'4", 11'4"

About the board: If you’re looking for a standup paddle board that was designed and built with the female paddler in mind look no further. The Surftech Jetsetter is a board that is great for all around paddling but can also dabble in touring and even some yoga. The board is lightweight and easy to carry and is also quite stable. This board is going to work better for paddlers on the smaller size due to the lower volume and overall thickness of the board. Depending on the size you go with the board ranges in price from $999-$1,049 and is a beautiful package for an affordable price. Read more HERE.

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Tahe Beach Cross

Price: $699 Build: Non-inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: All-around
Weight: 40.2 lbs Sizes: 10'0", 11'0"

Who is this for: The Beach Cross from Tahe is a great starter board for someone looking for a board that’s both versatile and affordable and very durable. The Beach Cross utilizes Tahe’s proprietary tough-tec technology which makes this board extremely tough and durable. The board has very minimal graphics and features nice pops of red and blue on the deckpad. The board comes with an FCS II tool-less 9” Dolphin Center Fin, a bungee attachment for either the nose or the tail of the board. The board is on the heavier side weighing in at just over 40lbs so it is difficult to carry, especially for paddlers on the smaller side. A nice feature of the board is that it includes a drink holder built-in to the deck. The Beach Cross is pretty versatile in design and can be used for all around paddling, fishing, yoga, and would be a good family board that can take a beating and last a long time. On the water the board was a bit slow and harder to turn due to the weight but was really stable even with boat wakes adding some wobble to the water’s surface. Overall, the board should be considered for beginner paddlers looking for something fairly affordable and extremely durable. Read more HERE.

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Tahe Breeze Performer

Price: $899 Build: Non-inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: All-around
Weight: 31.11 lbs Sizes: 10'6"

Who is this for: If you’re looking for a non-inflatable paddle board that’s under $1k and is great for beginners, take a look at Tahe’s Breeze Performer. This paddle board utilizes Tahe’s Ace-Tec construction making it able to withstand more than paddleboards that are built with fiberglass. The Breeze Performer is a good board for beginners looking for a board that does well in a variety of conditions. Whether you want to do some all around paddling, catch a few waves, take a SUP yoga class or just have something that works well for the entire family this board can do just that. It is on the heavier side at just over 31lbs but carrying isn’t too difficult. Priced at $899 this is a solid board at a fair price. Read more HERE.

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NSP Cruiser HIT

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Price: $785-$945 Build: Non-inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: All-around
Weight: 30.6 lbs Sizes: 9'8", 10'2", 11'2", 11'6"

About the board: If you’re looking for a standup paddle board that is TOUGH and great for cruising the NSP Cruiser is a great option. The Cruiser comes in a couple different size options and is just below $1,000 (depending on on the size you get it will range anywhere from $785 to $945). The board weighs just over 30lbs and is manageable to carry but can get difficult if carrying for longer distances. It’s a great choice for someone looking for a board that is good for beginners and can take a beating but is still good quality and a great board for the family. Read more HERE.

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Surftech Universal

Price: $870-$910 Build: Non-inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: All-around
Weight: 28.13 lbs Sizes: 10'6", 11'6"

Who is this for: If you’re looking for a very stable, non-inflatable, all-around paddle board to paddle short distances then the Universal by Surftech is worth a look. Due to its 32 inch width the board is very stable. The board weighs 28.13lbs and carrying the board is not difficult. Its shape makes the Universal an all-around board that can be used by everyone and is designed primarily for recreation. Its construction and shape combined best fit this board for short-distance paddling, around the beach and dock. Offered in two sizes, a 10’6” or 11’6”, the board retails between $879-$910 and is in the popular mid-tier market in terms of affordability.

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Surftech Aleka

Price: $1,349 Build: Non-Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: All-Around
Weight:  22.11 lbs Sizes: 10'4", 11'2"

About the board:If you’re looking for a board that is designed for women that is a stable, all around board to paddle short to mid-range distances then the Surftech Aleka is something to consider. This standup paddle board (SUP) retails starting at $1,349 and is offered in two different sizes: 10’4” and 11’2”. The Aleka uses Surftech’s Tuflite V-tech construction which makes the board strong and durable. At 29 and 30 inches wide the board is pretty stable and easy to carry, weighing just over 22 lbs. The Aleka is a hybrid all around / touring shape so it can be used in a wide variety of conditions whether you’re looking to go for a quick paddle around the shoreline, catch a few waves, or go on a mid-range paddle the Aleka was designed to do it all. Read more HERE.

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Surftech Chameleon

Price: $1,050 Build: Non-inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: All-around
Weight: 22.14 lbs Sizes: 10'4", 11'4"

Who is this for: If you’re on the market for an affordable, non-inflatable paddle board that works well as both an all around board and a touring board then check out the updated Chameleon from Surftech. The 2020 edition of this board has received some big updates from previous versions and looks great. The Chameleon is an all-around/touring hybrid board that can be used by everyone with recreational paddling in mind. Its construction and shape combined best fit this board for mid-range distance paddling, up to 3-5 miles max. The board is quite light and weighs just 22 pounds, thus making it pretty easy to carry around. Starting at $1,050, the Chameleon is a stunning board that is versatile in use at an affordable price. Definitely check this one out.

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NSP Elements Cruise

Price: $789 Build: Non-inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: All-around
Weight: 27.4 lbs Sizes: 10'2", 11'2", 11'6"

Who is this for: If you’re looking for a non-inflatable, rugged, affordable paddle board that is great for beginners then check out the Elements Cruise from NSP. The Elements Cruise is a board that can take quite the beating. It's a great board for those who want a board that is built to last. The board has an all around shape and is best for short distance paddling around the shoreline. Weighing 27.4lbs, the Elements Cruise is at an average weight and isn’t too difficult to carry around and the 32in. width allows the board to be nice and stable. One thing to keep in mind here is that this is a smaller board so if you’re a larger paddler you might want to get something a bit bigger.

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Rogue All In

Price: $2,699 Build: Non-Inflatable
Skill: Advanced Use: Race
Weight: 24.12 lbs Sizes: 11', 12'6", 14'

About the board: The Rogue All In is a great all around board for racing, downwinders and perhaps even catch a few waves with. It’s not going to be your flatwater-specific board but is something that is highly versatile that you can take out in a variety of conditions and elements. The board has a bit more of a rocker than a regular 14’ board and can definitely handle the chop when it needs to. The bottom is a bit more rolled which should help you go through the bumps more easily. The board is incredibly lightweight and doesn’t sacrifice too much on durability. If you’re looking for an advanced racing board that you can throw in the surf sometimes and still use for touring, check out the All In. Read more HERE.

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Rogue Jackpot

Price: $2,899 Build: Non-Inflatable
Skill: Advanced Use: Race
Weight: 27.5 lbs Sizes: 14'

About the board: If you’re looking for a premium race-specific paddle board, check out the Jackpot from Rogue. This non-inflatable paddle board is best for the expert paddlers who can handle the instability that comes with the narrow width. Weighing in at just over 27lbs, the Jackpot is at an average weight for a similar board of it’s size and doesn’t offer much difficulty when carrying it. This board is a great option for someone looking for that flatwater raceboard that can also work in bumps and a bit rougher conditions if need be. Read more HERE.

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