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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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SIPA Boards Drive Tourer

Price: $2,590 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Intermediate Use: Touring
Weight: 34.6 lbs Sizes:12'

Who is this for: If you’re looking for an inflatable paddleboard that is like no other then you’re going to want to take a deeper look at the SIPA Drive Tourer. This board sits in the high-tier price point, but for good reason: it’s an electric paddle board that can take you up to 5 mph without much effort. The shape of the board, as the name suggests, is best suited for touring paddling and because of the included motor it can travel long distances. Also, because of the motor, the board is a bit heavier than standard inflatables weighing over 34lbs so if you’re looking for something more lightweight, you’ll definitely want to consider another option. Keep in mind though, you’re looking at a SUP with an electric motor here so this board is quite unique. Because of the complexity of this board, it’s better suited towards those who are a bit more familiar with paddle boards and being on the water as it does require a good amount of stability and balance when the jetpack is on.

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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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Rogue Parlay

Price: $2,699 Build: Non-Inflatable
Skill: Advanced Use: Race
Weight: 25.7 lbs Sizes: 12'6", 14'

About the board: If you’re looking for a flatwater race board, check out the Parlay from Rogue. The Parlay is a non-inflatable standup paddle board that excels in flatwater and is designed for the sprint racers. The board is best suited for highly advanced paddlers as it is very narrow, making it pretty unstable for the average paddler. The board comes in at an average weight of 25.7lbs but considering that it’s a 14’ board, it’s not too heavy and relatively easy to carry around. At $2,699, the Parlay is in the high-price point but comes with the best that the brand has to offer.Read more HERE.

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SIC Maui RS

Price: $2,499.95 Build: Non-Inflatable
Skill: Advanced Use: Race
Weight:  23.4lbs Sizes: 12'6", 14'

About the board:If you’re on the market for a premium race paddle board look no further. The RS by SIC Maui is short for ‘Rocket Ship’ and the name suits the board perfectly. This race board is fast and lightweight and is offered in multiple length and width combos, for both adult and youth paddlers. The RS is best for intermediate and advanced racers looking for a board that excels on flatwater but can also handle some chop. Starting at $2,599, the RS sits in the high price point tier but is a premium choice that is worth every penny. Read more HERE.

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NSP Carolina

Price: $2,899 Build: Non-Inflatable
Skill: Advanced Use: Race
Weight: 26.11 lbs Sizes: 14'

About the board:The NSP Carolina is designed and inspired by the infamous Carolina Cup race held every April in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. That being said, the design takes into mind all the conditions that you would experience in the Carolina Cup (downwind, flatwater, surf) and morphs it all into one craft. The well of the board on the deck keeps your legs and feet from getting dragged or pulled back from the bumps that wash over the deck and in the well there are drains for the water that does get in the well. The board has plenty of mounting points that can be used for cameras, GPS or other devices. As expected, the board is quite unstable but very fast as it’s designed for speed. So, if you’re looking for a race board that does well in all conditions that goes fast, this is an awesome choice. Read more HERE.

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Red Paddle Co Compact

Price: $1,899 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: All Around
Weight: 17.6 lbs Sizes: 9'6"

About the board:If you’re looking for an incredibly compact, lightweight inflatable paddle board that is ideal for transportation and ease look no further. The Compact from Red Paddle Co is a revolutionary design in paddle boarding as it’s the most compact board on the market. Fitting into a bag that’s the size of a backpack, the Compact is great for paddlers who love traveling with their boards or for those living in Urban areas with no space for a composite SUP in their home or car. The board weighs just over 17 lbs making it very lightweight and easy to carry and is a great option for someone looking for an all around board to paddle short distances or for cruising around the shoreline or dock. Retailing at $1,899, the Compact does sit in the high price point tier but is a premium option and the choice for someone looking for the most compact, quality package available 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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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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SIC Maui Bayonet

Price: $2,499 Build: Non-Inflatable
Skill: Advanced Use: Touring/Downwind
Weight: 24.6 lbs Sizes: 12'6", 14', 17'1"

About the board:The Bayonet by SIC Maui is a premium downwind specific paddle board that also doubles as a race board and works best for advanced paddlers. At 26 in. wide the board is unstable for inexperienced paddlers but can feel pretty stable for paddlers who are experienced. The Bayonet is great for paddling long distances and is fast, lightweight and easy to carry. The board weighs roughly 24.6 lbs and has a volume of 295L. This board is offered in four sizes (12’6”, 14’ x 24.5”, 14’ x 26”, 17’1”) and starts at $2,499, placing it in the high price point tier in terms of affordability. Read more HERE.

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NSP Performance Touring Cocomat

Price: $1,599 Build: Non-inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: Touring
Weight: 32.3 lbs Sizes: 12'6", 14'

Who is this for:The NSP Cocomat Performance Touring is the ultimate board for a heavy guy or big gal. It’s incredibly stable with the traction pad making it feel very comfortable on the feet. It has some lips towards the rails, that really sort of tuck you in inside of the deck. There’s lots of accessories with bungees on the nose and tail and the flat rocker makes it a real pleasure to paddle. If you are heavy weight and looking for something that will float you without hesitation, maybe put your kids on it, or go for a long touring expedition, this is the board. One of the things that got us to notice this model more closely this year is that there were major upgrades to the graphics making the board all the more attractive. Read more HERE.

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